Hall County was feeling its oats just before World War I. It had landed two large textile mills, other small industries were thriving, a few streets were paved, and roads were being graded and top-soiled.
H.H. Perry, the colorful, constantly controversial Gainesville lawyer in the early 1900s, who never met a political race he didn't like, also had a penchant for taking on titans in the community or wherever he found them.
Gainesville's public square has been the center of activity since the town's founding. It's had its ups and downs with traffic, ranging from horses and wagons to modern vehicles trying to find parking places.