By the 1920s, Gainesville long had been a trade center, and more automobiles were filling its streets. With more people owning cars, demands for improving roads increased.
Gainesville's Chamber of Commerce had some ambitious goals in 1931 despite the nation heading into what became known as the Great Depression.
After the stock market crash in 1929, the economy really sank into the tank across the country. While it seemed Northeast Georgia was immune from the worst of the Great Depression in its early months, local businesses and industry would suffer eventually.
In the years before the Great Depression, which is said to have started in earnest the fall of 1929, there seemed to be no signs of an economic downturn in the Gainesville area.
It's been 69 years since J.D. Satterfield jumped from an airplane over France with other American paratroopers on what was D-Day June 6, 1944, the beginning of the end of World War II in Europe.
The Red and Black has been the University of Georgia's student newspaper since 1893. It has been the vehicle that launched the careers of innumerable journalists, several of them to the loftiest heights of the profession.
It took several years to build the present Central Baptist Church building on Gainesville's southside because it ran into the Great Recession in the late 1920s and early 1930s.
"Not Made for Defeat" was the title of a book the Rev. Harold Frederic Green wrote about Gainesville's Central Baptist Church in 1974, a history of the church from its beginnings in 1890.
Gainesville Iron Works was a fixture on South Main Street for more than a century.
Ken Cochran painstakingly helped dismantle log-by-log the historic Roberts-Orr house at Roberts Crossroads in south Hall County.
Johnny Kytle was a native of Clermont in Hall County and a pioneer daredevil pilot who carried the mail between Atlanta and Richmond, Va.
Prior Street is one of Gainesville's most important streets. It connects the northside of town to the southside. It runs from Hunter Street near St. Paul United Methodist Church on Summit Street, to City Park and the Civic Center.
Bob Dollar said Jason Nix was an ordinary man, the kind who goes about his work and lives humbly and without much fanfare or attention.
If you'd lost a dog six months ago, chances are you would have given up finding it by now and moved on.
You don't see many 5-and-10-cent stores anymore like McLellan's, which was such an anchor in downtown Gainesville over several decades.
There have been so many changes among Gainesville's business districts over the years, you can't keep track of them.
Bob Hope once lived in Gainesville.
When local radio was in its pioneer stages, live acts, mostly country and gospel music, were a significant part of the programming.
Wiley Harben held the distinction of being Gainesville's first postmaster, appointed in 1823. He also had the distinction of being the first postmaster to lose his job for purely political reasons.
You never know where a bicycle ride will take you.
A new street sign went up in Gainesville the other day - Sweet Bay Drive, the entrance to Atlanta Botanical Gardens' Smithgall Woodland Gardens off Cleveland Road.
A version of this column ran in March 2000.
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