Elsewhere in this edition of the Forsyth County News you will find a special section published to commemorate the newspaper’s centennial year.
We hope you will take the time to read some of the front pages from the newspaper’s past. In doing so, you will see the story of a place and its people.
Some of those pages chronicle national events, such as the story of the death of the Lindburgh baby, and the nation’s involvement in World War II. But more frequently they are filled with stories about home, Cumming and Forsyth County and the people who live, work and play here.
The vast majority of the pages in this section deal not with global events, but rather the everyday happenings of a once rural Georgia community that has developed into a bustling suburb. They are the stories of church dinners and high school bands, the openings of small businesses, social events of note, weddings, births and deaths.
In 1918, the newspaper sold for 75 cents a year and related the story of a buggy flipping over after a wheel broke. By December of 1928, the annual subscription had climbed to $1, and children writing to Santa asked for apples, oranges and candy.
The paper in 1939 was proud to claim a population of 700 for the city of Cumming, with 11,000 living in the county. By 1958, the newspaper’s flag quoted the county’s population as 15,000, and the Civil Defense was starting skin diving classes because of “increasing activity on our Lake Lanier.” The new lake obviously was of paramount importance by 1962, when the FCN proclaimed itself “The Fastest Growing Newspaper in North Georgia By A Dam Site.”
The common thread to all the pages, and to the history of the newspaper, is the people. Looking through the section, it is impossible not to note the abundance of names — in stories, in announcements, in jury lists and funeral notices and business events.
If there is a single definition to the role of a community newspaper, it is to tell the story of the people. The Forsyth County News has done that for a century, and the people have returned the favor with their support, for at its foundation a newspaper is like any business, and needs the support of it customers to survive.
You, our readers and advertisers, are the reason the newspaper is today celebrating a century of service. It is with deep appreciation that we offer to you our sincere thanks, and the hope that you will enjoy today’s special trip down memory lane with the Forsyth County News.