WENDOVER ------- STELLA MOORE ------- JANUARY , 1940.
With heavy snow outside, the Neighbors gathered at Wendover for their first meeting in 1940, and doubly enjoyed the inevitably hearty . always delicious and hereinafter-in-theminutes-of-1940-to-be-taken-for-granted monthly feast which they share together.
Bentley Thomas presiding, the minutes of the 1939 meeting at Wendover were read and those of the preceding December meeting read and approved.
As first business Mrs. Beebe's determined resignation as secretary was accepted with a vote of thanks for her year's highly successful service and on motion of Mrs. Miller, Florence Boeckel was railroaded into office.
In connection with the Community Council report by Mr. Metzger, the following matters were considered and action recorded or taken:
Objections raised to the 50 mile speed limit signs between Ashton and Sandy Springs had been duly laid before the Community Council and a letter sent by that body to the State Roads Commission
In regard to the rehousing project in the County it was announced that Mr. Rust Canby had been appointed to keep the community informed of developments.
On the question of zonine, by motion of Wm. Moore, it was requested that the Community Council be informed that in the opinion of the Neighbors, lots should not be less than one acre and the number of houses permitted on one lot and their distance
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from the road should be regulated.
The recurrent problem of trash disposal, after a suggestion by Dick Janney that it be " kicked around until it got lost; was referred on motion of Mrs. Miller seconded by Mrs. Beebe, to the Community Council.
In response to a request from the Community Council to its affiliated organizations for aid in increasing the Student Loan Fund, the Neighbors, lacking any organization treasury, authorized Mrs. Beavers as school representative, to receive any contributions members desired to make.
The next three places of meeting were announced as
February --- White Birch with the Metzgers March --- Dunrovin with the Beavers April --- Berkley with the Whitlocks
All business being concluded, Stella Moore, to the great interest of her guests read extracts from the memories of Thomas J. Lea written in 1926 when he was 92 years old and recording events and conditions in this community in the early years of his life. The picture emerging from his reminisences, to resketch it briefly, showed a thriving community at Brookeville where the industries included tanning yards, two mills, a shoemakers establishment, lime kilns, a gold mine with a 60 foot shaft, the hulling of clover which was shipped to England, and the extraction of flax seed oil which was hauled to Baltimore.
In the 1840's all of this community was torn by the slavery question. When a slave was sold from the block, stripped to the waist and examined like an animal even to his teeth, three families moved away in protest. Life was hard for everyone which