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From The Atlanta Constitution
SUMACH, August 8. — Sumach is an unpretending little village in Murray county, fifteen miles northeast of Dalton. and ten miles north of Spring Place. Its make up consists in one store, kept by Mr. J. L. Smith, a very clever and business gentleman, and the Sumach Seminary, for male and female, a school of which any community might well be proud. E. I. F. Cheyne, president; W. K. Burch, professor of languages, with efficient teachers for primary department; Miss Dixie K. Wilkes, teacher of music. There is here a young men's Christian association, the services of which are well attended and always interesting. The country is as healthy and water as good as can be found anywhere. I had the pleasure on last Saturday of attending the Sundayschool celebration here. Three schools were represented, Sumach, Halls chapel and Woodlawn, all very prosperous schools, superintendents and assistant superintendents respectively as follows: Sumach–W. L. Henry and W. H. Ricket; Hall's chapel—Mr. Petty and Mr. Leaman; Woodlawn–Mr. Osborne and Mr. Vining, brother of Mr. Vining of your city. The celebration was a success, the compositions and addresses of the young people excellent. The singing was very good. The singing class at Sumach, with Mr. A. P. Haggard as leader, sing splendidly–and then the dinner baskets, when thrown together and spread out, made a repast which was all that the most fastidious epicure could have desired. After dinner the schools were addressed by Rev. Lee, of Dalton, Mr. Humphries, of Murray county, Rev. Mr. Harris, of the North Georgia conference, and Rev. Mr. Henry, pastor of the Presbyterian church at Sumach.
Crops in this section are good, there has been too much rain for low lands, and the cotton crop is very backward, but looking tolerably well. Murray county will make bread enough and to spare; the wheat crop was very fine, fruit crop very full. There has hardly been such a fruit crop in this section within the recollection of the oldest inhabitants. The people of. this section mostly have their corn cribs and smoke-houses at home, as in ante-bellum days, they generally have plenty, and dispense it hospitably and with open hands.
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