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Important Dates In Our History

The following are important dates in Hahira history.  If you can supply us with months and dates that are missing, find an error or know of an event that should be included please notify us. 
 
May 7, 1852 -  Mr. Berry Folsom named first Postmaster.
             1885 -  Georgia Southern and Florida Rail Road constructed.
             1888 -  Georgia Florida and Southern Rail Road Depot constructed.
             1888 -  Moore and Tillman  build first saw mill.
             1888 -  Tally Lawson, first baby born in Hahira.
             1890 -  First Baptist Church founded.   Reverend Reeves, first pastor.
             1890 -  First School established.   Today it's the Wally Fields house.
Oct.  2, 1891 -  Hahira Charter approved by General Assembly.
Nov. 1, 1891 -  Briggs Lawson elected first Mayor.
             1891 -  Hahira Methodist Church founded.  Reverend Hendry, first pastor.
             1905 -  The Hahira Cornet Band formed.
             1906 -  Bank of Hahira opens.
Dec.13,1906 -   Newspaper, Hahira dispatch begins.
             1908 -  First Hahira High School.
             1911 -  Hahira, Ga,  becomes know as The Town  noted for its pretty girls.
Feb.  1, 1913 -  Hahira Electric Light Company founded.
             19?? -  First cotton gin built in Hahira.
             19?? -  First turpentine still built in Hahira.
             1915 -  Hahira Hardware Company begins,  first is customer Tally Lawson.
             1915 -  Newspaper, Hahira Progress begins.
             1913 -  Puett Company formed. ?
             1920 -  Hahira becomes know as the Gold Leaf City.
                  ?  -  Newspaper, The Hahira Gold Leaf begins.
             1920 -  First package of queen bees shipped. ? 
             1926 -  Hahira City Hall constructed. 
             1926 -  Cigarette Factory constructed.
             1926 -  The Gold Leaf Cigarette and Tobacco Company formed.
             1926 -  Hahira Court House constructed.
             1929 -  Hahira Banking Company established.
             1932 -  Hahira High School on North Nelson Street constructed.
             1937 -  Commercial Banking Company established.
Oct. 17,1937 -  Citizens Bank established.
             1941 -  Park Theater opens.
             1943 -  Smith Hospital opens.
             1946 -  Lions Club building and swimming pool constructed.  Now location of Randall     Street Community center.
             194? -  American Legion Post 218 constructed.  Now Landrum home.
             19?? -  Hahira Middle School on South Nelson Street constructed.
Apr.  ?, 1955 -  Hahira Masonic Lodge constructed.
             1962 -  I-75 construction begins.   Terminates at Hahira's exit 7 in 1964 for short time.
             1980 -  First Great Hahira Pick-in in Hahira Pick-in Park.
             1982 -  First Honey Bee Festival.
             198? -  Hahira gym burns.
             198? -  New gym constructed.
Mar. 2, 1989 -   Salter Memorial Library opens.
             1991 -  Celebrates centennial.
             1994 -  Hahira Elementary School on Claudia Drive constructed.
Jul. 11, 1996 -   Olympic Torch Run comes thru Hahira.
Dec. 1, 1996 -   New sidewalk construction completed on West Park and E. Grace Streets and competition of repairs to sidewalks on East Park, South Nelson and Church Street.
Aug. 15,1998 -  Construction begins on new Hahira Middle School.
Jan. 5, 2001 -   Hahira Middle School Students begin 2001 school year in new facility.
Jul.  ?, 2001 -    Demolition of old cigarette factory building begins.