This is a document dated 1937 and was donated to the Historical Society by Georgia Wyatt in July of 1991.
Much of the history of Cedartown might be traced through the names of its various streets.
The facts stated below are based on information, by no means complete, and possibly erroneous, and suggestions, corrections or additions will be gladly received.
This street was doubtless named for Asa Prior, a very wealthy pioneer citizen of this community, who, in consideration of the location of the courthouse on his land, gave to the public the Big Spring from which Cedartown now gets its water supply. Many of the prominent citizens of Polk County are among the descendants of Asa Prior.
This street was named for Mr. James Sargeant Noyes, who was the father of Mrs. Mary A. Crabb and Mrs. Jennie S. Crabb, and whose home was on the south side of Rockmart Street, now called East Avenue, where Mrs. Jennie S. Crabb now lives. Mr. James Sargeant Noyes owned that whole block. He came to Cedartown from New England before the Civil War.
This street was named for R. G. Herbert, who, with Thomas Marion Pace and J. D. Williamson, sub-divided a large tract of land in the eastern part of Cedartown, known as the Clow survey of the East View addition to Cedartown.
This street was named for Thomas Marion Pace, the partner of Herbert and Williamson in the sub-division above referred to, and who was the step-father of the late S. F. Marshall.
This street was named for the wife of T. M. Pace.
This street was named for Mr. Calvin Philpot, whose home was on the east side of Philpot Street where Mr. J. E. Houseal now lives.
This street was named for John S. Stubbs, a prominent merchant and educator of Cedartown, whose son, Albert Wilson Stubbs, is now President of the Commercial Bank of Cedartown, and a member of the Cedartown Kiwanis Club.
This street was named for William T. Gibson, who owned a large tract of land located largely between Gibson and Central Streets in Cedartown. His widow now lives in Decatur with her daughter, Mrs. Jennie Mae Benton, and family.
JULE PEEK AVENUE
This was named for Captain J. A. Peek, the father of Mrs. (?). A. Chapman and W. W. Peek, and others.
SLUSSER AVENUE and LADUE AVENUE
These avenues are located in property owned by the Goodyear Mill, and are named for officials of that company.
EDNA and FRANCES STREETS
These streets were named for daughters of Tom Witcher, who lived in the old Cobb home for several years. These streets are in the western part of the Cobb tract.
This street was named for a family of Wares, one of whom was, before marriage, a Prior, daughter of Dr. W. H. C. Prior, and the Wares later went to Texas.
This street was named for Dr. R. R. Thompson, the father of Dr. G. A. Thompson.
This avenue was named for John W. Merritt, the father of Mrs. Rosanna Crumbley, whose home is on the east side of South Main St. Mr. Merritt owned a large tract of land on Cedar Hill.
This street was named for Robert Jones, the father of the late Seaborn Jones and grandfather of Robert Jones, who has, for many years, been a mail clerk running on the Central of Georgia Railroad through Cedartown.
MARTIELE STREET and CLEO STREET
These streets were named for the two daughters of J. M. Stewart, who, with B. M. Davenport, sub-divided a large tract in the northeastern part of Cedartown, known as the Stewart Davenport sub-division. Cleo is now Mrs. G. G. Adams of Cedartown.
This street was named for Mr. B. M. Davenport, the partner of J. M. Stewart in the sub-division above referred to.
This street was probably named for Mr. Estes, whose home, at the time of his death, was on Stubbs Street in Cedartown.
This street was named for Mrs. Elizabeth Reeves, the wife of L. M. Reeves, and sister of the late John C. Hand. Mrs. Reeves owned a large tract of land, through which Elizabeth Street was opened.
This street was formerly the name of the street leading north from East Avenue, near the eastern city limits, toward the home now occupied by Paul Montgomery, and this street is now sometimes called Montgomery Street or Victoria Street. (PCHS note: James Emlon Houseal was President and Manager of the Cedartown Cotton Oil Co.)
The home of A. G. West, who came to Cedartown in the 1870s is at the southwest corner of West Avenue and College Street, where C. W. Smith now lives. I do not know whether West Avenue was named for A. G. West, or got its name from that fact that it leads from Main Street westward to the city limits. A. G. West built the old Cherokee iron furnace in the year 1874. This furnace was located just east of what is now Furnace Street, and just south of the S. A. L. Railway, which was formerly the East & West Railway. This street may have got its name from W. E. West, a wealthy pioneer citizen, who owned a large tract of land in the southwestern part of Cedartown. (PCHS note: Amos G. West is buried in the famous Greenwood cemetery in Brooklyn, NY)
This street runs from the old Brooks home, a part of which was the First Baptist Church in Cedartown, southward by the old N. F. Cobb home, and was doubtless named for A. R. Brooks, the head of the Brooks family.
This street was named on account of the location of the old Cherokee Furnace, built by A. G. West, above referred to.
Named by the wife or widow of Dr. J. P. Greer (a dentist), whose first name was Jefferson.
This street was named for Mrs. Willie King, the aunt of Fred Wood, and others of Cedartown.
This street was probably named for Col. W. F. Turner, the grandfather of Kiwanian L. W. Turner.
This street was named for Mrs. Mary Janes, the widow of Julius Janes. Mrs. Janes owned a considerable tract just north of East Avenue, and east of Central of Georgia railroad, which was subdivided.
This was named for Mr. Tom Barnes, whose home was formerly on the south side of East Avenue just west of this alley. He was the father of Mrs. William Barron, Mrs. Sauceman and others.
SCOTT STREET AND SHIFLETT STREET
These are both located in the northern part of Cedartown, in a sub-division of land formerly owned by Scott Shiflett.
This street is in a comparatively new section in the extreme eastern part of town, and was named for Col. Homer Watkins.
This street runs east and west on standpipe hill, running from Line Street eastward, a short distance north of Thompson Street, and was named for Dr. J. J. Cooper.
QUEEN, VICTORIA, FAIRMOUNT, ESSEX, WISSAHICKON, VINE, PINE, WALNUT, SPRUCE
Above listed and perhaps other streets in the northwestern part of Cedartown were named by Mr. S. S. Evans. former city engineer of Cedartown, and Mr. Adamson for streets of similar names in the city of Philadelphia. Messers Adamson and Evans came to Cedartown, may years ago, from Philadelphia, and were connected with the cotton mill industry in Cedartown. Wissahickon Avenue was named by Mr. A. H. Vandevander, whose parents lived in Pennsylvania, for a stream running by their home near Philadelphia. There is a Wissahickon Avenue in Philadelphia.
This street got its name from the Woodlawn Female Academy, which stood near and probably a little south of the A. G. West home above referred to, and does not get its name, as many people now imagine, from the fact that the City schools are located on the west side of College St.
This street was named for Dr. William Bradford, the father of Walker and Malcolm Bradford.
This street was named for Dr. D. M. Russell, who lived on this street, just north of the Tanyard Branch, where A. C. Duke now lives. He was the father of W. K. Russell and the late M. D. Russell and several other children.
This avenue was named for Mrs. Ella Wood, the wife of W. (?). Wood, and the mother of Kiwanian Dr. C. V. Wood, and several other children. Mrs. Wood owned a large tract of land, which was sub-divided by her, and the street through it was called Ellawood.
This street was named for N. F. Cobb, who owned a large tract of land, lying on the west side of Main Street, just south of the Mrs. Ella Wood tract above referred to.
The street leading west from Main Street, in front of Judge F. A. Irwin‘s house, is now called Irwin Street.
This street was named for Marshall Hand, a son of J. C. Hand, formerly a prominent merchant of Cedartown. Marshall Hand was named for S. F. Marshall, a close friend of J. C. Hand. Marshall Hand died during boyhood.
This street was probably named for Gen. John B. Gordon, but this name has recently been abolished, and this street is now called North Main Street. (PCHS note: Gen. Gordon, called a “scar-faced veteran” in the newspaper, visited Cedartown in 1878 and gave a speech.)
After the death of his first wife, and during his second courtship, Rev. C. K. Henderson had this street named Grace in honor of Miss Grace Pittman, who afterwards became Mrs. C. K. Henderson.
This street was named for Dr. L. S. Ledbetter, a former president of the Kiwanis Club, who owned a large tract of land south of West Avenue and north of the railroad, which he sub-divided and through which this street runs.
Some people who lived in the southwestern part of Cedartown complained to the postal authorities that they had no street address as the street they lived on did not have a name, and as it was about the birthday of General R. E. Lee, Mrs. Bunn, who was then Postmaster, suggested that they call it Lee St., which was done.
I would suggest that it be made a law that no new street, or extension of an old street, be accepted by the City unless it be at least 64 ft. wide, so as to give 12 ft. sidewalks on each side with a driveway of not less than 40 ft.