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Chatsworth as of 1909

From The Atlanta Constitution
July 18, 1909

CHATSWORTH GROWS WITH RAPID STRIDES
Great Record of Georgia Town in Four Years.

A New Town on a New Road, Chatsworth has
Leaped Into Being–Has Strong Bank and
Commercial Houses.

Chatsworth, Ga., July 17 (Special.)

Chatsworth, in Murray county, on the Louisville and Nashville railroad, 100 miles from Atlanta, is one of the towns on this new line of railroad that have prospered. The two talc companies, with their plants are helping the town wonderfully. The Cohutta Talc Co., with H. W. Willingham, proprietor, is an old industry of Chatsworth and has been the leading once since the town was laid out, four years ago.

Now the Georgia Talc Company is moving its plant here after having done a successful business at its mines, a few miles out. Some Asheville, N. C., capitalists are at the head of this company.

Splendid Bank.


The town has its bank, the Bank of Chatsworth. T. W. Brooks is the popular and efficient cashier of the bank.

J. E. Johnson, with his estimable wife, runs the DeSoto hotel, one of the most popular hostelries in north Georgia. Over the letter heads of the hotel, Mr. Johnson makes the statement, which is true, that "Chatsworth is four years old and has not had a death from sickness."

And Chatsworth is delightful in climate. Three miles away are several of the highest mountains in the state, including Old Fort, the historic mountains of Georgia. This scenery is picturesque indeed, and Chatsworth with its splendid hotel should become a great summer resort.

Farmers in Business.

The farmers are in business here, having their store and warehouse with I. N. Stuart, proprietor.

George A. Kelly, the first merchant locating here, is the mayor of Chatsworth. Mr. Kelly is a leading spirit of the town.

W. S. Lents is the jeweler and optician of Chatsworth and is doing a successful business. J. B. Gregory & Co. do an immense business supplying the farmers, as do also Bradley & Co. Mr. S. M. Boonett is with the latter company and is known to be one of the enterprising men of this part of the state. The advantages Chatsworth offer are not known. Its attractiveness as a summer resort is certainly not known. The usual comment of the visitor here is that if the world knew of this place, this hotel would be full of visitors throughout the summer.

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