By Ann Boutwell

Oct. 2, 1911: The Georgian Terrace Hotel’s first official public gala was held. Musical strains from a Spanish-costumed orchestra were playing that evening when the doors opened at 8 p.m.  An estimated 5,000 promenaded for three hours throughout the wondrous main lobby, grand ballroom and tropical garden.

Oct. 10, 1911: A colorful military parade headed north on Peachtree Street in the rain to the 14th Street entrance of Piedmont Park. Each October since, the Old Guard of the Gate City Guard has gathered at the same site for the rededication ceremony of the Old Guard Peace Monument. In 1924, City Builder magazine described New York sculptor Allen George Newman’s work as “perhaps the city’s most beautiful.” The winged goddess of Peace announcing the South’s surrender is ordering a Confederate soldier to lay down his weapon. The Atlantan whose passion inspired the creation and erection of the Peace Monument was Colonel Joseph Francis Burke, commander of the Gate City Guard on its reconciliation tour of the north. Burke was a resident of today’s Midtown community and once lived on the corner of Peachtree Place and Crescent Avenue. On Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011 at 2 p.m., the public is invited to attend the centennial celebration of the statue in Piedmont Park.

Oct. 19, 1882: A young 25-year-old, future President of the United States appeared in Atlanta before Judge George Hillyer to take his Georgia Bar exam. His name was Thomas Woodrow Wilson.

Oct. 21, 1895: On the day before the Cotton States and International Exhibition opened in Piedmont Park, Dr. Henry Rutherford Butler, said in his weekly Atlanta Constitution column, “What the Negro is Doing,” that the Negro Building was in its full dress and ready for the grand opening. Butler encouraged African Americans “with a spark of pride and patriotism” to go out to the exposition grounds and “make it a day long to be remembered in Atlanta, Georgia and the entire country.” From September 1895 through August 1904, Butler updated the city on happenings in the African American community. Oakland Cemetery is the burial site of Atlanta’s successful physician, pharmacist, and prolific writer, beside his wife Selena Sloane Butler, a noted Georgia Woman of Achievement.

Oct. 24, 1940: The Rialto Theater on Luckie Street presented the world premiere of Medora Field Perkerson’s (1892-1962) best-selling novel, Who Killed Aunt Maggie? The Macmillan Company published the Georgia native’s mystery story in 1939. She was an author, journalist, and assistant editor of the Atlanta Journal’s Sunday Magazine. In March 1922, she married Angus Millard Perkerson, the magazine’s editor. For many years under the name “Marie Rose,” Medora wrote a weekly sympathetic advice column.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.