By Harold E. Davis
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A double steam engine supplied power. If one side failed, the other switched on. The boilers were under the sidewalk, encased in masonry. Steam heated the building, and electricity, generated on the premises, lighted it. No gas lamps, fireplaces, or gas fixtures were alIowed, and the structure was said to be fireproof. A new press, a Hoe Perfecting model, was in the basement, which was the first floor. It cost as much as three railroad locomotives, and after the press fitted into its routine, it printed 10,000 newspapers an hour and was capable of more.
Besides half-interest in a store, he owned half of a plant which made gas from pine wood, and he invested in a sawmill. As the Civil War approached, William Sammons Grady and family were doing well. His wife, Ann Gartrell Grady, was the lively member of the household. Like her husband, she was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, and abjured liquor and cardplaying, but her spirit was happy. She liked games, such as checkers and backgammon, which she played ferociously. Into this household, Henry Grady was born on May 24, 1850.
William Sammons Grady sold his part of the store three weeks after the election, although he kept half interest in the building, the sawmill, and the gasworks. The money went into real estate, a wise move. The father had wished to preserve the federal union, but after gunfire at Fort Sumter, he cast his lot with the Confederate States of America. He organized a military company and was soon a captain in the Twenty-fifth North Carolina Regiment and on his way to Virginia. Other children had arrived in the household-Annie King and Julia Kennon-and just after Captain Grady left for Virginia a You are reading copyrighted material published by the University of Alabama Press.
Henry Grady’s New South: Atlanta, a Brave and Beautiful City by Harold E. Davis