Green Bay Community of Berrien County, GA
Green Bay, now long gone, was once a community in south Berrien County, near Ray City, GA. In the late 1800s, Green Bay had its own newspaper, the Green Bay Herald, and Green Bay School was attended by many students associated with the town of Ray City.
March 13, 1896
GREEN BAY, March 10. – Mr. P. T. Knight, one of Green Bay’s students received a very interesting letter from one of Lowndes county’s Cahoosiers. He puts a very fantastical name to his epistle. The initials of so called name is J. R. F. He offers a reward for the one who will give the Cracker the right name.
Mr. Jasper Cook, had the misfortune to lose a five-year-old mule last Friday, apparently the mule was all right until a few hours before he died.
Well what are the people of Green Bay community going to have connected with their academy next? They have two or three societies running there, and Monday morning they rolled in a $125 organ. We know of nothing better to elevate the growing youths than good societies, and there is nothing like having their wants supplied.
This is the third school in which I’ve been instructed by Prof. J. M. Patten and I must say that this one is quite different from any of the others. Why? He has adopted the method of working all problems mentally. Some might say that students could not do that, but it is an evident fact that he has five in his school that have worked up to 167 page in Wentworth’s arithmetic.
The Green Bay Singing Society convenes next Sunday, and a large attendance is expected.
The Green Bay Literary Society will hold their meetings on Friday evening instead of Saturday. We have made a division in our society. One for the larger members, known as the Advanced Class literary and the other as the Juvenile Society, as the time was too long between intervals, we have simmered down to semimonthly. For the Advanced Society we elected J. A. Weaver, president; Miss Amanda Clements, secretary, Miss Lillie Clements and B. L. Wilkerson, Editors; J. M. Patten and P. T. Knight, critics, For Juvenile, W. P. Patten President; Miss Jennie Lee, Secretarys; Lucius Clements, critic.
Mr. Mathew Patten killed some more of those porkers this morning, and now for another fresh feast.
March 13, 1896 notes from the community of Green Bay, Berrien County, GA
Professor James Marcus Patten was running the Green Bay School. His wife was Ida Lou Hall Patten. Professor J.M. Patten was college educated, having completed the teacher education program at North Georgia Agricultural College. His lifelong career was teaching in the common schools of Berrien County. In 1911, he and his wife were teaching at the Ray City School.
James Alfred Weaver was a member of Union Primitive Baptist Church, and was elected in 1901 as its clerk.
Perry T. Knight attended Oaklawn Baptist Academy and went on to became a teacher, lawyer, soldier, chaplain, railroad commissioner, legislator, and public service commissioner.
Lucius J. Clements, son of Levi J. Clements and Elizabeth Rowena Patten, later attended the Georgia Normal College & Business Institute, and managed the Clements Sawmill at Ray City until the Clements family sold the business. He became a businessman, license inspector, and assistant tax collector.
Lillie Clements, sister of Lucius J. Clements, married Fisher H. Gaskins.
Benjamin L. Wilkerson became a dentist and later moved to Miami, FL.
Jennie L Lee (1882 – 1974), daughter of Moses C. Lee and Amanda Lee Clements, married Sam I Watson, 1900.