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Farming, Sawmilling, and turpentine were the principal industries. Pure white sand was shipped by carloads to the Pittsburg Plate Glass Company and other glass manufacturers.

Alamo was incorporated in August, 1909, J.M. Fordham was elected the first mayor and laws were formulated. Glenwood is believed to have been incorporated around 1895.

There were a dozen or more businesses in each town including cotton gins, saw mills, grist mills, and turpentine stills to accomodate the natural resources. Doctors and lawyers rendered professional services to the increasing population. Churches and civic organizations were organized. Schools were built.

The steady growth of Alamo and Glenwood encouraged the people to bid for a new county. The proposed new county was to be formed of that portion of Montgomery County west of the Oconee River. The primary reasons for the new county were (1) wonderful growth of the west side (2) natural boundaries: east by the Oconee River west and south by the Ocmulgee and Little Ocmulgee Rivers: (3) inconvenience of crossing the treacherous Oconee which was uncrossable several months of the year, to attend business at the county seat in Mount Vernon.

The plan orginally was for the county to be called Kent in honor of William B. Kent who served in the legislature at that time. However, it was named Wheeler in honor of Civil War General Joseph E. Wheeler. Alamo was made the county seat when Wheeler was created on August 14, 1912. The new county took in 294.6 acres with a population of 10,000. A courthouse was financed by a $50,000 bond issue.


With World War I, came an all time high in cotton prices. Farmers borrowed money and planted more cotton than ever before. The amistice brought a drop in cotton prices and, to worsen matters, the boll weevil hit the cotton crops. Loan Companies took over farm after farm. In addition, fire took its toll of residences and businesses, including Idelson's store, one of the largest in this section of the state.

In the late twenties, however, new water systems were installed and the Georgia Power Company bought franchises from the towns to furnish electricity. The thirties found Wheeler county "bone dry" despite elections legalizing beer and liquors. The depression hit hard but the county kept its head above the water. The roads from Alamo to Glenwood and Alamo to Lumber City were paved.

This information was donated by: DONNIE CLARK

Places to Visit:

The Civil War in Georgia
USGenWeb Archives Search Page
Lineage Researcher Page Site
Union Primitive Baptist Cemetery,Alamo, Georgia - Ancestry Genealogy Library

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