MAKING FREE ENTERPRISE WORK
NEWNAN WAS A good town, even in the bad days that came after the War Between the States. Although it was but forty miles from Atlanta, General Sherman was not successful in interrupting its affairs on his march to the sea. It cared for a fair number of refugees from Atlanta, after the Union Army's carelessness with fire reduced that rail center to cinders. It suffered under Reconstruction, but not so severely as some other communities. It was one of the first in Georgia, at any rate, to become enthusiastic over the possibility of manufacturing things in the New South.
Grandfather Henry Arnall was on hand to help get industrialism started in the town. As a boy he had made money selling gingerbread to Federal soldiers. He arrived from the small country village of Senoia soon after the war and went into business on something less than a shoestring with a general farm-supply store. He was thrifty, industrious, imaginative, and a little lucky.