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Town Of Garner Celebrates Its Centennial Birthday

Posted April 17, 2005 12:05 p.m. EDT

— The Town of Garner celebrated its 100th birthday on Saturday.

Town officials said the celebration marked a chance to look forward to the future, while recalling simpler days of the past.

"It's a great day for Garner and it ranks with all the great things in anybody's life, I think," said Garner Board of Alderman Ronnie Williams.

Garner was incorporated as a small community along railroad tracks in 1905.

On Saturday, volunteers re-enacted the signing of the charter. There also were games and activities for children and exhibits of crafts from the past.

Long-time residents of Garner said it was chance to recall simpler times.

"I could stand on the corner of Main Street and Rand Road, and from 5:20 to 5:30 you'd see everyone in Garner. And you'd know everyone by name," said Board of Alderman Jackie Johns.

That's harder now, Johns said, as the population in Garner has grown to more than 20,000.

Officials expect the population to continue to grow as more people move into the area.

The town's motto is Growth and Prosperity, town officials said. These words, they said, have made Garner what it is today.