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Scott Candler

Jun 29 2009

Happy Birthday Scott Candler, Sr.!

by Amanda L


Mr. Candler was born a week ago on June 23, 1887.  For those of you not native to Atlanta or DeKalb County, you may ask who was Mr. Candler? You might recognize the name of the road named after him or our Scott Candler branch.

Scott Candler was actually known as “Mr. DeKalb” and was instrumental in shaping the county as we know it.  His family, at the time of his birth, went back six generations in which there was a history of public service.  To prepare for this post, I checked out a book that we have titled, “Mr. DeKalb” by Morris Shelton.

Some of the interesting facts I discovered was that back during World War II, Candler had a county-owned cannery built for the citizens. They could bring up food that they grew and have it canned. In 1969, the County Commissioners tried to shut the cannery down but were met with an outcry from the DeKalb citizens.

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