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Honoring a teacher
Liberty lore
Mrs. Walter M. Wood pins an orchid corsage on Mrs. W.L. Harrison
Looking through old, yellowed Liberty County Heralds this past week, I found several articles of interest. One, in particular, was about a lady whom I wrote about in my first Liberty Lore article in February 2004.
The article was dated Thursday, Aug. 17, 1961.
It read, “The Olin Frasers’ handsome home, Pinehope, was the scene of a very lovely and happy event last Friday afternoon, (Aug. 11, 1961), to which old friends and pupils of Mr. Fraser’s aunt, Mrs. W. L. Harrison, 78, were invited to greet and visit with her and reminiscence over the happy years when she was an important member of this community.
The tea, given in her honor, was hosted by Mrs. Olin Fraser. A former pupil, Mrs. Walter M. Wood, pinned an orchid corsage on the guest who was Wood’s highly esteemed childhood teacher.
“The whole house was thrown open to the guests, and as small groups were given an opportunity for a chat with “Miss Lolla,” the others enjoyed a tour through the house, which was completed and occupied by the Olin Frasers less than a year ago. (Pinehope is on Forest Street and today is the beautiful home of George Holtzman. Olin was in the lumber business in Savannah in 1960 and purchased 22,000 Savannah gray bricks to build this home. Savannah gray brick are very rare today and if you buy some in Chatham County, you have to sign an affidavit that the bricks will not be taken outside the county. Forest Street was way out in the country and was a good location to raise a pack of hound dogs, three horses and four children. Joe Fraser lived across the road and also had dogs, three horses and four children).  
“A dramatic arrangement of Formosan lilies and another of fuchsia summer blooms added to the attractiveness of the living room. The punch table was laid with a sheer linen cloth, embellished with hand embroidery and inserts of lace. It was centered with a milk glass bowl of peach-colored gladioli and fern. At one end of the table, Miss Mary Fraser poured punch and at the other, Miss Addie Fraser served party cakes iced with pink or green and topped with tiny sprays of flowers. Silver containers held pink and green mints or salted nuts. Mrs. Joseph B. Fraser Jr. assisted in serving the guests.
“Mrs. Harrison, a brilliant pianist and organist, at the request of her old friends, performed for them at the piano several times during the afternoon, adding much pleasure to an already delightful occasion.”
“General and Mrs. Joseph B. Fraser had as their dinner guests on Sunday night honoring Mrs. W. C. Harrison of Washington, D.C., Mrs. Harrison, Mrs. Walter M. Wood, Misses Mary and Addie Fraser.”
Lolla Aseneth Smith was born in Hinesville in 1883. Her parents were Olin Carlise Smith, sheriff of Liberty County at the time, and her mother was Ida Hughes Farmer Smith. Lolla married Wilbur Harrison in 1918. Both became teachers at Bradwell Institute. Later, Lolla and her sister ran the Magnolia Hotel that was located on the corner of Main and South Street. The Heritage Bank parking lot and part of Hinesville City Hall is on that spot now. Years later, Wilbur became the first secretary of the American Society of Certified Public Accountants after moving to Washington, D.C.
Wilbur died in 1929 at the age of 41. Lolla died in 1968 at the age of 85. Both are buried in the Flemington Presbyterian Cemetery.
Twenty-five women of the Hinesville Methodist Church made a colorful, woolen crazy quilt with each of their names embroidered on their square as a wedding gift for Lolla and Wilbur in 1918.  
Lolla and Wilbur had no children but gave a niece, Berta, a home and education. The quilt was given to Berta who later gave it to her cousin, Kathy Titterton in New York. She felt the old quilt should go back to where it originated. Lolla was Olin Fraser’s aunt and Kathy contacted him to see if the Liberty County Historical Society wanted it. We accepted it and had it framed. The 1918 quilt, a piece of Liberty County history, can be seen in the lobby at Hinesville City Hall.
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