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HR 1447 - Cohen, Nathan; condolences
Smith, Tommy (169th)
Status Summary HC: SC: FR: 03/22/00 LA: 03/22/00 H - Passed/Adopted

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A RESOLUTION honoring the memory of Nathan Cohen; and for other purposes.

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3/22/00 Read 1st Time
3/22/00 Passed/Adopted
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LC 24 1774 H - Passed/Adopted

HR 1447                                            LC 24 1774 
                             A RESOLUTION 
  1- 1  Honoring the memory of Nathan Cohen; and for other purposes. 
  1- 2  WHEREAS, Nathan Cohen emigrated from Poland at the age of 
  1- 3  13.  He spoke no English and was robbed on the ship, so the 
  1- 4  passengers took up a collection and gave it to him along 
  1- 5  with a silver dollar from the captain to give him a fresh 
  1- 6  start in America; and 
  1- 7  WHEREAS, Mr. Cohen married Rebecca Chernoff and had three 
  1- 8  sons named Ronnie, Stevie, and Jerald; and 
  1- 9  WHEREAS, being ambitious and hardworking, Mr. Cohen began 
  1-10  peddling at age 17 with a horse and wagon selling and 
  1-11  trading with farm families and sawmill workers in Ware, 
  1-12  Coffee, and Bacon counties.  Then on April 4, 1924, he 
  1-13  opened his own store, Cohen's, in Alma, Georgia; and 
  1-14  WHEREAS, Mr. Cohen was active in the Alma Chamber of 
  1-15  Commerce, Lions Club, Shriners, and Masons.  Because he 
  1-16  cared about people and was committed to serving his 
  1-17  community, Mr. Cohen was named one of the first recipients 
  1-18  of the Alma-Bacon County Citizen of the Year Award; and 
  1-19  WHEREAS, Mr. Cohen helped found the first industrial 
  1-20  authority and brought the first industry, a sewing plant, to 
  1-21  Alma in the late 1950's.  He was one of the founders of the 
  1-22  Alma Exchange Bank in 1939, which is still in existence 
  1-23  today; and 
  1-24  WHEREAS, Mr. Cohen was elected in 1960 as the first Jewish 
  1-25  mayor in Georgia with 90 percent of the vote.  As mayor, he 
  1-26  was instrumental in making Alma one of two cities in the 
  1-27  nation to receive Model Cities Designation under President 
  1-28  Lyndon Johnson; and 
  1-29  WHEREAS, Mr. Cohen was known as the Polish born Jewish 
  1-30  peddler who became the most revered citizen in Alma, 
  1-31  Georgia.  He died in October, 1988, and is still missed by 
  1-32  his friends, family, and community; and 
  1-33  WHEREAS, Cohen's just celebrated its 75th anniversary in 
  1-34  Alma and is now operated by Nathan's grandson, Mark Cohen, 
  2- 1  the third generation to offer the same services and quality 
  2- 2  merchandise as did founder Nathan Cohen back in 1924. 
  2- 4  REPRESENTATIVES that the members of this body honor the 
  2- 5  memory of Nathan Cohen and recognize his extraordinary 
  2- 6  accomplishments. 
  2- 7  BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Clerk of the House of 
  2- 8  Representatives is authorized and directed to transmit an 
  2- 9  appropriate copy of this resolution to the family of Nathan 
  2-10  Cohen. 

Clerk of the House
Robert E. Rivers, Jr., Clerk
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