"No public official can produce a better record than is contained in continuous re-election term after term and this has been the experience of Hon. J. W. Means, ordinary of Pike County."
"This repeated re-election is the people's endorsement of the services maintained and is a recognition of efficiency and fidelity in the discharge of the duties of the position. These duties are of a highly important character, for the omission of accuracy in the keeping of legal documents lead to expensive law suits and their costly delays. So that alertness, accuracy and reliability must be the features of a successful service in the position of a county ordinary and these features have ever prevailed during the incumbency of J. W. Means."
"He was born May 2_, 1835, in Pike County, GA. He is the son of John Means, who married Miss Nancy McGinty. Mr. Means received his education in the common schools at Barnesville, and his only text-books were the blue black spelling book, Smyley's arithmetic and Smith's grammar. After receiving his education he farmed and taught school until he was 21 years of age. In 1861 he entered the war in Company A, 19th (nine hard to read and may be incorrect) Georgia Regiment with Capt. J. H. Baker. He was captured at Spottsylvania Court House, VA in 1864 and imprisoned at Fort Delaware. He was exchanged in 1865 and in March of the same year he was released on parole. His command surrendered in May, 1865 at Appomattox Court House. After leaving the war he again took up farming, also the lumber business which he carried on successfully until he was elected ordinary in November, 1896. He has served the people in this manner as to fully justify the confidence reposed in him by the people of Pike. He is a 10th Degree mason and a member of the M. E. Church, South, in both of which he is held in the highest esteem. His tender regard and interest in Confederate veterans has been a feature of his administration as ordinary which has won for him the love of these old heroes and their families."
Submitted by Barbara S. Stock, CG
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