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Fifty Years Ago


Tuesday, Sept. 5, 1967

Dams saved area over $1 million in flood damage

Two north Georgia dams operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are estimated to have reduced flood damages resulting from heavy rainfall in north Georgia on August 23 and 24 by over $1 million.

Colonel Robert E. Snetzer, district engineer for the Corps of Engineers, said that heavy rains up to 13 inches were recorded above Buford dam, located 35 miles northeast of Atlanta, and that the stage on the Chattahoochee River at Atlanta was reduced by 13 feet because of flood waters stored in Lake Lanier. The river would have crested about 23 feet, Snetzer said, but the flood damage due to Buford Dam was estimated by the Army engineer at $687,000 with $670,000 of the savings in rural areas and $17,000 classified as urban.

Allatoona Dam on the Etowah River above Cartersville during the same period is estimated to have prevented almost $400,000 in flood damages. Most of the protection was furnished to the Rome area where over $200,000 in damages was prevented. Approximately $169,000 was saved in the rural sections between Cartersville and Rome. The Oostanaula River crested at 23.3 feet at Rome and, according to Colonel Snetzer, if Allatoona Reservoir had not stored most of the excess runoff above the dam, the crest would have been more than 30 feet. The total rainfall above Allatoona on August 23 and 24 averaged nearly six inches.

Sunday Sept. 3, 1967

Volunteer firemen register complaint

PITTSBURGH (UPI) – Volunteer firemen complained Saturday about their position in the parade at the annual Allegany County Fair – they follow the livestock.

The firemen shudder when they think about walking behind the blue-ribbon cows, bulls and horses. The firefighters are proud of their neatly pressed bands and shiny trucks.

“Fear not, men,” said Betty Colosimo, fair manager. “I’ll have the highways crew sweep the oval and there’ll be no slip-ups.”

Wednesday, Sept. 6, 1967

Wills rolling along behind Carman boys

One Carman was enough to give Region 6-AA coaches a headache, but Wills High has come up with a pair of ‘em and this could be the combination that starts the Tigers on their march up the region ladder.

Harold Carman, Wills’ fine quarterback, led the region in passing in 1966 as a senior and he shows no signs of letting up in the first two games of 1967. However, his young brother, Bill has come along now to give the Tigers a more diversified offense and this could spell trouble for foes.

Bill has carried 19 times in two games, both of the victories, gaining 105 net yards in the process. He got most of those last week when the Tigers polished off Cass, 31-7 to move into the lead in the region standings.

Big brother Harold has clicked on 16 of 34 passes for 219 yards and three touchdowns. This is good enough for No. 1 in this category, which is old hat for Harold.

George Vaughan, East Rome’s tough-as-nails 200-pound fullback, took over the top spot in individual rushing by gaining 137 net yards in 14 rushes in the Gladiators’ 14-7 victory over Model. Bill Carman is second here and Roger Weaver of West Rome, last year’s rushing champion, is third with 95 yards and 16 carries.

Harold Carman’s closest competitor in passing is Lamar Ray of Cass, who has completed 11 of 20 tosses for 171 yards and a touchdown. Next is Cedartown’s Wendell Rhodes with a 17-for-28 chart, good for 140 yards and a touchdown.

Thursday, Sept. 7, 1967

Eye-catching décor feature of Esserman’s

Wall to wall carpeting, new lighting effects and bright colors mark the face of Esserman’s Store, which has been remodeled during the summer.

A special feature of the store id departmentalized stores which are designed to created visual selling with low, accessible counters and clothes racks.

Hyman Esserman, president of Esserman’s, said that approximately 400 square feet had been added by the remodeling, providing space for a cosmetic bar and hosiery counter. The shoe department was also enlarged and remodeled.

As before, one side of the first floor is devoted to men’s clothing while the opposite side is now given to the lingerie department and a completely new counter for handbags.

The second floor has been completely carpeted, with nearly 200 square feet of space added, Mr. Esserman said. Clothing departments have been divided into five shops for easier election of merchandise by the customer.

The entire interior of the store has been designed in eye-catching, multi-colored décor.

The J.P. Roberts Construction Co. of Rome accomplished the remodeling, with Edinger-Wyckoff Inc. as planners and designers. Mr. Esserman said that Edinger-Wyckoff Inc. will use Esserman’s as a show place for other store owners who plan remodeling and renovation of their stores.

The formal opening of the redesigned Esserman’s Store was being held today, with door prizes offered in every department, Mr. Esserman said.

Esserman’s was built in 1896 in its present location. It has been remodeled five times since its original construction. Mr. Esserman said that further remodeling is scheduled for after Christmas when the store façade and display windows will be redesigned.

Esserman’s employs 50 persons, with an enlargement of personnel planned.

Hyman Esserman is president of the company and Ben Esserman is secretary-treasurer.