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Fifty Years Ago


Tuesday, Sept. 12, 1967

West End, Elm Street capture wins in Mite League openers

West End had an easy time of it, but Elm Street had to fight for its life to claim a victory Monday in the opening game of the Boys’ Club Mite football league program.

West End rolled over Celanese, 28-0, and Elm Street outscored St. Mary’s, 27-21, at the Boys’ Club field before a near capacity crowd.

West End put up an iron-clad defense and allowed Celanese only 24 yards rushing in the game. In the meantime, the winners whacked out 129 yards overland and 18 more through the air to win easily.

Harry West, Dennis Gordon, David Sapp and Smith scored touchdowns for West End. Brad Morrow tacked on three on three of the extra points and West garnered the other.

What made West End so effective was the balance in their running game. West rushed for 35 yards, Morrow gained 30, Gordon 20 and John Tatum 18. Also, Morrow clicked on three of five passes for 18 years.

Defensively, Smith and West led the way for the winners, while Reynolds, Childers and Pierson were tops for Celanese.

Frank Garner rushed for 84 yards, including a 48-yard gallop for a touchdown in leading Elm Street to its victory. Lamar Lundy scored a TD and an extra point, while Camp and Milner added other touchdowns and Holloway two PATs for the winners. Milner scored his six-pointer on a fumble recovery.

In the rushing department, Lundy gained 30 and Bell 27 to aid Garner for the winners. The top rushers for St. Mary’s were David Guldenschuh with 57 and Mike Maslanka with 10. Maslanka also contributed seven individual tackles for St. Mary’s and Lundy had six to his credit for Elm Street.

Scoring St. Mary’s touchdowns were Guldenschuh on 39 and 12 yard runs and Maslanka on a 41-yards sprint. Nebel tallied two points after touchdowns and Maslanka one.

Sunday Sept. 10, 1967

Wooden shoes still common in Holland

THE HAGUE (UPI) – The quaint, hand-carved wooden shoes, familiar in paintings of the past and tourist shops of the present, are still a common sight on the fields and on the highways of modern Holland.

The cumbersome clodhoppers are not just for show for tourists either. Ask a working Dutchman the reason and he will tell you, “they’re solid dependable, waterproof and cheap.” Many devotees around the world will say the same.

Produced by some 270 professional carvers with an annual output of about four million pairs, Dutch “klompen” are the regular footwear of people in heavy work, from fishing and farming to chemical and steel manufacturing.

Wooden shoes are worn by about 2.5 million Dutchmen. Years ago they were more common but they dropped out of favor as general footwear when leather shoes became cheaper.

During World War II, however, when leather was scarce and money tight, clogs caught on again. Millions of Dutchmen dug out their wooden shoes from attics or barns and wore them daily until better times.

“And they made pretty good weapons, too,” reminisced one man.

The wooden shoe industry, which traces its history back 500 years, uses poplar wood for about 80 percent of its production. Willow, another wood which resists water well, is also used.

The shoes were carved entirely by hand until 1918, but now a well-equipped and mechanized shop with as few as nine men can turn out 1,300 to 1,400 pairs of klompen a week.

Among the most frequently heard names in the business are those of the Houwer Brothers – four carvers taught the art by their father. They all have their own shops in communities west of Arahem. Gerrit J. Houwer, who owns a fully mechanized plant employing six, produces up to 600 pairs a week.

Houwer is one of the few carvers who takes trips to promote his product. His trips are extensive, and this year will include San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, as well as Canada and South Africa.

Wednesday, Sept. 13, 1967

‘Dust case’ aired in superior court

The “dust case” as it is commonly known is being heard in Floyd Superior Court and from all indications it may take the entire week to complete.

A group of West Rome residents has been carrying on a year-long battle against what they contend is an industrial intrusion into their residential neighborhood.

Watson Street residents, and those on surrounding streets, are complaining about the presence of a concrete mixing plant owned by Minge Inc. of Rome. It is considered an industry, but Watson Street, which contains residents on the opposite side, is the boundary line between areas zone for light industry and residential use.

Basically, the residents contend that the plant is a heavy industry located in a light industrial zone district. They also say the plant is an “eyesore” and is detrimental to their property values.

Minge Inc. contends that it operates a lawful and legal business in an area that was zone by the City of Rome for the purpose.

The case has been in progress for three days and a court official said it may continue throughout the week.

Friday, Sept. 15, 1967

City system approves classes for adults

The establishment of an adult education program was approved Thursday by the Rome Board of Education at its monthly meeting held in the superintendent’s offices.

Supt. M.S. McDonald proposed implementation of the program to serve those adults who received elementary but not a high school education. The fee will be $50 for a 32-week term.

The program will be administered by James N. Finley, a teacher at West Rome High School, who holds a principal’s certificate.

McDonald said that English, mathematics, science and social studies for grades 9-12 will be offered, with classes meeting at East Rome High School.

Teaching will be on a voluntary basis.

Basic adult education programs have been carried for some time in the Floyd County School system, but this is the first time that adult education classes have been offered for persons wishing to take high school courses.

In other business, the board approved a joint proposal from East and West Rome High Schools to exempt honor students from their final examinations at the end of their senior year. Honor graduates will be determined at the end of the third quarter of the senior year.

The board also revised the system’s marriage policy to permit who plan to be married to submit their petition in writing 30 days prior to their marriage if their principal or the superintendent is not available to be seen.

The board approved new teachers for the fall term, including Mrs. Virginia Dunstan Tyndall, Elm Street; Larry Dubois Willis, Main high; William Supon and Mrs. Dorothy Lucille Hill, East Rome Junior and Senior High Schools; Mrs Edythe Sprayberry, West Rome High; Mrs. Donald Midkiff, East Rome Elementary; Miss Arcela Greene, Main Elementary.

Supt. McDonald announced that the standard committee of the State Board of education would visit the system Oct. 16-20.