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Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, Dec. 21, 1966

Conway heads Cherokee lodge

Glenn Conway was elected worshipful master of Cherokee Lodge of Masons at the annual communication.

Other officers who will serve with Conway are:

Hobart Money, senior warden; James Meeks, junior warden; G.J. Davis, treasurer; Walter A. Johnson, secretary; Milton Tippin, chaplain; L.A. Brown, senior deacon; A.T. Vaughn, junior deacon; J.A. Staton, senior steward; Judge Robert L. Scoggin, junior steward; Charles Meeks, third steward; and R.I. Bowen, Tyler.

George Lanier, past master of the Lodge, was named director of work.

The officers were installed by W.H. Waits, Dewey H. Wollstein, L.A. Payne and Felton Blalock, past masters.

The retiring master, W.H. Waits, was presented a set of silver in appreciation of his outstanding service to the Lodge. Presentation was made by Arthur W. Jeffries, a past master of Cherokee Lodge.

Tuesday, Dec. 20, 1966

Young Roman being eyed for film role

Mike Garrison, now living in California, has had to postpone his planned visit to Rome for the holidays. He has recently been signed for a Hollywood screen test, and along with several other young actors is being considered for the forthcoming film “Despair is Conquered” by Stephen Kay who will also produce and direct.

Last September Garrison played a small role in the motion picture “Three Days in America,” produced independently by European director Themois Douros.

Mike Garrison, better known to Romans as Mike Lane, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. James H. Lester of 602 East First St. He attended East Rome High School and later studied at LaGrange College, leaving the middle of his junior year to work at the Dorchester Music Hall in Chicago.

Mike appeared in Chicago productions of “Gypsy,” “Come Blow Your Horn,” “Mr. Roberts,” “The King and I,” etc. Last winter he was seen in support of Sal Mineo in the Canadian production of “What Makes Sammy Run?” He has also worked with such well known performers as Andy Williams, Darren McGavin, Warren Beatty, Robert Wagner, Julie Newmar and Jack Carter.

Thursday, Dec. 22, 1966

Birth rate shows stork slowing down

NEW YORK (UPI) – Mr. Stork isn’t running up the white flag, but he’s slowing down in the United States.

Item: 3,759,000 babies were born in the U.S. last year, compared with a little over four million the year before. The all-time peak number in deliveries came in 1957. More than 4.3 million new births were recorded.

Item: Births this year will level off at around 3.6 million, the approximate level in 1950.

Item: The American Hospital Association reports that many of its community hospital members are finding half of their maternity beds empty.

Connected or not, the skid in births is accompanied by increased use of the birth control pill by American women.

In 1961, nearly half a million women used the pill. This year, authorities report five million American women are steady users.

Statisticians at Metropolitan Life Insurance Co., reporting that the baby boom is ending, say the expected number of births this year corresponds to a rate of about 136 per 1,000 married women under age 45.

“It is considerably below the annual rates of the postwar years, but exceeds those recorded during the depression of the 1930s,” they said.

During the depression, babies were “put off.” Married couples had struggles enough keeping food on the table, roof over their head and clothes on the backs of the children they had.

During the war, economic problems, uncertainty about the future of large numbers of fathers away at war combined to keep births down.

But what is behind the new downswing? The statisticians’ answer:

“The current downswing results from reductions in the rates for second and subsequent children. Most noteworthy is the record for second children. This rate had remained virtually unchanged at about 45 per 1,000 from 1947 through 1957, but has since declined to a postwar low of about 34.6 per 1,000 in 1965.

“Similarly, the annual rate for third births has decreased from a peak of 33 per 1,000 in 1957 to about 24.3 per 1,000 last year.”

As the baby boom goes into a nosedive, the next question is, what of the future?

As large contingents of postwar children reach marriageable age and build their own families, the increasing number of births is expected to offset any continuing downswing in the higher order of births.

Sometime during the 70s, according to what the statisticians see in their crystal ball, new record highs should be reached.

Friday, Dec. 23, 1966

Sanders plans for 1967: Play less, enjoy it more

CEDARTOWN, Ga. – Doug Sanders plans to play less and enjoy it more in 1967, and he frankly admits he has his heart set on winning one of the major tournament championships – most particularly the British Open.

The clown prince of golf, decked out in a lavender outfit accented by a chalk white glove and shirt, had his first real homecoming party in years Thursday afternoon at the Cedar Valley Country Club. Oh, he’s been back to Cedartown on other occasions, but never before had he had a chance to meet and renew acquaintances with so many people he knew “way back when.”

Sanders returned home on the heels of his finest performance on the rich professional circuit. He pocketed $115,000 during the 1966 and ranked as PGA’s fourth best money winner.

As for his 1967 plans, he says he likely won’t be able to participate in as many tournaments because “my business interests demand more of my time.” He recently purchased an office building in Texas and only two weeks ago revealed he’ll be associated with a new golf course in Oklahoma. His 1967 goal is to bag one of the elusive major golf championships – Masters, PGA, U.S. Open, British Open. What may surprise a few Georgians is that he’d rather win the British Open than any of the others.