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Fifty Years Ago


Tuesday, Dec 12, 1967

Open Door children have early Santa visit

If there is a little girl named Virginia at Rome’s Open Door Home, she will not need to ask if there is a Santa Claus, for, after this week, she knows there is one.

Santa visited the Open Door Home a bit early this year, in the guise of members of Electrical Workers International, Local 613, Unit 2, and the pack on his back contained no sugar plums, but clothes.

Actually, J.W. Pelham, Tommy Medlock, and J.L. Holcomb representing Local 613, sponsored a shopping excursion to a Rome clothing store to purchase some much needed clothes for the children. The children went in groups and each one was fitted individually for the clothes he or she needed, after Miss Lorine Smith, superintendent of the home, took an inventory of each child’s wearing apparel.

“The children selected their own clothes,” Miss Smith said. “with only a little guidance from us.”

The children came away from the store with jackets and coats, pants and shirts, boots, leather and tennis shoes, raincoats, gowns, robes, dresses, slacks, pocketbooks and gloves.

“This was a wonderful Christmas present for our children,” Miss Smith said. “We are grateful to Local 613 and to all the many other people who think of us at all times. Every gift, large or small, means so much to the Open Door Home.”

Last year Local 613 presented children at the Open Door Home with bicycles.

Sunday, Dec. 10, 1967

Thermonuclear peace bomb explosion set

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A thermonuclear peace bomb is set to explode 4,240 feet underground today in the first test of a concept that could double the nation’s natural gas reserves.

The device, with the power of 12.5 million quarts of nitroglycerin, is to be detonated at 1 p.m. EST, in a secluded area of the Carson National Forest. The site is 55 miles east of Farmington, and about 200 miles from where the world’s first atomic explosion occurred near Alamogorda in July 1945.

There will be little similarity between today’s Project Gasbuggy test and the World War II atomic weapons program.

Gasbuggy, the first use of nuclear explosive for industrial purposes, has a peaceful objective -- to determine if it can free natural gas from low permeability, or tight, rock formations where gas cannot be obtained at a profit by conventional means

The Atomic Energy Commission, a Gasbuggy sponsor, estimated there are enough so-called tight formations in Wyoming, New Mexico, Utah, and Colorado that nuclear stimulation could add about 300 trillion cubic feet of natural gas to the nation’s reserves, and thus double them.

Wednesday, Dec. 13, 1957

Cedartown gets Indians’ scalps in doubleheader

SUMMERVILLE, Ga. — Cedartown’s Bulldogs, top-ranked team in the Rome area, turned on the offensive speed Tuesday night and ran roughshod over Chattooga 75-37 in a Region 6-AA contest played at the Indians’ gym.

The Bulldogettes made it a clean sweep by outscoring the home team 59-45 in the opener.

The Bulldogs now stand 3-0 and the Cedartown girls 1-3 for the season.

Dick Whitis’ Bulldogs went ahead of Chattooga 16-12 in the first quarter and continued to widen their lead the rest of the night. It was 32-21 at halftime before the Bulldogs exploded for 28 markers in the third stanza to really put the game out of reach.

However, the victory might have been a costly one. Veteran guard Wendell Rhodes suffered a concussion during the game and may be lost to the club for sometime. He scored nine points, all in the first half.

Ricky Wright more than took up the slack. he hit for 13 points in the third quarter and finished the night with a game’s high of 19 points. Phillip Gammage was the only other Bulldog in double figures with 13 points.

The Bulldogs had nine players in the scoring column as Whitis turned the game over to the subs in the final period.

For Chattooga, Duke hit a dozen points and was the only Indian in double figures.

The game was marred by fouls. A total of 43 were called and three Chattooga players weren’t around at the finish.

The girls game was tied, 14-14 after the first quarter, but Cedartown went ahead 30-22 at halftime and appeared to have the game on ice. However, Chattooga roared back with 21 points in the third quarter to take a 43-39 lead at this point.

Cedartown’s defense came into the spotlight in the final seven minutes, limited the home-standing Squaws only two points. In the meantime, the Bulldogettes tallied 20 points to walk away an easy winner.

A couple of Susans, Susan Mullinax and Susan Johnson, did most of the damage for Cedartown. Mullinax scored 26 points, Johnson 20 and Dale Freeman 11 for the winners. Nancy Hale got 22 points to lead Chattooga scorers.

Thursday, Dec. 14, 1957

“Hi Mom” deadline

W.N. Higgins, director of a Rome contest to win a telephone call overseas, reminded area residents that all cards and letters should be sent in no later than Friday.

Twenty-one phone calls will be made overseas by the holders of winning cards and letters in the competition, sponsored by the Communications Workers of America, Local 3219 and the USO.

Correspondence should be sent to “Hi Mom,” c/o CWA 3219, 114 Donnelly Dr., Rome. Selected winners will be notified.