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Fifty Years Ago


Mon., Oct. 9, 1967

‘Hobo’ could apply as letter carrier

Most any day now, Hobo, a dog familiar to residents of a portion of Lindale, could put in his application as a U.S. Post Office letter carrier.

Hobo bears many of the qualifications necessary for a letter carrier — loyalty to duty, diligence and punctuality — but he might be refused a permanent job because he is not too apt at reading, and might leave mail at the wrong addresses.

The canine, medium-sized with black coat, symmetrically trimmed with brown and white, “hoboed” his way to the home of Buck Beard, 204 Garden St., as a puppy about a year ago — hence his name. Soon afterwards, he became interested in the mail delivery and set about to learn its system.

Each morning Hobo meets Roy Peacock, letter carrier for the Lindale Post Office, when the latter starts his route at 201 Park St. Going every step of the way with Peacock over the whole of Old Town, Jamestown and Silver Street, Hobo returns to the Post Office in mid-afternoon with the carrier and rests while Peacock finishes up his day’s work.

When time comes for Peacock to get in his car and go to his home, 403 East Sixth St., Rome, Hobo runs gleefully alongside the car until it makes its turn northward, then lets out a few barks, probably meaning “See you tomorrow,” and returns to his Garden Street home, where he is content to stay until the next morning and time to go on another delivery.

Sun., Oct. 8, 1967

Queen coronation highlights ball

A highlight of the 17th annual Cotton Ball, an event of this coming Saturday night in the clubhouse of the McClain-Sealock American Legion Post, will be the selection of a “Cotton Ball Queen.”

This year’s queen will be selected from a bevy of Queen Contest entries including Mrs. Linda Pilgrim, Miss Charlene Teems, Mrs. Patricia Baker, Mrs. Joan Boozer, Mrs. Claudette Godfrey, Miss Sonya Garrett, Miss Patsy Caldwell, Mrs. Patsy Smith and Mrs. Ferrell Knowles.

The new queen, who will be given a dozen red roses, an engraved silver bowl and other lovely gifts, will be crowned by last year’s queen, Mrs. Olivia Gaylor.

Serving as judges will be Henry Winkles, of Bremen, American Legion Department junior vice-commander; Dick Echols of Avondale Estates; George Bailey of Marietta and Mrs. Doyal Lambert of Marietta.

Reservations for tables at the ball, held annually under the sponsorship of the McClain-Sealock Unit of the American Legion Auxiliary, will be limited to 200 persons, and it is stated that there are only a few reservations left. Deadline for making these reservations is noontime this coming Friday.

Tickets must be purchased in advance, and they may be bought from members of the sponsoring unit at Lindale Pharmacy, Brackett’s Pharmacy, Landers’ ’ Pharmacy, Julia’s Beauty Shop or the Diane Shop.

Mrs. Julia Smith is serving as chairman for the 1967 ball, and states that many out-of-town state and district officers of the Legion and Auxiliary have accepted invitations. The colorguard of the local Post will assist the Auxiliary with the ball, proceeds from which will used toward a scholarship for a Pepperell High School senior.

Music for dancing will be provided from 9 p.m. to midnight by The Jazzmasters.

Tues., Oct. 10, 1967

Grizzard’s runs pace Darlington

Bob Grizzard gave a helping hand in all three of Darlington’s touchdowns Monday afternoon as the Little Tigers knocked off Garden Lakes in the Junior Midget football league play, 18-0.

In the other contest, West Rome and Pepperell battled to a 0-0 tie with the latter being the only team to penetrate the 10-yard line. It was strictly defense all the way.

Central Primary scored two touchdowns int eh middle frames for a 12-2 victory over St. Mary, while Pepperell had to score twice in the second half for a 13-0 victory over West End in Mite League games at the Rome Boys Club.

Tommy Gates and Terry Clements scored on 14 and nine-yard runs for the markers to pace Central Primary past St. Mary. Gates had 49 yards on only three carries, while Clement had 31 yards on seven trips.

Joe Carlson was by far the leading defensive man for the winners with a total of 20 tackles for the contest.

The only points for the losers came in the first period when Tony Bobo tackled Clements in the end zone for a safety, but that lead soon disappeared.

Mike Tucker caught a 12-yard pass from Mike McAteer for a touchdown, and Rip White came through with a two-yard tally, while Keith Pitts had one extra point in Pepperell’s victory over West End.

West End couldn’t get a sustained attack going offensively, but John Tatum did come through with 10 big tackles to lead in this department.

Grizzard broke the Darlington-Garden Lakes game wide open early with a 65-yard touchdown run, and then came back with a 20-yard pass to Tommy Nichols for six more. He then raced 27 yards for the final counter.

Pepperell moved to West Rome’s two-yard line, but failed to score and the remaining portion of the game was played between the 30-yard lines in a defensive duel that ended in a 0-0 tie.

Thurs., Oct. 12, 1967

For the birds former Kansan

WICHITA, Kan. (UPI) -- Desmond Slattery thinks a nice package of Kansas dust is just the thing for the birds.

“All the birds in their natural surroundings like dust baths,” says the former Kansan. “Some people say they do it to delouse themselves, but I don’t hold much with that. I believe there’s a surplus of oils that collects on birds through change of seasons and from time to time this excess becomes bothersome.”

Slattery, now a New Jersey public relations official, says he’s going into the business of putting Kansas dust in package form for bird owners so “their pets may fulfill their biological need to take dust baths.”

The idea for the birds came, says Slattery, while he was riding a bus in New Jersey and reading a paper with an article and picture of the Kansas dustbowl era in the 1930s.

“And due to other things I had read about the dryness in recent years,” says Slattery, “I began thinking of ways to use this surplus dust.”

Not disclosing exactly in what quantity or price his packages would be available, Slattery takes a $1 parcel as an example, claiming it would earn as much as $2 million a year.

Slattery was in Wichita recently to contact a plastics firm regarding shipping and dispensing containers. Slattery, a son of Jack Slattery, a fight promoter and one-time U.S. Agriculture Department employee, plans to operate his dust business on a drop-shipment basis, conveying orders he receives in New York to production points in Kansas.

He also plans to contact the government about obtaining a franchise for the firm.

So far Slattery hasn’t said just where in Kansas he’ll start digging for dust. For one thing the birdbath material isn’t as readily available as in the dustbowl days of the ‘30s.