As it appeared in the 50 Years Ago column in the December 17, 1917, edition of the Rome News-Tribune
At an enthusiastic meeting of the Rome Chamber of Commerce, held this week fifty years ago, Homer R. McClatchey was unanimously reelected president of the organization. Other officers selected were first vice president, J.D. McCartney; second vice president, Bernard Hale; directors of two-year terms, C.J. Wyatt, J.H. O’Neill, John M. Graham, J.B. Sullivan; directors of one-year terms, Joe P. Glover, George Nixon, C.O. Walden and Barry Wright.
While speaking in an optimistic vein Mr. McClatchey did not mince words in discussing local conditions. A better enforcement of laws, particularly of those against the sale of liquor, the saving of the Land Company bridges, the erection of a new jail, securing modern school buildings, the maintenance of public roads, particularly along the Dixie Highway, were some of the things in which he said the Chamber of Commerce might well interest itself. He urged the selection of some other person as president, but the members drafted him for another year’s service.
Rome banks had on deposit this week a half century ago more money than at any other time in the history of the city. The total deposits when the comptroller of the currency made his call was $3,153,752. This included the three state banks. Never in the history of Rome had deposits reached the three million mark. A good portion of the deposits was attributed to the high price of cotton. … On the war front, Jerusalem was in the hands of the British after virtually 1,200 years of control by the Moslems. The capitulation of the Holy City swept away the dreams of the Germans and Turks of driving southward and capturing the Suez Canal and invading Egypt.
New fixtures to aid the comfort of the patrons were added at the Elite and Amus-U Theatres this week, according to O.C. Lam, manager. Storm doors had been added to both houses and Lam said that the addition of plenty of coal would keep a “comfy” atmosphere at all times.
The added features came just in time, for Rome was covered with a thick blanket of snow this week fifty years ago. The cold weather had frozen the still waters of the Oostanaula River above the foot of Broad Street and big cakes of ice clogged the stream. The lake at DeSoto Park was also solidly frozen over.
Mr. and Mrs. B.L. Hughes announced the engagement of their daughter, Phoebe Alexander, to Capers Moore Simmons, the wedding to occur early in the new year. … Mr. and Mrs. George M. Nixon announced the birth of a daughter who had been named Eunice Adamson Nixson. … Mr. and Mrs. J.A. Glover were planning a trip to Florida. … Calder Willingham and Walton Shandin had received commissions at the Fort Oglethorpe training center for officers. Both were made lieutenants in the National Army. John Hughes was made a first lieutenant. … Billy Sunday, the famous evangelist, preached this week in Rome at the Berry Schools.