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100 Years Ago


As it appeared in the Fifty Years Ago column in the October 1967 editions of the Rome News-Tribune

The “Womanless Wedding” planned in benefit of the Rome Red Cross was attracting much attention as some 50 prominent Rome gentlemen were to take part.

Most were garbed in feminine attire and cut all sorts of capers for the edification of the audience. The cast was composed of W.B. Mebane, who played the role of minister; Ed Dean, who was the blushing bride; Victor Smith, the manly groom; John Graham, the bride’s weepy mother; John H. Reynolds, the bride’s proud father; Andrew Cooper, maid of honor; Ab Dean, best man; Elmer Grant, groom’s mother; Dr. Synder, groom’s father; Lindsey Johnson, servant; John Weisendager, Hugh McCray, Reuben Towers, Mell Gammon and Evan Harvey, flower girls.

Distinguished guests included Miss Cat, the suffragette, Bolling Sullivan; Gertrude Hoffman, Dr. Smith; Mary Pickford, Harry Riley; Pearl White, W.S. Cothran; Pauline Frederick, Jim Maddox; Billie Burke, J.P. Jones; Norma Talmadge, Will Towers; Geraldine Farrar, Phillip Wilby; Theda Bara, Harlan Starr; Anita Stewart, Frank Woodruff; Madame Melba, Glover McGhee; Margery Wilson, Jim O’Neill; Lillian Gish, Dorothy Gish, the twins, Harris Best and Fleetwood King.


Ellen Simmons Blair entertained a number of little friends at a picture party this week half a century ago.

After a pleasant program of pictures, the guests enjoyed refreshments at the Tea Garden. Those present were Patti Wright McGhee, Dottie Ledbetter, Martha Berry, Martha and Francis Ledbetter, Bill Ledbetter, Ann Elizabeth Hancock, Elizabeth Richardson, Mary Harbin, Mary Lou Hoyt, Dorothy Morton, Mae Morton, Ann Lawrence, Ethnelle Morton, Lucy Little Funkhouser, Howard York and Mattie Wall Glover.


Mrs. Francis Willingham and Mrs. Tim Willis had gone to Hot Springs for the former’s health. Mr. and Mrs. W.L. Funkhouser and family were making plans to move to Atlanta. … Herbert Rawlins, of Atlanta, was visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. Rawlins on the Kingston Pike. John Jervis and Robert Betts left this week for Atlanta to enter Georgia Tech. … Mrs. John M. Graham and family and Mrs. Bolling Sullivan had returned from Canada where they had spent the summer. … Battey Coker was planning to leave for Vanderbilt University where he was to study medicine. … Denny and Alfred King, sons of Mrs. S.S. King, entered the University of Georgia, both boys having been made member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter at that place.


Mr. and Mrs. James Jackson Jr. announced the birth of a little daughter. … Mr. and Mrs. Will Brisendine motored up from Fort Valley and were spending the weekend with Mr. and Mrs. F.S. Barron. … Mrs. Thomas Fahy was visiting her son, Joe, who was a student officer at Fort Oglethorpe. … Note in an editorial: A scandal will do more to make people behave themselves than the most powerful sermon. …