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100 Years Ago

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As it appeared in the Fifty Years Ago column as presented in the Sunday, Sept. 17, 1967 edition of the Rome News-Tribune

The flying spectrum of Anti-Saloon League speakers swooped down on Rome this week half a century ago and occupied many pulpits, while John G. Woolley spoke at the auditorium in the afternoon.

These prohibitionists were combing the country in preparation for a dry America. The object of their crusade was to secure votes for the amendment to the federal constitution outlawing the sale of liquor.

Local prohibitionists assured the visitors that Rome was on the dry side even if the people didn’t flock to hear them and that Rome folks were hard to corral within four walls, especially on a hot Sunday.

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It took a long time to build the three new bridges that were spanning the Etowah and Oostanaula Rivers in Rome fifty years ago, but two of them were finished and the third was almost complete.

The steel bridge across the Oostanaula at Fifth Avenue was said to be one of its kind. It was an inspiring spectacle to look at from a distance with the tall steel towers controlling the draw looming up splendidly. The broad roadway with the footways on each side furnished ample accommodations for passengers and vehicles. Street cars crossed over, making a continuous run between the eastern and western sections of the city.

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The day of the girl messengers had reached Rome this week a half-century ago. The local office of the Postal-Telegraph Company advertised in the Tribune-Herald for “a messenger, either girl or boy, 16 to 18 years of age.” This was the first instance in the city’s history where a girl, had been offered the position of telegraph messenger.

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Willie Barron, Dean Owens and Dick Watts were the Rome boys who were planning to return this week fifty years ago to Washington and Lee University to resume their studies. … Mr. and Mrs. Linton Hamilton had taken the apartment at the Bon Air formerly occupied by Mr. and Mrs. C.N. Featherson, who had moved to their home on the Summerville Pike. …