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100 Years Ago


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

The members of the Rome Telephone Society and a number of invited guests motored to Cave Spring fifty years ago and enjoyed a delightful moonlight picnic supper. The big motor truck of the Brown Transfer Company was piled with straw and about thirty young men and women were whisked away on it to Cave Spring where a pleasant evening was spent. Among the members of the society who attended were Misses Belle Poindexter, Bertha Stephens, Carrie Lee Russell, Mollie Walker, Imogene McAfee, Lucile Field, Lucile Floyd, Ammer Johnson, Irene Washington, Hattie May Dempsey, Ellen Spraggins, Mary Lee and Little May Whitmire, Manor Ware, Mildred Hampton, Bessie Agnew, Pearlie Stephens and Eunice O’Connor. Each member invited one guest.


Russia found its way into the headlines of the day as concern for its survival materialized.

Whether the country faced anarchy or a reign of terror as the fruit of General Korniloffi’s revolt against Premier Kerensky’s provisional government depended largely, officials in Washington, D.C, believed, on the speed with which the situation developed. If the deposed commander-in-chief, reported marching on Petrograd with troops personally loyal, made a spectacular show of strength, others might follow him and pave the way for a powerful dictatorship.

Observers were fearing that internal conflict would turn into civil war an cause Russia to make a separate peace with Germany, or cause the restoration of the monarchy with its inevitable train of evil consequences.


The fall fashion news was out and ladies in Rome read that coats were narrow and their silhouettes straighter than ever before. Collars were designed of fur and larger than the previous season’s. Tailleurs for fall and winter were wearable and pleasing and promised to be popular. Broadcloth, velours, Bolivia, pompon and silver-toned velours were popular fabrics and the new colors were brown, castor, reindeer, dark green, beet root, aviator, blue cannonode gray. There seemed to be less dark blue worn in suits than ever before, with greens and browns predominating.

The waist line was still elusive and coats varied in hip lengths, three quarter and seven eights. The smartness of gowns lay in the richness of material and many beautiful pieces to be used were burella, cheviot, gabardine and jerseys. Bustles were a feature of all the ultra designs.

Blouses were designed with high and V-necks and showed a touch of beads and rich fur.


Mr. and Mrs. Edward J. Floyd announced the marriage of their daughter, Lucile, to Mr. Kirton King, the marriage taking place at the home of Rev. Dr. Walker. The bride wore a becoming suit of brown with hat, and boots to match. Miss Floyd was the eldest of her parents. Mr. King was connected with the Rhyne Pharmacy. The couple left after the ceremony for a brief wedding trip and on their return were to be at home to their friends at 304 First Avenue.