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100 Years Ago


As presented in the Fifty Years Ago column in the Thursday, August, 17, 1967, edition of the Rome News-Tribune

This week fifty years ago, W.F. Simmons, chief of police of Rome, notified citizens that automobiles could be operated only by persons more than 16 years of age. Police Chief Simmons said that cases would be made against violators of the ordinance.

There were about 300 automobiles in Rome and Floyd County in August 1917, of which at least 16 percent were habitually driven by children.

“Both boys and girls,” the Tribune-Herald stated, “may be seen at the steering wheel.”

The chief said the practice would have to stop and the outcome of his words was watched with interest by Romans.


News reached Rome this week a half century ago of the landing in a European part of the Seventeenth Regiment of Engineers of which four Romans were members. They were Capt. T.E. Grafton, Yeargan Tarpley, Jim Starr and Charles Graves. … On the international scene a half century ago, the deposed Russian Emperor, Nicholas, and members of his family, were reported spirited away under circumstances of extreme mystery.

No one except the military and officials sent from Petrograd witnessed the departure. It was believed that they were transported to Siberia.


This week fifty years ago, the presidents or their representatives from a number of women’s organizations of Rome met at the Carnegie Library and formed the Rome unit of the Women’s Committee of the National Council of Defense.

Mrs. A.W. Van Hoose, who had been appointed temporary chairman by Mrs. Samuel Inman of Atlanta, chairman of the Georgia division, presided. Officers were elected and included honorary chairman, Mrs. J. Lindsay Johnson; chairman, Mrs. Paul White; first vice chairman, Mrs. William Winston; second vice chairman, Mrs. Ed Rankin; recording secretary, Miss Cordelia Veal; corresponding secretary and treasurer, Miss Elizabeth Harris.

The organization of this body of women marked an important step in the national defense work in Rome during the Great War. Through the organization, suggestions and requests would come from the government in the way of reports and to the women of the country in the way of requests. It was to bring about a cooperation and coordination of forces and avoid waste of time and energy.

The defense work was to be in the line of canning or other home industries, clerical work or actual service.


Miss Annie May Bass, daughter of Mr. Gordon Bass, and B.F. Quigg were married at the home of the bride, at Reynolds’ Bend.

The ceremony was witnessed by only the immediate family and occurred in the living room where zinnias and ferns were used prettily as decorations.

The bride wore a silver-toned blue suit with a gray velvet turban. Gray gloves and boots were an artistic finish to the becoming costume.

Following the wedding, Mr. and Mrs. Quigg left for a wedding trip to the mountains and on their return to Rome, planned to reside with Mr. and Mrs. W.S. McHenry on Second Avenue.

The bride had been a teacher in the public schools of Rome and Mr. Quigg was principal of Rome High School.