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100 Years Ago


100 years ago as presented in the January 1918 editions of the Rome Tribune-Herald

To supply the needs of the army and navy and the nations associated with the United States in the war against Germany, the food administration will purchase from every flour mill in the country not to exceed 30 percent of its output. Out of the flour purchased, it was explained, the food administration will retain at all times a reserve stock and will ship flour to any point where the local supply might be short.


Our most generous and benevolent streetcar company has added another feature of amusement and pleasure for the benefit of the many pleasure-seekers among its patrons, the people of their city. They now have a most attractive little box, placed at your left hand as you enter the shrine, where you may place your nickel and watch it play and sport around among other coins of the realm, just as the six little sheep went out to play. When this pleasant thought is flashed to your mind it carries you back to the days of no worry nor care – childhood days. All of this coming right on the heels of the other pleasures, recently furnished by our thoughtful friends, is indeed a treat. While awaiting and anticipating the pleasure of the cars coming along some time, as the Fourth of July generally does, they can gamble on which side of the track to stand and possibly raise a bet as to which door will be opened.


A unique order is holding Mamie Nichols, a 16-year-old girl, in the Floyd County Jail, without a warrant. There is said to be a charge against the girl made by a Mrs. Reynolds, who keeps a boarding house in North Rome alleging that there is an unpaid board bill of five dollars due by Mamie Nichols but no warrant had been issued for the girl’s arrest when she was jailed and placed in a corridor with a female lunatic, a federal vice prisoner and a girl charged with murder. Seen in jail yesterday afternoon, the girl said she was working at a local cotton factory but could not put in full time and so fell behind in her board payment. Her mother is dead and she is not living with her father.


Three successive lightless Thursday nights in Rome have now been marked by the theft of an auto. Most recently Hill Salmon of Armuchee was the victim. He attended a performance at the auditorium, reaching there in his car shortly after 8 o’clock, and when he was ready to go home about three hours later, his auto had been stolen. It was left by him in front of the theater. The police and sheriff were promptly notified but neither car nor thief has been located. The stolen auto was a Ford 1917 model and license has been applied for but no number had yet been received. The motor number is 2,326,255.