As it appeared in the Fifty Years Ago column in the Sunday, Dec. 18 1966, edition of the Rome News-Tribune
Rome was being confronted by the biggest opportunity in its history fifty years ago with the possibility of the location of an $11 million government armor plant here.
City officials stated that they believed the location of the plant here would be the making of Rome in an industrial and commercial way. It would more than double the population of the area, they declared. Local county and city officials journeyed to Washington to convince government officials that Rome was the best location for the plant. The Chamber of Commerce started an all-out drive to secure the plant for Rome.
Rome was the only city in Georgia and one of 19 cities throughout the country to be considered for the plant.
Construction was begun this week a half century ago on a road from Rome to Kingston, thence to Cartersville. Previously, Romans traveled to Cartersville via the Chulio or Euharlee Roads. The new road would be 30 feet wide with all sharp angles and curves cut out. … New officers for the North Georgia Fair Association were chosen this week half a century ago. They included Stewart Marshall, president; O.H. McWilliams, first vice president; W.J. Griffin, second vice president. New directors of the association were George Stiles, J.F. Sproull, W.J. Griffin, Hugh Johnson, A.C. Fincher, J.R. McClachey, J.A. Dean, J.M. Bradshaw, D.B. Hamilton and W.M. Gammon.
A beautiful luncheon given by Mrs. Cornelius Terhune for Mrs. Clopton Mitchell of Washington, D.C., was a graceful social affair of fifty years ago.
Mrs. Mitchell was visiting her sister, Mrs. R.T. Fouche.
Guests included Mrs. Mitchell, Mrs. Fouche, Mrs. Sproull Fouche, Mrs. B.I. Hughes and Mrs. Charles Kingsbury.
The advent of the Christmas season fifty years ago saw many out of town college students returning to Rome to spend the Christmas holidays with their families. They included: Gardner Wright, who was a student at Georgia Tech; James O’Neill, who was attending the University of Kentucky; Gordon Howell, a student at Georgia Tech, who returned to his home, “Shadow Lawn,” with his classmate, Frazier Smith. …. David Harvey, of Kansas City, Mo., returned to Rome this week to spend Christmas with his family here. … Milton Satterfield returned this week from a month’s trip to Florida. … Mr. and Mrs. Willis Lynch announced the birth of a daughter this week a half century ago.