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Posted: Monday, January 13, 2014 1:15 pm

As presented in the Fifty Years Ago column in the Wednesday, Jan. 15, 1964, edition of the Rome News-Tribune

Misses Florence and Clare Yancey entertained with a bridge party for their sisters, Mrs. Donald Burton Gillies, of Chihuahua, Mexico, Mrs. Robert Yancey, of New York, and Mrs. Samuel Hewlett, of Atlanta, at their home, Claremont. Miss Carrie Sproull, of Anniston, won top score prize, a pair of silk hose, and Mrs. Burnett Norton received consolation, a bit of handmade lingerie. … Little Hallie King entertained a bevy of young friends with a party. They included Marshall Norton, Louise Sydnor, Pattie Berry, Louise Hume, Rosa Harbin, Charlotte and Margaret Dean, Kathleen Barron, Lucy Litell Funkhouser, Henry Battey, Alice Towers, Ora Simmons Cole and Lila Willingham. …

A magnificent pipe organ, the gift of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Pidock, of Moultrie, was used for the first time at Shorter College in chapel exercises this week in 1914. The organ was erected during Christmas holidays. … Aubrey Wood won the prize pig offered by the Central of Georgia Railway for the boy in Floyd County raising the largest amount of corn on a single acre. … Pete Petripole and other Rome Greeks went to Atlanta to attend the celebration of Greek Christmas, according to the Greek calendar, its December 25 occurring January 7. … The last of more than 100 shade trees were planted in the yards of the central and ward schools by the Board of Education. … J.J. Skelton had purchased a motorcycle and was to use the same in traveling from his place of business in Boozeville to his home in Rome. …  


Congressman Gordon Lee, visiting in Georgia, spoke on the possibility of federal appropriation for good roads, stating that the state legislature should pass a bill at the next session to provide for a state highway commission, or some state department, to be in a position to receive federal funds and be responsible for expenditure. The growth of good roads sentiment in Congress had been nothing but amazing, he said, with members almost falling over one another introducing bills on the subject. … Autoists were declaring that no provision was made by the state for enforcement of the 1913 law requiring all autoists to report their cars to the secretary of state between January and March, pay for a new license and get a new number. If their interpretation of the law was correct, it prescribed just what should be done, but authorized nobody to see that it was done, leaving it entirely to the benevolence and honesty of the auto owner. … The Georgia Cotton Seed Crushers Association was launching a systematic campaign against the boll weevil, which had invaded the state in the past couple of years. …


A proposition to strengthen the child labor law in Georgia by raising the age limit to 14 and making it applicable to all forms of employment as well as to factories, was made to members of the Georgia Child Labor committee. … The form required a regulation that was to be followed by all individuals in making their return on incomes, subject to the new federal income tax law, was sent out from Washington. Everyone having an income of $3,000 or more yearly was required to file a return. … Romans read the news from Concord, N.H., that custodians of Harry K. Thaw, convicted murderer of Stanford White in the love triangle involving actress Evelyn Nesbit, declared that his release from jail on bail would not menace public safety. …