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100 Years Ago


As presented in the February 1918 editions of the Rome Tribune-Herald

The bride – a pretty North Alabama widow. The groom – a stalwart young soldier of Uncle Sam, stationed at Camp Wheeler. The meeting place – Rome. These were minor material facts connected with the wedding here yesterday at the ordinary’s office of Forney Costell Laney and Mrs. Emma Edney. But the romance of the affair embraces a brief acquaintance, love at first sight, a hasty marriage. Ordinary Harry Johnson performed the ceremony and the couple left for Macon where the bride can be near her Soldier Boy, until he leaves for the battlefields of France.


Plans for reducing the country’s less essential foreign trade to release ships for the transport of troops and supplies to Europe will be completed within a few days and the President’s proclamation putting all exports and imports under license as a preliminary step will be issued. All countries fighting Germany are prepared to put their ships in so far as possible directly to war uses, eliminating services regarded as inessential.


There appears to be a misunderstanding in regards to the discontinuance of the Monday closing order of the National Fuel Administration so far as it relates to Georgia and several other Southern states. The heatless Mondays are no longer to be observed in these states and the abandonment of the closing order is immediate. In other words, stores and factories and other places of business may open tomorrow as they did before the closing order at once. Mr. C. Terhune, the local fuel administrator, yesterday received the following message from Dr. Hardman, state fuel administrator: “Executive suspension. Order of January 17th, 1918, has been suspended in the following states: North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, with exception of sections one and 10 Hardman, fuel administrator for Georgia.


Mr. W.H. Lumpkin, prominent local realty dealer, returned yesterday from New Orleans where he attended a convention of the Western Sheep and Wool Growers Association. The association met to decide whether it would be advisable to utilize Southeastern territory for raising sheep. According to Mr. Lumpkin, the sheep men are much interested in North Georgia lands, as topography, water and transportation facilities all favor the industry here.

Because of frequent droughts in the Northwest and for other reasons the Wool Growers and sheep raisers of the United States, now located there, are very anxious to move their herds into the Southeast. One of the requirements for coming to the section is a federal law against dogs which endanger the safety of the sheep. The organization controlling the sheep industry refuses to advise its members to locate here until such legislation is assured.

The Lumpkin Realty Company is in correspondence with several sheep raisers who contemplate locating in Northwest Georgia soon.