Most Romans were elated over the overwhelming victory of Woodrow Wilson in the presidential election Tuesday a half-century ago. His electoral votes were expected to rise above a 426 figure by the completion of the count. The compared with Theodore Roosevelt’s 77 for the third party and Taft’s 12 for the Republicans. It only took 266 for election.
Georgia cast a landslide vote for Wilson’s along with the other Southern states. Floyd County went for him with a 1,838 out of 2,275 votes cast, and the Seventh District also went Democratic, reversing the results of four years before. With an estimated 60,000 vote majority in Georgia, this was perhaps the largest ever given a presidential candidate. All congressional districts of the state went democratic.
A huge crowd gathered on Broad Street, where returns were flashed on a canvas in front of the Ellis Theatre, Manager Love having installed a special leased wire to display the results.
The Tribune-Herald wrote “There does not appear to be much future for the Republican party. Its candidate was woefully, pathetically defeated in the recent national election. … The country has had its fill of Republicanism.”
The county commissioners voted to build a concrete bridge over Dry Creek on the Summerville Pike and raise the road to the approaches to it. This would put the road high and dry and prevent it from being overflowed during the highest rise in the stream. … City Council authorized the paving of East Fourth Street and Avenue A at a cost of about $40,000. … Posts for the Great White Way on Broad Street finally arrived, and it was expected that the lights would be turned on in about two weeks. … Automobile owners were complaining of the rise in gasoline prices, which had been 11 and 12 cents a gallon during the summer of 1912 and this week fifty years ago went up to 20 cents. … Rufus Self was the new driver of the police patrol auto. …