Interest for Romans this week fifty years ago centered in the 10th annual Word Series baseball games, which that year pitted the Boston Red Sox in the American League against the New York Giants of the National.
The Tribune-Herald was posting Associated Press bulletins of the games each afternoon on the front windows of McClure Ten Cent Store in the Tribune-Herald Building. Baseball fans were invited to come out and watch the results of the greatest baseball games in the history of the sport.
A large group of fans pooled their contributions and took the leased wire service in the Porter Building, to read the play-by-play account of the games.
At week’s end Boston was leading the Giants by three games to one, one game having ended in a 6 to 6 tie in the 11th inning when it was called by darkness. The sixth game was set for Monday of next week a half century ago.
As the result of the purchase of the Cherokee Hosiery Mills by the Rome Hosiery Mills interests, Rome became one of the largest hosiery centers in the South. A total of 29,000 pairs of stocking were to be turned out in Rome every day.
The history of the hosiery manufacture in Rome was interesting. When the Rome Mills first started 11 years before, the capacity was 100 dozen pairs per day. It was in bad financial straits when purchased a short while later by John M. and H.R. Berry, but immediately began to flourish, and during the panic was the only hosiery mill in the country that ran both day and night. It had increased more rapidly than any other mill in the country.
The bankrupt Cherokee Mills, sold at bidding by J.B. Sullivan and J.H. Taylor for $45,000, their deed to the Rome Hosiery Mills called for a consideration of $47,500. Much additional money was to be invested for the enlargement of the plant. The two plants were to consume some 60 percent of the output of Berryton yarn mills, which had the same interests as the chief owners.
It was perfectly startling to visit the substation at Lindale and see how the work was going on which was to result in a Georgia Power Company plant more than double the cost of any power plant in North Georgia. Work begun 15 months before was to be completed in a few more months. Wires were already strung on the towers from the big plant at Tallulah Falls, and as soon as the transformer station was completed, all would be ready to turn on the juice. … Annoyed by the continued appearance of several would-be “mashers” who had frequented Shorter College grounds on Sunday afternoon and several times at night, President W.A. Van Hoose issued a warning that unless they ceased their unwelcome visits, sterner measures would be taken to rid the college of their presence. He noted that whenever a male member of the college staff approached them, they ran away. …
Voluntarily and by unanimous vote, the Rome Elks agreed to close their buffet forever, regardless of the litigation pending against them brought by Seaborn Wright, president of the Law and Order League, in the fight against locker clubs this week a half century ago. When informed of the stand taken by the Elks, Mr. Wright said he would immediately ask the courts to allow him to withdraw the action. … The law firm of Lipscomb, Willingham and Wright was dissolved, T.W. Lipscomb and Wright Willingham forming a partnership under the name of Lipscomb and Willingham, and Barry Wright, a former member of the firm, forming a partnership with his father, Seaborn Wright, and brother, Graham Wright, under the name of Wright, Wright and Wright. Graham Wright had been practicing in Jacksonville, Fla., but moved back to his old home. … The Quinn property on East Second Avenue next to the Christian Church, belonging to Mrs. Lou Echols and Mrs. Ella Quinn was purchased by D.W. Barnett of Lindale for an investment, the cost in the neighborhood of $7,000. …