Planted cantaloupes, but grew pumpkins
ROCKMART – When 11-year-old Danny Baldwin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Baldwin, of Rockmart, planted what he thought was cantaloupe seed last spring, he never dreamed that they would turn out to be pumpkins.
The vine came up and began to grow to such proportions that it could scarcely be believed possible, extending over the backyard with leaves more than 20 inches across.
The yield from this one vine totaled 23 pumpkins, the largest weighing more than 85 pounds. People came from far and near to view the huge plant, and Danny, has sold, to date, more than $17 worth of the output. Many were furnished for the Halloween season, and the family will have still more of the fruit of the vine, since his grandmother, Mrs. Charlie Jacobs, has canned quite a bit of it for future use.
Danny is a fifth-grader at the Goodyear Elementary School at Rockmart.
Tuesday, Nov. 6, 1962
President casts ballot for brother in Boston
BOSTON (UPI) – President Kennedy took less than a minute today to cast his ballot for his younger brother Edward who hopes to fill the Senate seat the President held before moving to the White House.
A crowd of some 50 persons cheered as the President arrived at the Joy Street police station in the Beacon Hill section about 9:40 a.m.
Dressed in a light brown suit, he was met at his request by his onetime secretary, Mrs. Grace Burke, who escorted him into the station. He was led to the voting booth by precinct warden Louis J. Serino who bowed slightly with a
smile: “Once again, Mr. President.”
In less than five minutes Kennedy was on his way to Logan airport where he left by helicopter to visit his ailing father, Joseph P. Kennedy, at his Hyannis Port residence.
At the Joy Street station, Kennedy smiled warmly at the many who turned out to see him.
Earlier, 30-year-old Edward made an unscheduled visit to the President’s hotel suite and they conferred for a few minutes. Young Kennedy later said his brother “wished me luck.” He is opposed by Republican George Cabot Lodge and independent Stuart Hughes.
Shortly after his arrival here from Washington Monday night, the President motored from his downtown hotel to the Dorchester section of this city to visit his 97-year-old grandmother, Mrs. John F. Fitzgerald. It was a belated birthday call with extra-special significance.
Kennedy’s grandmother is the widow of “Honey Fitz” Fitzgerald, former Massachusetts congressman and Boston mayor who started the family’s ballot-box feud with the Lodge family. “Honey Fitz” fought Henry Cabot Lodge Sr. for a Senate seat early in this century and lost.
The President, as a young congressman, unseated Henry Cabot Lodge Jr., the grandson of his grandfather’s foe, and became a U.S. senator in 1952.
After being elected President in 1960, Kennedy saw to it that his Senate seat was filled by a personal friend, former Gloucester Mayor Benjamin A. Smith. Now, the president’s brother Edward — better known by his nickname of Ted — was running for the same seat against another Lodge, son for the President’s 1962 antagonist.
Wednesday, Nov. 7, 1962
Childre, Berry annex Kiwanis cross country
Berry’s James Childre continued his assault on records Tuesday afternoon as he clipped his own mark of one year to capture the Third Annual Cross Country Meet held at the Berry College layout. His winning time was nine minutes, 23 seconds.
The Falcon youngster was pressed throughout the meet by teammate Dural Pritchett and required a last second push to garner the victory. The top 10 finishers completed the two-mile trek in less than 10 minutes.
Some 83 boys from nine schools started the event with only one youngster dropping out. The event started and ended at the Berry Athletic Field.
Berry won the team trophy for the third year running with three of their members finishing in the top 10, while two others placed in the next five. Sprayberry finished second, followed by West Rome, East Rome and Darlington.
The top 10 first place runners received individual awards for their efforts while Berry received the team trophy.
Childre set the record last year with a run of nine minutes, 40 seconds. He is the state Class A miler and is undefeated for the year.
In order of finish among the top 10 were Childre and Pritchett; Morrow and Harris, Sprayberry; Rickman, Armuchee; Phillips, Cameron, Warren, West Rome; Brewer, Berry and Hyett, Sprayberry.
The meet was sponsored by the Rome Kiwanis Club and sanctioned by the Georgia High School Association.
Schools taking part were Darlington, Cartersville, Berry, Rockmart, Sprayberry, West Rome, East Rome, Armuchee and Rossville.
Thursday, Nov. 8, 1962
Poppy Day observance set in Rome Saturday
Poppy Day will be celebrated by American Legion Auxiliaries on Saturday and Unit 5 will distribute poppies in Rome. They will be assisted by girls from Rome’s high schools.
A display depicting scenes of World War I will also be on Broad Street during the Poppy Day sale.
Use of the poppy as a memorial flower for the Word War dead sprang up as the flower survived the destruction of war in the fields of France and Flanders. Colonel John McCrae wrote a poem which begins, “In Flanders fields the poppies blow. Between the crosses, row and row.”
The first instance of wearing poppies in honor of the war dead occurred in New York City, Nov. 9, 1918, when Miss Moine Michael of Athens, Ga., who was serving on the staff of the YMCA Overseas Headquarters, distributed poppies to men attending the 25th conference of the YMCA.
In the summer of 1920, Miss Michael interested Georgia members of the American Legion in the idea of wearing poppies in memory of the war dead. As a result of her efforts, the Georgia Department of the Legion adopted the poppy as its memorial flower. The Georgia delegation took its idea to the Legion’s national convention in Cleveland in September 1920, and there the poppy was adopted as the national memorial flower of the Legion.
Miss Michael was later decorated with the Distinguished Service Medal of the American Legion Auxiliary for originating the idea of wearing the poppy.
Since then the poppy has also become the memorial flower of the British Legion and other veterans’ organizations.
The nationwide distribution was begun in 1921. Now the production of paper poppies provides work for disabled veterans and the sale contributes money for the welfare of the war’s living victims.