A tornado striking a section in north Floyd County and in Curryville left awful devastation. Several were killed, including the three Bolt children, who were pinned beneath debris and covered with backwaters. A total of $2,700 was raised to assist the storm victims. … The heavy rains caused the rivers in Rome to rise and flood many low areas. … The county commissioners ordered a bridge placed across Bushy Creek in Foster’s Mill district. … The street car company had finished grading down the little hill just south of Anchor Duck Mills on the Lindale line, and transferring of passengers at this point was no longer necessary. … Joe Lesser, 15, a student at Rome High School, broke his arm while jumping on the playgrounds. His feet caught in the bar of the high jump apparatus. …
One of the liveliest controversies of the year took place at the City Council meeting held this week a half century ago. In the discussion of a parkway for East Fourth Avenue between East First and Second streets, the Rev. Dr. C.B. Hudgins spoke in decided terms condemning the street committee for having a parkway in its plans.
Alderman Luke McDonald’s ire was aroused and he informed the clergyman that his remarks were unbecoming a minister of the gospel; nor were his ruffled feelings soothed by further explanation from the minister that no offense had been intended. In protesting the parkway, Dr. Hudgins had said, “nobody wants this tin-can, weedy, billy-goat park but the street committee and the engineer.”
The committee had planned to place a 25-foot parkway and have two 20-foot roadways. Judge Junius F. Hillyer, representing the First Baptist Church and St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, said that the two churches had been using the full width of the street for 50 years and that during funerals, weddings and other services the street was already congested enough with carriages and that parkways would further congest it.
The matter was carried over to a called meeting later in the week when council agreed to having the street paved all the way across. The gutters, which had already been placed, were ordered removed to comply with the change of plan. The side of the street in front of the Episcopal Church was to be cut down two feet to be level with the other side, and the sidewalk was also being lowered.
Miss Lucile Dix, performer at the Elite Theatre, had begun playing each afternoon at Kress’. She was delighted to play the latest song and instrumental numbers, particularly “The Trail of the Lonesome Pine,” the song hit which was sweeping the country. A large shipment of the song was expected by the next express. … “Madame Sherry” was the musical show at the Opera House. Its extraordinary popularity was due largely to its infectious melody “Every Little Movement,” strains of which ran through the entire production. …City Council turned down the request of the manager of the Elite Theatre to allow Sunday picture shows. … The most expensive pair of shoes ever seen in Rome was in the window of H.C. Johnson’s store on Broad Street. They were evening slippers trimmed with rhinestones and costing $35. … The U.D.C. Chapter was celebrating its 17th anniversary.
Romans were reading this week a half century ago that King George of Greece was assassinated by a weak-minded, degenerate Greek. … That the war against Bulgaria and Servia was continuing and Orianople was likely to fall. … Mrs. Joseph G. Eaton, wife of Rear Admiral Eaton, was arrested and charged with the arsenic murder of her husband at Bingham, Mass. … President Woodrow Wilson called an extra session of Congress to deal with the tariff revision bills. …. Heavy fighting continued between the Federalists and Constitutionalists. …