Plans were made to push the development of the Coosa River at the annual convention of the Mobile Basin and Tennessee River Association held in Rome. Since it seemed almost certain that a Democratic administration was to take office after the next general election, this was considered the ideal time to get behind the long-sought development of the river. The convention concluded with the M&M barbecue at the Coosa Country Club. … H.G. Bowie, former vice president of the Cherokee Insurance Co., was unanimously elected president by the directors to succeed the late Wurtis Bowie. … The first demonstration in practical canning was given this week fifty years ago by the State Agriculture College, Athens, at Model, Armuchee, Vann’s Valley and Unity schools. It was to continue for six weeks. … W.S. Rowell purchased for $4,600 the residence of Frank B. Freeman located on east Second Avenue next to the residence of W.M. Gammon and planned to occupy it. … J.L. Davenport, progressive, Rome agent to the Atlanta Journal, had purchased a Buick automobile. …
The Southeastern Baseball League was in a bad way this week fifty years ago, and the indications pointed to the disruption of the snug little circuit which had weathered the storm of several years against adverse conditions.
The Rome team left the city under a misunderstanding for Talladega, Ala., where the original schedule called them. They were told to open in Anniston the next day. When they arrived they found that the members of the Anniston team had been paid their salaries and had disbanded, scattering over the country. They were greeted with the announcement that Anniston had quit.
The question, “What is the matter?” was being universally asked. Several of the directors of the Rome Baseball Association met and after canvassing the situation agreed that it was hopeless, and they immediately wired acting president of the league that they would surrender their franchise.
In the meantime, the directors of the Southeastern league in Gadsden met to decide the fate of the league for the remainder of the season.
The news of Rome forfeiting its franchise woke the people up as few things had done in recent years. Everyone felt that it would be a heavy blow to the city to drop out of the league, especially as Rome had been considered one of the best if not the best in the circuit. At week’s end a committee was soliciting contributions from businessmen to keep the franchise and was meeting with enthusiasm. Lady fans were also contributing to keep the city a participant in the national sport.
Bleeding profusely and half naked, Rosser Averett, 22, son of Fred Averett, well-known Rome insurance man, staggered up to a lunch stand at Camp Pettus, Anniston, Ala., and reported that he had been robbed. All his outer garments and $18 were taken from him.
He said that he remembered nothing of the attack on him after he left the Alabama Hotel with companions and then said he was doped. He was obviously severely beaten and was under treatment in an Anniston hospital. Mr. Averett said the work was done by civilians, not Camp Pettus personnel.
Lt. Forest Graham, brother of Sam and John Graham, was a member of the American riding team participating in the Olympic contests at Stockholm, Sweden, which won third honor. … Agitation in Congress to resume the three-cent piece made of nickel which was in common use for some years, was read with interest. Many were not too old to remember the coin, which went out of circulation just before the copper 2-cent piece disappeared. The old coin was objected to because it could be passed off an ignorant person for a dime. Advocates of resuming the coin suggested making a hole in it, so it would not be mistaken in the future. … After a long and bitter fight, the state house of representatives passed the Alexander anti-child labor bill, which set the age limit for employment at 12 years old for 1913 and 14 years old for 1915 and thereafter. … The house of representatives also passed the McElreath constitutional amendment establishing in Georgia the office of lieutenant governor. If passed by the senate, it would be signed by the governor and would go to the people for ratification in October.