52 years have passed since Father’s Day custom began
Fifty-two years have passed since Mrs. John Bruce Dodd jogged along a dirt street in Spokane, Wash., in a horse-drawn carriage with gifts for “shut-in” fathers – on the nation’s first Father’s Day.
The idea to honor her father, and all fathers, grew in Mrs. Dodd’s mind after she heard a sermon on the trials – and joys – of fatherhood. She encouraged Spokane clergymen to make father the theme of their sermons on the third Sunday in June. City and state officials were asked to proclaim the day Father’s Day.
Six years following its inception, President Woodrow Wilson recommended that Father’s Day be made a national observance, and in 1936 a national Father’s Day committee was formed with headquarters in New York City, at which time the “Father of the Year” is chosen.
Father’s Day is a day on which many people in the United States and Canada express gratitude and appreciation by giving their fathers presents. Some organizations hold special programs and special celebrations to honor fathers.
Fathers in Rome will take advantage of the occasion in many ways – going to church, visiting family and loved ones, golfing, swimming or just being plain lazy – if the mood fits.
Tuesday, June 19, 1962
Youths fire 77s to pace Rome entries in Southern
ORMOND BEACH, Fla. – Youth prevailed, as far as Rome was concerned, in the first qualifying round of the Southern Amateur Golf Championship on Monday – but it’ll take a mighty fine second round effort for the Romans to earn a place in the championship division.
Teenagers Wade Hoyt III and Bob Covington showed their elders a thing or two Monday with fine 77 rounds to lead 13 Rome entries into today’s 18-hole qualifying finale. Dale Morey, of Morganton, N.C., set the pace with a sparkling 67.
Scores turned in by other Romans are as follows: Farrell Duncan, Robert Baxter and Dick Hackett, 78; Burgett Mooney, 79; Wade Hoyt Jr., Jennings Gordon and Dr. Raiden Dellinger, 81; Bill Dupre Gene McGee and Arnold Duncan, 83 and J.B. Redd, 87.
After today’s round the field will be placed in various divisions, depending on their 36-hole qualifying scores, for the tournament proper. Match play will then decide the winners.
With his notebook handy, Morey of Morgonton, N.C., set out today to shoot a record-qualifying score.
The 41-year-old veteran conquered the course Monday in 67 strokes, only one stroke off the competitive record for the 6,433-yard Ellinor Village Country Club course. It was the first time he had seen the par-72 layout. Where fairways roll like ocean waves because they were built on top of ocean-front sand dunes.
As he went around, Morey made notes of trouble spots and distances for future guidelines. Morey needs a 69 or better t beat the qualifying record he set in 1950 at New Orleans and which has since been tied.
Eight other first-round par busters had a chance at the record.
Charles Harrison, 30-year-old former Dixie champ from Atlanta; Marien Vogt, 21-year-old University of Florida student from Gainesville; and John E. Mundy, 19-year-old University of Georgia student from Waynesboro, Ga., made the first round in 69.
Wednesday, June 20, 1962
Rome Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company sets gala opening in modern plant
Rome’s newest industry, the Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company of Rome, Inc., employing home folks and built with home labor and materials, is now located in its new and modern bottling plant on the Calhoun highway.
Officials of the new plant have completed plans for a gala opening starting Thursday and continuing through Saturday night, when a big “old fashioned square dance” will be held at the plant. On hand for the festivities will be Miss Georgia who will serve as hostess during the open house Friday and Saturday.
The new Pepsi-Cola Bottlers of Rome, Inc., has the exclusive franchise for a five-county area and is a division of the Pepsi-Cola Company of New York. Counties served by the plant are Floyd, Bartow, Polk, Gordon and Chattooga.
Over 18,000 square feet of floor space is included in the main plant building and some 2,100 feet in an adjoining maintenance building. This brings the total usable floor space to 20,100 feet. The buildings are located on a 3.7-acre tract one-half mile from the Rome city limits on Ga. 53 North (the Rome-to-Calhoun road).
Total cost of the building will be in the neighborhood of $150,000, officials pointed out. Of course, they continued, cost of the building is only the beginning with the land being valued at $24,000. Add to this the $300,000 in equipment it took to put the plant into operation, bringing the total investment to some $500,000.
Some 14 trucks spread out over 10 routes have begun deliveries in the various counties. Robert E. Fisher, vice president and general manager of the Rome plant, stated that at the present time there were 25 persons on the payroll with an anticipated increase to 75 persons in the next few years.
Continuing, Mr. Fisher pointed out that “we of the Pepsi-Cola Company of Rome have taken pride in the way which the local folks have endorsed our operation. The personnel now running the plant are all local peole and have responded well to our training program. These men came to us with no experience but have learned the business in record time.”
The plant in Rome is directed by the corporation known as the Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company of Rome, Inc.
Officers for the corporation include George Hunnicut, president; Robert E. Fisher, vice president and general manager and Wyth Hull, secretary.
Locally, the plant will be managed by gene Fee. Superintended of the new plant will be William Oaks with John Brandon serving as route supervisor. Lelton (Buddy) Jackson is service manager.
Mr. Fee in emphasizing the features of the modern sanitary plant, pointed out the all tile bottling room and the syrup room, which is all tile and spotless at all times.
“Only two authorized men are allowed in this room during mixing to ensure maximum cleanliness. Also, the sugar which goes into the mixture is never touched by human hands. All the mixtures for both the Pepsi and the Teem are never touched by human hands and are run through stainless steel and clear plastic tubing,” he said.
“In order to ensure uniformity in all our drinks throughout the country we have installed our own water filtering plant,” Mr. Fee stated. “Rome has the best water we have found in several cities which produce Pepsi-Cola and Teem according to our New York lab. We send water samples to our lab in New York twice a month and once a year a roving laboratory will come to the Rome plant and do a complete analysis of the entire operation.”
“This traveling lab takes every piece of machinery and equipment used in the making of soft drink and even takes scrapings off the floors and does bacteria count among other tests. The results of the tests usually run 45 to 60 pages and are submitted to the parent company for inspection. So, you can readily see that we must strive for the utmost in sanitary conditions here.”
In summing up the general feeling among the officials of the new plant, Mr. Fee wished to thank all of the people of the Northwest Georgia area for the way they have endorsed Pepsi-Cola and Teem, the new drink developed by the Pepsi-Cola Company. “We have never been received so well in such a short time and we will strive to bring to the people of the area the best soft drinks available and in the near future will cover more territory as demands grow.”
Thursday, June 21, 1962
Romans in Darlington ‘Upper Ten’
Two Rome seniors, John C. Dutton Jr. and H. Tucker Marshall III, led the Upper Ten for the third quarter at Darlington School, according to Robert H. Cobb, historiographer.
Dutton, of 212 Glen Ridge Rd., was also the senior class valedictorian, and Marshall, of 4 Robin St., was the salutatorian.
Others in the Upper Ten included H. Douglas Hanks, 108 Charlton Rd.; Thomas B. Bing, Blacks Bluff Road; George H. Lanier II, West Point; Charles R. Andrews III, Canton; Thomas S. Harbin, Jr., 7 Horseleg Creek Rd.; Neel Hammond Jr., 404 E. Third Ave.; Douglas S. Dixon, 114 Chatillon Rd.’ and John P. Martiniere, 200 Dodd St.
Area students earning honorable mention, all from Rome unless indicated, were: John Hutzler, Lewis Foss (Lindale), Doyle Woodruff, Henry Harbin, Joe Dendy, Ricky Selman, Dowman Wilson (Mt. Berry), Bob Doster, Barry Graham, David Arrington, Tom Bertrand, Jim Bethel, Joe Morgan, Steve Davis, Bill Gordon, Chip Ames, Ed Bosworth, Charles Warner, Frank Stegall (Lindale), Dawson Jackson, John Keown, George Home, Pat Montgomery, Steele King, Dorset Noble, Bob Rudert, Bob Maddux, Eddie Walters, Rusty Jordan (Lindale), Heiti Martenson, Allen Thornton, Haywood Patton, Bowles Yeargan, Henry Paris, Enloe Willingham, Paul Hutzler,
Jimmy Jones, Tommy Mull, Bill Padgett, Will Read, Alan Thomas, Clifford Matthews, Dick Ross, Walter Harison, Charles Orr and Wynne Huff.