Miss Sallie Copeland, who was the guest of wealthy relatives near Cripple Creek, Colo., underwent a nerve-racking experience while being held captive by two masked highwaymen at the ranch of her relatives, while they ransacked the home, after tying up several employees and killing one. … Mrs. Ann Woodruff, of Lindale, was badly injured when her horse became frightened and she was thrown from the buggy. … Frank Addison, an employee of Georgia Foundry and Machine Works, was injured when a piece of metal flew into his eye. … After no ferry operation at Freeman’s Ferry for some time, the county had obtained a new boat, which was running free to the public. … The Ladies’ Aid Society of the Second Methodist Church planned build a parsonage at an early date.
Romans, along with the rest of the nation, watched with intense interest the developments at the Republican National Convention in Chicago, which saw a fight to the finish between President William Howard Taft and former President Theodore Roosevelt for the presidential nomination.
At week’s end Taft became the nominee and Roosevelt was nominated for president on an independent ticket by 350 delegates who declined to vote in the convention and hastened away to tender Roosevelt the nomination of the new party. The Republicans were admittedly facing the greatest crisis in the party’s history.
The Roosevelt Georgia White League, an organization composed of white men who favored Roosevelt, met at the headquarters in Atlanta and endorsed Seaborn Wright, of Rome, for the running mate of the redoubtable Theodore.
In the meantime, a row of its own was coming for the Democratic party when it convened in Baltimore the following week, with five candidates for the presidential nomination vying with each other. The Georgia delegation was to leave Atlanta on a special train Sunday and Col. J. Lindsay Johnson planned to go with the delegation.
Negotiations for a concrete viaduct over the Southern Railway tracks in East Rome were off, so far as any cooperation between the city, county and railroad were concerned. This fact was made public at a meeting of the Manufacturers & Merchants Association, along with sensational allegations as to the Southern’s good faith in the matter, according to the Tribune-Herald of 1912. … The actual transfer of deeds to the old courthouse property from John M. Graham and Wright Willingham to the city of Rome were made this week a half century ago. The deed stipulated that the property was to be used by the city for street purposes only, and it was expected that Fifth Avenue would be opened straight through the river within a year. … Lots in beautiful Oak Park went on sale this week in 1912, with all but 60 of them purchased. … Work was resumed on the paving of East Third Avenue. A concrete mixer arrived which could mix large amounts at one time, and was to speed up the work. … The new four-story building of the State Mutual Life Insurance Company was almost occupied by the American Bank and Trust Co. …
A desirable lot in Collinswood Park was selected and given to the society by Will Collins. A series of sewing parties were being held, at which articles were made and sold to raise money for the parsonage. The next meeting was to be
with Mrs. John King on Maple Street. … L.M. Vandiver planned to erect soon a two-story, eight-room home on Eighth Avenue to cost $2,500. … Gus Petropole, proprietor of the Bus Bee Café, has sailed for his home in Athens, Greece, to visit until fall. … Police court was getting to be a one-man affair. Only one sinner again appeared before the recorder. The arrests by police were getting to be few and far between, as evil-doers were scarce in Rome this week a half-century ago. … E.L. Youngblood, of Lindale, invented an automatic self-measuring bean bin and was having one made by the Rome Supply Company. … Cedartown city council let a contract for the paving of the main street. …