By mid-week fifty years ago early risers were able to see Halley’s Comet in the Eastern sky, situated to the northwest of Venus and headed down toward the horizon.
It was speeding along at 1,737 miles a minute. Along with this celestial phenomenon appeared a small shower of meteors last Wednesday morning in 1910. It was explained that all comets gradually diminish, throwing off meteors s they travel through the universe.
The school children had almost completed raising money for an ornate fountain for horses. It was to be the first one in Rome not requiring the check reins to be taken off in order for the animal to drink.
Many people who drove horses and mules were too lazy to get out of their conveniences and take down the reins. As a consequence, hundreds of horses and mules were forced to suffer the pants of thirst silently.
The old founts were eyesores, being nothing but tubs. The new pretty one was to remain through the years as a constant reminder and inspiration for civic pride.
Romans noted with interest the death of King Edward VII following a brief illness. He had been on the English throne since 1901, succeeding his mother, Queen Victoria. George V was named to succeed his father. …. Commencement exercises were under way at The Berry School. A new feature was the closing exercises of the Martha Berry School for Girls, ending its first year. … Nona Reece, of the high school and Marguerite Watts, grammar student, had won 410 each offered by the First National Bank for the best papers in a school-wide writing contest. … The Manufacturers and Merchants Assn. had endorsed the plans of the Shorter College board of trustees to raise $100,000 for new college buildings, and named a committee of 15, headed by John M. Graham, to cooperate.
After Lee Pass, on the farm of Fred Hanson down the Coosa, announced that he had the record of cutting hay on May 2, J.P. Cooper reported that he had cut hay five days earlier. … Tuesday a half-century ago was observed as the 47th anniversary of the saving of Rome by General Forrest. … Any person in Rome who was not counted by the U.S. census enumerators was paid for reporting his name to Shyer’s Cigar stand in the Cherokee Hotel building a half-century ago. The head of a family received 25 cents and others 10 cents. Nearly 100 had reported by the end of the week. … Arthur L. Sullivan had bought the Rome Motor Car Co. on East First Street from J.F. DuPree & Son for $8,000, and planned to get the automobile business of all north Georgia. He was handling the Chalmers-Detroit, the Overland, Hudson and other makes.