In the presence of a throng of interested Romans that overflowed the auditorium, the handsome new First Christian Church on Second Avenue was dedicated Sunday a half century ago. In response to an appeal for funds, the splendid sum of $10,250 was raised, this lacking but $5,000 of being sufficient to meet the entire indebtedness on the structure.
The removal of the horses from the No. 1 fire station at an early date was being contemplated. The auto chemical machines were practicing hitching the hook and ladder wagon to the machines and running to points on Broad Street for several days.
It was not intended that the hook and ladder wagons be used at fires not occurring on Broad, this eliminating the danger of turning corners with the truck hitched to the fast-moving autos. In lieu of the hook and ladder at distant fires, each machine was to be equipped with two 55-foot extension ladders.
Rome Masons went to Coosa this week fifty years ago to constitute the new Masonic Lodge, with Past Grand Master Meyerhardt in charge. Those furnishing automobiles met at the Rome Masonic Lodge building to form the procession. Unfortunately, Morris Corenblum, while en route with a party of Masons, was painfully hurt by falling from and being run over by his big auto truck. Corenblum was attempting to fix a part which was not working smoothly while the machine was in motion. He lost his balance and fell under the truck, the wheels passing over his lower limbs. Considerably bruised, he was treated at a nearby house by physicians and taken to his home. … Joe Hall, employee of the city, was badly bruised by being run over by an automobile driven by J.F. Stone, of Cedar Bluff. He was sweeping the streets at Third Avenue and Broad when struck and knocked under the wheels. A case of reckless driving was made against Stone, but he was discharged as the evidence showed that he was not to blame.… W.H. Bennett, of Lindale, had the misfortune to lose a fine $40 milk cow. …
The Rome Free School Book Society had supplied 50 children with books who otherwise would have been unable to attend school for the lack of money to buy them. Led by W.L. Daniel, president, the group had subscribed $162. … Ladies of the Berry Circle were conducting a bazaar in the Manufacturers and Merchants Association room. They were serving Woodrow Wilson stew and other choice foods. … Rome High School held its first reception for parents since moving to the old Shorter College building on Third Avenue. Parents of the 200 students were taken on 15-minute specimen classes held in each room and then the group gathered in the assembly room. Members of the literary societies gave a credible report. Ellen Simmons recited “The Moo Cow Moo;” Walter Willard, “Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address” and readings were given by LaGrange Cothran, Edith Hoskinson, Frank Shamblin and Helen Rhodes. …