When the new county of boards and revenue, headed by Chairman Pollock, took office this week a half-century ago, they unanimously wiped their hands of the bridge situation by resolving to relinquish all jurisdiction of and control of all bridges in the city and in Cave Spring.
This amounted to a court refusal to become involved in the old board’s reference to the unsafe condition of the bridges as far as street cars were concerned, and also the suggestion of the city for the county to have a bond issue to build up-to-date bridges at a cost of some $33,000.
The county board based its resolution on the fact that before the towns of Rome, East Rome and Forrestville were incorporated into one city, the county was responsible for its bridges, but since the consolidation, they were the responsibility of the city.
The new board, in an economy move, planned to spend $33,000 less in 1913 than in 1912.
The resignation of County Warden S.C. Lindsey was requested and turned down, Mr. Lindsey stating that he would fight the board before the prison commission.
Floyd County spent a total of $115,167 in 1912, ending with 428,943 to start the new year on, according to County Treasurer T.B. Owens.
The new automobile belonging to Mrs. B.L. Burwell, a Christmas gift from Mr. Burwell, was struck by a street car
on South Broad near the fire hall, which caused $200 in damages. Mr. Burwell was learning to drive the machine when it stalled with its front wheels on the tracks. Mrs. Burwell jumped from the car and signaled the motorman, but he was not looking at the time and struck the car. However, the Burwells and a passenger, Wurtz Bowie, were able to get out in time to avoid injury. … Herbert McKenzie, employee of the Rome Hardware Company, was injured while carrying a bundle of sheet iron on his back. He fell and a whole lot of 1,200 pounds stacked against the platform fell on him. … Not a single arrest was made in Rome from Saturday until Thursday fifty years ago, when the patrol wagon picked up two and took them to the city stockade. The cells at the station house had been empty, evildoers being scarce. … Minnie Cabe, 8-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.O. Cabe, of Lindale, was fatally
burned when her clothing caught fire while she was playing at the fireplace. … Ernest Burch, four-month-old son of
Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Burch, of Lindale, was found dead in bed when his parents arose. He had had whooping cough but his condition was not considered serious. …
A large force began work Thursday making excavations on East Fourth Avenue preparatory to putting down paving. … The county chain gang was at work grading Maple Street on the east side, and dirt was being put on the property recently acquired by the city at the east side of the approach to the Second Avenue Bridge. A retaining wall was being built and as soon as the fill was made between the street and wall, Second Avenue would be wider there.
… “I consider conditions at the County Alms House disgraceful,” said J. Scott Davis, of the committee named to examine it. He pointed out that two tubercular inmates were living in rooms with well people, in addition to noting the inadequacy of the facilities.
The Lindale Rifles announced that they would attend the inauguration of President Woodrow Wilson in Washington if the people in the community would give them a little financial help. … Romans read that ex-President Cipriano Castro of Venezuela, a revolutionary leader and world-famous exile, was declared an undesirable alien on the threshold of the United States and was retained at Ellis Island. … The White Palace Café had been closed and the fixtures were to be sold on January 17 to satisfy claims against the café. … John R. Hardin was elected president of the Rome Typographical Union. … Some 300 old soldiers and widows of veterans in Floyd County were to receive $15,000 in February. …