Yeggs get weekend receipts at Fahy’s
Several thousand dollars were stolen in a weekend safe burglary at The Fahy Store on Broad Street.
Merle E. Hardaker, owner of the department store, said today an audit would have to be taken before the exact loss could be determined, but that receipts from Saturday’s sales were stolen. He said also that evidence indicated some merchandise had been stolen.
Hardaker discovered the burglary when he went to the store at 4:15 p.m. Sunday. Police said the building was entered by breaking out a window leading to a second-floor employee’s lounge.
A pick, chisel and hammer were used to tear open the safe door, and its contents were carried from the mezzanine to the basement, officers said. Once in the basement, the safe’s contents were sorted and only cash taken; a large quantity of change and checks was left.
The intruder or intruders may have been superstitious, officers said, because they also culled a two-dollar bill.
Floyd County Sheriff Joe Adams, Deputy John Adams, Detective Bill Terhune, Sgt. Leonard Bolt and Patrolman C.H. Peck investigated.
Tuesday, Nov. 20, 1962
Georgian knew his shoes, two charged in burglary
CARTERSVILLE (AP) – Two out-of-state men were jailed on burglary charges because a Georgia householders knew his own shoes, even in the dark.
Fred Gravitt, who lives near the Gordon-Bartow county line, returned home late at night to find that someone had broken in and taken his watch, knife, razor, clothing and shoes, and brewed and drunk a pot of coffee before leaving.
He took off post-haste to call the law but stopped long enough to pick up a couple of hitchhikers. Down the road, he happened to glance at one of the men’s feet and recognized his stolen shoes.
Gravitt pulled into a service station and got help in holding the hitchhikers until police assistance arrived.
The officers identified the pair as Harvey Rhodes, 32, of Memphis, Ind., and his brother, George, of Sebree, Ky.
All the missing articles – including the give-away shoes – were recovered.
Thursday, Nov. 22, 1962
Dragon squad to see frosh grid classic
Thirty-five members of the Pepperell High School football squad, including varsity and “B” team players, plus three coaches, will be the guests of G. Howard Smith, general manager of the Pepperell Manufacturing Company, at the annual Thanksgiving Day gridiron classic at Grant Field between the freshmen elevens of Georgia Tech and the University of Georgia.
Accompanied by Coaches Otis Gilbreath, Bill Boling and Jim Mullins, the Dragon gridders will journey to Atlanta on a school bus, leaving Lindale at 11 o’clock tomorrow morning.
Pepperell players making the trip will include Tony Taylor, Franklin Maxwell, Roger Goss, Dan Bohannon, Wayne Mitchell, Bobby Jordan, Troy Smith, Robin Harris, Johnny Mathis, Rickie Stephens, Eddie Knowles, Franklin Martin, Jerry Henderson, Larry Cook, Ned Beard, Charles Waldrop, Jimmy Brumbelow, Jimmy Locklear, Earl Robinson, David Quinn, Dan Turner, Tony Eberhardt, Danny Formby, Powers Garmor, Eddie Shiflett, Terry Bolden, Randy Roberts, Scottie Farrer, Vick Freeman, “Chip” Bruce, Rex Puckett, Eddie Garrett, George Abrams, Larry Kinney and Ronnie Pajor.
Friday, Nov. 23, 1962
Union winner in Dixie Belle NLRB balloting
CALHOUN – Employees of the Dixie Belle Mills, Inc., one of the major producers of tufted carpeting in Northwest Georgia, voted by more than two to one Wednesday for representation by the Textile Workers Union of America.
Union leaders hailed the victory as “a major breakthrough” in their efforts to unionize the tufted textile and
carpeting industry, centered in Gordon, Murray and Whitfield counties. The Northwest Georgia tufted textile plants turn out an estimated $700 million worth of goods a year.
The vote for the union in the hotly contested election was 376, with 188 voting against it. Eligible voters totaled 637, with 54 ballots challenged and seven voided.
Some 200 Dixie Belle employees gathered at union headquarters here following the vote to celebrate and to press for an early start on contract negotiations.
According to federal law, however, both the company and union have five days in which to file election protests.
If no protests are filed, the National Labor Relations Board will then certify the TWUA as the official bargaining agent.
Prior to Wednesday’s election, a TWUA spokesman had said that a vote in favor of the union at Dixie Bill would bring unionization drives at other Georgia plants.
The pre-elections campaign had been a bitter one with the chamber of commerce running full-page advertisements in Calhoun papers against the union.
Hoyt Edwards, president of the Calhoun Chamber of Commerce, had said profit margins at Dixie Belle are so slim that union organization would result in severe crippling of the firm and cut backs would eliminate about 600 workers.
The TWUA contended that wages and fringe benefits were about 50 cents an hour lower at Dixie Belle than in unionized segments of the industry and that the difference could be wiped out gradually over a three-year period without hurting the company’s economic position.
Wednesday’s election was conducted by NLRB officials John Luke, Henry Davis and Scott Watson of Atlanta.