From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, July 6, 1950


Thirty-Five Bed Hospital To Be Built Here

Architect Charles H McCauley has submitted plans for the hospital to be built in Oneonta under the Hill-Burton Act. The building will be located on five acres in the McCay Addition one block from Highway 32. R.B. Ingle and H.W. McCay each donated two and one-half acres for the site.

George Hallman, chairman of the Blount County Hospital Association, was notified by Mr. McCauley of the completion of the plans and that construction is expected to start early this Fall. Total cost of the hospital is estimated at $420,000.00, which will be paid by approximately as follows: Hill-Burton funds, $280,000.00; State funds, $60,000.00; and County funds, $80,000.00.

The hospital will be fire-proof and modern in every respect, including air-conditioned operating rooms and delivery rooms. It will also contain the latest in x-ray, laboratory and clinical facilities.

Fourth Celebration At Allgood Big Success

The Second Annual July 4th program held at the Cheney Baseball Park turned out to be a huge success for everyone concerned.

The fans who were present thoroughly enjoyed the day’s events which started at 10 a.m. and lasted until 5 p.m. There were several thousand spectators out to witness the three baseball games, to see the greased pole, and to watch the performance of Rufus Mann. The weather was hot and clear, which is ideal in which to play baseball.

The first event of the day furnished many thrills for the fans. Wenonah routed the Cheney team for a 10 to 3 win. The High Rock “All Stars” turned into another route as the “All Stars” walloped the High Rock team 22-3.

Rufus Mann performed just after the “All Star” game. He thrilled the spectators, such as handling snakes, wrestling an alligator, swallowing a watch, and having his lips sown together with needle and thread. Mann really had a show worth seeing and the fans seemed to like it very much.

There was no admission charge but the proceeds from drinks and sandwiches went to the Cheney Baseball Club.

B. & P.W. Installs Officers For ’50-’51

The Oneonta Business and Professional Women’s Club held its regularly monthly meeting in the private dining room of the Gold Star Cafe on Tuesday evening, June 27. In addition to regular order of business the incoming officers were installed. Mrs. E.H. Horton, prominent in local club circles and president of the United Club Council, installed the incoming officers.

The following are the newly elected officers, whose privileges and duties it will be to make the club and influence in the community: Mrs. Ira B. Patton, pres.; Mrs. James Whited, vice pres. and program chairman; Mrs. Odus Hackleman, recording secretary; Mrs. Jim Stewart, treasurer and Miss Joanne Bruce, corresponding secretary.