A report from the Million Pines Festival showed just over $5,000 in gate receipts and estimated attendance of 12,000. Explanation: Children came in free, and so did exhibitors; student tickets were 50 cents, half-price tickets were given for special services.
The Treutlen Midgets were champions of the "Optimist Bowl" in Waynesboro.
Soperton's new radio station WYOK, held its Grand Opening at McArthur Gymnasium. The leading act was Roy Drusky and the Loners. Also on the program was a singer with a unique voice and referred to as "a rising star in country music". His name is Gene Watson.
For killing deer out of season, and a guilty plea, a hunter was fined $300 and 12 months probation.
Mrs. W. G. Calhoun showed off an old-timey washing machine, which was mostly rollers and framing. Even the wash tub was extra.
J. W. Rogers, Sr., celebrated his 80th birthday.
Julian B. Rushin of Augusta died at age 62. He and his family lived in Soperton in the 1950s. He was a very important employee of Knox Lumber Company, and people still say that he could build anything. My brother, Dale, and I still have screened boxes for crickets and catalpa worms that he made.
William A. Ricks
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