Above: the object of their desire, a 1960 Plymouth.
July 2, 1960, a crowd described by Summerville Police Chief Griffin
Pledger as the "biggest crowd we've ever had in this town" pushed their
way to a platform in front of the courthouse to witness the drawing for
a new 1960 Plymouth to be given away by the Summerville Retail
Merchants Association. Tickets were available at dozens of merchants
including Western Auto, Garnett's for Furniture, and the State
Chief Pledger had a riot squad in 1960, he would have called them out
for sure. Cars were parked along West Washington Street past
Summerville First Methodist Church.
cement mixer tumbled the tickets. Young Gene Cordle reached inside and
handed the winning ticket to the merchant's representatives standing on
the platform. There is a piano sitting on the platform so perhaps there
was entertainment as a build-up to the grand finale.
the winner is... Mrs. Emmett Clarkson. Harold Shavin, president of the
Summerville Retail Merchants Association, is shown raising Mrs.
Clarkson's hand. She stated she was surprised, felt wonderful, and that
she had never won anything before in her life.
Here's hoping that Mrs. Clarkson received many carefree miles of travel in her new 1960 Plymouth.
Photographs by T.Emmett Nunn. Courtesy of Chattooga Library. Three of the above images appeared in the Chattooga Democrat newspaper. This short-lived publication was also the source of the above information.