County Coroner Roosevelt Young is shown being filmed by WSB-TV
(Atlanta) Channel 2 News Cameraman McKinley Jones. (Oddly, both seemed
to have been named for U.S. presidents.)
A similar photograph appeared in the March 10, 1966 edition of the Summerville News,
which stated that Young, whose duties included taking care of the
courthouse, collected buffalo nickels from the Coke machines he owned
at the courthouse. (!) Two years earlier, Young had already saved
enough nickels from his vending machine franchise to purchase a
"deluxe cedar casket" from County Commissioner Harry Powell.
Apparently, Young had saved enough nickels (and dimes as Cokes were
selling for 10 cents by 1966) to buy a steel burial vault to go with
his casket and WSB-TV was so impressed with Young's foresight of the
inevitable that they hoped their story would even make the national
Huntley Brinkley newscast.
No, I'm not making this up. It must have been a slow news day!
Photograph by T. Emmett Nunn. Courtesy of Chattooga County Library. Information from the Summerville News.