This Week in History
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Cleveland residents welcomed March with a list of accomplishments, blood-pounding news, social engagements and new faces.

Monday, March 2, 1942

Honor Roll at U.T. lists local students

Bradley County had five students on the University of Tennessee's Honor Roll for the fall quarter in 1941. The roll included students who made superior grades.

An honor student had to make no more than one "C" with all other grades being "A's" and "B's." Only 522 of the 3,300 students made that record.

Those from Bradley who made the Honor Roll included: Elton Shouse, Dorothy E. Stockburger, Sarah F. Vassey, Jerome Chambers and Quentin L. Humberd.

Tuesday, March 3, 1942

Dooly to represent Polk High

on D.A.R. pilgrimage

Noble Sandra Dooly was chosen by Polk County High school as its representative on the D.A.R. Good Citizenship Pilgrimage to Nashville set for Good Friday, April 3 of ‘42.

The local D.A.R. chapter sponsored three girls annually on that pilgrimage. In 1942, Margaret Hale represented Bradley High School, and Anna Boyer represented Charleston High School.

Dooly was the president of the senior class of Polk County High School and the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.D. Dooly of Conasauga.

Wednesday, March 4, 1942

Charleston boy reported safe

Boe Blackwell, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Blackwell, was not on the ill-fated Jacob Jones.

All fears were dispelled for the safety of Boe Blackwell, a Charleston youth who served in the Navy, when his parents learned he was not on the ill-fated U.S. Destroyer Jacob Jones. He was thought to have been on the boat when it was sunk off of the Jersey coast by a Nazi U-boat. According to reports, Blackwell was transferred to a sister ship prior to the sinking of the Jones.

Rumors spread around Cleveland that the young Blackwell perished when the Jones was sunk. Residents feared he was among the more than 100 men who lost their lives following the Nazi attack.

Thursday, March 5, 1942

W.G. Randolphs hosted at bridge-dinner

Mr. and Mrs. W.G. Randolph entertained friends with a night of laughter and fun. The couple hosted a dinner and bridge party Wednesday night at their home on Ocoee Street.

Guests went head to head with high score prizes awarded to Mrs. Von McLane and J. Anderson Pack. The cut prize went to Mrs. Tom Moore, Jr.

Friday, March 6, 1942

Buford Holt was new minister

at East Side Church Of Christ

Buford Holt took to the pulpit at East Side Church of Christ the first Sunday of March 1942 to deliver his first sermon at his new post. Holt followed Harold Kennamer as minister at the local church.

Mr. and Mrs. Holt, and their 4-year-old daughter, came to Cleveland from Enid, Okla. Holt served as minister of the Church of Christ in Enid prior to the family’s move to Cleveland. The Holts were originally natives of Alabama. They both attended the David Lipscomb College in Nashillve. In addition to his studies at DLC, Holt attended Vanderbilt for one year.

Holt’s work history included local work in several areas and also some evangelistic work across several states.

Saturday, March 7, 1942

Rev. W.A. Keel was speaker

at D.A.R. meeting

The Daughters of the American Revolutional faithfully met in the Wesley Room of the downtown Broad Street Methodist Church. Mrs. S.N. Varnell, the club’s historian, was in charge of the meeting. The members named delegates and alternatives to attend the state conference.

As guestspeaker for the meeting, the Rev. Keel spoke on international relations. He opened his presentation with the Rotary Club’s sixth objective, "The advancement of understanding, goodwill, and international peace through a world fellowship of men united in that great ideal — the application of the Golden Rule as exemplified in our motto ‘Service Above Self.’”

According to his presentation, Keel also served in the first World War as an officer.