This Week in History 1-12
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Cleveland residents met mid-January of ’42 with a renewed sense of goodwill as they united in several efforts to help their fellow man through book campaigns, medical payments and war relief drives.

Monday, Jan. 12, 1942

Ilene Cagle much improved

Ilene Cagle returned to the Physician’s and Surgeons Hospital when burns received a month prior failed to heal. She reportedly improved nicely. Physicians stated they hoped to be able to graft the necessary skin to enable the burns to heal.

Community members and leaders, like Chief of Police A.M. Trotter, personally guaranteed payment of hospital bills when they learned Cagle’s father was unemployed. Physicians gave their services without charge. Funds came in from local citizenry, Chattanooga and other local towns.

Any money received after the total hospital bill was met was reportedly placed in a trust fund for Cagle’s personal needs.

Tuesday, Jan. 13, 1942

Cleveland will have home guard

Arrangements were made at a regular monthly meeting of the Cleveland Board of Mayor and Commissioners to underwrite a monthly rent for a temporary armory hall. This meant a home guard company for Cleveland was practically assured.

A committee from Post 31 American Legion, which consisted of post commander W.B. Parks and Captains of the proposed company Terrel Corn and James F. Bowman met with the commissioners. The hall to be used as an armory was occupied by the Cleveland units of the 117th Infantry. The committee hoped a temporary roof would be placed on the new armory building so as to be used by the new company.

Officers of the new company included Owen C. Wattenbarger, first lieutenant; Forrest J. Phillips, second lieutenant; Robert Reynolds, first sergeant; and Hibbard S. Albritton, supply sergeant.

Wednesday, Jan. 14, 1942

48 are given new ratings

Registrants with deferred classifications were re-classified in mid-January of ’42 during a meeting of the local selective service board. A total of 36 received the 1-A classification, which meant a successful Army physical examination made them subject to call. The remaining registrants’ placements included: two in class 1-C (member of land or naval forces of the U.S.); one in 2-A; three in 3-A (deferred by reason of dependency); and four in 4-F (physically, mentally or morally unfit).

Those reclassified and placed in 1-A included: James Mike Clayton, Arthur James Ogle, James Richard Dill, George Leonard Stafford, Thurman Picklesimmer, James Calvin Conley, William David Burber, Joseph Lancaster Morgan, Verlie Ray Rose, John Brash Black, France Summer Waters, Henry Otis Davis, Willima Fletcher Cody, Eugene Lee Stephenson, Lewis Earl Tipton, Elger David Hadden, Joseph Winfred Byous, Clyde Omry Brock, Albert Lee Woods, Pickney Roosevelt Howard, C.L. Montgomery, William Hoyt Foster, David Kendall Bartlett, Samuel Roy Dougherty, James Henry Carroll, James Archie Brown, R. C. Moore, August James Burger, James William West, Walter Shelby Harris, Hubert Sherman Hardwick, Charles Noah Reynolds, Glenn Campbell Hooper, Lester Cla Darnell, Homer Lee Robinson, and Donald Obadiah Berry

Thursday, Jan. 15, 1942

Victory Book Drive begun

Victory Book Campaign, a nationwide drive to secure 10 million books for the use of America’s armed forces, and its influence in maintaining morale were explained to the Lions Club by head of the Chattanooga Library Gilbert Govan.

Govan was the guest of the Rev. Lyle G. Kilvington, chairman of the drive in Bradley County. He spoke on the pleasures and values of reading in connection with the campaign sponsored by the American Red Cross, the U.S.O. and the American Library Association.

He said, “Books of all kids are needed: textbooks, histories, fiction, in fact, any book. The public is asked to make contribution— not cash, but books.”

Friday, Jan. 16, 1942

Total of Drive Expected to Exceed $7,000

Cleveland-Bradley County Red Cross officials were elated with the results of their war relief drive for $6,000. According to the chairman of the drive, W.B. Parks, a total of $6,655 was in the bank as of Friday. Additional money was expected to be donated by three large industrial plants and several smaller firms. The local businesses staged a drive among their employees.

Parks expressed his appreciation of the community’s generosity. The local Red Cross officials thanked everyone for the cooperation given to the war relief fund drive.