10-28 . This Week in History

Posted 10/26/18



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10-28 . This Week in History



The county court having broken ice by asking for an advance of $40,000 for the purpose of erecting an adequate jail, it is entirely probable that the City Commission may be urged to request an advance of even a larger sum with which to enlarge the school facilities of the city of Cleveland.
For some years past, the housing facilities of the schools have been inadequate and the condition grows worse every year. At present there is great congestion in at least two or three of the buildings, although the city had completed new building projects within the last few years which, at the time, seemed would be adequate. The most serious congestion is in the East Side school where the building has been crowded for several years. It is most likely, therefore, that if the city asks for a gift and loan for school purposes, it will be to enlarge this plant by adding another unit.
The East Side plant, being in a way midway between the Mayfield and Templeton Hill buildings, the next most congested of the city buildings, an addition there would give relief to these buildings, as the overflow could be diverted to the East Side. Amongst the projects that are specifically mentioned in the public improvement program, schools come third in the list.
A. Betscher, residing on Wildwood Avenue and a partner of A.J. Lawson in the poultry business, was severely injured one day last week in Chattanooga in a rather peculiar manner.
Mr. Betscher was alighting from the train in the car shed of the Terminal station there and in doing so stepped on a banana peel. He fell and struck the car step with his back. For some time he was unconscious and it was feared for a time that he was killed. Finally he rallied, however, and become sufficiently able to be removed home. His condition is still thought serious and it is believed that he suffered internal injuries. The injured man recently lived in the neighborhood of Wildwood, but is now occupying the property formerly occupied by Dave Johnson. Our informant at Wildwood speaks of Betscher in very high terms and it is hoped that he will recover speedily from his injuries.

Chief of Police Arthur Trotter has issued a warning to all motorists that there must be less reckless speed in travel through the city and fewer one-eyed automobiles driven or there will be a perceptible increase in arrests.
The chief states that forbearance has ceased to be virtue, and that if the driving public will not take heed to gentle admonitions, then they will have to put up with the heavy hand of the law when it grabs them.
Chief Trotter points out that wrecks within the city limits are increasing in frequency and numbers constantly. During the past month there were more wrecks than in any recent month, the number approximating two and a half each day of the month.
On a recent day, there were five wrecks reported to the police, one of which was serious. A young man named Bivins, the rider of a motorcycle, ran into an automobile and ran practically through it, the chief said. The youth is in the hospital seriously hurt and the car is in the garage for repairs.
The Chief stated that many complaints have been made against high school pupils driving to and from school. These pupils, some of them at least, have apparently been making race courses of some of the main streets. This has been the case on Ocoee, Parker, Inman and Wildwood avenue sections. Chief Trotter also warns against the operating of cars with one light, which is a violation of State law as well as of city ordinance.


According to reports from Nashville, Stanley Whitehead, well-known citizen of this county has been appointed deputy game warden for Bradley County. Mr. Whitehead is a farmer residing in the Blue Springs valley section of the county. He is a son of J.A. Whitehead. Announcement of the appointment came in a letter from Damen Headden, State Game Warden. For several years past Lowell Bryant has been serving in the capacity of fish and game warden for the county.


Dr. and Mrs. T.G. Jordan entertained Saturday at their annual dinner honoring the Confederate Veterans of Bradley and Hamilton counties. The dinner was the thirty-fourth annual one at which they have entertained the veterans. More than 200 attended the first dinner, and only nine were there Saturday. Covers were laid for eighty-five, including three Bradley County veterans, M.V. Jones, V.M. Gibson and Stephen Owens, and six veterans from the Nathan Bedford Forrest camp. They were Robert Sturgill, Gen. R.B. Platt, Hampton De Shea, Hamilton De Shea, R.S. Stegall and Lee Pope. The associate members of the camp attending were W. Shep Shelton, W.M. Nixon and George D. Smith.

Three youths from the Coker Creek C.C.C. [Civilian Conservation Corps] camp suffered broken bones and numerous bruises when their automobile ran off a mountain highway and plunged down a 200 foot embankment Sunday, but those injuries weren’t nearly as painful as what happened to them shortly after they landed in a yellow jackets’ nest at the foot of the hill. They were stung all over before they could get away from the yellow jackets. W.C. Stevenson, L.H. Beardsley and W.M. Jordon were the victims. Stevenson’s shoulder was fractured and all were badly bruised in addition to the stings. John Raiford, trail foreman at the camp, took the youths to a hospital at Etowah for first aid, then took them to the hospital at Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia.


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