From the pages of The Banner

This Week in History

Posted 7/16/17

The following items were compiled by the Cleveland Bradley County Public Library from old issues of the Cleveland Daily Banner and its forerunners, the Cleveland Banner, the Journal, and the Journal …

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From the pages of The Banner

This Week in History


The following items were compiled by the Cleveland Bradley County Public Library from old issues of the Cleveland Daily Banner and its forerunners, the Cleveland Banner, the Journal, and the Journal and Banner.


Luke Lea Harle, Cleveland’s oldest native son, died at his home on Inman Street at an early hour Tuesday morning.

Harle suffered a broken hip from a fall last Tuesday and pneumonia developed, resulting in death. L.L. Harle was one of Cleveland’s most substantial citizens and leading businessmen for more than 50 years. He was born in Cleveland, Sept. 2, 1845, and was the son of Baldwin Harle.

He entered business here with his brother, the late J.H. Harle, under the firm name of J.H. Harle & Brother, and continued business under the same name and on the same lot for 56 years. He was president of the Bank of Charleston, here for a number of years, and when it was reorganized under its present name, the Merchants Bank, he became one of the directors, and was vice president of the institution at the time of his death.

Harle was treasurer of the Cleveland Lodge, F.&A.M., and of the chapter for over 40 years. He was also treasurer of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church and Sunday School, of which he was a devoted member for many years. He never held any public office except that of alderman for one term.

He was married to Miss Addie White in 1872, to which union two sons were born, Frank J. Harle, cashier of the Cleveland National Bank, and Charles W. Harle, president of the Merchants’ Bank.

Mrs. Addie Harle died in 1916 and Harle was married in 1918 to Mrs. Lura Edwards, who survives.

The funeral was held Wednesday afternoon at 3 o’clock at the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. The services being in charge of the Rev. C.R. Matlock, assisted by the Rev. J.A. Whitener, former pastor. The Sunday School class, of which he was secretary, were honorary pallbearers. The Masonic fraternity was in charge. Interment was in Fort Hill cemetery.


The Bradley County cooperative creamery rubbed 15,000 pounds of butter mighty close the month of June, the exact amount produced being 14,130 pounds.

This was a large increase over any previous month. The next highest month was the month of April, when 10,000 pounds were produced. The creamery now has more than 200 patrons against about 30 when it started operations last November.

The brand of butter produced, Mountain Laurel, is maintaining its reputation as among the best that can be bought. The management is very careful to see that nothing but first-class stock goes out under its brand.

In case, for any reason, a batch of butter is not up to standard, it is dumped into tubs and shipped in bulk to eastern markets to be sold as second-grade stuff. The creamery has some time since passed the experimental stage and is now an assured success.


The report of the Speck Hospital published in these columns last week was read doubtless with interest by many. This institution appears to have made a very propitious beginning for its first year.

A hospital right at home, that saves thousands of dollars in railway fares, fees, and such could go elsewhere, to say nothing of the fact that scores of people are given relief that would not be able to get treatment were it not for the local hospital, is a matter of congratulation.

The report showed that almost one-fifth of the patients treated have been taken without any charge, merely from the fact that these patients were not able to pay. This is a most generous thing for the hospital to do, and is in thoroughly keeping with the traditions of the practice of medicine and surgery which in time has perhaps given more charity than almost any other profession.

But the question is: Is it right for the community to expect this struggling hospital to carry the full load of this burden? Ought not the county or the city, or both of them, or the community at large, chip in and help out on these charity cases?

It occurs that this would be perfectly right. It is true that sufficient precautions ought to be taken to see that the charity horse is not ridden too freely. It would be well to specify that the amount contributed would pay nothing further than actual expenses of the case. We believe the corps of physicians in charge would treat the public right, but in any event it is well to begin such matters right and thus avoid all future trouble.

The arrangements should be made for the helping out the hospital by paying actual expenses of charity patients, or at least a reasonable part of the expense, and that the hospital ought to be relieved of bearing this whole burden.


A delightful afternoon was enjoyed by the members of the Pure Fun Club on Thursday, at the home of Miss Elizabeth Bivens.

The game, rook, was played at three tables, arranged on the lawn of the Bivins home. Invited with the members of the club were: Misses Virginia Smith, Blossom Jordan, Hazel McDaris, Elizabeth Rogers, Blanche Margaret McNabb and Myrtle Carl.


A most delightful hay ride was enjoyed by a congenial party of young people to the home of Will Easterly near Black Fox, arranged to compliment misses Boone and Hysinger.

The guests were Mr. and Mrs. W.L. Humphrey. Music and games were enjoyed, also a real picnic lunch. The party was chaperoned by Mrs. Humphrey.


Mr. and Mrs. Morgan Johnston, whose marriage was solemnized in Louisville, Ky., on Tuesday of the past week, arrived from their wedding trip and are now at home on Linden Hill.

Misses Ruth and Mary McCampbell, of Athens, are the guests this week of Lucile and Kathryn Hudson, on Church Street. Miss Louise Harle was called home this week from Vermont, where she was visiting, on account of the accident to her grandfather, Mr. Luke Harle. Mr. T.J. Frazier left the past week for a visit to relatives in Texas.

Homer Howell is home from Chattanooga for a visit. Milton Clark and brother, Samuel Clark, of Macon, Ga., and Edward Barbe, of Learie, Ga., were weekend guests of Mr. and Mrs. G.H. Austin, returning Monday. Mrs. Clark, who has been spending some time here with her parents, accompanied them, making the trip by motor.

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph McNabb and children are visiting relatives in Maryville. Mr. and Mrs. T.B. Hughes and T.B. Jr., with Mrs. Minnie Durham, have been visiting Mr. and Mrs. Hughes, left this week for a visit to South Carolina. Horace Austin, of Chattanooga, spent the weekend here with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. G.H. Austin.

J.C. Ramsey is at Lauderback Springs for a few days’ rest. Mr. and Mrs. John Wood and son, J.P., are home from a two weeks’ vacation at Lauderback Springs. Mrs. Robert Smith, of Blue Springs, was the guest this week of Miss Edna Tonkin. Mrs. Oscar McLain and son, David, accompanied Mr. and Mrs. K.N. Harris to their home in Middlesboro, Ky., making the trip by motor.

Miss Mabel Yancy Brooking is the guest of Misses Christine and Inez Crowe in Chattanooga this week. The Misses Davidson have had as house guests, Miss Thelma Jane Crox, of Chattanooga; Misses Ruby Long and Edith Rym

Mr. and Mrs. Horace Hawk and children, their mother and sister, Mrs. Goodner and Miss Ella Goodner, are spending the season at Mineral Park. Mrs. Arthur Rymer, of Etowah, and Miss Zona Spencer were guests this week of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Davidson. Mrs. Joe Phillips and little daughter, Margaret, have returned from a weekend visit in Chattanooga.

Mrs. Warren Simmons and brother, Charles Gorman, are at Baugh Springs this week. Mrs. Julia Hall and little granddaughters, Mary and Jessie Hall, left this week for a two weeks visit with relatives in Lenoir City. Mrs. Robert Stanfield spent Thursday in Chattanooga. J.W. Patterson and sister, Mrs. Nina Tuell, left this week for a visit to their brother in Colorado.

Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Hayes are entertaining this week their daughter, Mrs. W.B. Duke, Mr. Duke and Miss Frances Duke, of Knoxville. Mr. and Mrs. G.W. Rymer are receiving congratulations on the birth of a daughter, Tuesday, July 25. Mrs. Rymer was, before her marriage Miss Mildred Lea.

Mr. and Mrs. Earnest McDaris and little daughter, Miss Onie Fouts and Mr. Julius Fouts, left this week for a motor trip to Winchester, Ky., where they will be guests of Mr. and Mrs. Lyrme Arnold. W.S. Milne, of Chattanooga, was in the city Wednesday to attend the funeral of Mr. Luke Harle.


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