From the pages of The Banner

This Week in History

Posted 9/17/17

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.


John Parks Company, of Chattanooga, a contracting builder of many fine edifices in that city and elsewhere, obtained the contract for erection of the fine new home of the Merchants Bank, which will occupy the northeast corner of Ocoee and 32nd Street.

Bids were received Tuesday night and Parks was declared the successful bidder.

The corner has been occupied for some years by the Hardwick Woolen Mill store and Kirkpatrick’s Shoe Emporium. It will be necessary for these concerns to make immediate arrangements to remove their stocks. It is estimated that the building, the vaults and other equipment being the most modern, will represent an outlay of around $50,000.

Speaking of the new bank building, C.W. Harle, president, said that bids received were very satisfactory, lower than had been anticipated when they first began to think of a new structure. When completed they will have one of the most outstanding bank buildings that could be found in a small city.

He said that instead of cutting down on construction, many improved materials were added to the specifications. The new banking house will be a building of unusual beauty and convenience. The design will follow the trend of the so-called “modernistic” type.

The exterior will be faced with polished Tennessee gray marble, with a Cove Springs, Minn., granite base. The sunken surfaces will have a “bush hammer” roughened surface while the vertical pilasters and belt course having smoothed tool marked work. The tops of the pilasters and spandrel panels will be appropriately ornamented with designs in low relief sand blasted into the marble.

One enters the bank on Ocoee Street through a deep, recessed doorway of generous width. The main banking room has a ceiling height embracing the full height of the present two-story building. This room is lighted by tall archtop windows. Here again the modern trend makes itself apparent in all the architectural features.

There is a richly embellished cornice and frieze. There are pilasters, fluted in low relief and a rich decorative color scheme with the prominent ornaments toughed out in gold and silver. The bank screen and fittings are of the most up-to-date design. The tellers’ desks are of the low front type with bronze wickets and intermediate panels of etched plate glass.

Tennessee gray marble, elaborately trimmed with Egyptian black and gold marble from the lower part of the screen and wainscot about the public space continuing through the entrance lobby. The massive entrance doors and all wood features of interior trim are of selected American black walnut. The space at the right of the main entrance is occupied by the president’s office, which is paneled throughout in walnut.

To the left of the entrance is the ladies’ room. The directors’ room is on the mezzanine directly above the entrance and is reached by a spiral stairway from public space below. This stairway, which is exposed to view in the public space, is of oil finish wrought iron embellished with bronze trimmings and forms a most interesting feature.

Check stands of plate glass supported on bronze brackets add their touch of attractiveness as does a massive bronze screen across the vault entrance. A 10-inch steel door of most modern type, equipped with double combination and triple time locks will guard the vault containing the safety deposit boxes and the currency safes. These vaults will be constructed of heavy reinforced concrete with plate steel lining.

Two secondary fireproof vaults are provided for the books and records. Special care has been taken in the design of the mechanical features of the building. The plumbing fixtures are of the latest design, and there are china lavatories with chromium finish trimmings. The heating equipment consists of a steel boiler and all radiation is of the concealed type.

Outstanding buildings the company has constructed in Chattanooga are the Memorial Auditorium, Tivoli Theatre, Main Street Branch of the Hamilton National Bank and the Provident Life Building. Thomas W. Gardner of Nashville is the architect.


The Cleveland Rotary Club enjoyed its luncheon Wednesday at the Parksville Inn, where Manager Lawrence had prepared one of his substantial dinners. Members of the club and their guests were loud in praise of the good food and the abundant quality.

One participant made the remark that he believed this was the first time in his entire life that he had not been able to eat all that was set before him.

Following the luncheon hour, the members, under the direction of Ernest McDaris, motored to Caney Creek development, where they were taken in charge by Mr. Vineyard, the ever-obliging superintendent of that development. The bunch was taken up the flume to the diversion dam.

The trip was thoroughly enjoyed, although some of the embers sweat, while others almost sweat blood as the frail cars swept them over yawning ravines and along over a raging torrent of river water as it raced down the flume to the penstocks leading to the immense turbines.

The return trip witnessed a brief stop at plant No. 1, where the crowd was taken in tow by Mr. Pickel, who showed them through that immense plant. A number of visitors accompanied the Rotarians and all had a splendid time.


Two men and two women were more or less seriously injured Sunday night when two cars crashed on the Lee Highway just east of Athens. Those hurt were Miss Velma Reagan and a Mrs. Jones; James Baskett and Ethan Underwood, of this city. Miss Reagan suffered a slight concussion of the brain and scalp wounds. The remainder of the occupants of the two cars received lacerations and bruises. Miss Reagan is at Foree hospital and Mrs. Jones was taken to the home of a sister.


Sarah Victoria, 12-year-old daughter of John Campbell, is recovering at the local hospital from a severe attack of tetanus, better known as lockjaw, after having been administered the serum for that infection.

The child stepped on a rusty nail two weeks ago and the dread and deadly disease developed. She was brought to the hospital and a consultation of physicians decided that the serum was the only chance for her life as she was then critical.

The serum was administered and she is now believed to be well on the road to recovery.


Clyde Martin, 17, and Clarence Martin, 11, sons of Mr. and Mrs. Lon Martin, and George Rector Jr., 13, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Rector, are taking the Pasteur treatment as a result of being bitten by a pet dog. The animal’s head was sent to a Chattanooga laboratory, but was too decomposed for a satisfactory examination.


J. Watson, said to be a resident of the Cookston Creek section of Polk County, was arrested early this week when he was found in possession of a car and sack of bran stolen from John Samples here Saturday. Watson has a brother in jail here on a similar charge, but he asserts that he traded for the car.


Mr. and Mrs. D.C. Colloms visited Mr. Tan Stevenson, Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. C.W. Conner and family were guests Sunday of Mr. and Mrs. W.B. Hamilton and family. Mr. and Mrs. Jim Hindman and children, Annie Ruth and J.W. and Messrs. Luther and Claude Hindman visited Mr. and Mrs. John Ashley in Chattanooga Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. B.B. Calfee and family visited Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Calfee in South Cleveland. Mr. and Mrs. L.S. Berry and daughter, Laura Belle, and son, Fred, were the guests of Miss Mary Hindman. Mr. and Mrs. Sam Hysinger were guests of Mr. and Mrs. Hampton. Mr. and Mrs. A.H. Hamilton and little son, P. Paul, visited Mrs. Maggie Sewell in Calhoun.

Mr. Eli Hindman and children, Mary, Louie and Ruffie, visited friends at Michigan Avenue. Misses Mae and Marie Hamilton were guests of misses Ruth and Janet Conner.


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