This Week in History

Posted 4/6/18

The annual Easter sunrise service at the Star Vue Drive In will be held at 5:30 on Easter morning, the Rev. Robert Jordan has announced. “The public is invited to participate in this service and people are encouraged to come as they are, as they will remain in their cars,” the minister said. “The service will be held regardless of weather conditions.” He said the offering received will go to Church Overseas Relief. Pre-Easter services will be held Wednesday through Friday at First Presbyterian Church and Communion will be served Thursday. Services begin at 7:30.

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This Week in History



The annual Easter sunrise service at the Star Vue Drive-In will be held at 5:30 on Easter morning, the Rev. Robert Jordan has announced.

“The public is invited to participate in this service and people are encouraged to come as they are, as they will remain in their cars,” the minister said. “The service will be held regardless of weather conditions.”

He said the offering received will go to Church Overseas Relief. Pre-Easter services will be held Wednesday through Friday at First Presbyterian Church.

Again this year, the Village Shopping Center is looking for “The Village’s Mother of the Year” through an essay contest for grammar school children in grades one through nine. The winner will be selected from essays of 100 words or less, the theme being “What Is My Mother.”

The child who writes the best essay will win $25 for his school’s library fund and $25 for himself. His mother will be “the Village’s Mother of the Year” and will receive lovely and useful gifts from the Village merchants. Her picture and her child’s picture as well as the winning essay in it’s entirety will be featured on the front page of the Village Shopper to be inserted in the Cleveland Daily Banner on May 5.

All of the essays submitted will be displayed in The Village Mall the three days preceding Mother’s Day and parents are invited to look at them all, then take the child’s essay home.


Boys and girls are invited by the Pilot Club of Cleveland to enter a letter-writing contest in which the winner will have a real circus perform in his backyard, or in another site he chooses in the event his backyard is not a suitable size.

The circus, Paul A. Miller’s Greatest Free Show on Earth, will be set up on The Village parking lot Monday through Saturday with four free shows daily at 10:30, 4:30, 7:30 and 9:30.

Youngsters planning to enter the contest can preview the circus. Village merchants, who are sponsoring the appearance of the circus at the Village, will have discount ride tickets available in the stores.

The child, age one through 12, whose letter of 25 words or less on why he would like to have the circus perform in his backyard, will also be able to invite up to 100 of his friends for the one hour performance to be staged at 1 p.m. Saturday. Free refreshments will be served.


Bill Ledford, owner, announces that a grand opening is being held this weekend at Cleveland Men’s Shop. He recently moved from Five Points into a new building on East Inman, between Economy Auto Store and Boyer’s Diner.

Engaged in the retail sales of men’s clothing for the past five years, Ledford states that he feels the relocation will offer many advantages to his customers. He adds that the new store, located near two city parking lots, is almost twice as large as his former one and that the interior was designed for convenient shopping with a spacious area for displays, as well as a modern lighting system and year around weather control.

A.A. Maddox is store manager. Grand opening plans include the awarding of several prizes, including a TV set and a man’s suit. Ledford and Maddox said they are grateful to the people of this area for their patronage, “which has made it possible for us to expand.”


Davis Braided Rug Company, which was burned out Feb. 16 by one of the largest fires in the history of Cleveland, has gone back into production. Robert Holland, secretary of the company, said production is about 80 per cent of its pre-fire capacity.

He added that the company hopes to be back in full production by the end of next week. The company was located on South Church Street. The new location is off Tasso Lane in a building formerly occupied by Dan-dee Manufacturing Company. Paul Davis, president of the company, is immediate past president of the Chamber of Commerce.


Nineteen pretty girls will parade their charms tonight in the hopes of inheriting Jeanne Thompson’s Miss Cleveland crown in the annual VFW sponsored beauty pageant.

The competition will begin in the Bradley High School auditorium at 8 p.m. Ticket sales have been brisk, according to Frank Cummings, one of the coordinators of the pageant, but “plenty of tickets will be available at the door,” he said.

Contestants and their sponsors are: Nancy Phillips, Anna Ball White; Jane Hope, Magic Chef; Mary Lou Cox, Teen Age Shoppe; Beirne Beaty, C.C. Card Auto; Jane Daugherty, Zale’s Jeweler’s; Shirlene Hamm, Tip’s Food King; Catina Mull, Mallory Battery Co.; Carolyn Bowman, Olin Mathieson; Karen Hall, Hardwick Retail Store; Susan Morgan, M.C. Headrick; Susan Baugh, Parks-Belk; Janice Crye, Cornutt, McIntire & Bender; Genia Cartwright, American Uniform; Ernestine Longwith, Callaway Grocery; Hilda Gilliland, Stanfield Studio; Carol Daniels, Hardwick Stove Co.; Darris Biddy, Lions Club; Candy Jones, Miller’s; Sherry Farris, Bradley Motors.

The girls will be vying with each other in swim suit and evening gown categories. “There will be no fashion shows, but we will feature some special entertainment,” Cummings poited out. These will include a “shim sham,” featuring Monty Miller, accompanied by Martha Miller and Duane Choplin; Miss Joy Hurst, coloratura soprano, from Lee College; a dance routine by Miss Sandy Sipe; Phillip Cooke and his Lee College musical aggregation; song and dance man Monty Miller; and musical renditions by Graham Greeson.

Tom Rowland of WCLE will be the master of ceremonies. Profits from the program go into the VFW scholarship fund. Since 1958, $11,800 has been awarded to numerous deserving students in Bradley County. Tonight’s winner will receive $50 cash prize, plus the opportunity to compete in the Miss Tennessee Pageant, if eligible.


The Eighth Ramp Tramp sponsored by Bradley-Polk Young Farmers and Homemakers will be held April 25, rain or shine.

Since this date is later in April than usual, the ramps “should be of excellent size and very juicy and tender,” YF&H reports. Pre-Ramp Tramp recreation is scheduled at the Bradley County Agricultural Building in Cleveland Saturday night with Murray Miles Jr. in charge.

Sunday will be the big event—the long awaited hike up Big Frog Mountain. Some 260 enthusiastic ramp samplers were on hand last year. With less chance of cool weather in prospect this time, it is expected that old Frog will be covered with trampers, young and old.

At the present time, Lonnie Safley of Tennessee Farm Bureau is scheduled to give the devotional on top of the mountain. “If you have never been on a Ramp Tramp, this will be a wonderful experience. If you have already attended one, there’s no need to encourage you, because without a doubt, you’ll be there,” YF&H members say.

This year the hike will be up Wolf Lead Trail beginning at Pace Gap on Big Creek Road, according to John Paysinger, assistant extension agent.


A fire at Hardwick Stove Co. Monday night was brought under control before it could spread.

Fireman J.W. Dodd said a furnace became overheated and the blaze threatened to spread to the roof, but firemen were able to extinguish it. Earlier a furnace fire at a residence on Sixth Street SE brought firemen to the scene but damage was reported minor.


Resurfacing of State Highway 60 (Georgetown Road) from the new Interstate 75 interchange to State Highway 58 has been announced by the State Highway Department. Distance of the project is about eight miles and completion is scheduled on or before September 1 of this year.

State Highway 60 ties in with the new Interstate 75 at Clingan Ridge north of Cleveland. Another project announced by the Highway Department is the resurfacing with bituminous materials of a 5.3 mile section of State Highway 33 beginning at the Georgia line and extending to Old Fort. Estimated cost is $100,000.


Miss Zella Armstrong, noted Tennessee historian who died Monday, was a member of the Ocoee Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, in Cleveland.

Although she lived in Chattanooga, she had a strong affinity for the local DAR chapter because of friendships here. She was active until an injury resulted in disability a few years ago. She served as State Historian for the organization from 1944 to 1947, and also represented the DAR in Washington several times. She was official historian of Hamilton County by appointment of former Judge Will Cummings.

Miss Armstrong never revealed her age other than to say she was born in Chattanooga during the Reconstruction era after the Civil War. She was founder of the Cotton Ball, which has been featured in national publications. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church; Real Daughters of the Confederacy; lifetime member on the Tennessee Historical Commission; lifetime honorary president of the Chief John Ross House Association; twice president of the Tennessee Women’s Press and Authors Club, which she founded; and founder of the Chattanooga Area Historical Association.

“Miss Zella” had been in declining health for a number of years and was a patient in a nursing home before being taken to a hospital, where she died Monday. Her only survivors are cousins.


The hens on Ben Keller’s farm aren’t so shocked anymore when they see one of their flock hobble through on a peg leg.

“I couldn’t afford to lose the hen when she lost a leg,” explained Keller, who lives on Harris Creek Road. “She’s a Brown and Red variety and they’re expensive — about $50 or more.” So he set about to do what he could for the 1 ½-year-old bird. He got the idea from an artificial limb and developed one from leather and plastic wood.

"The hen has worn it about 30 days and gets along fine," he said. "“She even scratches with it,”

"She can also employ it to fight fiercely when the occasion presents itself," Keller continued.  “Of course, she does limp some, about like a peg-legged man.”

Keller demonstrated how the leg works. The hen was obviously unperturbed by all the fuss surrounding her new limb, and she did something which was both “uneconomical” and “unladylike.” She laid an egg. It splattered at Keller’s feet.


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