This Week in History

Posted 11/4/18


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This Week in History



In order to set a fair price and, to enforce the rules governing the filling of relief food orders, a price control board has been set up in Bradley County. The board is composed of Capt. James F. Bowman, president; Bethel C. Brown, representing the chain stores; Joe T. Jarnigan, representing the wholesalers, and H.E. Haggard, representing the independents.

Austin Whitener is secretary and Lester Haggard assistant secretary. This board will set prices weekly and will enforce the observing the rules governing the filling of the relief food orders by the grocers of the county. Any merchant found guilty of violating the rules will not be allowed to fill the orders.

A meeting was held Tuesday evening at the headquarters of the TERA in the Fletcher building, at which the new plan, which went into effect Thursday, was explained to the grocers of the county. In order to qualify to fill relief orders grocers will have to sign an agreement to observe the rules and pay a fee which will go for the expenses of the control board. The agreement requires the merchants to make certain monthly reports, and to refuse to substitute any item not named on the relief order blank.

This rule is to prevent the substitution of candy, chewing gum, or tobacco for staple foods. They must also agree not to advance money in place of the foods called for on the order. A number of the merchants present at the meeting signed the new agreement. Mr. Haggard said that he expected from 30 to 35 to sign.


Addressing several hundred old people who had gathered at the courthouse to hear the old age pension movement explained, Walter S. Michael, Republican candidate for representative from Bradley and Polk County, brought a salvo of applause from the audience when he appeared as the only candidate, either state or national, to come before the crowd of enthusiastic sponsors of the old age pension and declare for “some form of old age pension for those among us who were too old to work or dependent upon charity organizations for support.”

In his address Mr. Michael lashed at the large industries for turning out those people who were getting up in years because they could no longer render the services they once rendered to the industry, to take on younger men. In one instance, Mr. Michael used a concrete illustration of a man who had given his life’s services to one local plant in the city of Cleveland, only to be turned out in his declining years to face a distressed economic world without a job.

The meeting went on record as endorsing the candidates for public office who would publicly state his views on the question of an old age pension. W.L. Humphrey, local attorney, addressed the crowd and explained that the movement had not gained headway enough to have a definite idea as to the form of pension or the inner workings of the movement, but that would be threshed out either in the state Legislature or in the next Congress of the United States. 


The Young People’s Fellowship Club of Pleasant Grove entertained at a Halloween party Friday night. Contest prizes were awarded to Arbie Owen and Wanda Million.

Those present were Mr. and Mrs. R.B. Owens, Mr. and Mrs. W.A. Erwin, Mr. and Mrs. Denton Atchely, Mr. and Mrs. Arra Erwin, Misses Delze Erwin, Luel Brunette, Nellie Lois Erwin, Doola Trotter, Lucy Nell Erwin, Wanda Million, Mildred Erwin and Mattie Erwin, and Messrs. Earl Ray, Lloyd Hamilton, W.P. Frisbee and Billie Atchley.


Miss Joyce Hargis entertained at a Halloween party Saturday evening at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. L.W. Hargis, on Harle Avenue. Games and contests were enjoyed, and an attractive prize was presented Joyce Berry.

Guests were little Misses Frances Jean Patton, Manthy Burchfield, Carolyn Sharpe, Ann and Marjorie Hood, Mary Walden, Kitty Stanbery, Clyde Hodgkins, Lula Brown, June and Joyce Berry, Brownie Rogers, Doris Queen, Jane Moss Shouse, Gincy and Betty Jo Slaughter and Mary Elaine Hargis; Masters Bobby Parks, Sammy Horner, Roy Hawk, Jimmy Corn, Billy Rogers, Donald Sharpe, Harry Gobble, Billy Turner and Ronnie Queen. Miss Frances Hale Wylie assisted the hostess.


Miss Betty and Bobby Davis entertained at a party Saturday evening at their home on Centenary Avenue. Dancing and proms were enjoyed during the evening.

Guests were Misses Joe Corn, Charlie Hardwick, Phyllis Brown, Kate Miles, Beverly Harris, Virginia Byrd, Betty Jo Huddleston, Frances Parks, Mary and Ann Stamper, Eleanor Ernst, Peggy Ferguson, Nancy Naff, Augusta Hoyle, Barbara Moore, Lelia Frances Ramsey and Martha McDaris; Masters David Hall, Billy Fillauer, F.W. Miles, Bob Miles, John Wylie, Dickie Andrews, Billy Dooley, Eben D’Armond, Richard Frazier, Billy Jones, Walter Ooten, Bobby Card, Bobby Taylor, Hugh Hannah Jr., George Castings, Ansel Rymer, Bud Orr, Creed F. Rymer Jr., and Reuben Allen.


The local Business and Professional Women’s Club held open house Tuesday evening in the banquet hall of the Cherokee Hotel. A delightful musical program consisted of vocal solos by Mr. Jackson and Miss Donella Cochran, and violin numbers by Miss Lynton, all of Bob Jones College.

Misses Betty Jo Huddleston and Lenore Moore gave a clever dance, accompanied at the piano by Joe Gray. Vocal solos were given by Miss Ann Woodward, Ralph Swartz and Hibbard Albritton. Piano solos were given by Miss Elizabeth Armstrong and a vocal duet was given by Miss Woodward and Mr. Albritton.

Coffee and sandwiches were served from a lace covered table, centered with a crystal bowl of fall flowers. Miss Emily Jory poured coffee and refreshments, and were in charge of misses Edith Patrick and Julia Ingram, assisted by Miss Margaret Weeks and Mrs. W.S. Ooten. Decorations were in charge of Mrs. E.W. McDaris, misses Eithie Beaty and Willie Mae McCracken. Mrs. W.A. Lusk, Miss Pyrl Scott and Miss Helen Lehr were in charge of the entertainment.

Following the program a crocheted bedspread, made by Miss Callie Rogers, was awarded Mrs. W.P. Sharpe. This climaxed a project sponsored by the club finance committee. More than 100 guests attended, including five members of the Chattanooga club, Miss Edith Young, Miss Willie Coleman, Mrs. Mae Bulbach, Mrs. Sarah Postlewaite and Mrs. Elsie Harper.


Charles Walker, young son of Mrs. W.M. Walker, entertained at an attractively planned Haloween party last week at the home of his aunt, Mrs. Pat Randolph, on Parker Street. Games and contests suggestive of the season were enjoyed and Halloween refreshments were served.

Guests were Sarah and Harrie Harris, Virginia Fike, Brownie Rogers, June and Joyce Berry, Mary Beverly, Frances Denton, Nancy Parks, Kitty Stanberry,  Clyde Hodgkins, Peggy Mee, Phyllis Brown, Marjorie and Ann Hood, Virginia and Carolyn Miller, Margaret Hale, Martha and Margaret Walker and Masters Paul and Tom Chisholm, Walter Kile, Charles Donaldson, Buddy Eldredge, Jack Ragsdale, John Reed Shugart, Billy Schultz, Sammie Horner, Glenn Able, Bob Kirby, Billy Randolph, Philip Brown, Howard Goodner, Donald Hughes, Carl Duff, Elton Shouse, Jim Bennett Parks, Raymond Kimsey, Frank Hardwick, Thomas Ellis, Robert Thompson, Billy Rogers, Arch Fitzgerald, Charles Beverly, Floyd Walker, Bobby and Calvin Taylor and Tommy Randolph.


A sum of  $80 was realized by the students of  Cleveland High School from their Halloween social held in the East Cleveland building Saturday night. A large crowd came together in response to the earnest solicitation that had been made, completely filling the large auditorium of the building. The program was of a light nature, but was well enjoyed.

After the program, the crowd was invited to linger below at the various booths that had been prepared for the entertainment and for profit, and these did a thriving business in fortune telling, and other things. The crowd was good natured and well behaved, and the evening was well enjoyed. 


The TERA project for improving the athletic field at Bradley High will start next week. It is planned to repair the present grandstand, repair the fences and grade the field. The cost of the work is estimated at $5,316. The TERA allotment for the work is $4,729, and it is planned to use 112 men on the job. They will be allowed from one to two days’ work each. The first work will be tearing down the old barn east of the athletic field.

The athletic field needs grading, and it is planned and should put it in first-class condition. It will be ready for use by the time it is needed next spring. Of course the football field will not be touched until the present season is over. It is estimated that the work will be completed in about 10 weeks.

The present grandstand at the athletic field is in very bad condition. The repairs are expected to put it in first-class condition, and the work planned will go a long way towards giving Bradley High a real athletic field.


The Armistice Day program commemorating the end of the World War, given under the auspices of the Bradley County Post, and American Legion, was highly successful and brought out a large crowd. The speakers of the day were Col. Charles S. Mayfield, of this city and Winston Prince of Benton, commander of the Benton Legion post, and Legion chairman for the Third district.

The speakers recalled the spontaneous celebration of that first Armistice Day, Nov. 11, 1918, and pointed out the duty of the people to the ex-servicemen who are in need of help. Feature of  the program was a big parade which formed at the monument at the junction of Broad and Ocoee Streets and marched through the business section of the city, with the school children and other marchers forming around the band stand on the courthouse lawn for the speaking.

The chief feature of the parade was between 1,500  and 2,000 school children of the city marching in line carrying small American flags. There were a number of beautifully decorated floats and automobiles.

Both National Guard units took part in the program. The guard companies were in full uniform, carrying rifles and wearing “tin” hats. One of the features, which drew much favorable commen, was the singing of “America” by the school children on the courthouse lawn. The beautifully decorated float of the Tennessee Electric Power Company was awarded first prize and the Business and Professional Woman’s entry won second prize.

 the Red Cross car entered by the College Hill school was given first prize, and the car entered by the Cleveland Bradley County Chapter, American Red Cross, second prize. Ernest C. Wattenbarger won first prize for the best mounted man, with Capt. James F. Bowman, second. Chastine Wattenbarger was the winner of first prize in the pony class, with Jo Corn, second. Jimmy Cook was awarded first prize for the best decorated bicycle, with Charles Johnson, second.


The work of repairing and remodeling the courthouse will be finished in about two weeks. A quarry tile floor has been laid in the hallway and finishing touches are being made to the offices of the county court clerk and clerk and master. A concrete floor will be laid in the basement in the Legion headquarters and the ladies’ rest room. A concrete walk will also be constructed from the new door on the west to the sidewalk on the west side of the lawn.

Some painting is yet to be done. Twelve men are being employed on the job. Skilled workers are getting three days a week and common labor one day a week. It is expected that the work on the Allen school building will be completed in about two weeks. The heating plant has been installed and is in use. A few connections remain to be made before the job is completed. After the building is completed, the school grounds will be graded and placed in good condition. This work will cost about $1,000.


The cool weather and better farm prices have combined to boost the retail business here. Dealers in all lines report a good increase. Men’s furnishings and ladies’ ready-to-wear report a sharp increase in recent weeks and a gain of from 30 to 40 percent over last year. There was a large gain during the first six months of the year, and then business was rather quiet through the summer and early fall.

Furniture dealers also report that their business has showed a good gain during the past three weeks and they expect a good business through the holidays. Groceries joined the other lines in reporting a sharp pick up in the past 10 days or two weeks. J.D. Harshbarger, manager of Miller’s Cash Store, said that November business promises to be the best in several years. L.D. Donaldson, of Donaldson’s Department Store, joined with Mr. Harshbarger in optimism over prospects for November business. He said that his business had increased 33 percent in the last 10 days over the previous 10 days, and that the increase for the year was large.

Bethel C. Brown, operator of the B-B Food Stores, said that the past three weeks had shown a decided gain, and that he considered prospects good for continued good business. Employment conditions are reported better here now than for several years. More men are working and wages are better. One large operator said that the wage level was now about the same as in 1929, with wages in some cases being above the 1929 level.

J.R. McDaris, of McDaris Bros., said that the men’s furnishing business was showing a good gain. He thought prospects good for continued good business. Frank J. Harle, cashier of the Cleveland National Bank, said that business was more active now and on a better basis than for several years. It is the first time in several years, the banker said, that the farmer has had any money to spend, and this helps business. Payrolls are larger than last year. Bank deposits show an increase over last year also.

Southern Railway reports that more than 100 cars of stoves have been loaded here each month during the past year. Merchants anticipate a good holiday business this year and are now preparing to put their holiday goods on display. After Thanksgiving the merchants plan to decorate the business section of the city with strings of gaily colored lights, as was done last year. The beautifully colored lights add much to the attractiveness during the holiday season.


A delightful barbecue and o’possum hunt was given Saturday evening at Meadow Bend Lodge, by Mr. and Mrs. W.W. Jacobs, Mrs. A.J. Fletcher, Mrs. John B. Hoyle, A.J. and Leonard Fletcher. At seven o’clock a delightful barbecue was served. The o’possum hunt followed the supper and the animals were treed and bagged. Dancing and games were enjoyed after the hunt. About 30 guests were present.


A somewhat remarkable legal proceeding was enacted here before the recorder. Frank Cagle, a man suspected of having turned in a false alarm and bringing out the fire department from the pleasant slumbers of A Sunday night, was fined $25 and on failure to pay was sent to jail, not for turning in the alarm but for being found in bed drunk. It seems that the city administration is becoming weary of the annoyance occasioned the fire company by false alarms and is determined to put a stop to the business.

Saturday night about one o’clock an alarm was turned in from near the stove foundry. The fire ladies left their warm couches and hastened to the spot. and found not a thing doing. With disappointment they wended their ways homeward to again indulge pleasant dreams of real conflagrations and other like subjects, but it seems that someone was thoughtful enough to order bloodhounds from The dogs arrived on the scene in due time and trailed to the home a man named Kelley where they found a drunken man, Frank Cagle, peacefully sleeping off his indulgence.

The dogs sniffed at the sleeper suspiciously as much as to say we have an idea there here is your culprit. There was no evidence against Cagle, however, except that of the dogs, and this seemed insufficient. Being in bed, drunk, at the home of a friend however, gave an opportunity to pinch him for “public drunkenness” and he was given the limit of the law.


It is rumored again that Cleveland is to have a chair and table factory. That there is a well-defined rumor to this effect is not denied. Jack Milne was here from Chattanooga, Tuesday looking over the ground and it is claimed by some that he was looking over the ground and investigating the possibility of forming a stock company.

It is said that Mr. Milne and Mr. Phillips will be the principal owners and managers of the concern. It was recently reported in the Chattanooga papers that Mr. Milne would sever his connection with the Milne plant at that place on Jan. 1. This together with the visit of Mr. Milne here this week has revived the rumor of a Cleveland concern.


No arrests have yet been made in the payroll robbery which took place at the Cleveland Enamel plant last Friday. Local officers are working on the case in cooperation with the officers of nearby cities. The enamel company has posted a reward of $100 for the arrest and conviction of the robbers. The robbery was one of the boldest ever to occur in this county. The two robbers, each with a handkerchief over the lower part of his face, entered the office of the plant shortly after 1 o’clock and found Glenn Lee there alone.

They pulled their guns on him and demanded that he open the safe. The safe, however, was not locked and the robbers swung the door open, after forcing young Lee to stand with his face to the wall and his hands elevated. The payroll had been prepared for the payoff at 3 o’clock. The cash was in envelopes, each envelope carrying the name of an employee, and the amount of money due him.

One of the robbers stuffed the money-laden envelopes into a bag he carried with him. In his haste he overlooked a number of envelopes containing about $200. The total amount taken was about $1,800 to $2,000. During the robbery R.A. Thompson, plant superintendent, who had been out in the plant, entered the office. He was told to elevate his hands and join Lee with his face to the wall. Before the entry of Thompson, one of the robbers asked Lee if the auto parked outside belonged to him and he replied that it did not, but was owned by the superintendent. When the robbers were ready to go, they asked Mr. Thompson about the car and he admitted he owned it. They asked for the key and he told them it was in his pocket. They found the key and one of the robbers went out and started the car. The other robber then left and got into the car, which left the scene at a high rate of speed.

Officers were notified ,and after some time, picked up the trail, which led down the Old Chattanooga highway as far as Tucker Springs and then down the old Alabama Road toward Apison. The officers located the car, which had been abandoned on a side road just his side of the Hamilton county line. No trace of the robbers could be found after the car was located. It, is a new Ford V-8 coupe,  in good condition, but was locked and the keys missing. It was brought in later by the officers and Mr. Thompson.

One of the robbers was described as being tall and slender, while the other was comparatively short. Officers are following several leads and are hopeful that they will be able to announce an arrest at an early date. The enamel company carried insurance to the amount of $2,500 on the payroll.


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