This Week in History

Posted 4/14/19


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This Week in History



Do you live near Cleveland and recently had a crashed car given to you? If so, you might be able to help someone in Baltimore.

According to a letter received by The Banner, David A. Crouch is supposed to have had an accident near a farm near Cleveland some weeks ago. His mother writes that he says his auto, a 1963 white Valiant, flipped over, and he hit his head on a rock, regained consciousness, and walked to a farm house where the people drove him to a bus, and he proceeded to Baltimore.

He said the car was demolished and he gave it to the people at the farm house. Since he is still in a state of shock and irrational, we don’t know if any of this actually happened. Mrs. Crouch says her son is under a doctor’s care and he needs to know if the wreck took place for sure, so he will know how to properly treat her son. Anyone having knowledge of such a wreck may contact The Banner. 
The Trumpeter, the student newspaper at Bradley Central High School and the CDS Echo, have won the merit ratings in the annual judging of high school newspapers of the Tennessee High School Press Association.

Ratings were announced today in Memphis at the annual conference of the THSPA, conducted by the School of Journalism of the University of Tennessee. The Bradley High School newspaper was given a rating of “excellent” while the Cleveland Day School paper was listed as “good.”
“It gets harder to concentrate at my age, but it’s never too late to learn,” states Mrs. W.M. Carson.

The 75-year-old Clevelander is a student in the High School Review Course, now being offered locally by the Bradley Cleveland Community Action Corporation. Mrs. Carson, a resident of Wildwood Ave., is one of 40 adults who are enrolled in the 15-week program.

Classes meet twice weekly in sessions which are designed to prepare adults to take the GED test, an equivalency examination which qualifies one for a high school diploma. This remarkable lady has not been a classroom student since 1911, when she quit school to become a teacher in the mountains of Polk County. She taught until 1924, when she married and moved to Cleveland.  

Mrs. Carson remembers her experiences in those days with fondness and remarkable clarity. She can list from memory the names of all her grammar school classmates. Public schools operated only five months each year at that time, with lengthy vacations for Christmas, Easter and cotton-picking season, according to Mrs. Carson.

She was paid a monthly salary of $40 for her first teaching assignment, in a one-room schoolhouse where she was the solo faculty member for 50 mountain children. “Kids had to study harder in those day,” according to the former teacher.

She maintains that students knew their material better 50 years ago, and were more serious about their work. Though still spry and alert, Mrs. Carson feels that her age slows her down a bit in her studies. She attacks her favorite subject, English, with relish, but balks at such "new" subjects as modern science and social studies.

Philip W. Conn, director of the High School Review Program and assistant director of the Bradley Cleveland Community Action Corp., predicts a successful conclusion to Mrs. Carson’s education venture. He calls her “one of the best students we have” in the two adult classes, and she is “making normal progress” with the younger students enrolled in the program.

According to Conn, her study will lead to a high school diploma — 58 years after first dropping out of school. This adult education program is a self-supported component of the BCCAC’s educational department. Classes are held at its Neighborhood Service Center at 150 Dooley Street S.E. Additional participants will be included in the program next September.
Charlie Almond and Jack Howard have been selected as Valedictorian and Salutatorian of the first graduating class of Cleveland High School, it was announced today by Principal James Traylor.

These senior honors were given on the basis of numerical average and college entrance examination test score. The students must have been enrolled at Cleveland High for a minimum of two years.

Charlie Almond is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold C. Almond, North Lee Highway. He has served as president of student council, president of honor council, Interclub council, Burl Craft Junior Achievement Co., and was voted ‘most likely to succeed’ by the senior class. He plans to attend Vanderbilt University where he will major in pre-law.

Jack Howard is the son of Mr. and Mrs. John W. Howard, 3602 Crestwood Drive. His extracurricular activities include membership in the National Honor Society, Drama Club and Interact club. He is an active member of the Northside Presbyterian Church and has been accepted at King College in Bristol. He was chosen as a finalist in the King Scholars Competition. 


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