This week in history 12-24

Posted 12/22/17

Chief of Police Luther Goodwin today called attention to the fact that complaints are being received at the police headquarters concerning the promiscuous shooting of fire crackers within …

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This week in history 12-24


Chief of Police Luther Goodwin today called attention to the fact that complaints are being received at the police headquarters concerning the promiscuous shooting of fire crackers within Cleveland’s city limits. A city ordinance prohibits the shooting of fire crackers anywhere within the city limits, the Chief of Police said, with one exception. Small fire crackers, of the type platted together, may be fired in the yards or on the lawn of the home. Violation of the city ordinance subjects the violator to prosecution, and if found guilty, to a fine of not less than $2 nor more than $50, he said. It is not the desire of the police department to interfere with fun at Christmas time, Chief Goodwin said. However, large fire crackers and bombs are dangerous to life and limb. Also some people, especially women, are extremely nervous, and sudden loud noises affect them. All residents of Cleveland are urged to cooperate in making this Christmas a “safe and sane holiday season”, Chief Goodwin stated.    
The city will soon have the “new look,” the Junior Chamber of Commerce announced today after receiving long awaited street markers. The street markers are one of the Jaycees 1948 projects, to be carried out over a longtime period, and will soon be finished. Date of erection for the markers has not as yet been set, but the markers are expected to be set up in the near future. A house numbers program, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce is now in progress and when the ‘big’ Chamber finished its house numbering program, the city will be completely refinished as to location.
“If you got ‘em up, take ‘em down, “ city and postal authorities said today of the new house designation numbers. The officials are asking that the Cleveland residents refrain from posting the numbers until after the Christmas holidays. They pointed out that each year a number of temporary carriers are employed by the Post Office to help in the Christmas rush. The temporary carriers do not know the mail routes by the new numbers and would only be confused if new numbers are put up. According to the postmen your Christmas cards and packages will arrive much faster and with less travel marks if you wait until after the holidays to put up the numbers or take them down if they are already up.
An air of cheery expectancy prevailed throughout the city yesterday, with calls of “Merry Christmas” ringing from the throats of rosy cheeked lassies and red nosed lads. Despite drizzling rains and a thermometer reading of 50 degrees, thousands of Cleveland and Bradley County residents turned out to finish Christmas shopping. With only six shopping days left until the day of “peace on earth, goodwill toward men,” stores and shops were crowded to the doors. Shoppers shoved and pushed jovially through the streets, stopping and blocking the sidewalks when a friend, not seen for a long time, was met. A red frocked Santa Claus strolled the streets spreading the cheer of Christmas, and giving kiddies the thrill of a lifetime. In most instances, awed youngsters chatted with the old white-whiskered gent. Some of the more bashful of the toy demanding children held back; but to be on the safe side, shouted their Christmas wants in high piped voices.
The Farmers Mutual Exchange of Cleveland opens at its South Waterhouse Street warehouse Friday with 200 members. The cooperative is directed by an executive committee composed of Winston R. Campbell, Jack P. Wright, T.D. West, John Taylor and M.C. Rymer. This committee was elected from the board of directors which includes Earnest F. Harris, O.C. Murry, Frank A. Rymer, A.C. Wells, Jr., R.C. Johnston, Dan Haskins, Jerome Winkler, H.C. Conner and Thomas W. Wilson. Jerome Winkler is secretary-treasurer of the board. The association is incorporated under the cooperative marketing act of the State of Tennessee. The charter permits both marketing and purchasing activities. The Friday opening will be highlighted by refreshments and prizes. Farm families are invited to attend. The Cotton Producers Association is sponsoring the new group here. Present services rendered by the association include cooperative purchasing and seed cleaning. Plans are being made to include marketing of farm products.
Everything is in readiness for the opening curtain of “Goldilocks’ Adventure”, Thursday evening at Big Springs School. Most everyone has read the familiar story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears and now an opportunity is given one and all to see this beloved fairy tale, staged by the boys and girls of the third grade. Those who have witnessed rehearsals say that it will be well worth anyone’s time to see how well the boys and girls handle this play. An added attraction will be Nailer Melton, whom most of you remember as the little boy who played the cat in “Cinderella”, last year’s production. This time he will sing and imitate Al Jolson in that ever popular song, “Mammy”, which won for him the prize of $25 at the Amateur Show sponsored by the Pilot Club here a few weeks ago. “Goldilocks’ Adventure” will be staged under the direction of Miss Ann McClary, and is produced by special arrangement with the Willis Music Company of Cincinnati, Ohio.
The third and fourth grades of Arnold School will present for your entertainment tomorrow evening, “A Christmas Fantasy”, a delightful operetta in three scenes. Curtain time is 7:30 so don’t be late, for you won’t want to miss a moment of this exciting adventure into SantaLand. Under the direction of Mrs. C.L. Wilson, the cast of characters is as follows: A Page-David Allen Clabo; Jack Frost-Melvin Bedwell; Santa Claus-Richard Allen Jones; Santa’s Helpers-Reginald Law and David Maples; White Christmas-Katie Lou Parks; Jack In The Box-Johnny Holland; Merry Christmas-Rene’e Fair; Cat (The Creature)-Joe Rodgers; Mouse-Johnny Elliott; Sugar Plum-Beverly Hooper; Waltzing Doll-Nora Robinson; Leaders of the Toy Soldiers-Larry McDaris and Garry McLain; Little Girls-Becky Wilhoit, Patricia Earls, Nancy Cuffman, Ada Rentfro, Brenda Marshall, Mae Frances Taylor, Linda Lippard, Wilma Faye Webb, Judy Moore, Naomi Bridges, Sharon Tapley and Alta Marie Chase; Angels-Linda Callaway, Ann Hawk, Ginger Sue Sexton, Sandra Ann Longwith, Kay Hamilton, Hillis Griffith, Mary Ellen Brown, Willene Ledford, Martha Joan Fowler, Wanda Chesser, Nancy Cook and Cara McClanahan; Snow Flakes- Frances Albritton, Martha Jo Fulbright, Alice Wattenbarger, Barbara Baker, Betty Jean Dobson, Wanda Gann, Lynda Bell, Penny Miller, Janet Allen and Linda Spencer; Christmas Trees-Elizabeth Pannell, Mary Nell Ensley, Becky Cartwright, Bebe Joe Davidson, Dorothy Magill and Ella Sue Osborne; Brownies-Joe Clift, Kenneth Reel, Don Fabiani, Bobby Brock, John Topper, Charles Finnell, David Wattenbarger, Wayne Griffin, Keith Ledford, Hugh Griffin, Daniel Burt, Earnest Johnson, Jimmy Wyatt, Frederick Sharp and Billy Cooksey. Guest artists, a group of five year olds, appearing as “Snowballs” are Virginia Ann Glisson, Berta Ruth McReynolds, Cookie Card, Trudy Varnell, Mary Lou Callaway, Cam Rentfro, Connie Manis and Gincy Boykin. These preschool children are pupils of Mrs. Frances Gould. Mrs. McCraken and Mrs. McCleary are doing a fine job on costumes and with their untiring efforts and the hard work of the children, the operetta promises to be a fine performance.
A system of parks and playgrounds for the city will be investigated by a committee of three, the City Commission ruled yesterday in an open scheduled committee session. Appointed by the Cleveland Board of Mayor and Commissioners to make the investigation were Warren Magee, local YMCA director, T.C. Bowers and Frank Manly, Rotarians. Hallman Bell, chairman of the club’s civic affairs committee, reported in a Rotary meeting last week, when the program of parks and playgrounds was sanctioned by the Rotarians, that a lot is now available for just such a function at the corner of Harle Avenue and 17th Street. The committee appointed yesterday by the City Commission is to investigate the feasibility of purchasing the lot for park or playground purposes and to investigate other sites for possible future use as public recreation spots. In a report submitted by the Rotary Club, it was pointed out that with continued expansion of the city more recreational facilities should be made available for the city’s youth. According to the Rotary report, the proposed park at Harle Avenue and 17th Street is only one of several parks and playgrounds, developed when possible, in each part of the city.
Charles S. Mayfield, prominent young Cleveland attorney, was appointed to post of City Attorney by the City Commission yesterday, replacing Hardwick Stuart. Previous to the appointment, young Mayfield has been active in Mayfield and Mayfield law firm here, and acted as attorney for the Cleveland Electric System. Mayfield was active in negotiations of the recent Electric System strike. Under a new set up, the city attorney will serve all branches of the city, including public utilities. Hardwick Stuart, who was appointed to the post after returning from service in the armed forces, resigned from the post only recently.
Kiwanians pledged themselves to “a better Cleveland” last night in an organizational dinner meeting hosted by 1949 president elect George W. Thorogood in the Cherokee Hotel. The dinner meeting was held for incoming officers and committee chairmen for the coming year, most of whom were present. President elect Thorogood gave reports on the recent Kiwanis Divisional Officer’s Training Institute, held recently in Chattanooga, and also the Kiwanis International Officers Conference held last week in Indianapolis. Club Secretary Pat Randolph reported that the present Kiwanis membership in Cleveland is 75, and asked for cooperation from new committee mentors to make the Cleveland Kiwanis Club one of the highest rated divisions in the Kiwanis Kentucky-Tennessee District. It was voted that regular monthly meetings of the club’s officers, directors and committee chairmen would hold a dinner meeting the fourth Thursday of each month. New Kiwanis officers and committee chairmen for 1949 are George W. Thorogood, president; David McLain, vice president; Pat Randolph, secretary-treasurer; M.H. Thompson, Otto Stamper, Dwight Sharp, J. Grady Jones and Joe White, directors; C.L. Wilson, agriculture chairman; Ed Dooley, attendance and reception chairman; H.B. Carter, business standards and public affairs chairman; Joe White, classification and membership chairman; David McClain, entertainment and program chairman; R.R. Able, interclub relations chairman; Warren Magee, Kiwanis education chairman; Carl Durbin, music chairman; James F. Corn, publicity and public relations chairman; Don Overstreet, boys and girls work chairman; David Wilkerson, vocational guidance chairman; Dr. W.A. Garrott, finance chairman; J. Robert McDaris, support of churches chairman, and Harold Moss, achievement reports chairman.                                       


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