This Week in History — 1968

Posted 9/21/18



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This Week in History — 1968



Magic Chef, Inc. has announced an agreement to purchase a major West Coast appliance manufacturing firm for $20 million.
Officials of the Cleveland-headquartered Magic Chef, manufacturer of principally gas and electric ranges, announced the agreement today.
Republic Corporation has reached an agreement in principle to sell the assets of its Gaffers and Sattler Appliance Division to Magic Chef Inc.
The announcement was made jointly by S.B. Rymer, Jr., president of Magic Chef, and Gerald B. Block, president and chairman of the board of Republic. A definitive agreement will be submitted to the boards of both companies for approval. The purchase by Magic Chef will be paid for in cash, short term notes and Magic Chef common stock.
Republic Corp is listed on the New York Stock Exchange while Magic Chef is traded over the counter. Gaffers and Sattler has been a division of Republic Corp since it was purchased as the Utility Appliance Corporation and renamed in 1961.

Some people in the Cleveland area may not realize that Cleveland High School is not really ‘new.’ The original Cleveland High School building was made in 1886, just before the first session of school opened there. The building was located near the National Guard Armory, facing Fourth Street.
At the same time, the little red brick schoolhouse at the corner of Oak Street and Central Avenue had been the Cleveland public school system since 1837.
Cleveland High School was used for 29 years, although it was only a three-year high school.
In 1916, the new Bradley Central High School, located just north of town on the Charleston Pike, was opened. This was the first four-year high school in the Cleveland area.
Prior to this time, from 1912 to 1916, Bradley County High School at Charleston was a three-year high school.
Cleveland’s present school system was inaugurated in 1885. On that date, the schools were reorganized by Professor D.C. Arnold, who has been called the “Father of the graded school system of Cleveland.”
With the opening of Bradley Central the old Cleveland High School was discontinued. City and county students went to Bradley. After the city high school was discontinued, Central Grammar School became the name of the new school in the old building. Central Grammar was replaced by Arnold Memorial School in 1929.
In addition to Arnold, Cleveland now has Allen, Blythe Avenue, Mayfield, Templeton Hill and George R. Stuart Schools.
Centenary College, a Methodist Church school, was for many years the cultural and educational center of Cleveland. Many of the prominent citizens of Cleveland and Bradley County are connected with its history and it is closely integrated with the progress of the city.
The school was discontinued in 1928, but was opened again in 1933, by the Rev. Bob Jones as Bob Jones College.
In 1948 the college was purchased by the Church of God and renamed Lee College in honor of the Rev. Flavius J. Lee.

There might not always be pork on the table but there’ll always be a “Pigg” in the kitchen. This phrase may best describe the cafeteria at Bradley Central High School under the management of John Pigg.
In the fall of 1957 John Pigg, who has been a long-time minster in the Church of God, joined the county school system as manager of the high school lunch program.
During the first few years of service, the cafeteria served approximately 800 students and has added steadily to the present daily participation of nearly 1,400 students. Pigg and his full-time staff of 11 persons begin early each day preparing the menu for the noon meal. Seldom is anything prepared the day before.
“We take pride in what we serve and feel that preparing that day adds to the satisfaction of freshness,” Pigg said. It has often been asked by other owners of eating establishments and cafeterias how Pigg can charge so little for the highest quality product.

“Supercolossal”… said the Rev. Floyd McClung. “That’s the only way I can think of that would describe the way our new church is growing.”
Rev. McClung is the pastor of the newly organized Westmore Church of God. He came to Cleveland approximately four weeks ago from a church in Santa Ana, Calif.
Since he arrived, the membership in the church has doubled.
The new pastor said: “I have never in my life seen as much enthusiasm and willingness to work on the part of the church members, as has been exhibited since I arrived. I feel that our church has unlimited success in sight for the future.”
The church was organized on July 14 of this year and on Sept. 8 when the new pastor arrived, the membership stood at 85. The membership is now 165 and is expected to reach 175 by Sunday, when charter memberships will conclude.
A three-phase building program is now in progress and the church will have their groundbreaking ceremony at 3 p.m. Sunday. The building site is located at 25th and Keith streets on Wolfe Drive. The first phase of the building, 11,000 square feet, is expected to cost $131,000. It will consist of 21 Sunday School rooms and an auditorium which will seat 350.

What kind of store is Gibson’s …what’s in it for YOU?
At last! A store designed with you … the customer in mind. This is the concept that is changing the face of retailing in America.
Here are the basic reasons why Gibson’s Discount Centers will save you more.
Today there are over 250 in operation across the country.
1. Gibson’s buys direct from the manufacturer and you pocket the profits of the middle man.
2. Gibson’s buys in truckloads, pool car, and box car shipments and you get the big quantity discounts.
3. Gibson’s stocks some 15,000 famous, nationally advertised brand name items, the kind of merchandise that you know and trust.
4. Gibson’s always has plenty of free parking for you.
5. Gibson’s is a new one-stop shopping concept where you can browse around and make your own selections. You can take a shopping cart and wander up one aisle and down another without being pressured to buy.
6. Gibson’s has a consistently low pricing policy. We do not try to draw you in the store with one item priced below cost in order to make it back on everything else you buy.
7. Gibson’s has a double guarantee on everything. Gibson’s gurantee that you will be satisfied or your money back. Gibson’s carries only merchandise that is backed 100% by the manufacturer.

Gibson’s Grand Opening is Oct. 3 at 9 a.m.


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