From the pages of The Banner: This Week in History 5-12
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A glimpse to 75 years ago:

Thursday, May 12, 1938

Rev. T.N. Hays resigns C.P. pastorate

After six years in the pulpit, the Rev. T.N. Hays resigned from his position as pastor of Cumberland Presbyterian church. He planned to enter the evangelistic field for an undetermined amount of time. He and his family decided to stay in the Cleveland area. They cemented their decision by building a three-apartment home on the corner of West 32nd and Worth street. Reports said Hays proved his ability to build by swinging a pick and shovel during the basement excavations while Mrs. Hays bossed the parson from above.

Honorary degree honors motherhood

A mother in Sloan Springs, Ark., made the news when she received the “Doctor of Home Economics” degree at John Brown University in recognition of her pre-eminent qualities in “motherhood and home management.” Mrs. James received the honorary degree the same day other men were honored for their individual fields. According to JBU President John E. Brown, “... She worthily represents the head, heart and hand system of education which includes homemaking as one of its chief points of emphasis.”

Miss Fillauer hostess

Elizabeth Fillauer hosted the weekly bridge club meeting at her home on Broad Street. Rooms were decorated with irises and roses with tables arranged for five-suit bridge. Wanda McDaris received the high score prize while Mrs. Ted Johns and Mrs. Frank Knox Harle received the low score prizes. Others at the meeting included: Ann Louise Mills, Christine Prince, Grace Gilbert, Katherine Payne, Frances Parks, Margaret Snugart, Mrs. Julian Parks, Mary Horton and Mrs. John McReynolds.

Hardwick gives best wishes

Hardwick’s Retail Department gave their best wishes to the graduating high school class of 1938 and recognized students on the Honor Roll. Those students included: T.L. Aaron, Silbyl Carter, Lillian Collette, Inez Collins, Quentin Humberd, Lester Humberd, Russell Humberd, Chester Humberd, Glenn McCoy, Wallace Welch, Hobart Wilcox, Bill Rymer, Rodney Mead, Eileen Pirkle, E.A. Pirkle, Elsie LeGarde, Rodney Mead, Ruby McClure, James Whitehead and Cecil Taylor among others.

Friday, May 13, 1938

More ’leggers given terms

Nine Cleveland bootleggers received sentences and fines in the Chattanooga Federal court over the course of six months. The sentences totaled 31 years and fines amounting to $2,600. The heaviest sentenced one bootlegger to seven years in the Federal penitentiary at Atlanta due to three cases of possessing and selling whiskey. His fine totaled $600.

Monday, May 16, 1938

Remedy for syndrome applied to postmaster

Postmaster James F. “Call Me Skin” Anderson spoke at radio station WDOD to salute Cleveland and Bradley County for celebrating National Air Mail week. W.J. Bunch headed a group of local citizens intent on putting a stop to any of Anderson’s boasts. They presented Anderson with a stretchy straw hat. The hat was encircled by a steel band with Anderson’s name. The group informed Anderson it was to stop his swelling head.

A presentation speech by Bunch read, “Your radio talk was mighty good/To come from a head of solid wood; But any one can plainly tell/That wooden head is bound to swell/And so we give you no glad hand/But hand you this strong iron band.”

Tuesday, May 17, 1938

Local flyer to carry city’s first air mail

Martin M. Little was chosen as the pilot for the one day pick-up flight made from Cleveland to Chattanooga in observance of National Air Mail Week. Little was set to take off at 12 p.m. from Cleveland and arrive in Chattanooga at 12:30. Postmaster James Anderson said it was the first air mail flight from Cleveland, and he predicted it would be the last until increase in air mail justified regular pick-up service.

Every citizen was requested to mail a letter to make the flight a success.

Wednesday, May 18, 1938

Bradley High School Graduation

Seventy-eight Bradley High School graduates were awarded diplomas at the 22nd Annual commencement exercises held at the high school Tuesday, May 18. Dr. Ralph Waldo Lloyd, Maryville College president, made the commencement address. Lloyd told the graduates to be grateful, thoughtful, genuine, attractive and live a clean, religious life. He also encouraged students to continue their education as far as possible.