This Week in History 10-6
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Tuesday, Oct. 6, 1931

E.C. Haggard store damaged

The storeroom and general merchandise stock of H.E. Haggard was badly damaged in a fire discovered shortly after 2 a.m. The estimated damage amounted to several thousand dollars, which was partly covered by insurance. According to officials, the fire was believed to be of incendiary origin. Three men were taken in for questioning.

The men were found by the use of bloodhounds brought in from Chattanooga. They traced the trail from the burnt building to the home of one of the suspects.

The fire started in the rear of the storeroom where ready-to-wear and radios were stored.

Bradley will journey to ‘Nooga

City High and Bradley were set to duke it out on the football field in the fall of ’31. The game was scheduled for the McCallie Field. Reports said the Bradley coaches planned to spend the practices leading up to the game working on forward passes. This plan-of-attack arose from Bradley’s inability to stop Central’s passes at a previous game.

Wrote one reporter, “City High won over Bradley last year by 13-0 score and the Bears will be out after revenge when they meet Friday.”

Wednesday, Oct. 7, 1931

Troop 10 Boy Scouts

elect new leaders

A weekly meeting found Troop No. 10 Boy Scouts with a complete reorganization as Joseph Brock was elected senior patrol leader and the other patrols, leaders and assistants changed as well.

The new patrol leaders and assistants consisted of: Flying Eagle patrol with leader Paul Davis and assistant Oviatt Ratcliff; Indian patrol with leader Henry Smith and Joe Burns as assistant; and in an unnamed patrol was leader Tom Brock with Mitchell Flowers as assistant.

A cracker eating contest was enjoyed following the elections.

Thursday, Oct. 8, 1931


death matter of time

Reports claimed Thomas Edison showed “tremendous vitality” as he struggled with the sickness, which left him weak, on the brink of death. According to his physician, “Mr. Edison had a restless night. He ate a fair breakfast and does not appear to be any weaker than last night. His vitality is amazing.”

Edison’s physician said the chief factor which undermined Edison’s strength was “the increased difficulty in getting him to take fluids essential to carry off the poisons which are sapping his life.”

Miller’s store sponsors

dressmaking contest

The monthly dressmaking contest was sponsored by the Miller Cash store in October of ’31. Dozens of contestants signed up for the chance to compete and win one of the four coveted prizes. The contest was divided between girls ages 12-17 and women 18 years and older.

The prizes included: best-made silk dress, a dress pattern of silk material; best wash dress, a pattern of cotton material; similar prizes were given for the older contestants.

Enjoyable reunion is

held at Flint Springs

A party of former residents of the Flints Springs community gathered for a reunion. A fire was built and refreshments included a weiner roast to be enjoyed by all. A remembrance book was presented by Pat Jones to Burton Jones, who was celebrating his birthday and had grown up at Flint Springs. Judge C.W. Lusk made the presentation.

Approximately 100 were present, including: James H. Jones, Carl Shugart, Mrs. W.J. Miller, William Still, Henry L. Hambright, Mrs. T.H. Davis, Clarence W. Lambdin, A.B. Jones and P.E. Renner.

Friday, Oct. 9, 1931

P & P Club sponsors

held meeting

Members of the Business and Professional Women’s club gathered for their meeting at the Cherokee Hotel. Helen Lehr and Ann Bowman served as the meeting’s hostesses. Mrs. W.A. Lusk, president, announced the changes to committees: Katie Bean, chairman of the honorary membership committee; Mrs. James L. Wolfe, chairman of the membership committee; and Margaret Petty, co-chairman with Nell Goranan on the publicity committee

FOOD PRICES IN ’31: new crop beans, 4 cents; cheese, 19 cents; cakes, 18 cents; shortening, 65 cents; Florida Gold oranges, 25 cents; pork and beans, 5 cents; Octagon Soap, 46 cents; Old Bourbon, 19 cents; Meat, 10 cents; pure lard, 10 cents; chicken feed, $1.55; and homestead flour, 49 cents.

Monday, Oct. 12, 1931

Advice in ’31: When

giving a shower

The newest idea was the kitchen bride, built on a clothes tree with a broom handle tied securely across it for arms. The face was a small pillow covered with a new kitchen towel on which features were drawn with a crayon. A wedding veil was designed with lace curtains. The final touch were rubber gloves tied to the ends of the broom handles.

Presents were then tied to the strong wooden arms with gingham strips.