This Week in History 10-27
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Cleveland residents won awards, had famous visitors, attended Halloween parties, prepared to chase pigs, and dealt with dry weather and fires in the last few days of October and the first couple of days of November 1938

Thursday, Oct. 27, 1938

D. Wilger wins in national candid camera contest

Local camera enthusiast D. Wilger added a crown to his candid camera snapshots after being awarded a $50 cash prize in the National Newspaper Snapshot contest. It was the 13th first prize award he won for his photography. The winning picture was displayed by the News-Sentinel newspaper in Knoxville. It was a candid of dogs at play and was made at his home on the Fletcher Meadow Bend place west of town.

Gene Johnson wins plaque in skeet shoot

Gene Johnson won the weekly skeet shoot held by the Cleveland Gun Club and was awarded the silver plaque offered to the shooter winning weekly matches the most. Johnson was tied with Gale Lawson with seven wins each. A tie-breaking match decided the winner. Johnson broke 46 out of 50 pigeons, while Lawson broke only 45. Others who participated included Bethial Brown, C.L. Hardwick, Jimmie Corn, Dr. H.S. Hines, LeRoy Rymer, W.C. Campbell, Mack Hilderbrand, George Parkinson, Homer Harle, Jim Odom, Charlie Hatcher, Dr. Claude Taylor and Bud Davis.

Friday, Oct. 28, 1938

Noted conductor to present Faust here on Nov. 12

Vladimir Shavitch, an internationally well-known conductor who was responsible for bringing grand opera to smaller cities and towns with complete orchestration of the score without the presence of an enormous orchestra, came to present Gounod’s “Faust” at the Margaret Mack auditorium of Bob Jones college. He performed as one of the highlights of the school’s popular Artistic Series.

Upton Close will

be here Saturday

The noted lecturer, author, and newspaperman Upton Close appeared as the first presenter of the Bob Jones’ Celebrity Series. His lecture was to be on the trend of unrest with European countries at one another’s throats, power and what countries fight about. He was to answer questions after the lecture, including his view on whether or not the U.S. would get involved in the Pacific.

Saturday, Oct. 29, 1938

Forty-five children enjoy Halloween Party at WPA Playhouse

A Halloween party in South Cleveland at the WPA Playhouse was enlivened with the 45 children and young people who showed up. There was much merriment along with games appropriate to the season.

Annual Boar Hunt is set for next week

Hunters got ready for their annual quest to hunt the elusive and ferocious Russian wild boars in the rugged, but color-splashed, Cherokee National Forest. The Tennessee Game and Fish Division and the National Park Service acted as sponsors for the event. Hunting dogs were allowed, but those not using canine aid were able to hunt during one of two five-day periods in a sector that had been uninvaded during the prior three years. The hunt was attended by people from at least 11 states.

Monday, Oct. 31, 1938

Small blaze in uptown

business section

A fire was extinguished in the attic of a building in the uptown business section on 32nd Street. It had formerly been occupied by the Sportsman’s Palace and the flames broke out in a pile of ticker tape that had been stored in the attic. A grass fire on the east side of Fort Hill Cemetery also drew attention and increased the number of fires in the city to 12 for the month of October.

Tuesday, Nov. 1, 1938

Driest October on record passes;

ideal fall weather remains

With the driest October on record having passed, showers were promised for the next two days, breaking the long drought. October saw only .08 inch of rainfall. Fair weather was promised for the following days.