This Week in History 12-8
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Cleveland residents reacted to the U.S. entering the war and continued on with meetings, parties and holiday events during the second week of December 1941.

Monday Dec. 8, 1941

City takes on war-like air

Cleveland took on a war-like air following Japan’s attack on United States and British possessions.

Nearly immediately after President Franklin Roosevelt’s request to joint houses of Congress a large heavily armed anti-tank detachment of U.S. soldiers rolled into town and took up temporary quarters on the C.C. Card used car lot on 32 Street just east of Church.

E.L. Rymer honored at Sunday dinner

Miss Nivia Rymer, of Route 5, entertained Sunday with a dinner for her nephew, E.D. Rymer (better known to old friends as “Costa”) and his son, James, of Hamilton, Ohio, who visited the previous week.

It was his first visit back to Cleveland in 34 years. He was greatly impressed with the growth of Cleveland.

BJC students on the alert

As the ominous news of Japanese assault on American possessions came to the students of Bob Jones College on Sunday by way of special extras and radio, Dr. Bob Jones Jr., addressed the student body and faculty in the dining room at the supper hour.

“We must remember that we are in God’s keeping,” said Dr. Jones.

“For we know that all things work together for the good to them that love the Lord and are called according to His purpose.”

Miss Hyder visits

elementary school

Miss Gretchen Hyder, of the State Department of Education and East Tennessee State Teachers’ College of Johnson City, spent the previous week with the Bradley County Elementary schools.

The first part of the week was spent visiting schools.

Friday all the teachers in one and two-room schools of the county met at Bellefounte school and spent the day setting up desirable environments and facing problems of small rural schools.

Tuesday, Dec. 9, 1941

U.S. Soldiers now guarding local plants

More than 100 officers and men from the headquarters company, 65th Infantry brigade, and an anti-tank detachment from Camp Forrest, were sent to guard important Cleveland industries and power projects in the surrounding areas against possible sabotage espionage since war between the United States and Japan was declared.

Wednesday, Dec. 10, 1941

Local Red Cross Chapter given $6,000

quota for war relief

As the U.S. found itself plunged into war, Mrs. C.L. Hardwick, chairwoman of the Cleveland-Bradley county Red Cross chapter, received a telegram from Norman H. Davis, national Red Cross chairman, announcing that a campaign was being launched for a war relief fund of $50,000,000, and that the Cleveland-Bradley county chapter was given a quota of $6,000.

Food prices are higher

The Rev. M.S. Kincheloe, publicity chairman of the local Christian basket fund, reminded the public that food prices were higher and the need on the part of the underprivileged of this section was much greater than the previous year.

Calling attention to the fact, he urged all who were able to contribute to the fund.

Thursday, Dec. 11, 1941

Bradley rallies to defense as Axis declares war on U.S.

After Germany and Italy declared war on the United States, Cleveland took the situation seriously and immediately began plans to place the city and Bradley County on a full-time defense basis.

A call for additional volunteers for the Civilian Defense Corps was issued and practice blackouts were planned for the city as a means of training citizens for possible emergencies.

Friday, Dec. 12, 1941

Wesleyan Guild

Christmas party

The Wesleyan Service Guild of the First Methodist Church held its annual Christmas party at the home of Miss Elizabeth Rogers on Centenary Avenue Thursday evening.

The new officers were installed. They were Mrs. Earl Simbro, president; Mrs. R.F. Cartwright, vice-president; Mrs. Emil Farr, secretary; Miss Elizabeth Rogers, treasurer; Miss Mary Lindsay, financial secretary; and Mrs. Mark M. Moore, worship chairwoman.