This Week in History 7-13
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Tuesday, July 13, 1965

Haworth entertains newcomers

Mrs. Haworth hosted officers and committee chairmen of the Newcomers Club at her home on Church Street.

Brunch was served on the patio followed by a business meeting conducted by Mrs. Leo Matheny.

Mrs. Matheny presented a slate of officers and committee chairmen for the board's approval at that time, and plans were made and completed for a swimming party and luncheon for the next general meeting of the membership.

Officers at the time were: Mmes. Matheny, president; Joe Bagwell, vice president; Howard Reynard, membership chairman; Marvin Pearlman, social chairman; Harlan White, secretary; Richard Roza, corresponding secretary; Fred Gill, treasurer; John McCord, historian; O.L. Dotsch, chaplain; and Guy Wilson and Robert McMurray, telephone chairmen.

Invited guests for the patio brunch were Mrs. Haworth's houseguest, Miss Lynn Childress of Kingsport, and Mmes. Ralph Parker, Clifton Duff, Debbie Duff, Ray Jackson, Richard Fisher, Robert Taylor and Clyde Tidwell.

Wednesday, July 14, 1965

Douglas Thomas excels

Pvt. Douglas L. Thomas, 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Thomas, 855 East Inman Street, Cleveland, completed a 12-week communications center specialist course at the Army Southeastern Signal School, Ft. Gordon, Ga., July 9, 1965.

Thomas learned to operate teletype sets and other related equipment used by the Signal Corps. He entered the Army in January 1965 and completed basic training at Ft. Jackson, S.C.

Thomas graduated from College Hill High School in 1962..

Saturday, July 17, 1965

Lightning hits twice for Cox

Lightning struck twice in the same place for Tom Cox of 105 Jackson Street.

A few months before, just starting a hobby as a coin collector, he stumbled onto a dime worth about $100.

He conceded that was good fortune, but later he had even better luck because he found a nickel worth $120.

The nickel was a Canadian coin, one of only 202,000 minted in Canada in 1925.

Cox said he was looking through his collection of foreign money when he happened to recognize the valuable piece, which he had seen in a collector's manual.

Monday, July 19, 1965

Bath sent Civil War soldier to his grave

Ira Romine of Route 5 was so proud he could have popped the buttons on his grandfather's old Civil War uniform— had it still been in existence.

He did have his grandfather's Army Discharge— a 100-years-old as of July 1965— and that was what made him so proud.

Romine showed the yellowed parchment with a great deal of pride.

It read:

"To all whom it may concern, Know ye that Daniel Romine, a private of Capt. John H. Byrd of Company A, 2nd Regiment of Tennessee Cavalry Volunteers, who was enrolled on the first day of November 1862 to serve three years or during the war is hereby discharged from the services of the United States this sixth day of July, 1865, at Nashville, Tennessee., by reason of GO 10-38.

"Said Daniel Romine was born in Severe (cq.) County in the State of Tennessee, is 25 years of age (sic), five feet, 11 inches high, fair complexion, blue eyes, light hair and by occupation, when enrolled, a farmer.

"Given at Nashville this sixth day of July 1865."

Romine said he knew little of his grandfather's participation in battles, but that a bath eventually sent him to his grave.

He said Pvt. Romine was with his unit on an expedition in Alabama one winter of the war when the soldiers were commanded to take a bath in a nearby river. "It was so cold that grandfather contracted pneumonia and it later set up tuberculosis," Romine said.

Although the old soldier didn't die until he was about 70 or 71, it was that disease that haunted him for years and finally claimed his life, Romine added. He was buried in Blue Springs Cemetery.

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