This Week in History 8-10
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Cleveland residents hit the polls for election day, celebrated the engagement of young love and attended church meetings in the late summer of 1952.

Monday, Aug. 11, 1952

Varnells take Honey Moon 50 years late

Mr. and Mrs. W.T. Varnell, who resided on Maple Street, celebrated their Golden wedding anniversary by taking a belated honeymoon trip to Niagara Falls.

Mrs. Varnell's maiden name was Miss Emma Brown. She and Mr. Varnell were married in Cleveland by the late Squire Officer in 1902.

They were parents of 10 children and at the time they had 29 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

The names of their sons and daughters are: Albert Varnell, Mrs. Cecil Harmon, Mrs. Norman Lindberg, Lee Varnell, Jackie Varnell, Mrs. Wayne Ingle, Mrs. A. D. Waddell, Mrs. James Payne and Mrs. Bett Wilcox.

After leaving Niagara Falls, Mr. and Mrs. Varnell enjoyed a tour of Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and Canada.

The couple said they had a "wonderful and exciting trip," but said they were glad to be back home in Cleveland, "the best place of them all."

Before his retirement Mr. Varnell worked as a carpenter.

Tuesday, Aug. 12, 1952

Official count in Bradley election

John Hysinger, in the first election ever held in Bradley County for road superintendent, defeated V.L. Brown by a majority of 1,370 votes in the general election, according to the official count.

Hysinger polled a total of 3,795 votes in the only major contest of the general election. Brown polled a total of 2,425.

Brown offers contestation

Luther V. Brown, Democratic candidate, defeated for the post of road superintendent by John Hysinger, former Bradley Republican sheriff, told the Banner that he had notified members of the Bradley County election commission after the election Thursday night he planned to contest Hysinger's election.

Brown contested the election on charges that there had been a violation of voter's registration and other election laws.

Brown stated that he had proof that registration cards had not been required at Charleston, Wooten, precincts in the county, city hall, Allen School and College Hill precincts in the city. He also charged that election officers at College Hill were not sworn, according to information he had received.

Wednesday, Aug. 12, 1952

City School tuition paid

Parents living outside the city of Cleveland who planned to send their children to city schools were required to pay tuition at the superintendent's office on the second floor of the Parks-Belk. This was a change from paying it at the schools, as had been done in former years. T.C. Bower was city school superintendent at that time.

Tuition for the year was $24.15 per child and was payable in advance. Mr. Bower said that was the actual amount spent per child by Cleveland during the previous school term.

Tulloss said yes to Beck

Mr. and Mrs. George Tulloss announced the engagement of their daughter, Dorothy Elizabeth, to Mr. Cecil Beck, son of Mr. and Mrs. Murl Beck, of Cherry Tree, Pa.

The bride-to-be was the sister of S/Sgt. G.P. Tulloss, who was then in Anchorage, Alaska, with the U.S. Army Air Force.

Miss Tulloss graduated from Bradley High School, she received her B.A. degree from Harding College in Searcy, Ark., where she was selected Queen of the Petit Jean and Best All 'Round Girl.

Mr. Beck also received his B. A. degree from Harding in the class of 1950 and taught Physical Education and History Professor at Southwestern Christian College for two years.

Both Miss Tulloss and Mr. Beck were members of the Church of Christ.

Saturday, Aug. 16, 1952

Rev. Chesser, others attend church meet

H. L. Chesser, general overseer of the Church of God, attended the church's 44th annual General Assembly in Indianapolis, Ind.

Reports from Indianapolis documented more than 5,000 were in attendance.

About 12 officials of the church from Cleveland, including the Rev. Zeno C. Tharp, assistant general overseer; J. D. Bright, editor in chief of Church of God publications; the Rev. J.H. Walker, missions secretary; Houston Morehead, general secretary and treasurer; the Rev. Charles W. Conn, editor of the Lighted Pathway; the Rev. Lewis Willis, national youth director; and the Rev. Cecil Bridges, business manager attended the General Assembly.

If you are looking for your ancestors and have not found them— you can find them at the History Branch and Archives of the Cleveland Bradley County Public Library at 833 N. Ocoee Street!