This Week in History
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Monday, May 4, 1953

Circuit Court opens

Two jury panels and six extra jurors were selected in two hours time as circuit court, with Judge W. Wayne Oliver presiding, convened in early May.

The court met with a heavy load of 79 cases on the docket. Projections placed the completion of the task well into the next week.

Selected jurors included: Sam Leek, P.W. Edwards, W.F. Coleman, Dave Blackburn, Paul Sanders, James Cathey, Elwood mcLain, Delmar Green, Jack Carroll, G.B. Boring, Carl T. Chambers and L.M. Miller among others.

Four from Cleveland

go to Knox DAV meet

The East Tennessee regional meeting of the Disabled American Veterans and its auxiliary had four Cleveland residents in attendance.

The four included: John L. Sullivan, commander of the Paul Jones Memorial Chapter 25 DAV; Loy Whaley, chapter member; Eula Christian, commander of the local DAV Auxiliary; and Ella Sullivan, local auxiliary historian and hostess.

Buddy Poppy Sale in city a success

The uptowns of Cleveland hosted the Buddy Poppy Sale in early May of ‘53. Kenneth Tinsley, commander of the James D. Blankenship Post 2589 Veterans of Foreign Wars, labeled the event as a success.

“The VFW wants to thank its many friends who purchased poppies Saturday, the VFW Auxiliary workers and Sigma Tau representatives who conducted the sale,” said Tinsley. “A special vote of thanks is due the more than 60 Cleveland merchants who contributed liberally to the drive.”

Auxiliary members who assisted in the drive included, but were not limited to: Helen Goode, Mabel Cash, Wilba Dean Watson, Joan Everhart, Billie Ann Bird, Carolyn Clark and Evelyn Plank.

Tuesday, May 5, 1953

Lonesome Marine requests letters

Private First Class Don R. Cockerman reached out to the Banner in hopes of gaining a few penpals while serving in Korea.

“Dear Sir,” Cockerman wrote to the Banner. “I am a Marine serving in Korea, and I get very little mail. I have been over here seven months now and so far have received but a very few letters. I am asking you as a favor, to publish this, as I would like to know if the people, especially the girls, back home appreciate what we are doing over here.”

Continued Cockerman, “It gets pretty lonesome here with nothing to do but sit around and wait for the [enemy] to come and get us. I would like to hear from girls, from 17 to 20, if possible. Before this letter goes into the trash can, I ask you to take it into consideration.”

Wednesday, May 6, 1953

Kiwanis calls on civic clubs in campaign

The Kiwanis Club of Cleveland took note of the mounting traffic accidents in Cleveland and Bradley County. Four of the accidents had fatal outcomes in the months preceding May. Kiwanians reached out to their fellow civic members to join in an intensive traffic safety campaign.

The kick-off meeting was held in the Cherokee Hotel. Those invited to attend include the leaders of the respective civic organizations, the sheriff’s department and the city police department.

Former Banner reporter wins promotion

Marine Pfc. John L. Bain, the son of Mr. and Mrs. J.L. Bain, received a promotion upon his completion of “boot training” at the Parris Island, S.C. Marine Corp. Base. He was 18 at the time and a former employee of the Banner. During his employment, he was a reporter and photographer.

Bain was a graduate of Bradley Central High School.

He reportedly won the expert medal on the rifle range while at Parris Island.