This Week in History 12-29
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As the United States marked more than a year’s involvement in World War II, the country’s wartime footing was reflected widely in the Cleveland and Bradley County community.

Monday, Dec. 29, 1942

Schools open again today

Schools opened again for Cleveland and Bradley County students following the Christmas holidays. The school session ended on the Dec. 19 before the holidays. Time lost due to the polio epidemic meant students had to return to school earlier than in previous years. According to reports, fall session was postponed for several weeks. The time made up meant schools would close earlier in the spring.

Bradley youth sweats

off the pounds

Rhea Hambright sweated off 9 pounds in order to pass his physical examination to join the U.S. Army at the aviation station. Two other boys — Frank and Jack enlisted in the Navy. These men were the sons of Mr. and Mrs. E.W. Hambright. Hambright previously served in the Navy. The three men were determined to go to war and serve America.

Tuesday, Dec. 30, 1942

Christmas business

in Cleveland reported good

Merchants claimed Christmas business was better in 1940 and they expected an increase in 1942. Reports showed holiday trade in 1940 far exceeded profits made in 1939. One merchant when asked what he expected business to be in 1942 said, “Business doesn’t count. What we want is to win the war.”

Wednesday, Dec. 31, 1942

Tiny Angel of Mercy

visits needy child

Seven-year-old Patsey Jane Fitzgerald rode the train from Sweetwater to bring money to the little Cagle girl. When Patsey’s mother, Mrs. Paul Fitzgerald, read of the accident that caused burns on little 8-year-old Ilene Cagle, she was determined to bring the contents of her piggy bank ($5 in nickels and pennies) to help pay for Ilene’s medical care. Patsey’s father, a ticket agent for the railroad, called ahead and then placed Patsey on the train to Cleveland. She was met by Chief of Police A.M. Trotter.

Trotter personally guaranteed payment of the hospital bill. Local physicians treated her without charge. More than $100 came in to contribute to the fund. Doctors indicated Ilene would need to have skin grafts.

Thursday, Jan. 1, 1942

John Alvin White ll

first baby born In 1942

The son of Mr. and Mrs. Sheeny White arrived on the scene at 4:10 the morning of Jan. 1 to win the Banner Baby Derby. A fine assortment of gifts was presented by local merchants and other firms for Cleveland’s first New Year’s baby. Dr. Stanley C. Pettit was the attending physician.

Friday, Jan. 2, 1942

Ban on sale of new

autos, trucks to civilians

Washington, Jan. 2 — The government prohibited purchase or delivery of new passenger cars and trucks, pending establishment of an automobile rationing system and disclosed simultaneously that production of new automobiles and light trucks would be stopped entirely "within a few weeks."

The nation was in preparation mode for fighting and winning the war.

Saturday, Jan. 3, 1942

Industry must step up output

(From Wire Reports) Washington, Jan. 3 — Undersecretary of War Robert Patterson said that all American industry must “obediently” begin a 24-seven work week schedule in preparation for the war.

“All of America was to blame for this country's unpreparedness," he said in a radio speech. "The greatest task confronting industry is the rapid conversion of existing facilities to war manufacture and the broadest utilization of all facilities — big and small — for the manufacture of munitions."

The CIO [Congress of Industrial Organizations, a federation of North American labor unions] sharply criticized the government's distribution of war production. An open letter appearing in Washington's newspapers charged that only a few plants are turning out the "vital materials of war." The letter added that the automobile industry should have been converted to full production of war materials many months ago.