This Week in History 4-20
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Monday, April 20, 1942

Bradley Band made the county proud when they played at games, gave concerts and marched for parades, but when they came home from Johnson City with high honors everyone was excited and proud of their kids!

Bradley tunes win big

The Bradley High School band returned loaded with high honors from East Tennessee Band and Orchestra contest and festival. The event was held in Johnson City. The band won a number two rating in concert under the direction of bandmaster A.R. Sprang. In addition, the young musicians received a two-plus in marching.

Four members who entered in individual contests won three first place awards and one second place.

Several mothers took on the challenge of chaperoning the band on the trip. It took two chartered buses to carry the students from Cleveland to Johnson City. Sixteen bands, including local ones from Athens and Etowah, participated in the contests. Bands from as far away as Virginia and Kentucky also competed. About 1,500 high school musicians participated in the big musical event.

East Tennessee State Teacher’s college hosted the event. A march was conducted through the business district to Roosevelt Stadium. A gala mass concert was then held before several thousand spectators.

Bands from Bradley and Bristol were the only two selected out of the 16 entries to stage a broadcast over the Johnson City radio station WJHL. The Bradley band also put on its “Air Raid,” which made such a hit when first staged during the 1941 football season.

Tuesday, April 21, 1942

Spring came again to the beautiful city of Cleveland and painted the town, and especially Ocoee Street, with the beautiful pinks and whites of dogwood trees. Splashes of lavender, reddish blooms and light green new leaves seemingly flitted from one branch to the next.

Lions Club stages clean-up

The Lions Club organized its annual clean-up week. They called it “Clean-up for Clean-up Week.” According to reports, citizens were urged to “make Cleveland more beautiful by beautifying your premises.” The group encouraged local residents to “protect your home against fire by getting rid of inflammable trash and other accumulations.” All of these changes were thought to safeguard against disease as well.

The club arranged for city trucks to pick up trash at several locations.

The Lions sponsored clean-up week twice a year. The first day launched every spring. The second took place in the fall as a civic project. The two dates kept the city well-groomed and maintained.

The reputation of being one of the cleanest and beautiful cities in the South began to spread, thanks to the civic club’s work.

Wednesday, April 22, 1942

Cleveland talent reached outside of the city limits to be heard by other cities.

Bradley favorite plays at Tyner

Charlotte Finnell, a Bradley band member who won the first division rating on the bass clarinet in mid-April, performed at Tyner High School’s annual spring concert as a guest soloist. Finnell was accompanied by Miss Greg. Finnell once again played classic Spanish favorite “Jota Aragonesa” by Adolf Hoffman, with David Bennett’s “Deepwood” as a second offering. She originally payed the two pieces while at the East Tennessee Band concert held at Johnson City.

Friday, April 24, 1942

A 53rd wedding anniversary warmed the hearts of Clevelanders, and inspired hopes that dreams really could come true.

Love celebrates 53 years

The Rev. and Mrs. A.J. Tomlinson, bishop of the Tomlinson Church of God, celebrated their 53rd anniversary in the beautiful spring of 1942 with a family dinner at their Gaut Street home.

They were married in Bentonville, Ind., April 24, 1889. Tomlinson’s wife grew up in the same city as Mary Jane Taylor. His home was in Westfield, Ind. She was 20 years of age and he was 23.

In 1904, Tomlinson moved his family to Cleveland so that the children could attend school, and after that time they lived at 2525 Gaut St.

Their marriage was blessed with four children. These included the early departed Halcy. The other three were Homer, Iris and Milton.