This Week in History 4-7
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Cleveland residents greeted April of 1931 with baseball games, charitable works, club meetings, instructions on how to use a fire alarm and requests for donations to support a good cause.

A glimpse 82 years ago:

Tuesday, April 7, 1931

Plea made to employ local seamstresses

Social Services announced several local ladies on the charity list were skilled seamstresses, but unable to find work due to the economy. According to the announcement, the ladies agreed to work for very little. The ladies would also visit the homes for specific directions and material. Suggestions were made for ladies who wished to stock their spring and summer wardrobes. Other work which could be completed by men and women on the charity list included: washing, ironing, wood cutting, yard work and more.

Social Services felt providing work would help individuals on the charity list get through tough times without embarrassment.

Rev. Gilbreath to resume studies

Rev. J. Earl Gilbreath, pastor of Broad Street M.E. Church, took a two-month leave to continue his studies at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. His travel plans included a flight to New York before setting sail from Boston across the Atlantic. It was Gilbreath’s second return to the university, following a previous spring semester in theological studies.

Visiting ministers and laymen made sure to keep Gilbreath’s pulpit occupied during his absence.

Legionnaires to meet at City Hall

A meeting was called for Bradley County Post No. 81, American Legion members with pertinent business of vital interest to be discussed. The local post of Veterans of Foreign Wars was reportedly presented with the colors. A handsome flag was to be presented to the city when the visiting V.F.W. arrived with state officials of the organization on Saturday, April 10, 1931.

Surprise party honors Iva Bivens

Iva Bivens was thrown a surprise party at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. F.E. Bivens. Guests enjoyed games and music till a late hour, at which time refreshments were served. The guest list included: Nona Finnell, “Dot” Burns, Anis and Anna Lee Ownbey, Mary and Gussie Still, Lilian Osment, James Owens, John Olsson, Ode Clark, Paul Griffith, Lawrence Tanner , Herbert Crye and more.

Wednesday, April 8, 1931

Broad Street home damaged by blaze

According to reports, a 20-minute delayed fire alarm did several hundred dollars worth of damage to a residence on Broad Street. The entire second floor of the house was ablaze when firemen reached the scene at 10 p.m. Reports claimed the two occupants barely escaped with their lives.

Fire Chief McDaris urged citizens to learn how to turn on a fire alarm. The directions were posted on the glass doors surrounding each alarm box and read, “Break glass, open door, on inside pull down handle and let go.” The occupants reportedly wore the skin off their fingers attempting to turn the handle as if it were a wind-up clock.

Thursday, April 9, 1931

Lions sponsor cleanup week

Cleveland Lions club agreed to sponsor “Clean-Up Week,” as suggested by Dewey Davidson, chairman of the program committee. Club members said they would ask the city commission to partner with them in the event. Additional information discussed included ways to help the blind and “contact week.”

Program chair for the event was Paul Cooper with the guest being Evelyn Barker who played a piano solo accompanied by singing. E.E. Shouse sent in a letter thanking the club for their fight to retain the agricultural extension work in the county. Lions president Wayne McCulley read the letter aloud to members.

Friday, April 10, 1931

Urge donors to send checks

Pledge cards were sent out to known supporters of the cause in hopes of receiving funds for another year. John Miline, scout clubs treasurer, was in charge of mailing pledge cards. Potential donors were asked to respond promptly to the cards so personal solicitation would be unnecessary.

According to a report of the time, “Scot training is designed to form Christian character while training the hand and the mind.” Three local civic clubs, the Lions, Kiwanis and Rotary, planned to host a dinner in honor of the local scouts.

Tasso defeats Chilcutt team 8 to 5

A fast seven-inning game ended in a Tasso school victory to Chilcutt’s defeat. Glen Snyder, the “old war horse” pitcher, was reportedly supported by an air-tight infield and long-range outfield. The Chilcutt boys also failed to gain a hit on the ball.

Chilcutt’s batteries: Ramsey and Daughtery; Tasso’s batteries: Snyder and Longwith; umpire: Byrd.