From the pages of The Banner

This Week in History

Posted 10/8/17

The following items were compiled by the Cleveland Bradley County Public Library from old issues of the Cleveland Daily Banner and its forerunners, the Cleveland Banner, the Journal, and the Journal …

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From the pages of The Banner

This Week in History


The following items were compiled by the Cleveland Bradley County Public Library from old issues of the Cleveland Daily Banner and its forerunners, the Cleveland Banner, the Journal, and the Journal and Banner.


Charles W. Harle, veteran member of the city water commission, was returned the winner over James S. Hancock in the election Tuesday by a majority of 317. 

The election brought only a small vote, with only about 1,100 voters casting their ballots out of nearly 3,000 qualified. 

City Commissioner P.B. Mayfield was re-elected without opposition. The terms of office of both men are six years. Mr. Harle has served continuously as a member of the water commission since the purchase of the water plant by the city in 1909. 

The re-election of Mr. Harle is an endorsement of the management of the water plant. This plant has proved a profitable investment for the city. It’s original cost was $60,000 and it is probably worth between $400,000 and a half million now to the city. Its earnings, together with the savings to the city through free fire hydrant service, and free sewage plant service would probably pay 6 per cent of that amount. 

The re-election of Mr. Mayfield as city commissioner without opposition may also be counted as an endorsement of the city commission. Mr. Mayfield is commissioner of public property, schools and fire.


Charles Wade, 43, dropped dead Monday as he was checking out from work at the Cleveland Coffin and Casket Company for lunch. Death was due to a heart attack. 

The deceased had been employed at the coffin and casket factory for the past 15 years. 

He is survived by his wife and five children as follows: Mrs. Berta McAlister, Thetus, Ira, Lawrence and Floyd Wade; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Wade; one brother, Roy Wade; and three sisters, Mrs. P.A. Cowden, Mrs. I.B. Watkins and Miss Hattie Wade, all of this city.


Miss Itzel Beatrice Neil and Mr. Noevin Allen, two of Cleveland’s most popular young people, were quietly married on Tuesday evening at 6 o’clock at the parsonage of the Methodist Church. The Rev. G.C. Rector officiated, and the ring ceremony was used. 

Only Mrs. Rector and Mr. Robert Hunt, an intimate friend of Mr. Allen, were present. Invitations had been issued for the wedding to occur Wednesday. Elaborate arrangements had been made. 

The home of the bride had been artistically decorated. The improvised altar had been banked with palms and ferns. The decorations were all complete except the placing of the cut flowers. The refreshments had been ordered and many of the out-of-town guests were already in the city. They were at dinner when Miss Neil excused herself and slipped away to a waiting auto and went direct to the parsonage and was quietly married. 

Mr. and Mrs. Allen then returned home and informed the family and friends of the marriage. They left on the 7:20 train for a wedding tour of several weeks, after which they will be at home with the bride’s parents. 

Mrs. Allen is the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R.M. Neil. She is very attractive and one of the most popular members of Cleveland society. Mr. Allen is connected with the Tennessee Power Company, where he has held a position for the past three years.


Mrs. Dwight Daniels entertained at a party last week at her home on Magnolia Avenue, honoring the fifth birthday anniversary of her daughter, Patsy Ruth. 

Little guests were Cornell Daniels, Louise Albert, Beatrice Hixon, Roshelle Grimshaw, Ester Lackey, Velma Lawson, Wanda Tomlinson, Norma Blackwell, Betty Jo Parsley, Aletha Rymer, Evelyn, Virginia Jo and Ernestine Carroll, Wanda Miller, Virginia Morrow, Princess and Clairone Clark; Masters “Sonny Boy” Moore, Howard Dixon, David Albert, Anderson Miller, Hoyle Hyberger, Donnie Ray Johnson and Daye Officer.


The fall session of the Bradley County Singing convention will be held next Sunday, Oct. 14, at the Arnold Memorial School building at 10 o’clock. Otis L. McCoy, president, will have charge of the program. 

Several song leaders are expected and quartets from other places will take part in the program. Also representatives of various publishing houses will be present. All singers and gospel song lovers are invited to attend.


Cleveland civic leaders and heads of the Church of God met Thursday evening to work out plans for raising funds for the construction of a new auditorium, which will be greatly needed when the general assembly meets here again next fall. 

The church plans to raise $10,000 within 90 days from their membership outside of Cleveland. The church leaders hope to start construction work early in the coming year. A.D. Evans, business manager of the church, in his speech before the meeting last night, stated that in the height of enthusiasm, they thought of building a tabernacle which would seat 8,000, the building to cost about $75,000. 

However, it was realized that such a building would be beyond their needs and plans have been somewhat changed. They now call for a building seating about 6,000 and costing not more than $25,000. The building would have a permanent concrete foundation. 

Mr. Evans stated that the church plans to purchase the property adjoining the lot on which the present tabernacle stands and after the buildings, including the present tabernacle, are removed, the new building will be erected there.


Mr. and Mrs. Jess Lyle were hosts at an appointed dinner Sunday at their home near Wildwood Lake. The occasion was in honor of W.M. Poston. Covers were laid for Mr. Poston, Marshall Galmann, James Young, Harrison, Hames and Jake Cantrell, Sam Lyle, G.W. Lyle, Misses Georgia and Lee Lyle and Mr. and Mrs. Lyle.


Leland Whaley was stabbed twice in the back and painfully injured Saturday night in a free-for-all on East Inman Street. Mary Belle Clemons was arrested and charged with the cutting. 

Police officers said brick bats and rocks flew freely while the battle was in progress. They said that Mary Belle told them that Whaley had knocked her sister, Ophelia Brown, down and was stamping her when she ran in with a pocket knife and cut him down from the rear.


The Big Spring Methodist Episcopal Church now has its new building paid for and a big rally will be held Sunday at which time the mortgage will be burned with appropriate ceremonies. Not only is the mortgage paid off, but a new parsonage has been purchased by the church. 

The money to pay off the mortgage, purchase the parsonage and pay up the benevolences of the church, in all is about $5,000, and was raised by the Rev. Alden D. Eddy, pastor of the Cleveland circuit, in a 60 day campaign which started Aug. 16. 

The Rev. Eddy was assigned to this circuit last year. He has nine churches located in as many communities in the county. The big Spring church is one of them. The church has a new building, erected in 1930 at an approximated cost of $10,000. 

The circuit rider uses a bicycle to visit his churches, sometimes making 40 miles a day on his wheel and frequently riding 20 five miles.


Jimmy Lovell’s Bears waded and slid to an easy victory over the light Englewood eleven by a score of 27 to 0 on a sloppy field here this afternoon. “Sheeney” White was responsible for the first two touchdowns, both made in the opening quarter. 

Red Dockery successfully ran the ball for the extra points. 

The third counter came in the second quarter and was carried over the line by Dockery, Bingham running the extra point. The fourth touchdown came late in the fourth quarter when Dockery successfully cruised through the mud. They failed to convert. 

The game was marked by its many fumbles, neither team having a real chance to show what they had as the field was a virtual sea of mud.


The free scales at the local Sterchi Bros. store were tipped 400,351 times in exactly one year — all of which goes to show that people do watch their weight. The scales in front of the furniture store are equipped with a tabulation meter which Curtis Moore, the manager, checked last Oct. 6 and again today at the same hour. 

Employees of the store say that women and children are the more frequent users of the scales and that almost always there is an “Oh” or an “Ah” to be heard when they step off the scale, depending on whether she has made the desired gain or loss in weight.


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