From the pages of The Banner

This Week in History

Posted 8/27/17

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.


At a recent meeting of its board of directors, the Cleveland Golf and Country Club decided to make a drive for about 40 new members.

The membership now consists of about 110. The board decided that it would be well to increase the roll to 150 if possible, and for this purpose a committee was named to canvas for new names. It is said that the existence of the club is a considerable benefit to this city on account of the publicity the city gets out of the club.

Quite a number of visitors play on the local course each month, and as the city grows in importance and as more people come here, this will become more common. Many persons are seeking a place to stop for the weekend, or for a day of rest. They can make inquiry as to the means for recreation, and often seek a location that has a golf course.

The course for the Cleveland club is being kept in good condition and constantly improved. President George L. Hardwick Sr., announced the following committees as a reorganization program: Greens — E. Swartz, chairman, James T. Lovell, Charles S. Mayfield, John C. Moore and John Milne. House and Grounds — James F. Corn, chairman, Tom Bryan, J.N. Taylor, E.S. Petty, Clee Gililand. Golf and Tournaments — C.L. Hardwick, chairman, Thomas Knox, Paul Cooper, Ben M. Web, Austin Witener. Tennis — Grover Brown, chairman, Eston Bennett, H.H. Granger, D. Stullins Stuart, J. Earl Gilbreath. Membership — J.P. Campbell, chairman, Henry Collins, John C. Moore, William Gray Randolph, H.H. Maxwell. Entertainment — John C. Hall, chairman, C.L. Wilson, Frank T. Hardwick, Mrs. E.H. McCowen, Miss Mattie Sue Paul, Mrs. Bethel C. Brown, Mrs. James J. Cate and Mrs. James Wolfe. Horseshoe — C. Frank Johnston, C.A. Mee and Jim Austin. Executive Committee — G.L. Hardwick, president J. Morgan Johnston, secretary Philip Lang, treasurer O.L. McLain and W.W. Jacobs from the board of directors.

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The old Thurston House, later known as the Knox House and more recently called the Aragon Hotel, has been improved by its owners and is now a modern rooming house under the care of Mrs. J.H. Artz, who for many years presided over the destinies of the Artz Hotel.

This hotel was for many years conducted by the late E.H. Thurston, and during his incumbency made a notable record. It later fell under the hand of several different managers, and finally was conducted for a number of years by Mrs. Eben Knox with considerable success.

Finally the property fell to the late J.R. Blackburn and Mrs. Blackburn, who conducted it with more or less success, and lastly some two years ago officials of the Peoples Bank purchased the property.

It was leased to one Eckheardt, who finally got into financial difficulties and skipped out between suns. Mr. and Mrs. John Roedel then took charge and rejuvenated the place for a time, but found that the dining room did not pay and finally closed the dining department, making of the hotel a rooming house.

Mr. and Mrs. Roedel were then called to the Cherokee to manage that, and the owners of the Aragon decided to put it in first-class condition and have done so. Mrs. Artz was then secured as lessee and is in charge. Interior and furnishings are new throughout.

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Mayfield School has put on a new appearance, new concrete sidewalks having been built all the way around. This was done by C.H. Ward, concrete contractor.

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The Cherokee Hotel has inaugurated a unique plan for community sociability. They are preparing a hot dinner or setting the family down to cold rations Sunday evening.

Last Sunday evening, the management put on a “Dutch Treat” community dinner in the main dining room of the hotel. Word had been passed around and 64 persons graced the dinner with their presence. It was a free and easy community gathering, no picked assembly, and every person paid for his own dinner.

The dinner was so successful that manager John Roedel is trying it out again and may make it a permanent feature.

It is quite possible that more than 100 will be present next Sunday evening. The meal is served at 6:30.


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