This Week in History

Posted 12/3/17

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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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.


Due to long hours and little or no time for personal business, a number of local food and grocery stores have announced that they will continue to close on Thursday afternoons as they did during the summer months.

Those who will be closed on Thursdays are S.D. Bean, B-B Food store and Super Market, Callaway’s Grocery, J.M. Cooke Food store, The Home stores, Toby’s Food store and Vaughan’s Food store.

 Nine citizens of Cleveland paid fines for violating the statewide announced blackout here last Monday night, it was learned here this week.

Those fined were J.B. Tarpley, Wilson Ledford, J.W. Hayes, Gene Callaway, L.C. Davis, Sam Bean, Howard Griffith, and Joe Yarbrough.

A $2 forfeit bond was paid by Mr. and Mrs. George Crye, when they were unable to attend court because of working in Rossville, Ga.

They were sure they had turned out all lights on the night of the blackout, and could not account for one being found by the air raid warden until Mr. Crye found their small kitten on a bed playing with a string hanging from the short light chain. The kitten was jumping at the string, caught it and its weight jerked the light on.


Hello, Boys: We have commented several times on the lack of life in the old town since so many of you have gone into the service.

Over a period of several months, things have been done to change our way of life, and although the changes have been gradual, they are very noticeable, but a person who has been away probably would notice the changes even more than those of us still here.

With so many of you away, the town is naturally quiet, but the gas rationing is going to be the climax, it seems. A month ago you could go to town at night and see no one but some of the high school boys and a few girls and some of the old people, but with the rationing that started this week, things have quieted even more, and you can tell a great difference already.

When you get back to town on a furlough, it will be hard to recognize the place. You fellows have your friends in camp and there is no doubt but that you have more companionship than you would be able to find at home.

Activities are not alone affected. Rationed commodities and articles on which there are shortages are making changes, too. Some of you know very well that we have had our “Cokeless” days and other drinks are not so plentiful.

Coffee rationing is underway now. It may be that the situation will improve, but for the past two or three weeks some awful stuff has been sold under the name of coffee.

There is not yet a shortage of candy, the selection is not what it once was, but you can still find something. Chewing gum, however, is a different matter. Stores seem to be without quite often.

Meat is another thing that is not so plentiful as it once was. The stores report that they are out of breakfast bacon a good part of the time, although no one is going to starve. Now gasoline is rationed and the people will have to quit riding so much. 

Someone commented a few days ago that soldiers will have to start sending things to the folks at home, in place of the folks sending things to the soldiers. It so happens that these shortages will not really hurt anyone, although they will cause a lot of people to change their habits.

Don’t you guys worry about the folks at home. They are going to have to do without some things that will cause them to gripe, but they probably will not be any worse for the experience.


Citizens of Cleveland and Bradley County are requested to lend 16 canvas army cots and 32 old blankets to the medical unit of the local Civilian Defense Corps.

J.L. VanWagner, head of the medical unit, states that all items loaned will be marked with the owner’s name and will be returned when the need for them is past. At present the articles will be used only for practice, but should there be an accident in which they could be used, it would be very convenient if they were on hand.

Mrs. Elbert Pearson, who is chairman of the committee to secure these articles, states that there are many people who have cots that are used on camping trips, not now in use, who could lend them if they can be made to realize the unit’s need for them.

She states that the blankets needed do not have to be in good condition, and that there must be families having old blankets not now in use that they could lend.

It was pointed out by one person that there would be little time to collect these things if an emergency should arise and victims could be made much more comfortable if the items were readily available.

Some might feel that they do not want their blankets used on just anyone, but that person might be a victim sometime and get the use of a blanket loaned by a person who is much less selfish.


Approximately $2,000 damage was done Sunday afternoon when a cabin belonging to Ed Lowe at Parksville Lake was destroyed by fire.

The boathouse nearby, and several boats moored at the dock, were not damaged.

The fire occurred about dark and coast guardsmen stationed at Parksville Dam rushed to the scene, but the building was too near gone to be saved.

Mr. and Mrs. Lowe and Mr. and Mrs. Otis Renner had spent the weekend at the cabin, but had left between 4 and 4:30 Sunday afternoon. Everything was all right at the time they left, Mr. Lowe said.


Magazines and apples, donated by Vaughan’s Food Store, were presented to soldiers and sailors who passed through Cleveland last weekend when a club at Bradley High School placed them on the trains.

Saturday and Wednesday the Haworth Bible class of First Methodist Church passed out magazines and cigarettes as well as candy.

The War Service committee of the Woman’s club, of which Mrs. B.M. Webb is chairman, is sponsoring this work. She announced that if any other groups in the city would like to have a part in this service, she will be glad if they will get in touch with her, phone 279.


Capt. Fred McNabb will be it next year, as the reserve end of the Bradley Bears has been elected captain of the 1943 football team, with Jimmie McCoy, first string halfback, being elected alternate captain.

The members of the Bradley football team and their dates will be honored tonight at a banquet at the Cherokee Hotel when Prof. J. Toy Gray, member of the high school faculty, will serve as master of ceremonies.

A short program is planned and the showing of a film of a University of Tennessee football game, probably with Fordham.

Miss June Hargis and Miss Jean McNew, students at the high school, will sing two duets, “White Christmas” and “When the Lights Go On Again.”

The Bradley Bears have had a good year, despite Litkenhouse’s rating them in the state’s second 10, and the local fans are delighted with the successful year under Coach Milburn Waller, with 11 games won and the one tie, 7-7 with Kingsport on Oct. 9.


Cancelled bonds totaling $200,000 were burned by the city of Cleveland Tuesday following the issuing of a refunding bond issue to cover the amount at quite a saving in interest rate some time ago.

These bonds were two issues of paving bonds, totaling $100,000 each, the first being issued January 1, 1921, and the second, on January 1, 1922, at an interest rate of 6 percent.

The refunding bonds, issued to cover them, bear but 2½ percent interest, a difference of $7,000 a year in interest. Both issues were of $500 denominations.

Mayor Willard J. Parks, City Commissioner Bethel Brown, City Clerk Pat Randolph, in the presence of W.J. McReynolds of the Cleveland Bank and Trust Company, burned the bonds at the Bank and Treasury company which is a trustee of the city’s sinking fund.


All persons who have not yet secured their No. 1 sugar ration book must apply for it at the office of the ration board no later than Dec. 15, according to officials of that board.

Unless an applicant has sugar ration book No. 1, he will be unable to secure ration book No. 2, which will be used for other rationed articles besides sugar, it is understood.

Anyone not registering by this date will have to supply special proof of their identity, which must go before the board for approval before a book may be issued.

In reply to a number of questions about babies, the board declared that all babies must be registered with the local board before they are a month old for it to become party to the federal rationing program.

In addition to these regulations of the board, all tire applications will be granted upon the gas ration book which the applicant holds.


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