This Week in History

Posted 5/19/19

1965The future of Cleveland High School will be determined Wednesday as voters got to the polls to decide whether a $2 million bond issue should be approved for a new building. Polling places in the …

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The future of Cleveland High School will be determined Wednesday as voters got to the polls to decide whether a $2 million bond issue should be approved for a new building.

Polling places in the nine city precincts will open at 9 a.m. and close at 5 p.m. The proposition to be stated on the ballot is as follows: “Shall the City of Cleveland issue not to exceed $2 million in bonds for the purpose of buying land, building and equipping a high school plant for the City of Cleveland.” Members of Cleveland High School’s student body-expected to be about 500 strong — will parade through town this afternoon as a final appeal for a new high school building.

They will be marching in the interest of obtaining a favorable vote in the bond issue referendum Wednesday. Special groups to be featured in the parade are the band, football team, cheerleaders and the Student Council, which will distribute campaign cards to spectators. A highlight will be a wagon for the teachers at the end of the processional.

The parade, which will begin “as soon as possible after school,” will be postponed until Wednesday morning in the event of rain, according to Crill Higgins, parade marshal. The parade route: from CHS to the Village to Highway 11 to Hotel Cherokee to Five Points to Edwards to Central to Broad to First to Ocoee to the monument and back to CHS. 
The chairmen of both the city and county school boards made final appeals for a "forward march" in education in the two systems through a positive vote in the bond issue referendum Wednesday.

“I think this is a real opportunity to find out if the people really want more and better education in our schools,” said Dr. Gilbert Varnell, chairman of the Cleveland Board of Education. “We need a favorable vote very badly,” said Raymond Ledford, chairman of the Bradley County Board of Education.

The city election Wednesday will decide whether bonds are to be issued for the construction of a new Cleveland High School building. “The vote will determine if we are to make progress in education in Cleveland,” Dr. Varnell stated. He said the biggest foe facing passage of the bond issue is public apathy. “Very few have expressed any real opposition and it will be very easy for anyone to say that ‘my vote won’t make any difference’-this is the thing we have to cope with,” the educator added. The campaign in behalf of the bonds, he said, “has indicated to me, in talking with people, that they really care and want a progressive community.”

He said he hoped this will be the firm expression at the polls Wednesday. “I’m 100 per cent for issuing the bonds,” Ledford declared. “We’re just too full at Bradley High School to take more students.”
Dr. Carl Thomas Speck Jr., 45, died unexpectedly of a heart attack Thursday afternoon in his office on Central Avenue. The death came as a surprise to the community, for he had been considered in excellent health.

Dr. Speck had been the chief surgeon of the old Speck Hospital, succeeding his father who founded the medical facility in 1920. The hospital closed in 1963. He was the son of the late Dr. Speck, and survivors include his mother, Mrs. C.T. Speck; a brother, George E. Speck; a sister, Mrs. C.M. Hardwick Jr.; and two nieces, Ellen and Mary Hardwick.

A graduate of McCallie School, where his academic record has never been equaled, he also graduated Magna Cum Laude from Johns Hopkins University and Harvard School of Medicine. He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, highest academic honorary fraternity, and Phi Chi, medical fraternity. During World War II, he served as a lieutenant in the Samoan Islands with the U.S. Navy Medical Corps, and had practiced medicine in Cleveland since 1948, following a residency at Grady Hospital in Atlanta.

He was past president of the Bradley County Medical Society and a member of the board of directors of Cleveland Bank and Trust Company. The funeral will be conducted Saturday at 11 a.m. at Broad Street United Methodist Church with Dr. Marquis Triplett as officiant. Burial will be in Fort Hill Cemetery. Members of the Bradley County Medical Society and the board of director of the Cleveland Bank and Trust Company will be honorary pallbearers. Pallbearers are William S. Wilson, William C. Nevin, James M. Johnston, Summerfield K. Johnston, Jr., Hugh Hannah, Jr., J.E. Rymer, Robert E. Rumer, Robert Card, Dr. Wayne McCulley and Kenneth Higgins.

The family has requested that donations be sent to the Broad Street Methodist Building Fund. Fike Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. The body will remain at home in Annadale until the funeral hours.
Back in 1942, the United States made a mistake that is now worth $99.90 — or more — to Tom Cox of Cleveland. The U.S. Mint goofed on one of its plates. Instead of 1942, it stamped 19412. Very few of the coins got into circulation before the error was discovered and corrected.

But now, 23 years later, Cox found one of them. He has been offered $100 for it, but he is not selling. “Nope. I’m going to hold on to it,” he declares. “The dime keeps going up in value each year. There’s no telling how high it may go.”

Cox, who has only been interested in coin collecting for about two months, happened to be browsing through some change he got from the office of the department store where he works when he discovered the dime, a Mercury head. “I thought it was worth about $7 at the time,” he reflected. “I remember seeing something in the Red Book (a coin collector’s Bible) about it being one of the coins to be on the lookout for. I sure was surprised to find out what it really is worth.”

Tom says the Red Book lists the coin’s value at from $80 to $100. The dime, however, has doubled in value in the past three years. In the 1962 Red Book, it listed for about $55. Roger Kirby, a member of local Volunteer Coin Club, says the dime is only the second one he has ever seen. “I’ve been looking for one of these rare coins for about three years,” he added.
Radio operators of the Cleveland Amateur Radio Club made 126 contacts in 53 counties of 12 states in the nationwide VHF radio contest the weekend of May 1-2, Fred Smith, operation’s manager, reported at the club’s regular bi-monthly meeting.

The club operated from Oswald Dome in Polk County, using the club call, WA4VNP, for the first time in a contest. Efforts of the club were beset by lots of trouble from the beginning. Saturday afternoon, following a string of contacts, the portable generator coughed and sputtered, then quit. As the voltage dropped, current went up, and damaged the transmitter.

After the generator was repaired and overhauled, the transmitter trouble was discovered, and operations were still halted until early Sunday morning. When daylight appeared, with a new crew, replacement gear, and new courage, the hams went back on the air with much more gust and racked up what appears to be an impressive score. The Cleveland hams have won the state top spot in the last two VHF contests.

The commincations event is sponsored each year by CQ Magazine, a journal for hams. Operators used in the contest were: Fred Smith, WA4HLS; Larry Ledford, WA4YFL; Ron Murray, WA4YFL; Leach Lea, WA4PEI; Henry Gatlin, WA4GJW; Jim Still, WA4GJU; Warren (Barney) Pirkle, WA4GJX; Bill Collett, W4GHX; Buddy Kimsey, WA4NIV, Don Humphrey, WA4NIZ; and Don Rose, WA4GOM.
A late parking ticket was paid today (by mail) with a letter accompanying it addressed to the city police department. The letter, signed by Mr. and Mrs. J.T. Merrell, read: “Tell the boys to be more careful about putting parking tickets on cars around the courthouse — how can anyone with matrimony on their minds, especially as young as we are — possibly remember to feed the meters. Sorry we’re late in paying this.”
Construction of a new 18-hole golf course got underway last week here in Bradley County with the completion date set for mid-September. The course is being built just off Georgetown Pike where the cloverleaf for Interstate 75 is being constructed.

The new course is scheduled to be a par 72 with fairways and greens extending some 6,300 yards in length. Greens fro the course are expected to average 5,000 square feet. Actual work has already started with the completion of the ninth green and first tee. Other work such as roads and bridges, will get started later this week.

Plans call for the course to have a two-story clubhouse with possible tennis courts and a swimming pool nearby. Residential lots will surround the course on three sides. Candies Creek divides the course almost in half with ten holes being on the west bank and three on the east side. Five holes will play across the creek. The grounds around the clubhouse will be used for a driving range and a practice area. 
The Bradley County Board of Education has appointed Eddie Cartwright as the new boys basketball coach at Charleston High School. The announcement was made Friday night by Cartwright and Mrs. Grace Carroll, Superintendent of Bradley County Schools.

Cartwright replaces Wayne Hassler as coach of the Panthers. Mrs. Mary Burgin will remain as girls’ coach. Charleston becomes the second school for Cartwright to go to as coach since graduating from Tennessee Wesleyan College. He coached at Copper Basin, then turned to business in Cleveland, owning and managing the Village Men’s Shop.

Cartwright played four years of basketball at Bradley High School under Tip Smith and later two years under Smith at Tennessee Wesleyan. In the past five years, he has officiated basketball out of the Etowah Association.

Besides coaching at Charleston, Cartwright will head the Physical Education Program and hopes to work with spring sports. Hassler resigned his coaching position late in April and at that time had made future coaching plans. Cartwright said he knew nothing of next season’s schedule but would release it as soon as possible.


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