This Week in History 5-19
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Mid-May of 1939 found Cleveland residents celebrating rainfall, congratulating graduates, planning garden shows, fearing for the Squalus crew and attending softball games.

A glimpse back 74 years ago:

Friday, May 19, 1939

Half holiday on Thursdays

Cleveland business houses agreed to close half day during summer months starting June 1. J.R. Ritchie of the Cleveland Credit Exchange explained it was an almost unanimous decision among the uptown businesses. The businesses wanted to continue the custom for a third year. Clothing, ready-to-wear, dry goods, shoe, hardware, notion and department stores agreed, however, grocery stores needed some extra time for consideration. Businesses closed at 12 o’clock every Thursday during the summer months.

Court dissolves Bill Dooley Writ

A city ordinance prohibited the sale of ice cream, soft drinks and other goods on its main business streets from vehicular stands. This meant Bill Dooley, local ice cream manufacturer and vendor, could not sell his wares there. His injunction against the city was dissolved by the decision of Chancellor T.L. Stewart.

Issues originally began when the Board of Mayor and Commissioners passed an ordinance restricting the use of certain portions of streets for stands to sale goods. Dooley was honored an injunction by Judge L.D. Miller in Hamilton. He charged the ordinance was in violation of his rights and was arbitrary and unreasonable.

The chancellor said the ordinance being arbitrary and unreasonable is a matter within the discretion of the defendant.

Showers welcomed, crops greatly aided

Showers came just in time during 1939’s heat wave. Withering strawberry plants, garden trucks and pasture crops drank up the heavy showers. Farmers expected their strawberries and emerging corn to make it through the hot months.

Saturday, May 20, 1938

Two in county to get degrees from U. Tenn.

John Edward Campbell and Edith Finnell received degrees from the University of Tennessee. They were among the 450 graduating students in 1939 to walk across the stage to receive their diploma from James D. Hoskins, U.T. president.

Polk graduates included: John Lindley Denman, Lawrence B. Mason, Carroll Gilliam and Charles Evans Higdon. Students from Hamilton, Rhea, Roane, Meigs, McMinn and Marion also graduated.

Garden club to hold flower show

The Rosemary Garden Club announced a flower show May 23 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Grover C. Brown on Broad Street.

The show was opened to all who care to enter the exhibit. All entrants were asked to furnish their own containers and be responsible for removing the flowers, following the competition.

Those appointed to the exhibit included: Mrs. H.H. Maxwell, Mrs. J.F. Gilbert, Mrs. J.A. Smith, Mrs. R.I. Andrews, Mrs. G.U. Cooper and Mrs. Sharon C. Tipton, Mrs. J. Toy Gray, Mrs. Berta Hawk and Jessie Gaut among others.

Miller’s celebrating 19th Anniversary

Miller’s Department store was one of the largest stores of its kind in 1939 Cleveland. Store managers put on an anniversary sale in honor of the business’ 19th anniversary. J.D. Harshbarger, manager, reported a very satisfactory response on the part of area consumers. The store was described as being one of Cleveland’s most successful mercantile enterprises.

Monday, May 22, 1939

Bess Mayfield wins two first prizes in Nashville horse show

Bess Mayfield, local horsewoman, took home two first prize ribbons from Nashville. Reports said she also won a first and second prize in an Atlanta horse show and several ribbons from a recent Daytona Beach, Fla., Show. Mayfield was accompanied by her mother and Amy Eggleston, her brother’s fiancé.

Niece of Mrs. C.A. Mee wins Brenau Scholarship

Kathryn Oyler was awarded a $1,000 scholarship to Brenau College in Gainesville, Ga. Her friends expected her to be elected poet laureate of Brenau when she entered college the following fall. This was because two of her poems, “Why?” and “Knowledge,” were included in a national anthology, “American Voices of 1939.” She competed against students from Florida, Mississippi, Virginia, Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee to win the scholarship.

Wednesday, May 24, 1939

National News: Fear 27 undoubtedly dead

Seven survivors were saved from the U.S. submarine Squalus and brought up 240 feet from the bottom of the Atlantic ocean. The diving bell from the rescue submarine salvage tug Falcon brought up the first survivors at 1:25 p.m. The Squalus foundered to the ocean floor because of a faulty inductive valve. The complete rescue was predicted to take about 16 hours.

Seven men were rescued at the time of the report: Lieut. J.C. Nichols, Harold C. Prebele, Roland Blanchard, William Isaac, Theodore Jacobs, Charles Yuhas and McLees.

Merchants blank Midgets, 13-0

Brown Stove and Cleveland Merchants won in city softball league games played at the American Legion Field Tuesday night. The Stovers reportedly walloped the Clowns, 13 to 6, and the Merchants blanked the Midgets, 13 to 0.

Morgan and Frye paced the Browns pack with two hits each for the winners. Cavitt, Johnson, Pirkle and Elkins each connected twice for the Clowns who failed to tally enough runs for victory.

Thursday, May 25, 1939

Cycle club has 19 members

The Cherokee Motorcycle club of Cleveland was organized in October of ’38. By May of ’39 the club had 19 chartered members registered with the American Motorcycle association. Officials of the club included: Owen Wattenbarger, president; H.C. ‘Butch’ Meece, vice president; J.C. Blackburn, secretary; “Herby” Harmon, assistant secretary; R.H. Griffith, treasurer; Frank Reynolds, referee; Jimmie Campbell, assistant referee; Paul Ingram, road captain; and Bill Weaver, mascot.