This Week in History
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In January 1942, area residents were preparing for musical performances, dealing with extremely cold winter temperatures and following a local court case.

Monday, Jan. 5, 1942

Band to feature Emperor Waltz

Bradley High musicians to present "Moments Musicale" on Wednesday evening.

The feature number of "Moments Musicale" presented by the Bradley High School Band Jan. 7 was the “Emperor Waltz,” which displayed the unusual tonal effects available with the many new instruments added during the past year.

The waltz was on the 1942 National Contest List for Class A Bands from schools having over 750 students enrolled. It was considered the best of the many waltzes composed by Johann Strauss. It typified the happy spirit of Vienna during the reign of Emperor Franz Joseph.

Tuesday, Jan. 6, 1942

Bradley Boy with Marines phones from

distant Hawaii

A Bradley County woman heard the voice of her young nephew, whom she had raised from a child, over the wire from distant Hawaii, where he was stationed with the Marines. He told her that he was well, following the attack by the Japanese on Pearl Harbor.

The woman was Mrs. Julia B. Anderson and the young nephew was Corp. Jack N. Linden, a radio operator with the Marine Signal Corps. Corp. Linden was the grandson of Gilbert Johnson, a Bradley County farmer.

Thursday, Jan. 8, 1942

Mercury dives during night

following snowfall.

The mercury dived to a low of 8 degrees above Thursday morning. It was the coldest recording of the year. Temperatures of new zero were reported from outlying areas, but the accepted low was around 8 above. Below zero was reported from the mountain areas east of Cleveland.

There was no relief from the intense cold, according to the Chattanooga Weather Bureau. The forecast was "fair and continued cold tonight" with an expected low of 12 degrees above zero.

Many streets and highways were coated with snow and frozen to ice, which made driving a hazardous task overnight and into the day. Many cars were stalled in the morning due to the extreme cold which made motors impossible to start.

Friday, Jan. 9, 2013

John Beeler wins in will contest suit

A Bradley County Circuit Court jury rendered a verdict in favor of Ida Beeler Miller’s brother, John Beeler. They decided that a purported will of the deceased in question was not the last will and testament. Beeler was a retired railroader of Miles City, Mont.

Miller was found slain a year earlier near the fireplace in the living room of her farm home. The story reportedly attracted much attention to Cleveland. The attorney filed a copy of what he said was the last will of Miller, which gave him one-third interest in the farm. He claimed he had drawn up the will for her in 1924. A third of the property was also given to Beeler and a sister, Minnie Fuller.

The testimony of neighbors was a factor in the jury’s decision. They often heard Miller say she would leave the house and farm to her nephew, John. Jr, the son of Beeler. The death of Miller remained a mystery at the time of the hearing.

Saturday, Jan. 10, 1942

Young Parks speaker at Kiwanis meeting

Young Jim Bennett Parks, son of W.B. Parks, delivered a timely and most interesting address on "The U. S. Flag and the Courtesies That Should be Extended It" before the local Kiwanis Club at its regular meeting.

Jim was a student at Bradley High School. In his speech he detailed how the flag should be draped when displayed in the home, on the street, from the speaker's platform and how one should be properly on a staff.

The club received three new members: the Rev. Marvin Kinchelow, pastor of Broad Street Methodist Church; Catlett Law, manager of B-B Food Store No. 1; and J Dethero. They were inducted by E.E. Shouse.