This Week in History
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Monday, May 11, 1942

Bradley High School graduates came to the end of their high school and teen years with two young ladies at the top of the class in 1942.

Students graduate at Bradley High

Edna Ruth Humberd had the highest honor of valedictorian and Doris Chancey came in a close second with the honor of being named salutatorian. Howard Goodner was the class representative.

The Rev. Marvin Kincheloe, pastor of Broad Street Methodist church, delivered the sermon at the baccalaureate exercises.

Dr. Everett Derryberry delivered the commencement address at Bradley High. He used the Rhodes scholarship he received as a graduate of the University of Tennessee in 1927 to further his studies at Oxford University in England.

Tuesday, May 12, 1942

With the pall of war and fear of spies all around, local defense volunteers received training through drills and rehearsed blackouts. Hopes remained high the efforts would never be needed outside of practice.

Local defense

volunteers practice drills

Civilian Defense officials trained local volunteers in first aid and performed practices for times that black-outs might be compulsory. Courses included: course A, fire and gas defense; and course B, a thorough explanation of the air-raid warning system and what to do in case of a black-out situation.

People who wanted to volunteer were invited. Tickets were not needed for the classes. If a person attended every night, they received an official arm band showing that they were trained in civil defense.

Commission awards

money to town hero

The Cleveland City Commission voted to award Alfred Renslow with $50 for his service to the city. Renslow’s efforts led to the arrest and successful prosecution of a man charged with turning in a false fire alarm. Policeman Ernest Bryant and Renslow arrested the man after a second false alarm was turned in from box 45 in South Cleveland. The man was charged $50 and court costs.

Chief Trotter stated that the city maintained a standing reward for information that led to a conviction of persons who turned in false fire alarms.

City clerk Pat Randolph presented the award check to Renslow.

Thursday, May 14, 1942

Parents corralled their children for a night of fun on the town and sweethearts rooted each other on to win prizes at the annual carnival hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Cleveland.

Fun and games with

the Kiwanis Club

The Kiwanis Club staged its annual carnival for the purpose of raising money for sponsorships of underprivileged children in the community. The funds raised at the local celebration provided 10 children with glasses to correct defects in their vision; sponsorships for five tonsillectomies; and the purchase of two incubators for premature babies to protect them until they could go home.

These acts were done without fanfare so as not to cause embarrassment to recipients.

The Kiwanis Club sponsored a delicate skin graft operation by an accomplished Memphis surgeon and the cost was considerable money. The child was able to re-enter school without her previous disfigurement.

The Girl Scouts, who were sponsored by the Kiwanis Club, helped in these matters as well.

Friday, May 15, 1942

Broad Street Methodist Guild members enjoyed a delightful outdoor meeting at the Itzel Home.

Guild members enjoy the outdoors

Members of the Wesleyan Service Guild of Broad Street Methodist Church enjoyed the first outdoor meeting of the season at the home of Mrs. Charles Itzel. A reportedly delicious supper was served.

Mrs. Joe Hitt, president, presided at the business session. Mrs. W.W. Smith was elected to fill the vacancy made by the resignation of Mrs. Hitt, who was moving to another city.

Miss Mary Frances Tucker led the devotional and selected for her subject, “Love.” Itzel presented Mrs. Pat Kirby, the guest speaker for the evening. Kirby spoke about “Poetry that leads toward God.” She then read a varied program of familiar poems, poetry not well known and humorous sketches.

Those who attended were delighted with the inspiration and enrichment received from the unusual program.