This Week in History 6-15
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Wedding bells tolled across Cleveland and Bradley County in mid-June of 1951 as scouts earned new badges, local clubs spoke on patriotism and women considered the call of jury duty.

Saturday, June 16, 1951

Lauster and Vernon enter wedded bliss

Mary Katherine Lauster became the bride of Lambert Vernon DeLong in a candlelight ceremony at North Cleveland Church of God on June 8, 1958.

The Rev. Robert Prichard of Delbarton, W.Va. officiated. Miss Wanda Carey played the organ and Miss Oneida Johnson presented the musical program. The Rev. Walter Lauster of Tampa, Fla., gave his sister in marriage.

Mrs. Walter Lauster attended the bride as matron of honor. She wore a dress of lime green taffeta and carried a crescent bouquet of lavender asters. The bridesmaids Miss Patty Craig, Beulah Rice, Jo Ann Bourland and Genevieve DeLong. Little Misses Linda and Helen Obenchair served as flower girls. They wore dresses of lime green and lavender and carried small baskets of rose petals which they scattered in the path of the bride.

Harvey Hudson attended the bridegroom as best man. The groomsmen were Ike Smith, E.J. Saylor, Hamilton O. and Robert Humbertson.

Monday, June 19, 1951

8 women reject jury service

Eight Bradley County women were offered opportunity to serve on the jury for the first time as Criminal Court convened but none of them accepted.

The first woman who arrived at the jury box informed Judge Hicks she had a store to run.

“You are entitled to be excused,” Hicks said, “but I regret you wouldn’t want to be the first woman to serve on the jury in Bradley County.”

Some of the women were excused before court convened. They reportedly thought they might be obliged to serve. Hicks and Attorney General R. Beecher Witt explained the new law which permitted women to serve allowed the female in question to make the final decision.

One lawyer said he would like to see a woman demand her right to serve, “so that I could test the law in Supreme Court.”

Ocoee Chapter observes Flag Day

The annual Flag Day meeting of the Ocoee Chapter D.A.R. was held at the country home of Mrs. William Bailey on Georgetown Road.

“Our Flag” was the subject of the program given by Mrs. W.P. Kirby. Interesting notes about the flag and its history in her talk were taken from a book written by Clara J. Denton and the June issue of the D.A.R. magazine. She closed with the poem “Betsy’s Battle Flag” by Minna Irving.

The meeting opened with prayer by Mrs. William Bailey. A pledge of allegiance to the flag led y Mrs. E.E. Shouse followed.

Mrs. John Taylor, national defense chairman, spoke on two bills: World Government and the Atlantic Union. Both were before the Foreign Affairs committee of the House of Representatives and the Foreign Relations committee of the Senate.

Mrs. W.H. Fillauer, americanism chairman, reported nine citizenship medals were awarded at programs in four schools and at school commencement programs. The citizenship scrapbooks made by the Blythe Avenue school students were also presented.

Tuesday, June 19, 1951

3 scout troops attend Camporee

Three scout troops attended the Bradley District Boy Scout Camporee at the farm of Grover Kann, near Baugh Springs held June 16 through the 17 in 1951.

Scout troops 10, 102 and 75 were present. Other scout officials who attended were Frank Hardwick, assistant scoutmaster of Troop 10, and neighborhood commissioner Jack Bass.

Among the events were tree identification, compass reading, tent pegmaking, flapjack relay and camp fire stunts. Awards for participation and camp skill were given.

Scouts attending included Troop 10: Reggie Hizon, Kenneth Goode, Jimmy Howard, Glen Dale Queener, Tommy Johnson, Lea Boykin, Curtis Bright and Don Larson; and Troop 75: Russell Myers, Jimmy Carmichael, Freddy Myers, Billy Phillips, Charles Harris and Max Robinson.