From the pages of The Banner: This Week in History
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Cleveland residents came together for monthly meetings, conferences and park dedications as the heat continued to rise in the summer of 1960.

Wednesday, July 6, 1960

Homebuilders gathered at White home

Homebuilders class of the First Baptist Church held its regular meeting June 29 at the home of Mrs. J.B. White. Mrs. Emma Christian served as co-hostess.

Mrs. Thomas Haun presided over the meeting, in the absence of the president. The meeting was opened with prayer by Mrs. White and followed by the singing of "America." Mrs. Pearl Trentham gave a devotional using her subject "Christ in Home and Country." Mrs. Jess Ross led in prayer.

Reports of activities were read by Mrs. J.C. Hobbs and Mrs. Floyd Million.

The program was closed with prayer by Mrs. R.B. Lemons. Refreshments were served by Mesdames John White, H.E. Robinson, Doyle Hooper, J.C. Rose, J. S. Hughes, R.R. Lemons, Paul Trewhitt, E.A. Pirkle, W.F. Sloan, J.A. Stroud, Otto Stamper, J. C. Browder, Pearl Trentham, Ethel McNabb, Nervis Panky, Floyd Million, Robert Thomas, J.G. Hobbs, O.U. Reynolds, Thomas Haun, Mrs. Christian and Joyce Stratton.

Friday, July 8, 1960

Music Conference

held at Lee

Lee College and Tennessee Music and Printing Company sponsored the Fourth Annual Sacred Music Conference July 11 through 28 in the summer of ‘60. The theme of the conference was "Let's Sing."

The aim of the conference was to help both participants and choral directors develop a "singing church." Study groups were formed in music theory, sight singing, choral organization and the administration of the music program of the local church. Private lessons were offered in piano, voice, wind instruments and organ.

The conference was under the direction of the Rev. A.T. Humphries, dean of the School of Music at Lee College. Humphries instituted the plan for annual music conferences at Lee College and was the director and a teacher in the conferences from their beginning. He had wide experience in other conferences and singing schools.

Other teachers in the conference staff were Roosevelt Miller, who taught voice in Lee College School of Music and was at the time doing graduate studies in Southern Theological Seminary; Mrs. Vesta Kerce, widely known private teacher of piano; Mrs. LaVera Humphries, teacher of piano in Lee College School of Music; and Delton Alford, who was under appointment to Lee College School of Music staff and was taking graduate work at Florida State University.

In its previous year, the conference had attracted students from 11 states. The conference was designed to offer work to the music personnel of all levels: the beginner and the advanced student.

Monday, July 11, 1960

County play area named Fulbright Park

A 22-acre recreational area was turned over to the youth of Bradley County by the Quarterly Court and was dedicated and given the name Fulbright Park.

The Bradley County Sports Foundation, Inc. was in charge of the area and voted on the name in a meeting. The Tommy Brock Memorial Field was also named in that meeting. It was named in honor of the first president of the Babe Ruth League, which was one of the biggest boosters of athletics in the area and was an outstanding figure in veterans affairs.

An estimated crowd of 3,000 people were at the park for the dedication and there were at least that many parked on Keith Street and surrounding areas. The Rev. Marquis Triplett of Broad Street Methodist Church was the speaker.

Russ Melvin, president of the foundation, was the master of ceremonies and introduced guests Loy Whaley, Milford Miller and Roy Caldwell of the county court.

Tuesday, July 12, 1960

Chandler on staff of Brooklyn Church

John W. Chandler, formerly of Cleveland, moved to Long Island, N.Y., to accept the position of minister of music at Calvary Temple in Brooklyn.

He was the church organist, director and arranger of the Calvary Christian Choir.

Chandler continued his education in music at the Laverne School of music in New York.

He graduated in 1958 from Bradley Central High School.

Chandler played the piano and organ professionally for several years and recorded for major recording companies in New York City and in Nashville.

He and the pastor of his church planned and went to mission fields in the British Isles and Cuba the fall after he took the position at Calvary Temple.