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The following items were compiled by the Cleveland Bradley County Public Library from old issues of the

Cleveland Daily Banner and its forerunners, the Cleveland Banner, the Journal, and the Journal and Banner.

1938

Bob Smith, a candidate for sheriff, assured Bradley County residents that no person or small group of persons was responsible for him being in the race.

He entered at the solicitation of a large block of voters in both parties, after careful consideration of the issues involved. He assured the people that when any person or persons tell them otherwise, they may put it down as a deliberate and infamous falsehood uttered for the sole purpose of injuring him.

He challenged any and all of these political figures to produce one iota of proof of their malicious statements, and in the absence of such proof, asked them to be decent and honorable enough to refrain from making any such charges.

If they were not willing to come out in the open and give the source of their information, he said they brand themselves as scandal mongers and distorters of the truth.

Smith said he did not believe the people of Bradley County were going to be misled by this bunch of “false prophets,” because they were the ones who had for a long time been responsible for political corruption in the county. He claimed he was in the race for the sole purpose of being elected and would be there when the vote was counted.

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The three banks in Cleveland, The Banner, all local beauty shops and most industrial plants of the city were closed all day Monday, July 4, in celebration of national Independence Day.

The post office had not announced plans for the day, but it was presumed the office would be closed all day except for one hour, from 9 to 10 a.m., as was the usual custom on legal holidays. Incoming and outgoing mail would be dispatched as usual.

The Banner office was to be closed all day, and the entire office and mechanical force were taking a full holiday.

Wholesale and retail stores were to be open for business as usual, merchants having announced that they would not take a holiday on the Fourth this year, since they were observing a half-day holiday each week through the summer months.

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Winston Patterson, 7-year-old son of Mr. and S.H. Patterson, was in critical condition at PS hospital as the result of injuries sustained when an oil drum exploded near where he was playing in the yard at his parents’ home.

According to reports of the accident, the boy, with several other children, was playing in the yard where there was an oil drum containing an unidentified chemical, and one of the boys decided to strike a match and set fire to it to “see what would happen.”

As a result the Patterson child’s skull was fractured in several places and he also received a number of cuts and bruises. His condition was reported to be extremely serious.

One of the liveliest formal parties of the summer season was held at the home of Miss Margaret Leavitt on Centenary Avenue.

Miss Ann Cress was in charge of the entertainment, featuring a prom, games and contests. Prizes were won by Eugene Kiger and Julian Poteet.

After the games, which were held on the lawn, the guests gathered in the living room where the contests were held. Misses Frances Vassey and Edith Lasater entertained by playing several piano selections, after which lovely refreshments were served with a color note of green and yellow predominating.

Miss Leavitt was assisted in the serving, and of the calling of the prom, by her mother.

The young ladies and their escorts were: Bonnie Parker and Boody Moore; Katherin Guy and Eugene Kiser; Margaret Leavitt and Ray Basham; Florence Hamilton and Jim Varnell; Sybil Officer and Herbert Humberd, Edith Lasater and Julian Poteet, Frances Vassey and Jack McKenzie, Edna Ruth Humberd and Bob Parkinson, Louise Whitehead and Lawrence Renfro, Nell Dixon and Theadore Little, Roselle Lawson and Wayne Brown, Louise Harmon and Junior Turner, Ann Cress and Chester Humberd, Virgil Trimm and Maynard Renner.

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