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  • Glimpses of Hohenwald's Past

    Crystal Nash|Dec 14, 2023

    December 10, 1953 The main headline for the week was “Santa to Usher in Christmas Season In Parade Here Sat.” Hohenwald’s first Christmas parade and concert would be held on Saturday, December 13. The festivities would begin at 12:30 p.m. when Santa Claus would arrive accompanied by the LCHS Band. The band would perform a free concert at the Community Christmas Tree followed by caroling. Santa would remain at the tree all afternoon to pass out candy and fruit to children. A prize drawing would...

  • Glimpses of Hohenwald's Past

    Crystal Nash|Dec 7, 2023

    December 3, 1953 Construction began on a new mercury vapor street lighting system in the business section of Hohenwald and on portions of Park Avenue and Main Street. Fixtures replaced in the business section would be relocated to business section alleys. P.H. Tidwell, MLEC manager, stated that when completed, the system would be “one of the most modern of any small town in this vicinity.” The Herald reported that work on the industrial factory building was “well underway” with foundat...

  • Glimpses of Hohenwald's Past

    Crystal Nash|Nov 30, 2023

    November 26, 1953 Melvin Mathis, USN hospital corpsman third class, was awarded the Purple Heart Medal for wound received in action against Chinese Communist forces in Korea. Representatives from L & M Construction Company reported that excavation for the new Industrial Building would begin within a week, weather permitting. Burglars entered Kittrell Motor Company through a rear window, emptying the cash register of $26.50. They also knocked the combination off the large safe in the company...

  • Glimpses

    Crystal Nash|Nov 16, 2023

    November 12, 1953 The Herald reported that November 18th would mark the 58th birthday of the arrival of the first settlers of Swiss Colony here in 1896. According to John Scheiwiller, who shared this date with the newspaper, “At that time, Hohenwald had for a depot only a box car, and the first child born to the Swiss Colony settlers was Lewis Muelenthaler, born on the night of their arrival.” The raising of broilers was increasing within the county, with Lewis County residents putting app...

  • Glimpses of Hohenwald's Past

    Crystal Nash|Nov 9, 2023

    November 5, 1953 The Herald reported that Halloween passed in an orderly manner in Hohenwald with hundreds of trick or treaters ranging from 2 to 72 roaming the streets. “As has been the custom for many, many years, the coming morning found the street littered with just about everything that was moveable, however, we have not heard of any real damage.” The Herald also reported that “with the weather imitating spring, the fish are biting just about any place you go.” The LCHS Panthers had their f...

  • Glimpses

    Crystal Nash|Nov 2, 2023

    October 29, 1953 The Herald urged residents to go to the polls on November 3rd and vote on eight proposed amendments to the state constitution. C. R. Bell, owner of Western Auto, announced that parents could purchase “a real letter from Santa Claus” that would be postmarked at Santa’s home in Santa Claus, Indiana. Parents would address the letters at the store and Mr. Bell would send them to Indiana where they would be postmarked and mailed to the child. TWRA released 54 adult Bob White quail...

  • Glimpses

    Crystal Nash|Oct 26, 2023

    October 23, 1953 The Herald reported that Lewis County was feeling the “full extent” of a record breaking heat wave and drought. The County and City building committee met on October 19 for further consideration of the letting of a contract for the construction of the industrial building to be leased by Breezy Wynn. Joseph Hart of Nashville was chosen as architect. Billy Griner and Carl Talley were inducted into the U.S. Army. Funeral services were held for Clara Doyle, 55; James Pollock, 79;...

  • October 15, 1953

    Crystal Nash|Oct 19, 2023

    October 15, 1953 A total of ten bids were received and opened by the County and City Public Building Committee. Bids were accepted for the building of the industrial building to be occupied by Wynn Enterprises. Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Sharp celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Earl Baker, Audie Davis, Buddy Hinson, and Mattie Sharp won the Fishing Contest held by Genesco. The LCHS Panthers defeated Dickson with a score of 33 to 6. Private Charles Hinson was assigned to the 57th Infantry...

  • October 8, 1953

    Crystal Nash|Oct 12, 2023

    Mayor W.C. Keaton signed a proclamation naming October 4 through 10 as National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week. The County and City announced that the opening of bids and the letting of the contract for the building of the 33,000 square feet building to be occupied by Wynn Industries would begin on October 13, 1953. A 2 a.m. fire erupted in the music building at LCHS on October 7. The building was in the process of being redecorated and someone had left a large cloth over the gas heater....

  • Glimpses

    Crystal Nash|Oct 5, 2023

    October 1, 1953 Both the Hohenwald Barber Shop and the Hohenwald Bank and Trust were undergoing remodeling. Gunner’s Mate 3rd Class John Brewer was serving aboard the USS Kenneth D. Bailey. The LCHS Panthers defeated Waynesboro with a score of 49 to 0. Mr. and Mrs. John P. Baker celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a reception at their home on Swan Road. “The Return of Frank James,” starring Henry Fonda, and “Apache Country,” starring Gene Autry, were the Friday and Saturday movies sh...

  • September 17, 1953

    Crystal Nash|Sep 21, 2023

    September 17, 1953 B. & O. Pharmacy had a camera go missing from the store and received a letter from the shoplifter a few days later. Dr. Hurt reported that the letter included a one-dollar bill along with a note stating that twelve dollars would be sent, a dollar a week, to pay for the camera. The newspaper added, “Doc days he believes their conscious must be hurting them… he will be glad to get the twelve dollars, although it was a $14.95 camera.” Members of the Hohenwald Baptist Churc...

  • Glimpses of Hohenwald's Past

    Crystal Nash|Sep 14, 2023

    September 10, 1953 The Lewis County Civitan banquet held to honor H.D. “Breezy” Wynn was attended by 250 persons. Wynn, in his address to the group, stated that the factory to be built in Hohenwald would manufacture men’s and boys’ suits and slack. An estimated 350 persons would be employed. Irvin Epley was named as Lewis County Extension Agent. Alton Crowell was presented a 10-year service pin by Genesco Superintendent Hardin Gillespie. Basil Staggs caught a 39-pound catfish while fishing in th...

  • Glimpses

    Crystal Nash|Sep 7, 2023

    September 3, 1953 Hohenwald Bank and Trust Company celebrated its 50th year on September 1. The Lewis County Civic Club sponsored a banquet to honor H.D. “Breezy” Wynn, Knoxville industrialist who contracted with Hohenwald and Lewis County to operate a manufacturing plant in Hohenwald. Reverend L.F. Haley retired from the ministry after 42 years, and returned to Hohenwald to make his home. D.T. Hardy returned home after serving in Korea aboard the U.S.S. Los Angeles. Mrs. E.H. Wright and Mrs...

  • August 27, 1953

    Crystal Nash|Aug 31, 2023

    August 27, 1953 Army Private Boyce Tatum was injured in Korea; he was sent to a hospital in Japan to undergo treatment. The Lewis County Civic Club announced the hosting of a banquet on September 3 to honor H.D. Wynn, Knoxville Industrialist, who contracted with Hohenwald and Lewis County to operate a manufacturing plant here. Winners of the Lewis County 4-H Dress Contest were announced. Merle Whitehead won first place in the Senior Dress category, and June Sublett won first place in the Junior...

  • Glimpses of Hohenwald's Past

    Crystal Nash|Aug 24, 2023

    August 20, 1953 Mayor W.C. Keaton and J.H. Warf, President of the Lewis County Civic Club, announced that negotiations were completed and a contract was signed by H. D. Wynn, Knoxville Industrialist, for the operation of a plant in Hohenwald to manufacture men’s and boy’s suits and slacks. The new plant was estimated to bring jobs to more than 3,000 persons. Lewis County Schools were scheduled to open for the 1953-1954 school year on August 24. The following news items were reported on res...

  • Glimpses

    Crystal Nash|Aug 17, 2023

    August 13, 1953 The State Health Department approved the Hohenwald water system. The following items were reported on residents serving in the Armed Forces: Billy Edwards and Doug Poag were enroute to San Diego, CA where they would be inducted into the United States Navy. W. C. Harris and Charles Adair III arrived at Fort Hood, TX for Army basic training. Billy Sharp completed Army basic training at Fort Lee, VA. J. C. Goodman was wounded in action and awarded the Purple Heart while defending a...

  • Glimpses of Hohenwald's Past

    Crystal Nash|Aug 10, 2023

    This article was written using local history resources available at the Lewis County Public Library and Archives. Libraries are guardians of history. Visit the library and archives to learn more about our community’s unique past. August 6, 1953 James Mayberry was awarded the Purple Heart medal for wounds received in the Korean War. Jack Collier was appointed as acting postmaster for the Hohenwald Post Office, replacing Ernest Rasbury who had served since November 1952. The following news was r...

  • Glimpses of Hohenwald's Past By Crystal Nash

    Crystal Nash|Aug 3, 2023

    July 30, 1953 The Hohenwald Methodist Church organized a new men’s club that was chartered by the Methodism’s General Board of Lay Activities in Chicago. The Lewis County Chapter of the American Cancer Society published the names of all the people who had made donations. Mr. and Mrs. L.I. Johnston celebrated their 43rd wedding anniversary at a surprise party held by family and friends. Mrs. Bernard Lindsey and James I. Johnston were honored on their birthdays with a picnic dinner hosted by fam...

  • Glimpses of Hohenwald's Past

    Crystal Nash|Jul 27, 2023

    July 23, 1953 Blank Peoples of Huntsville, AL was the winner of the 1953 Chevrolet car that was given away by the American Legion Fred E. Lomax Post 127 in a drawing held July 11th. The newspaper reported, “Mr. Peoples, we understand, celebrated his 20th birthday on the day he won the car.” The Conservation Department announced that they had released 250 small-mouth bass in the Buffalo River, and 250 fish in Swan Creek. Curtis Devore completed an advanced training course at with the Army at For...

  • Glimpses of Hohenwald's Past

    Crystal Nash|Jul 20, 2023

    July 16, 1953 A. B. Nicholson was named County Judge following the resignation of W. E. Humphreys. D. D. Humphreys, Jr. was named General Sessions Judge following the resignation of W. E. Humphreys. All members of the Ground Observers Corps., in this area, were alerted to maintain an indefinite state of “Standby Readiness,” for a surprise attack as part of training exercises put on by the Air Defense Command to test readiness in military emergencies. Colonel H. Quillen was presented the Thi...

  • Glimpses of Hohenwalds Past

    Crystal Nash|Jul 13, 2023

    July 9, 1953 Mrs. Blue Carroll was cooking breakfast when she opened the utensil drawer of her electric range to find an 18-inch copperhead coiled among the pots and pans. The Herald added, “Snakes, snakes, snakes is just about the topic of the day hereabouts… Ladies, you had better keep a keen eye while in the kitchen-- you, too, may be hording some reptile.” According to the Selective Service Board there were 110 Lewis County residents in active military service. Noel Akers purchased the S...

  • Glimpses of Hohenwald's Past

    Crystal Nash|Jul 6, 2023

    July 02, 1953 The main news for the week was that many Hohenwald businesses planned to be closed for the Independence Day holiday. The newspaper reported, “From all indications Hohenwald will be a quiet city on Saturday, July 4th… If you will need groceries over the weekend you had better lay them in store Thursday or Friday, for they will be closed as tight as a jug Saturday…all garages will be closed also, so keep this in mind.” Jesper Jensen was serving in Europe with the U. S. Air Force....

  • Glimpses of Hohenwald's Past

    Crystal Nash|Jun 29, 2023

    June 25, 1953 The Fred E. Lomax Post 127 of the American Legion announced they would give away a 1953 four-door Chevrolet sedan in a drawing planned for July 11th in Hohenwald. Ticket chances could be purchased at a number of local businesses. Proceeds would go toward the local child welfare program. Curtis Devore graduated from Army basic training. Funeral services were held for David Jackson; Maude Jones, 67; and for Ella Warren, 74. “Woman of the North Country,” starring Rod Cameron and Ruth...

  • Glimpses of Hohenwald's Past

    Crystal Nash|Jun 22, 2023

    June 18, 1953 The 1951-52 annual report made by the City of Hohenwald won top honors for “most original” in a state-wide competition sponsored by the Tennessee Municipal League. Strong winds struck Hohenwald on June 13th, at about 3 p.m. “clearing the streets of dust, paper, and people” and leaving “them with broken limbs and twigs.” Mrs. Cas Lomax discovered that the upper story of her home on West Linden Avenue was infested with copperheads when one of the snakes fell from a hole in the ceil...

  • Glimpses of Hohenwald's Past By Crystal Nash

    Crystal Nash|Jun 15, 2023

    June 11, 1953 V.K. Conner was named cashier of the Hampshire Bank, having served as assistant cashier at the Hohenwald Bank and Trust for seven years. A Mt. Pleasant resident drowned while swimming during a church picnic at Swan Creek, about five miles east of Hohenwald. Kate Schubert marked her ten-year anniversary as an employee of Genesco. Funeral services were held for Billy Marshall, 8; and for Augusta Watkins, 74. A large box of Tide laundry soap cost $0.27 at U-Tote ‘Em, and a dozen l...

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