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  • Glimpses of Hohenwald's Past

    Crystal Nash|Jun 13, 2024

    June 10, 1954 The Herald reported “Strange Doings with Tomatoes—Potatoes Here.” Wilburn Carroll brought by the newspaper office a tomato vine that was growing from the top of an Irish potato. The odd vine was grown on the farm of Gillie Davis on Buffalo Road. The newspaper dubbed the food item a “Pomato” adding, “if you don’t believe us, come by the Herald as we have the ‘Pomato’ to back us up.” Kenneth Graves, David Griner, Gerald White, and Bobby Wiggins attended Boys State. The annual T...

  • Glimpses of Hohenwald's Past

    Crystal Nash|Jun 6, 2024

    June 3, 1954 The Herald reported, “With this issue of the Herald, we bring you something different in the medium of silver tinting… for the first time in the history of the Herald, advertising is presented in color.” The City of Hohenwald announced a 25 cent reduction in city taxes effective July 1, 1954. This reduction lowered the tax rate to $1.25. Curtis Devore graduated from the I Corps Non-Commissioned Officer Academy in Korea. Everette Dyer was named recipient of the Danforth Found...

  • Glimpses of Hohenwald's Past

    May 30, 2024

    May 27, 1954 The LCH reported that much progress had been made on the construction of the industrial building. The roof was completed and almost all of the masonry work was finished. The construction of gas pipelines was moving fast in the county, with ditching complete. The Herald noted that “the business men of Hohenwald would welcome a construction crew each day in the year as the dollars have been really jingling in the cash drawers the past few months.” Coach Reed announced that supervised recreation and play periods would start at the sch...

  • Glimpses of Hohenwald's Past

    Crystal Nash|May 22, 2024

    May 20, 1954 The major headline this week was “Public School Segregation Must Now Await Further High Court Arguments.” Officials at the state, county, and city level urged “calmness” among residents. Tax figures for beer revenue in Lewis County for the past eight months was reported as $2,542.26. Paul Chandler enlisted in the U.S. Navy. Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Peery announced the birth of their son, James Douglas. Funeral services were held for Dora Phillips, 73. Kittrell Appliance Company adverti...

  • Glimpses of Hohenwald's Past

    Crystal Nash|May 16, 2024

    May 13, 1954 The kidnapping charge against the woman accused of abducting a three-month-old infant and later giving the child to a couple in Hohenwald was dismissed due to her mental health condition. The woman was returned to the mental health facility from which she had escaped before the kidnapping incident on April 13. A construction worker received serious injuries after slipping working on the new factory building and falling 14 feet. Mr. and Mrs. Newton Churchwell celebrated their 51st...

  • Glimpses of Hohenwald's Past

    Crystal Nash|May 9, 2024

    May 6, 1954 Mayor W.C. Keaton was a speaker on the program of the Tennessee Municipal League’s 15th annual convention at Nashville. Keaton would participate in a debate on whether small municipalities should undertake to subsidize industries to obtain new factories needed for continued growth and prosperity. Robert Lee Wiggins and Kenny Graves were selected as LCHS winners in the MLEC essay. The 1954 LCHS Senior Class took a three-day trip to the Lookout Mountains. The American Legion Post 127 a...

  • Glimpses of Hohenwald's Past

    Crystal Nash|May 2, 2024

    April 29, 1954 Betty Dorris Miller, who had been accused of kidnapping a baby in Kentucky and subsequently giving the infant to a childless couple from Hohenwald, was still at large. The FBI believed she would be apprehended any day. The child in question had been safely retrieved by her mother and FBI and taken home. The Herald reported that it had received “a somewhat odd request” from Mrs. E.C. Langmire of Willow Green, CA, who asked if she could be sent two covers from book matches bea...

  • Glimpses of Hohenwald's Past

    Crystal Nash|Apr 25, 2024

    April 22, 1954 A four-month-old girl who had been kidnapped in Newport, KY was found in Hohenwald. Billie Marie Kemplin had entrusted her children to a babysitter identified as Betty Eglee. Upon returning from work, Kemplin discovered her three older children alone and the babysitter, along with the infant, missing. The babysitter had hitched a ride with a truck driver to Nashville. There, she met a couple at a hotel restaurant and falsely claimed to be Betty Miller, stated that the child...

  • Glimpses of Hohenwald's Past

    Crystal Nash|Apr 18, 2024

    April 15, 1954 L & M Construction Company had neared completing pouring the concrete floor and was in the process of setting the steel for the factory building. It was hoped that the factory would be ready for operation by July 1, 1954. A total of $438.58 was raised during the 1954 Lewis County Shrine Junior League Cripple Children paper sale. Bertha Ashton, County Welfare Director, reported that 75 Lewis County families (167 children) received children welfare grant aid. Billy Broadway won the...

  • Glimpses of Hohenwald's Past

    Crystal Nash|Apr 4, 2024

    April 1, 1954 The construction of a natural gas pipeline through the county brought a large influx of workers and their families to Hohenwald. Most were living in campers; however, many were living in private homes and anywhere that they could get shelter. A list of transient families and their hometowns were published along with the following greeting: “The Herald joins with the people of Hohenwald in welcoming these people of their stay in the best town we know of, HOHENWALD.” The total col...

  • Glimpses of Hohenwald's Past

    Crystal Nash|Mar 28, 2024

    March 25, 1954 The City of Hohenwald and the Police Department warned citizens that traffic laws would be strictly enforced due to a considerable increase in traffic due to the fact that a large number of people working with a gas line had come to Hohenwald. Because of this increase, in addition to careless violations by citizens, the traffic laws would now be strictly enforced and violators would be arrested. Hassell Kelley, salesman for Kittrell Motor Company, was awarded membership in the...

  • Glimpses of Hohenwald's Past

    Crystal Nash|Mar 21, 2024

    March 18, 1954 The paving of a 34-mile stretch of the Natchez Trace in southern Tennessee and northern Alabama was scheduled to begin within 30 days. The Herald reported that the FFA had received 110 rabies shots with the promise of two or three hundred more; and therefore, planned to resume the rabies vaccination clinic on March 29th. The shortage caught the attention of F.C. Sowell, Radio Newspaper Editor of WLAC in Nashville, who investigated the situation and found that the State Health...

  • Glimpses of Hohenwald's Past

    Crystal Nash|Mar 14, 2024

    March 11, 1954 The FFA, under supervision of A.O. Ramey, informed the newspaper that the Rabies Clinic in progress in Lewis County had come to a halt due to the fact that the serum had been exhausted and extensive telephoning over the state and south failed to turn up a supply. Willie Devore, Elva Griner, and Jeanette Shanes were each presented pins for having reached ten years of service at General Shoe. The following births were announced: Morris Allen, son of Mr. and Mrs. Donald King; and...

  • Glimpses of Hohenwald's Past

    Crystal Nash|Mar 7, 2024

    March 4, 1954 The county extension agent, vocational agriculture teacher, and the FFA teamed up to hold a rabies vaccination clinic on March 9th with vaccination locations held throughout the county. The cost was $0.60 per average dog. Franklin Tanner enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and was completing basic training. The David Lipscomb College Chorus was scheduled to perform at LCHS auditorium on March 11 at 7:30 p.m. The announcement noted that “This will not be a religious program, but an h...

  • Glimpses of Hohenwald's Past

    Crystal Nash, Contributing Historian|Feb 29, 2024

    February 25, 1954 W.T. Starbuck was officially installed as Acting Postmaster for the Hohenwald Post Office. The position became vacant following the death of Jack Collier. The American Legion sponsored a "Back to God" program at the LCHS auditorium. The speaker for the occasion was Beacom Jones of Nashville. Mr. and Mrs. Harville Griner announced the birth of their son, Stephen Douglas. Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Gallaher reported that they caught a fox trying to come into their house. Funeral...

  • Glimpses of Hohenwalds Past

    Crystal Nash|Feb 22, 2024

    February 18, 1954 City officials requested that Hohenwald residents take extra precaution when burning rubbish, trash, and other combustible material. The city reported that every fire alarm answered cost the taxpayers $30, and that the Fire Department requested that fire alarms should not be turned in, except in cases where property losses might occur. An editorial ran on the “ruthless practice” of poisoning dogs as “some person or persons are distributing poison about town and are making good...

  • Glimpses

    Feb 15, 2024

    February 11, 1954 A Lewis County Circuit Court trial for a 35-year old Shelbyville man accused of raping a 13-year old female near the Napier Lake community ended in a hung jury. The Hohenwald Fire Department held its annual banquet. Carlos Holland was elected chair of the Lewis County Republican Party. The LCHS girls basketball team defeated Dickson with a score of 48 to 34. Mr. and Mrs. Nollie Plummer spent a two-week vacation in Florida. Riley Bell was home on a fifteen-day furlough from the Air Force. Woodrow Wisdom and Sandy Odom were pres...

  • Glimpses

    Crystal Nash|Feb 8, 2024

    February 4, 1954 B. C. Black was elected Worshipful Master of the Hohenwald Masonic Lodge. Mr. and Mrs. Kyle Johnson lost a milk cow. The LCHS Panthers defeated Summertown with a score of 54 to 45. The LCHS girls team defeated Summertown with a score of 47 to 31. The following births were announced: Richard Edwin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Elton Graves; and John Allan, son of Mr. and Mrs. B. W. Trent, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Leland Turnbow were given a surprise house warming. Funeral services were held for...

  • Glimpses of Hohenwald's Past By Crystal Nash

    Feb 1, 2024

    January 29, 1954 Representatives from Southern Bell reported that telephones in Hohenwald, as well as, throughout Tennessee increased materially during 1953. The number of telephones in service in Hohenwald increased by 50 in 1953. The Lewis County Civic Club announced the following projects as their goals for 1954: a swimming pool, natural gas, a recreation program for young people, and the rebuilding of State Hwy 20. Mrs. George Davis, Sr. was honored for her birthday with a surprise dinner hosted by her children. Mr. and Mrs. John Anderson c...

  • Glimpses of Hohenwald's Past By Crystal Nash

    Crystal Nash|Jan 25, 2024

    January 22, 1954 The Lewis County Soil Conservation District reported that county farmers planned orders for over 125,000 tree seedlings to be planted in the 1953-54 planting season. The trees were furnished free of charge by TVA. Hohenwald native Mutt Quillen was named assistant coach at Tennessee Tech University. The LCHS girls basketball team defeated Lobelville with a score of 38 to 35. The following births were announced, Marie, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wilburn Shaffer; Karen Dinise,...

  • Glimpses of Hohenwald's Past

    Jan 18, 2024

    January 14, 1954 Most of Lewis County had been in a deep freeze several days with the low temperature in Hohenwald being reported as 9° Fahrenheit, “the weather man forecasts that warmer weather brings snow or rain.” The Lewis County Quarterly Court passed a resolution allowing Gulf International Gas Company permission to lay a natural gas pipeline across the county. A fire originating from a furnace caused minor damage at Lawrence Hickerson’s store. Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Nestor, Jr. announced the birth of their daughter, Nell Elizabeth. Mr. an...

  • Glimpses of Hohenwald's Past

    Crystal Nash|Jan 11, 2024

    January 7, 1954 The Herald reported that “with the amount of work going on, Hohenwald and Lewis County should be booming for the next few months.” Construction and other improvements underway included extending water and sewage lines in the city; construction on the Industrial Building on Forrest Avenue; pipe being hauled in for a gas line to cross Lewis County; and work was also in progress on Hwy 99. Carter Logan, Jr. was among a list of 498 men “presumed dead” in Korea by the U.S. Defense...

  • Glimpses of Hohenwald's Past

    Crystal Nash|Jan 4, 2024

    December 24, 1953 The Herald reported, “If you come to town some night and think it is still day light, you won’t miss it far. Construction is almost complete on the new street lighting system for Hohenwald…” The new mercury vapor system was called a “white way. “The annual Big Brothers paper sale raised a total of $864.20, topping the 1952 record by $191.20. John Edwards, Jr. was due to arrive home by Christmas after having spent the past two years in Europe with the U.S. Armed Forces. The...

  • Glimpses

    Crystal Nash|Dec 28, 2023

    December 31, 1954 The Lewis County Herald was not published this week. January 2, 1964 Lewis County was crippled by its second large snow of the season, when 10 to 15 inches fell throughout the county. A single-engine Cessna 150 plane crashed North of Hohenwald during a snowstorm on December 22, 1963. The pilot was treated for minor lacerations and exposure. Hershel Spears’s home received first place in the annual home lighting contest held by the Lewis County Civic Club. Cecil Baker, Coy B...

  • 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...

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