Glimpses of Hohenwald's Past
May 21, 2020
May 19, 1960
Mayor W. C. Keaton was presented a certificate making him an honorary citizen of Nashville at ceremonies held at the Lewis County Court House. The presentation was made by Nashville Mayor Ben West during the visit of the Nashville Boosters to Hohenwald.
Leo Greengrass, superintendent of the Hohenwald Henry I. Siegel plant, was awarded the Service Recognition Medal of the American Heart Association.
Sara Hume, a member of the Hohenwald Garden Club, won a first-place award on her collection of five specimens of Dutch Iris entered in the horticulture division of the Tennessee Council of Garden Clubs, District II Flower Show held in Lewisburg.
A resident was tragically killed when a tractor he was driving ran out of control and crushed him against a barn near his home. The tractor had been borrowed and was being returned at the time of the accident.
The following students were selected by the Fred E. Lomax American Legion Post 127 to attend the annual Tennessee Boys State: Pittman Baker, Gary Cooper, Dale Hull, and Billy Lynch. Alternates were David Quillen and Jimmy Lawson. The boys were chosen for their characteristics in citizenship, leadership, and sportsmanship.
Funeral services were held for John Mayberry, 78; George Scott, 77; and for James Sharp, 15.
Kittrell Motor Company, Inc. advertised that “after more than 20 years we announce with mixed emotions that we will no longer be associated with Frigidaire” so that they could focus on their Chevrolet customers. A first come – first serve appliance sale was held to clear out new and used inventory that included ranges, refrigerators, air conditioners, water pumps, irons, and more.
“Seven Thieves,” starring Edward G. Robinson, and “Murder by Contract,” starring Vince Edwards, were the Friday and Saturday double feature at the Highlands Drive-In.
May 21, 1970
Lewis County Hospital would be turned over to the county as of June 30, 1970, as announced by Dr. W. C. Keeton through a letter sent to the hospital committee. Dr. Keeton stated he would make an announcement concerning his future plans as soon as they were finalized.
Randal Dabbs was named valedictorian of the 1970 LCHS Senior Class. Phyllis Morrow was named salutatorian.
Rick Hinson and Kendy Staggs were selected as the local winners of the 1970 MLEC Essay Contest.
Kenneth Kistler was re-elected commander of the Fred E. Lomax American Legion Post 127.
A Lewis County man was convicted on a charge of concealing stolen property including watches and knives stolen from a wholesale truck parked on Linden Street. Five juveniles were also sentenced in connection with the same offense.
Mayor Dol Willis sent the Lewis County Herald an article he wrote about his visit to Japan. It read in part, “I did not know so many people could live in one town. Here in Tokyo, there are eleven million people. The average size lot in Hohenwald is 17’ x 150’; they would have at least 30 homes and 150 people on that much land. This is unbelievable…. Our supper last night had already been arranged, but it cost 1899 yen, or $5.00. I have had better meals in Hohenwald for $1.00…. This trip I will never forget as long as I live. Am I proud I was born in the U. S. A.”
Funeral services were held for J. J. Lancaster.
Carolyn’s Beauty Shop, 305 N. Oak St., advertised the Grand Opening of the new Mary Bradfield Figurama Salon on May 25th.
“Journey to the Far Side of the Sun,” starring Ian Henry and Lynn Loring, and “The Rain People,” starring Shirley Knight and James Caan, were the Friday and Saturday movies at the Highlands Drive-In.
May 22, 1980
Mayor Philip Griner signed a proclamation declaring Saturday, May 24 as Poppy Day in connection with the V. F. W. Auxiliary’s poppy sale.
The Lewis County Herald announced that would be moving its operations over the weekend.. Beginning on Monday, May 26,, the newspaper would operate at their new office on East Linden Street.
Construction of the new hospital wing at Lewis County Hospital neared completion with contractors announcing it was scheduled to be finished on June 18. Final inspections would be made prior to the admission of patients to the new facility. The new kitchen/dining room area was scheduled to be in use by May 15.
Robert V. Gafford, president of Hohenwald Truck Lines, Inc., was elected third vice president of the Local and Short Haul Carriers of the American Truckers Association.
Ruth Kallas was crowned queen and Earl Clark was crowned king in the Mr. and Mrs. Nursing Home contest held at Lewis County Manor in connection with National Nursing Home Week.
Glenys Park was commissioned as a second Lieutenant upon her graduation from U. S. Army Intelligence School in Arizona and a one-year tour of duty with the 504th Military Intelligence Group.
The following births were announced: Lance Patton, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Crowell; and James Edward, son of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Spears.
A birthday dinner honoring Granville Pevehouse and Mrs. Roger Haley was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Granville Pevehouse.
Mr. and Mrs. Dol Willis celebrated their 50th anniversary with a reception hosted by their children and grandchildren at the Hohenwald Church of Christ Annex.
Funeral services were held for Edward Brown, 73; Cute Frazier, 60; George Goodman, 86; Clarence Harris, 69; Sam James, 68; and for Coy Sisco, 86.
“American Gigolo” and “Malibu Beach” were the weekend double feature movies at the Highlands Drive-In Theater.
May 31, 1990
Mayor Guy Nicholson signed a proclamation declaring June 2, 1990, as Rod Brasfield Day in Hohenwald. To commemorate this day, a weekend full of entertainment was planned including a teen dance, live music on the Court House lawn, games, arts and crafts, and a ribbon cutting at the Community Playhouse on West Main Street.
Governor Ned McWherter announced approval of a $235,000 Community Development Block Grant to assist in water line extension on Hwy 48 in Lewis County.
A dedication for a statue at the new National Guard Armory was planned for June 3. The statue was designed by Judge Billy W. Townsend and featured a wounded soldier being given assistance by a medic. It took him approximately three months to complete.
The Farm High School took top honors in a state map contest. Their map illustrating the United States as it was in 1787 with appropriate pictures and commentary would represent Tennessee in the National Bicentennial Competition on the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
The Little Mr. and Miss Springtime Beauty Pageant was held on May 19. This event was sponsored by the Little Swan Creek Hunting Club with all proceeds benefitting the Needy Children’s Christmas Party. First place female winners were: Natalie Warren, 0-11 months; Meagon Ridings, 12-23 months; Nasha Barnes, 2-3 years old; Brittany Baker, 4-5 years; Brittany Talley, 6-8 years; Amy Allen, 9-11 years; Janet Pigg, 12-14 years; Angela Finerty, 15 and over age division. First place males were Daniel Warren, 0-2 years; Eaen Crabtree, 3-5 years.
The following births were announced: Kenisha Renea, daughter of Barry and Kolonda Brown; and Jennifer Marie, daughter of Mark and Tracy McCann.
Funeral services were held for Corey Quillen, 20; William Owen, Sr., 91; Losie Staggs, 74; and for Mike Staggs, 23.
June 1, 2000
An early morning storm which occurred on May 25 caused damage to buildings throughout the county, downed power lines, and destroyed a century-old landmark—a mighty oak that shaded the Brown Cemetery.
Gretchen Ward, historian for the Natchez Trace Parkway, would discuss the history of the Meriwether Lewis Monument and the restoration work that was in progress at the June meeting of the Lewis County Historical Society. The monument had been disassembled down to the stone and concrete base that was constructed around 1916.
Christi Floyd was hired as the instructor of Business Systems Technology at the Tennessee Technology Center at Hohenwald.
Bill Lynch, LCHS principal, was presented a plaque in recognition of his 35 years in education. The presentation was made at the annual teachers’ luncheon. Lynch would be stepping down from the position of principal and would teach on a part-time basis. He began his teaching career in 1965 and became principal in 1976.
Raymond Hensley Appreciation Day was held May 21. This day was designated to show appreciation for Hensley’s many years of service to his church, his family, his coworkers, and his friends. The Lewis County Herald reported that his family was able to hide the newspaper from him and shield him from telephone calls and other means of communication, so that the day would be a complete surprise to him.
Kenneth and Tina Culbreath announced the birth of their son, William Drake.
Emma Auton was honored on her 100th birthday by the Lewis County American Cancer Society. Auton was also a cancer survivor of over 50 years.
Funeral services were held for Maggie Harris, 89; and for Martha Kilpatrick, 73.