Glimpses of Hohenwald's Past
October 21, 2021
October 18, 1951
The main headline for the week was “High School Band Making Initial Appearance Ball Game Here Tonight.” The LCHS Band was scheduled to make its first public appearance since being re-organized at the October 18 game against Tribble High at Memorial Park. The band was called a “Million Dollar Band” bty the newspaper.
A large crowd attended the first local stock car race held at the newly-constructed Lee Race Track. “The grandstand being able to take care of but a part of the hundreds who were present to witness the races for the first time in Lewis County.”
The bridge over Little Swan, just past the John P. Baker farm, caught on fire during the early morning of Sunday, October 14, 1951. The bridge, which had been built by the W.P.A. in the late 1930s, was discovered on fire at about 8 a.m. Residents rushed to Hohenwald for help, and an engine was dispatched; however, the engine was unable to draw water from the creek. “A bucket brigade succeeded in checking the flames before the entire structure was destroyed.” The origin of the fire was unknown.
Pfc. George Odom and Pfc. Glenn Cooper completed their basic Air Force indoctrination course at Lackland Air Force Base.
Funeral services were held for John Moore, 22; and for Mrs. Dale Westbrooks, 48.
“Three Desperate Men,” starring Preston Foster and Virginia Clay, and “In Old Amarillo,” starring Roy Rogers and Estelita Rodriguez were the Friday and Saturday night films showing at the Strand Theatre.
October 19, 1961
Dol Willis was elected president of the Agricultural Workers Association.
Only three matches remained in the Lewis County Rook Tournament. Winners would appear on the Eddie Hill television program on Channel 5 on October 27.
Norma Brewer, Martha McClain, and Carla Schewiller were announced as Lewis County entrants in the “Miss MLEC” Beauty Contest. A total of 22 young ladies from the five-county area served by MLEC entered the contest which would be judged at the Annual Membership Meeting on October 24, 1961 at Houston County High School.
Lester Seiber was undergoing recruit training at the Naval Training Center in Great Lakes, IL.
Former LCHS football coach Bill Flanagan was promoted to Area Physical Education Director for the Fort Meade, FL school system.
Mrs. Clyde Turnbow was honored for her birthday with a dinner at the home of Mrs. Freddie Roth.
Mrs. Wayne Tharp was honored for her birthday with a party and shower at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Johnston.
Funeral services were held for Murray Gallaher, 51; M. L. Leigh, 54; and for Mattie Prince, 76.
Men’s boots were on sale at Billings & Webb for $8.98. Smoked ham cost $0.39 a lb. at Piggly Wiggly. A 1959 Ford 4-door with one previous owner cost $1,350 at Kittrell Motor Company.
“Curse of the Werewolf,” starring Clifford Evans, and “The Lawless Breed,” starring Rock Hudson were the Saturday night double feature shown at both the Highlands Drive-In and Strand Theatre.
October 21, 1971
James M. Adcox was named to the Board of Directors of Freed-Hardeman College.
A commemoration and dedication program at Tennessee Tech held on Friday, October 15, 1971 saw 13 campus buildings formally named. One of the buildings was named Warf Hall in honor of J.H. Warf, former State Commissioner of Education.
Kenda Baker was selected by audition for membership in the Madrigal Singers of Freed-Hardeman College.
John Barber won the annual Club Tournament at the Hohenwald Recreation and Golf Club.
A resident of the Federal Housing Project in Hohenwald was arrested and charged with assault and battery and attempted murder in the shooting of another resident on Ray Avenue. The injured man was rushed to the hospital where he was reported as being in fair condition.
Two men were found guilty of stealing $10,000 in jewelry from DeFoe’s Jewelry Store on August 3rd and were sentenced to a three-year term.
First Baptist Church organized a youth group called “Prove Your Love Youth.” Kay Kealhofer was elected as the group’s president.
Mr. and Mrs. Ellis Dake announced the birth of their daughter, Kimberly Dawn.
“The Preacherman,” starring Albert T. Viola, and “Checkered Flag,” starring Joe Morrison and Evelyn King, were the Friday and Saturday double feature at the Highlands Drive-In.
October 22, 1981
The Lewis County Commission and Hohenwald City Council were guests at a breakfast at the LCHS cafeteria on Saturday, October 17, 1981 prior to a tour of the recently completed athletic field house and new football field.
James Jaquess was named Comptroller at Lewis County Hospital.
Lisa Kelley was elected President of the Candystripers group at LCHS. Other officers were Becky Dunn, Vice President; Lisa Nichols, Secretary; Jami Bartholomew, Treasurer; and Jackie Tracy, Reporter.
James Jaquess, formally of Popular Bluff, MO; was hired as Controller at the Lewis County Hospital.
Ray Browers, District Conservationist with the Soil Conservation Service was transferred to the Loudon County field office effective October 19, 1981.
LCHS Panthers won their seventh game of the season with a 24-6 victory over the AA-rated Lewisburg Tigers. Brian Hinson and Wade Peery were selected as LCHS Players of the Week.
A fish fry was held at the home of J. C. Seiber to honor James Clay, Bud Durham, Steve Durham, and Ophelia Green who all celebrated birthdays in October.
The following births were announced: Chevy Lynn, son of Mr. and Mrs. Greg Dickey; Andrew Mitchell, son of Mr. and Mrs. Russell Dupont, Jr.; and Courtney Michelle, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Barry Blackburn.
Mr. and Mrs. John Sharp celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary at the Lewis County Nursing Home.
Funeral services were held for Frank Baker, 69; and for Vera Burns, 81.
“Arthur,” starring Dudley Moore and Liza Minnelli, were the weekend movie at the Highlands Drive-In Theatre.
October 17, 1991
Jerry Mercer was a guest speaker at the 1991 Northwestern States Anesthesia Conference in Idaho.
Stephen Kinney completed Coast Guard recruit training.
Three sisters, Elizabeth Kistler Pogue, Wilma Kistler Jones, and Ruby Kistler Haskins were selected to serve as the 1991 Oktoberfest Queens. Flowers were presented to the Queens by the Lewis County Heritage League.
Mae Carroll was presented a clock by Kathy Rodgers in recognition of her 20 years’ service at Laredo/Code West. Barry Duncan was presented with a gold necklace in honor of his 15 years’ service.
Tommy Haskins, on behalf of the Lewis County Heritage League, announced that the local museum was holding an aluminum can crusade to raise funds for a new roof, decorative work and exhibits at the local museum.
Funeral services were held for Carmel Frazier, 48; Cleave Garrison, 69; and for Roxie Prince, 92.
In area news: The Natchez Trace Parkway announced that work would commence soon on the construction of a large bridge over Highway 96. A ground breaking ceremony would be held October 22.
October 18, 2001
The main headline for the week was “Meriwether Lewis Rededicated by National Park Service.” An official rededication of the Meriwether Lewis Monument was held on October 11, 2001, following extensive restoration efforts, including the replacement of the monument base. Special attendees included representatives from the Nez Pierce Trip; the 101st Airborne Band; Jane Henley, a collateral relative of Meriwether Lewis; and Parkway Superintendent Wendell Simpson.
The Lewis County Health Department was awarded a $375,000 grant to relocate its operations to the former Genesco Building.
South Central Tennessee Career Center was featured in the Chamber Spotlight Column.
The Highland Retreat Choir received a standing ovation after a performance at First Methodist Church on October 10.
Floyd, Theresa, Donya, Dustin, and Darryl Culberson served as hosts to members of the Freed-Hardeman University Sunshine Singers.
Heinz Autenreid was nominated for a statewide Tennessee Technology Center Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year Award.
Daniel McCann graduated Army basic training at Fort Jackson, SC.
The LCHS Panthers defeated Richland with a score of 49 to 0. Miles Staggs was named the WMLR/Pizza Hut Player of the Week, Chris Rochelle was awarded the Tennessean’s Coaches Game Ball, and Bubba Patterson was named Lewis County Herald Lineman of the Week.
The following births were announced: Marcus Jase, son of Kendra and Jeremy Hobbs; and Ira and Robert James, twin sons of James and Pamela Curry.
Dol and Arzell Willis were honored for their 90th birthdays with a celebration held at the Lomax Church of Christ Christian Service Center.
Funeral services were held for Conley DePriest, 84; Mary Dicus, 63; and for Lillian Grant, 75.
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.