Glimpses of Hohenwald’s Past

By Crystal Nash

January 29, 1959

Mayor W.C. Keaton signed a proclamation naming February as Heart Month in Hohenwald.

The Rotary Club of Hohenwald voted unanimously to sponsor the local Heart Fund Drive in February.

The LCHS girls basketball team defeated Lobelville with a score of 40 to 31.  Cherry Brown was the top scorer for the team with 22 points.  The girls team defeated Summertown with a score of 49 to 18.  Susie Dabbs was the top scorer for the team with 22 points.  The LCHS Panthers boys team defeated Lobelville with a score of 52 to 35.  Jerry Curry was the top scorer for the team with 20 points and 26 rebounds. 

C.P. Hull announced his purchase of the Park Avenue Service Station.

Chester and Alice Scheiwiller were named “Family of the Month” at the Hohenwald Genesco Plant.

The following births were announced: Peggy Sue, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Payne; Sharon Kay, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Mercer; Wanda Gail, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Monroe Vaughn; Roger Dale, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Garrett; Terry Lee, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Carroll; and Danny Ray, Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Shrader.

Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Pollock celebrated their 25th anniversary with a surprise part at their home.

Hohenwald Dry Cleaners advertised, “We will shower-proof raincoats and car coats for a small additional fee.”

Funeral services were held for Dave Hinson, 96; Mozella Ghist, 86; and for George Thomason, 72.

“The Return of Dracula,” starring Norma Eberhardt and Francis Lederer, and “Wink of an Eye,” starring Jonathan Kidd and Doris Dowling, were the Friday and Saturday double feature at the Strand Theatre and the Saturday night movies at the Highlands Drive-In.

January 30, 1969

J.P. Hume was promoted to the position of Assistant State Construction Engineer by the State Highway Commission.

The annual Mother’s March of Dimes collected $363.74.  A total of 35 mothers and friends called on residents to donate.

Joe Brown was recognized for helping the 437th Military Airlift Wing earn the U.S. Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards Jerry Chandler was recognized for helping the 10th Aerospace Defense Group earn the U.S. Air Force Outstanding Unit Award.

Mr. and Mrs. Burrell Brown announced their purchase of Bastin’s Variety Store.  The business would operate under the name of Brown’s Variety Store.

Private Lillian Trull was attending Advanced Medical Technology training.

The Hohenwald Independent basketball team defeated Waynesboro Genesco with a score of 79 to 62.  Robert Chandler was the top scorer for the team with 20 points.  The Independents also defeated O.H. Bernard in Centerville with a score of 68 to 67.  Jim DuBose was the top scorer for the team with 22 points.

Vicki Peery was chosen to represent the southern portion of the United States as Sweetheart of Twirling in the January 1969 issue of Drum Major Magazine. 

Grimes Flower Shop advertised that a $20 box of Nunnally’s Candies would be given away on February 14.

Hassell Kelly Motor Company and Weeks Chevrolet-Pontiac Company advertised that they would be closed “All Day Each Thursday Beginning Thursday, February 6.”

Funeral services were held for Clyde Baker, 78; and for Hubert Moore, 67.

“Attack on the Iron Coast,” starring Lloyd Bridges and “Secret Ride” were the Friday and Saturday double feature at the Highlands Drive-In.

February 01, 1979

Doctors Virender and Veena Anand and Doctor Harvey Anderson were appointed to a full active status by the Board of Trustees of the Lewis County Hospital, and Doctor Neil Kellman was appointed to the staff on a provisional status.

Kenneth Craig completed his first solo flight on January 25; and in a time-honored tradition, his shirt-tail was cut off by his flight instructor, Burton Horner, following the flight.

The Lewis County Ambulance Service gave public notice that “due to the lack of office space created by the addition of personnel in the Sheriff’s Department” they would “no longer maintain an office at the court house.  This action was taken by the Sheriff of Lewis County… Any business regarding the ambulance service will be carried out by mail or telephone.”

Mr. and Mrs. Russell Carroll celebrated their 50th anniversary with a party hosted by their children.

Funeral services were held for Lockye Tharp, 67; Elvis Whitehead, 53; and for Andrew Wisdom, 40.

Jr. Food Mart, on the corner of Main and Oak, advertised a Grand Opening, for February 1, 2, and 3, 1979.  King’s Tire and Muffler Shop, on Swan Avenue, advertised a Grand Opening for February 5, 1979.

“The Vixens” was the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday movie at the Highlands Drive-In Theater.

February 02, 1989

Two local druggists entered a plea bargain agreement with the state to mislabeling prescriptions in violation of Tennessee Code.

Postmaster Diane Harper warned residents that damage or destruction of mailboxes was a federal offense punishable with fines and prison terms.  The warning was a result of several incidents of mailbox vandalism.

Hubert Milam retired after 18.5 years of service as a Pipeline Safety Inspector and more than 35 years of service in the Natural Gas Industry.  Milam began working as a welder with the City of Hohenwald in March 1956 when natural gas was first brought to Hohenwald.

Billy June Harris won $1,000 in the Wheel of Fortune game at Morrow’s Food Town.

Amy Collier won the Spelling Bee held at LCMS.  She would go to compete in the Mid-South Spelling Bee in Memphis.

Funeral services were  held for Eldred Burns, 83; Verna Davis, 82; Godefroy deTonnancour, 93; Mandy Plunkett, 92; Alton Weldon, 57; and for Mary Wright, 67.

In area news: a Perry County youth who had been missing for three weeks was found alive and well in Phoenix, AZ.  The youth disappeared January 10 on his way to Columbia State Community College.

February 04, 1999

The Hohenwald Division of Dana Corporation/ Boston Weatherhead won a Quality Achievement Award for commitment and practice of quality principle.

The Lewis County Department of Human Services was awarded the largest amount of Families First Incentive Awards in the entire state.

Floyd Culberson resigned his position as Fire Chief of the County Fire Department and Assistant Chief of the Hohenwald Fire Department after 24 years of service with both departments.  Culberson had served as County Fire Chief and Assistant City Fire Chief for 10 years.

McDonald Funeral Home reported a break-in.  Entry was gained by crawling on top of a van parked in the back of the building and entering through the ceiling of the funeral home.  No stolen items were reported; however, $400 in damage to the tiles in the ceiling of the chapel was reported.

The LCHS Panthers defeated Loretto with a score of 68 to 64.  Josh Keltner led the scoring for the team with 24 points.

The following births were announced: Courtnie Jade, daughter of James Norton and Shawn Eslick; Haley Paige, daughter of Randal and LeAnn Hankins; Bridgett Renee, daughter of Angel Webb.

Funeral services were held for Robert Cotham, 77; Delma Holt, 66; Modean Mitchell, 85; Patricia Jackson, 63; and for Roxie Pulley, 61.

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