Remember When ...
From the files of the Polk County News ...
In 1922, a levee broke in Louisiana, threatening eight towns in the path of the flood ... “Grandmother” Smith, the oldest women in the Old Fort area, died at age 91 ... George Gilliland was a candidate for Circuit Court Clerk ... Ducktown Banking Company listed total assets of $316,481.62 ... An Odd Fellows picnic was held in Turtletown.
In 1932, police were close to making an arrest in the kidnapping of the Lindbergh baby, whose body was found despite payment of a $50,000 ransom ... The body of an Ohio man was found on Kimsey highway, the apparent victim of a heart attack ... The Mt. Hermon class won the silk banner in the singing contest ... Visa Dunn led the high school in grade point average, followed by Nannie Lee Keith ... There were 34 high school graduates at Polk.
In 1942, charges on the court calendar included bastardly proceedings, violation of bone dry law, driving while drunk and carrying a pistol ... Mrs. Blairs’s first grade gave the chapel program ... Several pupils were back in school after working on the farms ... Books and magazines were being collected to be sent to different places for soldiers and sailor reading ... In the sugar rationing registration, there were 8,160 registered below and mountains and 9,168 above the mountains.
In 1952, L.H. Park headed the county Democratic delegation to the state convention ... Dr. H.C. Wilson, Ben Parks and Harvey Hammons were qualified as candidates for the three town commissioners to serve Benton ... Anna Jean Arms was valedictorian at Polk. Merna Swayne was salutatorian ... The singing convention was to be held at Ducktown.
In 1962, J.M. Huber announced plans to build a chemical plant in Etowah .. Stanley Waldrop was finishing his 7th year of school at Benton without missing a day ... The Polk Riding Club was making preparation for the second annual Wagon Train ... Graduating from Polk with highest distinction: Margaret Lea, Barbara McTaggart, Joyce Newman and Jeannette Waters.
In 1972, the Primary Election results were challenged on the basis of improper rejection of some 300 absentee ballots ... The welfare department was cracking down on fraudulent use of food stamps ... Ricky Dill and Bobby Stone won the state Trouble Shooting Contest ... The Game & Fish Commission was working to produce rockfish for the state’s waterways.
In 1982, Dr. John Grady stepped down as president of Sceptre and the firm announced it was relinquishing the remaining years of its tax-free status with the county ... Loring Rogers was valedictorian at CBHS. Andrea Brooks was salutatorian ... Julie White was valedictorian at PCHS. Kim Rogers was salutatorian ... Jennifer White was named Most Valuable Player in girls’ basketball, while Russell Rogers earned the honor for the boys and Bernard Jones for football.
In 1992, the Planning Commission unanimously recommended the county participate in the National Flood Insurance Plan ... Dr. Charles Cox bought the 150-acre farm at auction, keeping it from being broken up ... Copperhill delayed a vote to change beer hours back to midnight ... Chris Newton announced he would run for state representative ... The Copperhill planning commission was looking at subdivision regulations ... Ellen Kimsey was valedictorian at CBHS. Glenn Bigham was salutatorian ... Robin Banks was valedictorian at PCHS. Shelby Mason was salutatorian.
In 2002, Congressman Zach Wamp said he would do everything he could to see that the state provides funding for Hwy. 64 … Copperhill got a letter from IRS demanding $8,981.74 I unpaid payroll taxes …The Benton Municipal Building was officially dedicated … Savannah Shores Winery in Delano opened for business.
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