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Front Page - Friday, December 18, 2015

100 Years Ago

What was happening in Chattanooga in 1915

Saturday, Dec. 18, 1915

Members of the Fire and Police Department surprised Commissioner T. C. Betterton by presenting him with a handsome silver loving cup. Honoring him for fidelity, courage, honesty, and impartiality in the administration of affairs of the department, L.G. Walker made the presentation.

Mrs. William O. Burks and Miss Marie Burks of Savannah, Ga., who are visiting Mr. and Mrs. Robert Purse, will return to their home Monday.

Mrs. Fred Mansfield and Mrs. Magill of Athens, Tenn., are the guests of Misses Bessie and Sadie Magill. The Misses Magill will spend Christmas in Athens.

Sunday, Dec. 19

President Woodrow Wilson and Mrs. Edith Bolling Galt were married in a very simple wedding tonight at her home. They will spend their honeymoon in Hot Springs, Va.

Chauncey S. Raulston, son of Mr. and Ms. W. Scott Raulston, will come from Memphis to spend the holidays.

Monday, Dec. 20

Major Gen. Leonard Wood, in a statement to the Associated Press Sunday night, announced that Fort Oglethorpe will open for a military training camp.

Robert C. Jones, Carl Llewellyn, Leopold Chambliss, Lavens Thomas and John Pickens will return for the holidays from Davidson College in North Carolina, Tuesday.

Miss Mary Lee Smith has returned home from New York City.

Tuesday, Dec. 21

Due to heavy rains, the Tennessee River has risen to 34.4 feet, the highest in 13 years. Spans three and four of the Market Street Bridge, which is under construction, went out, causing a month’s delay due to repairs and a loss of $19,000, Ellis Soper, engineers in charge, said.

The congregation of the First Christian Church was completely surprised Sunday morning when Dr. Ira M. Boswell announced his resignation to accept the pastorate of the First Christian Church in Georgetown, Ky. He has been pastor here for 12 years, and is greatly beloved.

Wednesday, Dec. 22

Mr. and Mrs. Ben Wainwright will come today from Connersville, Ind., to visit Miss Mary Steward en route to Macon, Ga., to spend Christmas with Mrs. Wainwright’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.M. Fowler.

Mrs. Gaither L. Jones of Beaumont, Texas, is visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Lanier, on Missionary Ridge. Mrs. Jones was called home by the serious illness of her grandmother, Mrs. P.P. Wisdom.

Thomas M. Carothers, Jr., traveling salesman for the Loomis and Hart Mfg. Co., returned Tuesday to spend the Christmas holidays with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas M. Carothers, on McCallie Ave.

Thursday, Dec. 23

A number of persons miraculously escaped death when an explosion in a two-story brick building on East Ninth Street completely demolished the building owned by Robert J. Haile. It was occupied by W.D. Roberts’ and Ben Silverman’s meat market and Tom Prater’s restaurant.

Miss Marie Bell and W.A. Quinn were married at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.S. Bell, in North Chattanooga. Dr. J.W. Bachman officiated. A buffet supper followed the wedding. After a wedding trip, the young couple will reside in Henderson, Ky.

Friday, Dec. 24

In a head-on collision of the N.C. & St. L. passenger train with a freight train at Sherwood, Tenn., 15 passengers were killed. The train was taking employees to their homes between Chattanooga and Nashville for Christmas.

The Girls Auxiliary of the Old Ladies’ Home Association entertained the ladies with a Christmas tea. Miss Nancy White sang, and Miss Louise VanDyke played the piano. The home was brightly decorated for Christmas, and everyone received gifts.

The Post Office record has been shattered. Over 130,000 pieces of first class mail has been posted in a day. Postmaster John E. Connor and clerks are having to step lively to handle the extra mail, as this was the biggest day in the history of the post office. v