Donelson Diary

Interesting Intimate Items of Donelson's Daily Developments

Volume 1 - Number 51

Donelson, Davidson County, Tennessee

8 May 1947

Criminals Shoot Out Phone Line

DISRUPT SERVICE; CAUSE DIFFICULTY AT STATION WSIX

Police authorities were today continuing their search for persons unknown who Tuesday almost completely disrupted telephone connections between Donelson and Nashville by severing the cable through bullet fire.

The Southern Bell Telephone Company has posted a reward of $250 for information leading to the conviction of the guilty parties.

Service between Donelson and Nashville were found usable and were kept open by the Donelson Office for only emergency use. Nashville, meanwhile, was unable to reach Donelson and the lack of service forced Radio Station WSIX to abandon programs from its downtown studios and only play recordings at the Donelson transmitter.

Examination disclosed that seven .22 calibre rifle bullets had been fired into the cable along Lebanon Road at Mill Creek. Four of the bullets are now in the hands of ballistics experts.

Service was resumed between Donelson and Nashville Tuesday evening.

Two other signs of violence, believed to have grown out of the telephone strike, occurred at the same time and $100 rewards have been posted by the Southern Bell Company for those acts.

A few workers have returned to the Donelson office but it is still functioning on an emergency basis. The office has tried to fill all calls but a heavy demand Friday forced the acceptance of only emergency calls.

Society and Local News Items

Have New Daughter

Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Phillips on Bluefield Avenue, who have a new daughter, born Monday morning at Vanderbilt Hospital.

Smith-Arnott Wedding Rites Solemnized Last Sunday

Miss Alice Louise Smith, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Walker Smith, became the bride of Robert Lochhead Arnott, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Arnott of Brooklyn, New York, in a ceremony at 4 o'clock Sunday afternoon, April 27, at the Andrew Price Memorial Methodist Church....

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An Editorial

Maintaining the policy that the DIARY, as a community newspaper, shall do everything in its power to promote the general welfare of the community which it serves, and whereas, the destruction of telephone cables by a party or parties unknown this week has jeopardized the safety and welfare of the community, the DIARY herewith adds the sum of $25 to the rewards already offered by the Southern Bell Telephone and Telegraph Company, for the arrest and conviction of the party or parties unknown who committed this destruction.

The DIARY further calls upon the two civic organizations representing the population of Donelson --

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DDT Paint

Lower Lights

By Mary Alice Adams

MY MOTHER

With masses soft of snowy hair
With dear face lined by heavy care,
My Mother.
A weary child, my head found rest
Safe cradled there upon her breast,
my Mother.

Now older grown, my aching heart
Finds refuge there from pain and hurt, my Mother.
And Heaven itself, all pearl and gold,
Will lovlier be, because 'twill hold my Mother.

--Minnie E. Kennedy.

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Clem's Clippings

Unusual Items, None Expected To Be Read

Sometimes we're just plain flabber-gasted over our mistakes. If we ever put out a paper which doesn't have something wrong, Uncle Joe Stalin and General Marshall will likely kiss and make up. Here we're just an issue away from that first birthday and have carried one mistake all that time which it took a friend in New York to notice. We've never noticed it and no one has called it to our attention. The mistake was in the spelling of "developments" on the first page. We had an extra "E."

Some unusual things have been happening at Mrs. Blanche Torrence's. First, Louise Hulett had an accident. We don't know where Howard was but Louise was mowing the lawn in her sock feet and nearly managed to sever her big toe. And then Mrs. Torrence had trouble backing around in her car and tore up a mailbox. Finally, Howard's baby chicks apparently didn't know enough to get in out of the rain and they all almost drowned in one of our recent rains. Never a dull moment!

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