Donelson Diary

Interesting Intimate Items of Donelson's Daily Developments

Volume 1 - Number 51

Donelson, Davidson County, Tennessee

8 May 1947

First Edition


This is the first issue off the press for a newspaper for Donelson and its surrounding community in the Eastern part of Davidson County. It is the first issue of many that are planned to follow throughout the years to come.

Merchants of Donelson, realizing their community was rapidly growing out of the village class and into a town, have in the majority long felt a publication of some type was needed to best advertise their businesses and promote the general welfare of the surrounding community. This edition and the ensuing ones it is hoped will fulfill that need. 


The publishers of the DIARY are newspapermen and women with proven records in their field behind them. Following service in the armed forces of the United States since World War II started, each has been recently discharged, moved to Donelson, and together they have opened the printing plant and newspaper office now located in the MacFarland Building, in the East end of Donelson on Lebanon Road, and are open for business for commercial printing as well as publication of the DIARY.


Staff Has Experience

Editing the DIARY will be Louis S. Clapper, more recently of St. Louis, a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, and prior to his entrance into the U. S. Navy, a sports and news writer for the Kansas City Journal-Post. Mr. Clapper was reared in a small town on the Iowa-Missouri line, received much practical experience on small newspapers in towns near his home before entering college and later the city newspaper field He is single and lives on Cumberland Circle. During War II [sic] he spent many months in the Pacific and Aleutian theatres as damage control officer aboard the U. S. S. Honolulu. He was discharged from the service last winter.

In charge of the mechanical department of the DIARY will be John L. Oliver, of Joplin, Missouri. Prior to serving with the U. S. Navy Seabee’s throughout the war, he worked on both rural and city newspapers throughout the middle-west and south. More recently he was employed by a New York construction company as superintendant and purchasing agent and at one time was located in Tennessee during the construction of Camp Campbell, at Clarksville, where he first learned to like this section of the South. Mr. Oliver’s tour of duty in the war led from New Guinea to the Phillippines, to Okinawa and finally with the Marines into China. He was discharged in March of this year. Mr. Oliver is a widower and lives on Cumberland Circle, where he will be joined by his 6-year-old son who is now completing his first year of school in Lebanon, Missouri.

Will Cover Community

The DIARY intends to carry as its news only such items as pertains to this immediate section of Davidson County. Its circulation will cover the approximately 3,500 homes in town and rural communities that shop and do their buying in Donelson stores. It will be sent free of charge to each box holder on the mail routes for the coming two months or until such time as the readers feel they are liking and want such a paper to come regularly into their homes as the DIARY hopes to be. A yearly subscription rate will be set at that time.

The advertising columns of the DIARY will be open to all merchants in Donelson, but will not carry any outside advertising that will conflict in any way with the merchandise offered by the local stores.

Every effort is being made to install a telephone at the DIARY office but due to current shortages of critical materials, the company handling Donelson has been unable to supply a phone as yet. Until one is installed, patrons having any news items are requested to stop by the office and give them to any of the staff that are in the office.

Send in News

Residents of the rural communities who wish their news printed may contact any of the following community correspondents who will be glad to take their items. These correspondents are Mrs. Thomas Hager covering the Dodson Chapel area; Mrs. Bennie Bright covering the Central Pike news; Mrs. Earl Hooper for the Baker’s Grove community; Mrs. Stella Baker for the Sandersville Road section; and Mrs. A. A. Andrews for the Una community.

The publishers hope that you will like this first issue, but they are also welcoming any criticism that you might have, or suggestions for continually bettering the publication so it may best serve the people in this area. Expressions of praise and good will are, of course, always welcome and will serve to make the publishers extend every effort to bring you a good weekly newspaper to your home every Friday morning.

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


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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