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The Gate City Herald - 1942
Contributed by Don Lane

The Gate City Herald
Thursday, May 7, 1942

A. R. Jennings Is Honored
During Family

     Eight of a family of 14 children were present last Sunday at the Jennings family reunion at the home here of A. R. Jennings, 78, in honor of his birth date.

     They were the children of the late Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Jennings, the former son of Basil Jennings, who in turn was the son of James and Philadelphia Graham Jennings, who came to Scott County from North Carolina early in 1800.

     Besides Mr. Jennings, the other seven children present were the following brothers and sisters:  I. T. Jennings, Surgoinsville , Tenn. ; Mr. And Mrs. M. L. Jennings, the former a brother; B. B. Jennings; R. W. Jennings, all of Fairview ; Mr. And Mrs. O. T. Jennings, the former a brother; Mrs. Barbara Mead, a sister; and Mr. And Mrs. H. C. Pierson, the latter a sister, all of Gate City.

     Other close relatives present at the all day gathering include Mr. And Mrs. Paul Looney, Mrs. Rosa Jennings, W. Z. Robinette and Frank Robinette, Mrs. Joe Dinsmore, Mrs. Venice Nickels, Mrs. Silas Ison, Mr. And Mrs. Hoyt P. Boatright, of Gate City, Mr. Hoyt Robinette and daughter, Mary Lou Robinette, of Kingsport.


The Gate City Herald
January, 22, 1942

Mr. And Mrs. C. W. Dougherty
Observe 56th Anniversary

Former Sheriff C. W. Dougherty and Mrs. Dougherty of Gate City

     Married January 21, 1886 , former Sheriff and Mrs. C. W. Dougherty observed their 56th wedding anniversary at their home here quietly Wednesday.

     The decision to make the anniversary more or less another day in their lives was mutual and carries out the way they have lived together for more than a half century.

     It carried out the same quietness that marked the enforcement of laws by Dougherty when he was sheriff for eight years, a deputy for a similar period of time, and constable for 12 years.

     The even tenor of life is one of the things that has bound together the former Scott County officer, now 76, and his wife, 70.  Insofar as possible, both have avoided hustle and bustle despite being in the public eye.

     While he served as sheriff, deputy and constable, Dougherty seldom if ever carried a gun, because, he explained, most people can be reasoned with and those who can’t are very rarely dangerous or hard to handle.

     Several Gate Citians recalled that Dougherty’s record as an officer for more than a score of years was unmarked by violence, but when he told a person to “go home and sleep it off,” he was obeyed.

     He served as sheriff for two terms, starting in 1912 through 1920.  Prior to being elected sheriff he was deputy from 1908 to 1912 and was deputy again from 1920 through 1924.

     Mr. And Mrs. Dougherty have five children: Carl E. Dougherty of Bluffton , Indiana ; Claude W. Dougherty, Mrs. J. D. Bledsoe, and Mrs. E. C. Richmond, all of Gate City , and Joseph Q. Dougherty, of Brunswick .  They have 12 grandchildren.


The Gate City Herald
Thursday, April 2, 1942

Dr. Fred G. McConnell

*  * * * *
Former Local Doctor Serves In Australia

     “Arrived safely in Australia .”

     That was the cablegram message received here Wednesday morning by Mrs. Mary McConnell from her son, Dr. Fred G. McConnell, former Gate City physician.

     A graduate of Virginia Medical College in Richmond , Dr. McConnell practiced here before he was called to service as a reserve medical officer.  He was first stationed with anti-aircraft service in North Carolina , then in Eastern Virginia , and later in New Jersey before he sailed for Australia .

     His wife, now taking graduate medical work at the Virginia Medical College , is the former Annabelle Hope Shawkey, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. A. A. Shawkey, former head of the Charleston, W. Va. General Hospital.

     Whether Mrs. McConnell will decide to locate here after completing this year’s work was not known by relatives today.


The Gate City Herald
Thursday, February 12, 1942

Head Of Quillin Clan Calls Meet
To Set

     J. M. Quillin, Jr., president, has called a meeting of the executive committee of the Quillin Clan to be held at the Quillin Café, Coeburn , Virginia on Sunday, February 15, at 1:30 p.m.

     The purpose of the meeting is to fix the time, place and formulate a program for the 1942 reunion.

     All members of the committee were urged to attend and any other Quillins or descendants, who are interested, were cordially invited to be present at this meeting.

     The Quillin Clan was organized and held their first reunion in 1938, which have since been annually attended by an estimated gathering of from 800 to 1000 Quillins and descendants.


The Gate City Herald
Thursday, July 16, 1942

Quillen Reunion Dispensed With;
Save Tires, Gas

     “At a recent meeting of the executive committee of the Quillin Clan composed of S. B. Quillin and I. M. Quillin, Lebanon , Va. , M. B. Compton, Wood, Va., E. C. Grigsby, Dublin, Va., Milligan Quillin, Greenville, Tenn., H. A. Quillin, Kingsport, Tenn., Cecil D. Quillin, Gate City, Va., Mrs. H. B. Brown, Emory, Va., and B. Tate Quillin, Big Island, Va.,  It was the opinion of a majority of the members present and those reporting, due to the gas and tire situation and for the further reason that a great number of the younger members, following the example set by their ancestors, in the Revolution, Civil, Spanish American and the great World Wars, have and are daily enlisting in the service to try to make the world safe for Democracy, that the annual Quillin reunion should be dispensed with for 1942 and possibly for the duration of the war.

     The president, J. M. Quillin, Jr., of Coeburn , Va. , was directed to notify the active members of the Clan as to the action taken by the committee.


The Gate City Herald
Thursday, January 8, 1942

Death Of Vernon Lane
Felt Keenly By Gate Citians

     Vernon “Babe” Lane is dead.  Those few words that were spread over Gate City Sunday night at 6:56 January 4th brought thousands of sad hearts.  Vernon had been sick for only a short while but was unable to recover despite the fact he put up a brave and courageous battle for life.

     To the many people that have known Vernon he has always been an ever helping and kind friend and his loss is considered a personal one from every one’s standpoint.

     The loss to the Shoemaker High School Athletes is one of the most touching that has ever come their way.  To them Vernon Lane was one of the greatest fellows they ever knew.  Hardly anyone other than the boys could bring you their feelings when the message was delivered that Vernon Lane was dead.

     For a long, long time he has been the lifelong friend of the Shoemaker athletes but especially in the last four years or since football was revived.

     Practically every afternoon for four years ‘Babe’ was on Death Valley where the Blue Devils worked out.  His presence was an inspiration to the team and the coaches.  For four years, as far as we know, he missed only one of the Shoemaker forth football games and that was in late October when he was in the hospital at Baltimore and he called here after the game that night to get the outcome with Richlands.

     He was suffering in many cases but looked out of an ambulance window at three or four of the Blue Devils games.  In basketball Vernon has followed the team all over Southwest Va. , and turned his back on business to give his support.

     Vernon Lane has given not only his moral support to school activities but spent hours and hours along with money in an effort to broaden the program.  His position on the Shoemaker Athletic Council was one that put spirit in the sports program here.

     Not one boy has played ball here that would not have walked to his side the darkest night of the year just to whisper an encouraging word.  Not one boy has there been that didn’t worship the ideals of Vernon Lane .  He was more than a generous and kind man that operated a pool room for them.  He was a father to them.

     Vernon Lane has gladdened the hearts of every Shoemaker athlete.  He has soothing words even in defeat that brought smiles to their faces.  To the Shoemaker boys he was what Will Rogers was to the public --- What Lou Gehrig was to the baseball public and American kids --- What Rockne was to the immortal spirit of Notre Dame.

     His death has cast a dark shadow of gloom over the entire group of boys and the town for they realize one of their finest and dearest friends has been taken away for a better purpose.

     Vernon Lane ’s spirit will always linger in the hearts of those that knew him.  Words cannot describe the feelings or the continuous flow of tears but we know there is a better place for men with the unselfish and kind heart of Vernon Lane .


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