|The Gate City
Herald - 1942
Contributed by Don Lane
Thursday, May 7, 1942
R. Jennings Is Honored
Eight of a family of 14 children were present last Sunday
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
early in 1800.
Besides Mr. Jennings, the other seven children present were
the following brothers and sisters:
I. T. Jennings,
; Mr. And Mrs. M. L. Jennings, the
former a brother; B. B. Jennings; R. W. Jennings, all of
; 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
January, 22, 1942
And Mrs. C. W. Dougherty
Observe 56th Anniversary
Sheriff C. W. Dougherty and Mrs. Dougherty of
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
The even tenor of life is one of the things that has
bound together the former
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.
; Claude W. Dougherty, Mrs. J. D.
Bledsoe, and Mrs. E. C. Richmond, all of
, and Joseph Q. Dougherty, of
. They have 12
Thursday, April 2, 1942
Fred G. McConnell
* * * *
Former Local Doctor Serves
“Arrived safely in
That was the cablegram message received here Wednesday
morning by Mrs. Mary McConnell from her son, Dr. Fred G.
A graduate of
, Dr. McConnell practiced here
before he was called to service as a reserve medical officer.
He was first stationed with anti-aircraft service in
, then in
, and later in
before he sailed for
His wife, now taking graduate medical work at the
, 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.
Thursday, February 12, 1942
Of Quillin Clan Calls Meet
J. M. Quillin, Jr., president, has called a meeting of
the executive committee of the Quillin Clan to be held at the
on Sunday, February 15, at
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
The Gate City Herald
Thursday, July 16, 1942
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,
, 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
, was directed to notify the
active members of the Clan as to the action taken by the
Thursday, January 8, 1942
Felt Keenly By Gate Citians
“Babe” Lane is dead.
Those few words that were spread over
Sunday night at
January 4th brought
thousands of sad hearts.
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
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.
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
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
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
and he called here after the game that night to get the outcome with
He was suffering in many cases but looked out of an
ambulance window at three or four of the Blue Devils games.
has followed the team all over
, and turned his back on business
to give his support.
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
He was more than a generous and kind man that operated a
pool room for them. He
was a father to them.
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.
’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