|The Gate City
Herald - 1951
Contributed by Don Lane
Thursday, January 25, 1951
Calls 36 Men To Service Today
’s largest draft call went forth
this week, summoning 36 men of the county to the service.
These men left
for the Bristol Induction Station
by bus this morning (Thursday):
Joe Robenson Latture, Rt. 1, Blountville; Herbert C.
Gilliam, Fairview; Ernest Freeman Calhoun, Rt. 1, Speers Ferry;
Ronald Kelly Speer, Blackwater; Glen Eric Clark, Duffield;
Granville Parks, Nickelsville; James Livingston Nickels, Wood;
Bill Joe Williams, Rt. 1, Nickelsville; James Maurice Tipton,
Clinchport; Roy Lee Statzer, Rt. 2, Ft. Blackmore; Paul Christian,
Gate City, Va.; Leonard J. Qualls, Clinchport; Ralph Wm. Dockery,
Ft. Blackmore; Vandue James Gamble, Speers Ferry; Robert Lee
Ervin, Rt. 1, Ft. Blackmore; James Ronald Puckett, Rt. 1, Ft.
Blackmore; Guy Roosevelt France, Rt. 1, Gate City; Harold Lloyd
Darnell, Fairview; Ora Edgar Berry, Jr., Rt. 1, Duffield; Pat
Wilmer Dingus, Ft. Blackmore; Homer Bledsoe, Rt.1, Fairview; James
Kelly Rhoton, Rt. 2, Clinchport; James Curtis Fleenor, Benhams;
Bobbie Cox, Verdi; Bill McMurray, Rt. 3, Hiltons; John Clarence
White, Rt. 2, Nickelsville; Howard Nelson McNew, Mabe; Jr. Edger
Vermillion, Rt. 1, Hiltons; Hershel Eugene Ramey, Dungannon; Frank
Edward Fields, Gate City, Scott Elmer McMurray, Rt. 3, Hiltons;
Elmer Rhea Kilgore, Rt. 1, Ft. Blackmore; J. C. Hensley, Hiltons;
James Wm. Larkey, Hiltons; Roy Curtis Peters, Rt. 1, Gate City.
, Hiltons (transferred to
65 others took their pre-induction physical examinations in
on January 17th, and 63
more have been called for examination for February 5th,
the local Draft Board announced today.
Thursday, April 12, 1951
men were to leave Thursday
morning for the Bristol Induction station to begin their service
in the armed forces. The
list is as follows:
Guy Paul Starnes (volunteer),
; Paul Willis Quillen
; Glen William Culbertson,
Nickelsville; Herman K. Poff, Gate City; Carson Kermit Carter,
Hiltons; Herbert Lee Mullins, Hiltons; Herbert Lee Mullins,
Hiltons; Wiley Odell Brickey, Gate City; Joe Edward Hall,
Nickelsville, Bobby Jene Johnson, Duncans Mill; Jeff Davis
Gilreath, Blackwater; Thurman J. Harper, Hiltons, and Claude
Edsel Hammonds, Gate City
Thursday, May 24, 1951
Scott Countians Leave for Armed Services
Eleven Scott Countians left
on Tuesday, May 22nd,
to begin their service in the Armed forces of the
Those leaving Tuesday were:
Jessie James Greear, Wood,
; William Golfe Whitney,
; Leonard M. Stallard, Rt. 1,
Clinchport; Olie Orlin *******; Malcom Sylvin Marshall, Rt. 1,
Nickelsville; Clyde Vernon Moore, Rt. 1, Nickelsville; Enoch
Radford Qualls, Rt. 1, Clinchport; Henry Frank Shaffer, Rt. 1,
Hiltons; Carl Delp (volunteer), Hiltons; Robert Haskell Quillen
(volunteer), Rt. 2, Kingsport; Emmett James Rhoton (volunteer),
Thursday, November 1, 1951
Chest Sets $3000 Goal For Scott
The Scott County Community Chest annual Fund Raising
campaign is now in full sewing according to Ford Hubble of Gate
City who has been named to head the 1951 drive, which is to
continue for two weeks.
Every person in
is asked to contribute a day’s
pay or profit to the work of the Community Chest.
Those employed in
are asked to mark their pledges
there and designate one-half of their pledge to the Scott County
Chest. This makes it
possible for them to aid both the drive in the city in which
they are employed and in their home community.
“After all” drive officials point out, “one day out
of a whole year is a mighty small amount of time to give for the
welfare of the community.”
goal has been fixed at $3000 but
it is believed that the total amount to be raised ******* amount
if all employed persons accept their share of the quota and make
their pledges promptly.
The work of relieving suffering and distress, aid to the
school lunch programs, providing hospitalization for persons who
could not otherwise obtain treatment, aid to the Boy Scouts,
Girl Scouts, the U.S.O., and help to numerous other worthy
causes have been carried out by the Scott County Community Chest
without publicity or fan-fare.
Although no organized drive was conducted last year,
voluntary contributions were received in amounts sufficient to
take care of many worthwhile needs.
“If enough people volunteered donations last year to
take care of so many needs, much more can be done next year with
everybody making their contribution,” Hubble said.
April 12, 1951
Battles On the Clinch and
C. V. Compton
The year 1777 was called by the settlers the year of the
Bloody Three Sevens by our ancestors along the
Governor Henry Hamilton of
to scalp and drive the settlers
He held a treaty with Stuart, the British agent, of the
Cherokees to make war on the
and Clinch settlers.
Gov. Hamilton had a passion for scalps of the settlers
and paid the Indians well in trinkets, blankets, horses, and
guns to bring him scalps of the settlers.
All were with Logan, Dragging Canoe and Benge in 1777
until suddenly out of nowhere appeared George Rogers with a
force of largely
demanding the surrenders of the
led him a prisoner of war from
, and Poplar Saplings to
as a captive.
to his chagrin found he had
surrendered the empire of the Northwest to
and a force of one hundred and
fifty shoeless, ragged and wretched equipped frontiersmen.
along his route came near being
killed many times, and when he reached
, escaped hanging only by the
intervention of Gen. Washington and Gov. Jefferson.
Benge and Dragging Canoe terrorized the settlers by
burning, stealing, and killing the settlers of Castlewood,
’s Fort and
The settlers soon organized a force under Snoddy, Porter,
Smith, Campbell and
to take care of the Cherokees
and in the first battle beat the Indians with the loss of only
two, Jarrett Williams, and Alexander Hardon.
There after peace reigned along the Clinch for more than
a year. During the
summer and fall of 1779 every road and trace leading into the
Clinch were crowded with hardy pioneers seeking land in our
region from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland and central
Virginia, beyond, they thought the reach of the red coat
soldiers and Tories of King George.
At this time all
, and most of
were securely held by the
Arnold was rambunctiously destroying the patriot’s forces from
General Ferguson from western
sent this message to the Clinch
people, “unless you wish to be pinioned, robbed and murdered, and see
your wives and daughters abused by the dregs of society, if you
wish to be men or deserve to live and bear the name of men,
grasp your guns and join the British army.
If you choose to be degraded forever and ever by a set of
mongrels, say so at once, and let your women turn their backs on
you and look to real men for protection.”
Not satisfied with this message he sent a second one to
this effect, “If you do not desist from your opposition to the
British arms I will march my army over the mountain, hang your
leaders and lay your country with fire and sword.”
Further to frighten the Clinch and Holston men he sent
Samuel Phillips, a prisoner of Shelby’s army, who had been
captured at the battle of Musgrove’s Mill to warn all the
settlers that he was coming with fire and sword to mop up the
nest of hornets in the section.
Phillips was true American, a distant relative of
and narrated to the settlers
’s plans of operation.
meant to carry out his threat of
overrunning the Clinch and
territory as this was the only
section in the entire Southland not occupied by British.
These threats put
on his horse in rounding up the
, Sevier, Kilgore and
and to organize an army to meet the British in western
A more daring enterprise is not recorded in history, from
’s Fort, Wolfe Hill, Poplar
Sapling and the Watauga settlement a thousand men were mustered
for the march on
In their front not sixty miles away were gathered the
Cherokees under Dragging Canoe and Benge, and over the mountain
and hordes of Tories.
The met at Sycamore Shoals and planned a march two
hundred miles with no supplies, and no arms except their Decherd
rifles, to tame General Ferguson and the hordes of Tories.
Every man in the army was eager to go as this shown when
General Shelby proposed if any man desired to return home let
him step three paces forward and he would be excused.
Not a man stepped forward.
These soldiers were clothed in homespun, with hunting
shirts of buckskin, hats of coon skin, and on their back were
strapped knapsacks filled with parched corn and saturated with
maple syrup. Their
march was not to be impeded by tents, camp equipage, and baggage
substance was water from the mountain springs and parched corn
from their knapsacks, and they bivouacked under the spreading
trees at night, with marching of forty miles each day.
They arrived near
’s stronghold on King’s
Mountain and Parson Doak before the battle commenced to lead
them in prayer and asked the guidance and protection of the
Giver of victory and the God of battle.
In closing his prayer he said “Go forth my brave men,
go forth with the sword of Gideon and the Lord.”
Away they went to battle.
Amidst the blessings and Godspeed of the fathers,
mothers, wives and children these frontiersmen began the Battle
of King’s Mountain; most of them rode within a few hundred
yards of the battle and tethered their horses to trees around
Williams, Campbell, Sevier, and
’s companies circled the
mountain and the order was to fire as fast as you can dodge
behind a tree to reload. Gen.
Shelby roared out “yonder is your enemy and the enemy of the
settlers of the
and the Clinch,” and up the
hill they went. The
battle was terrific, hand to had fighting, and before the close
of day Ferguson was killed by Robert Young, and next in command
raised a white flag of surrender but the mad Americans ignored
the flan and shot it down, again a second flag was raised and
General Shelby advanced and received the sword of the British
commander. Then the
order to stack arms, when the Americans took over.
The order was obeyed by all except on American on the far
side of the hill who continued to fire into the British.
An officer was sent to him and told him to desist but the
young fellow said he would not, “the rascals have killed my
father and I will keep shooting until I have the last one of
them.” Then his
father appeared and the firing ceased.
There were two hundred and twenty five British killed,
one hundred and eighty-five wounded and seven hundred prisoners
of war. The American
losses were twenty eight killed; and among them was Hiram
Kilgore, and sixty were wounded and among them was Hiram
Kilgore’s brother, Capt. Charles Kilgore.
The next day the soldiers made ready for their home trip
leaving Gen. Campbell and a small force under him to deliver the
prisoners to the American headquarters and to bury the dead and
administer unto the wounded.
These soldiers returned to their homes to resume their
farm work, feeling that the dreaded fear of British enslavement
had been destroyed.
Thursday, November 29, 1951
Lester Elliotts Give Thanksgiving Dinner For Family
Mr. And Mrs. Lester Elliott had all their children with
them for Thanksgiving Dinner except one daughter who is in
with all the trimmings was
served to the following: Mr.
And Mrs. James Innis and family, Mr. And Mrs. Paul Suits and
daughter, Mr. And Mrs. Harold Enix and daughter, Mrs. Elmer
Moore, Mr. And Mrs. Darium Elliott, all of Kingsport; S/Sgt.
Lester Elliott, Jr. of Washington, D. C., who is home on leave,
expecting to go overseas on his return to duty; Jerry Elliott,
Larry Elliott, Gwenn and Linda Elliott, all of Gate City.
Thursday, September 13, 1951
. Soldier Awarded Medal For
With the Third Infantry Division in
Private First Class Robert M.
, has been awarded the Bronze
Star Medal with “V” device for heroism in action.
Private Lane, a son of Mrs. Bonnie d. Lane of Ft.
Blackmore, has returned to the
He served with Company “H” of the 15th
Infantry Regiment, 3rd Division.
The action for which the award was presented occurred
April 26, 1951
, a radio operator with a forward
observation team attached to Company “E”, voluntarily moved
to an exposed position in order to maintain better
communications with the fire direction center when a strong
enemy force attempted to penetrate the battalion perimeter under
the cover of darkness.
He fearlessly remained in this position and relayed
accurate fire adjustments until approximately two hour later.
’s heroic actions and selfless
initiative reflect the highest credit upon himself and the
military service,” the citation concludes.
Thursday, August 23, 1951
Clan Meeting At
Sunday, August 26th has been set as the date
for the annual Quillen reunion, C. G. Quillen, president of the
Quillen Clan announced this week.
The annual meeting which draws Quillens and related
families from many states has been held each year at the
church on the Nickelsville road.
This year the Quillian organization of
will join forces with the family
group for the purpose of compiling and preserving the historical
records of the Quillins and Quillians. Plans
are being perfected for the publication of a history of the
various branches of the family in this country.
The program for the next Sunday’s meeting, which begins
at 11:00 a.m., includes the Invocation by the Rev. C. S.
; Special Music by Misses Barbara
Ann Barker and Anita Barker; an address by Cecil D. Quillen of
Gate City; Reports of Committees, including History – Mrs.
Mary Brown of Emory, Virginia and Mr. M. W. Quillen of
Greenville, Tenn.; Resolutions – Attorney S. B. Quillen of
Lebanon, Va.; Finance – Attorney Ed Quillian, Gainesville,
Ga.; Election of officers; A violin solo by Miss Gladys Godsey.
The picnic lunch to be spread on the grounds of the
church will start the
afternoon’s informal gab-fest at which hundreds of Quillens
and members of related families will once again renew old
acquaintance and make new friends among their kin.
The Executive Committee of the Quillen Clan is scheduled
to meet on Saturday, August 25th, for completing
plans for the Sunday gathering.
Representatives of the
organization are expected to be
present at the meeting of the executive committee to discuss the
merger of the two groups.
Some two hundred Quilians attended the first meeting of
that family in
recently and the local Quillen
Organization was represented there by President Clennie G.
Thursday, January 18, 1951
C. V. Compton
Robert T. Dean, better known as Bob or Professor Dean,
has completed his labor and departed from our midst.
I was intimately acquainted with Bob from childhood to
the time of his going. I
enjoyed his friendship and helpful assistance in the years from
1900 down to 1950. With
each succeeding year my attachment to him as a friend and my
appreciation of his character and ability had constantly
Humble in spirit, wise in counsel, studious and
painstaking in the performance of all duties, intensely
patriotic in his endeavors, never deviating from what he knew
and believed to be right for the best interest of pupils and
schools where he labored.
Bob Dean was a Christian gentleman in the fullest and
best sense of the word. A
man of the highest principles, his courage, righteousness, and
patriotism were apparent to all who knew him.
He had a great love for friendship, and I know of no man
who had finer or truer friends.
In his passing he left a widow, children, and numerous
relatives and friends to mourn his going.
Bob Dean can be called one of the great teachers of
He had procured his education largely in the hard school
of life, attended the Irvington Elementary School, and after
beginning to teach, when his four month schools closed he
hurriedly entered Shoemaker College in the winter and spring
sessions. He by
personal sacrifice and diligent effort sought to elevate the
minds of his pupils and the schools he worked in to a higher
plane of life. He
became one of the best teachers in grammar and arithmetic in all
Scott. Thus he
should be remembered and honored by the citizenship of the
The time in which Bob grew up was the hard and bitter
years of the South. The
people as well as the homeland were poor in material wealth and
low in educational incentives.
He knew the struggles and hardships of life in building
community in which to live, which made him ever helpful and
eager to assist the timid and backward pupils.
He had a thorough knowledge of what he taught and
possessed the remarkable gift to impart knowledge in the most
palatable form. His
work is done, his place cannot be filled.
He has left a name behind in which the present generation
can say there lived, worked, and died a modest, sincere, and
noble teacher of youth.
His forebears were the pioneering stock of
His Mother was Margaret McConnell who married Jeremiah
Dean, and she was daughter of Thomas and Elliott McConnell.
Thomas McConnell born 1789, Dauphin Co.,
, son of Nancy McConnell and the
reputed father was a man by the name of Dempsey.
Thomas McConnell was largely reared by Abraham Compton
and later married his daughter Elizabeth,
, and after her death married
Elliot by whom he had Margaret, Bob’s mother.
The Elliots came first to Russell Co. and a son of the
original Elliott, named Mitchell married a Kincaid and moved to
Obey Creek when it was a wilderness.
Mrs. Elliot was not accustomed to pioneering life, at
least in the rough, she became dissatisfied and she and Mitchell
returned to her father’s home.
Mr. Kincaid sensed the cause of trouble, gave her a slave
or two to do the house and garden work.
They returned to Obey Creek and here they reared a large
family and are the progenitors of most all Elliots of Scott.
As we survey the work of great noble teachers of Scott
through we are often compelled to regret the paucity of their
personal history left in written form.
We admire Bob Dean, and
is much indebted to the
indefatigable work in educating the present generation.
In the field of education he labored long, assiduously,
and efficiently in the welfare of Scott.