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The Gate City Herald - 1951
Contributed by Don Lane

The Gate City Herald
Thursday, January 25, 1951

Draft Calls 36 Men To Service Today

     Scott County ’s largest draft call went forth this week, summoning 36 men of the county to the service.  These men left Gate City 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.  Marvin Eugene Bays , Hiltons (transferred to Indiana ).

     65 others took their pre-induction physical examinations in Bristol on January 17th, and 63 more have been called for examination for February 5th, the local Draft Board announced today.


The Gate City Herald
Thursday, April 12, 1951

12 Called

     Twelve Scott County 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), Gate City ; Paul Willis Quillen (volunteer), Gate City ; 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


The Gate City Herald
Thursday, May 24, 1951

11 Scott Countians Leave for Armed Services

     Eleven Scott Countians left Gate City for the Pre-Induction Center in Bristol on Tuesday, May 22nd, to begin their service in the Armed forces of the United States .

     Those leaving Tuesday were:

     Jessie James Greear, Wood, Va. ; William Golfe Whitney, Gate City ; 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), Ft. Blackmore.


The Gate City Herald
Thursday, November 1, 1951

Community 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 Scott County is asked to contribute a day’s pay or profit to the work of the Community Chest.  Those employed in Kingsport 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.”

     The Scott County 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.


The Gate City Herald
April 12, 1951

Early Battles On the Clinch and Holston

By C. V. Compton

     The year 1777 was called by the settlers the year of the Bloody Three Sevens by our ancestors along the Clinch River .  Governor Henry Hamilton of Canada organized the Wyandotte , Mingo , Delaware and Shawnee to scalp and drive the settlers out of Western Virginia .  He held a treaty with Stuart, the British agent, of the Cherokees to make war on the Holston 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 Southwest Virginians demanding the surrenders of the Northwest Territory in 1778.  Hamilton capitulated and Clark led him a prisoner of war from Boonesborough through Cumberland Gap , Jonesville, Gate City , and Poplar Saplings to Williamsburg , Va. as a captive.  Hamilton to his chagrin found he had surrendered the empire of the Northwest to Clark and a force of one hundred and fifty shoeless, ragged and wretched equipped frontiersmen.  Hamilton along his route came near being killed many times, and when he reached Williamsburg , 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, Moore ’s Fort and Ft. Blackmore in 1777.  The settlers soon organized a force under Snoddy, Porter, Smith, Campbell and Shelby 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 Georgia , eastern North Carolina , and most of South Carolina were securely held by the British.  Benedict Arnold was rambunctiously destroying the patriot’s forces from the Blue Ridge to Norfolk .

     General Ferguson from western North Carolina sent this message to the Clinch and Holston 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 Shelby and narrated to the settlers Ferguson ’s plans of operation.  Ferguson meant to carry out his threat of overrunning the Clinch and Holston territory as this was the only section in the entire Southland not occupied by British.

     These threats put Shelby on his horse in rounding up the assistance of Campbell , Sevier, Kilgore and Preston and to organize an army to meet the British in western North Carolina .  A more daring enterprise is not recorded in history, from Castlewood, Moore ’s Fort, Wolfe Hill, Poplar Sapling and the Watauga settlement a thousand men were mustered for the march on Ferguson .  In their front not sixty miles away were gathered the Cherokees under Dragging Canoe and Benge, and over the mountain lay Ferguson 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 wagons.  Their 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 Ferguson ’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 about.  Shelby, Williams, Campbell, Sevier, and Campbell ’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 Holston 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.


The Gate City Herald
Thursday, November 29, 1951

The 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 Florida .

     Turkey 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.


The Gate City Herald
Thursday, September 13, 1951

Ft. Black . Soldier Awarded Medal For Heroism

     With the Third Infantry Division in Korea Private First Class Robert M. Lane of Ft. Blackmore , Va. , 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 United States on rotation.  He served with Company “H” of the 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Division.

     The action for which the award was presented occurred April 26, 1951 , near Ilbisang-ni , Korea .  Private Land , 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.

     Private Lane ’s heroic actions and selfless initiative reflect the highest credit upon himself and the military service,” the citation concludes.


The Gate City Herald
Thursday, August 23, 1951

Quillen Clan Meeting At Antioch Sunday

     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 Antioch church on the Nickelsville road.  This year the Quillian organization of Georgia 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. Pendleton of Gate City ; 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 Antioch 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 Georgia 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 Georgia held near Atlanta recently and the local Quillen Organization was represented there by President Clennie G. Quillen.


The Gate City Herald
Thursday, January 18, 1951

Robert T. Dean

By. 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 increased.

     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 Scott County .  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 region.

     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 Scott County .  His Mother was Margaret McConnell who married Jeremiah Dean, and she was daughter of Thomas and Elliott McConnell.  Thomas McConnell born 1789, Dauphin Co., Penn. , 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, 8-7-1821 , 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 Scott County 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.


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