SOUTH JACKSON TULLAHOMA SCHOOL IN 1920 DURING A RARE SNOW FALL.
For many years, this was the Primary Grade School for Tullahoma but now
it is the South Jackson Civic Center with an auditorium for plays and
other public events. The Mitchell Museum of Tullahoma is located in
another room in this building.
THE CODE OF TULLAHOMA WRITTEN IN 1921
(A suitable document for the Mitchell Museum)
"Titled THE CODE OF TULLAHOMA including THE CHARTER OF THE TOWN - As Re-enacted by the General Assembly of 1903 - The Ordinances By Laws and Rules of Order of the Mayor and Alderman - The Charter of Tullahoma and its Amendments - Compiled and Edited by B H Wilkins, F I Couser and Don B Campbell - Committee on Laws Ordinances and Rules - 1921 ---- INCLUDES: Survey description of the city .... beginning on a Spanish Oak near the bank of Rock Creek .... /// Separate school buildings for white and colored children ... the location of the two sufficiently far apart that no unplesantness may arise between pupils /// Any person leaving a wagon, cart, dray, or vehicle unattented on the street ... or build a fire ... or hitch a horse, mule or ox to a shade tree .... shall be fined not less that $1 and not more than $5 /// Unlawful to construct a filling station on Lincoln or Atlantic Streets /// Unlawful to operate a wheelbarrow, hand cart or bicycle on sidewalk /// Sale of unwholesum food /// requirements for watertight vessels under privies /// Public Decency & Disorderly Conduct /// Violating the Sabbath /// HOUSES OF ILL FAME ///Gambling /// PENALTY FOR BEING IN COMPANY WITH A PROSTITUTE /// Obscene Literature //Vagrancy /// Smoking in Public /// Disturbing Congregations /// Throwing Missiles /// Bitch Running at Large ... Hmmmm .... /// Minors in Billiard Halls /// To prohibit the Exhibition of Prize Fights by Moving Pictures /// 15 mph speed limit /// Loafmg at the Depot /// Minors swinging on the train cars /// preventing animals except MILCH (?) cows from running at large --------- It goes on and on."
MY COMMENTS AND THOSE OF ROBERT COUCH ON THE CODE:
With regard to the authors: B. H. Wilkins was the founder of the Bullseye Overall Company which became the very successful garment factory owned by his son Ben Wilkins Jr. whom Bob and I both knew well, F. I. Couser was in the insurance business and at first had an office on East Lincoln Street above the Traders National Bank then he moved his office to the Harton Arcade. Prior to the time the schools provided text books for the students, he sold school texst. Don B. Campbell was a Vanderbilt graduate and with his brothers operated several very successful businesses in Tullahoama. The success of these "blue laws" in improving the moral climate of Tullahoma is not known. Robert Couch has pointed out that during the Camp Forest days, the second floor of his present store was occupied by business offices plus the Coffee County Health Services Office. He notes that during those days the Military Police inspected the ladies of the night every monday morning in the Health Service facilities.
HISTORY OF MY TULLAHOMA ROTARY CLUB
In 1965, as UTSI began, Harvey Cook sponsored my membership in the Tullahoma Rotary Club. What a great group of people whom I have much enjoyed.
"Tullahoma News and Guardian Centennial Edition of July 2, 1952:
Tullahoma Rotary Club, Formed in '22 is City's Oldest Service Organization
The Tullahoma Rotary Club is the oldest civic club in the city. Preliminary work on a Rotary Club for the community was undertaken in the fall of 1921. A number of citizens assembled in the room now occupied by Davis Insurance Agency, and a committee of Rotarians from Nashville acquainted them with facts about the organization. Interest was so great that it was decided to form a club in Tullahoma. In February of 1922, the district Governor, Graham T. Hall, of Nashville, notified the local group that he would visit Tullahoma to deliver a club charter.
Mr. Hall visited Lewisburg, where he delivered the charter to the club there at noon, and then was picked up by W.J. Sanders, Jr. and the late G.W. Stegall and driven by car to Tullahoma, where he presented the charter that evening. The following day, Mr. Hall went to McMinnville by train and presented the charter to the club there at noon. Thus, three of the state's neighbor Rotary clubs received their charters within a 25-hour period.
First officers to serve the Tullahoma Club were G. S. Lannom, Jr. president; Charles L. Moffatt, treasurer, and W. Sanders, secretary. These officers were elected to serve from the date of the charter until the last of June. At a later date, they were re-elected from July, 1922, through June of 1923.
Four of the charter members are still active members of the club. They are John W. Harton, Floyd Mitchell, John B. Wilson, and W.J. Sanders, Jr.
Officers of the Rotary Club throughout the years have been: Presidents: G. S. Lannom, Jr., Charles E. Jackson, Floyd Ranck, Polk Ross, G.D. Hicks, John W. Harton, E.I Hitt, R.L. Robertson, Sr., Fletcher Smotherman, Phil R. Campbell, W. J. Sanders, Jr., Dr. J.M. Graham, Dr. J.A. Mitchell, John B. Wilson, L.E. Taylor, R. L. Couch, Sr., T.E. Richardson, John B. Noblitt, Roscoe C. Thompson, Floyd Mitchell, C.R. Lewis, R.E. Lee, Wilbon Marlin, Charles E. Parish, D.W Wilson, Burney B. Fite, B.H. Wilkins, Jr., the Rev. Farris F. Moore, and L.B. Jennings.
Had Only 6 Secretaries
Secretaries-- W. J. Sanders, Jr., Thurman J. Davis, Phil R. Campbell, R.L. Couch, T.E. Clayton, and F.I. Couser. Treasurers-- Charles L. Moffatt, George M. Book, James Richardson, J.Clair Eoff, Jr. and Allan Crouch. Mr. Crouch served as secretary before Mr. Richardson, relinquishing the duties of that office to become president, and then succeeded Mr. Richardson as secretary when the latter retired from club activities because of ill health. The Rotary Club has never sought to assume the activities of a Chamber of Commerce, where one is in operation, nor does it exist as a money-raising club for various activities and programs through its own members.
The Rotary Club has been constant in its efforts to encourage high ethical standards in business and professional work and to teach business and professional men to cultivate acquaintances as an avenue of friendship. The club seeks to dignify the worthiness of every member's trade or profession as the opportunity to serve society, and to encourage the good-will among the Rotarians of the world, thereby bringing peace and good-will among nations. The local club has, since its organization, been active in crippled children's work, the state organization having fostered the formation of the Tennessee Society for Crippled Children. Rotary clubs of Tennessee, Arkansas, and Mississippi support a hospital for crippled adults, which is under the charge of the Tri-States Association for Crippled Children "
(NOTE ROTARY CLUB REMARKS ARE AS OF 1952.)