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Picturing the Past 73: Old police station

Posted Tuesday, August 10, 2010, at 11:27 AM

The Holland Street building Shelbyville police occupied from 1963-65, as it looks today. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
A while back some readers mentioned they didn't remember when Shelbyville police headquarters were on Holland Street.

Above is the building as it looks today.


And here it is from Sept. 30, 1963 as the department moved in, during an Urban Renewal transition phase between the old city hall on the west side of the square (where today's large bank building is) and a portion of the new city hall completed in 1965, which the police fully occupy today except for the courtroom.

This photo (actually a scan of a negative) is almost too grainy to post, but it does show the building from the back side. According to the 1963 photo caption, the photo was shot from the back to show the more easily-accessible entrances as compared to the old location.

Check out the vintage police car, a 1963 Chevrolet BelAir or Biscayne complete with single light on top.


Here's the main office with, from left, officers Clarence Jones and William H. Kingree, Sgt. Jesse Blanton (a future chief) and Chief Clarence Wheeler holding the microphone.


And here's what the reporter described as the "front room" which was used as the courtroom, with Wheeler in the judge's chair.

I can remember today's building in the 1970s when Shelbyville police occupied, I think, just a large room containing the dispatch console, a few desks and filing cabinets and a storage room on the other end of a hall lined with several jail cells -- yes, the city had its own small jail then. How things have grown.

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There was also a bus which departed this station and went to Fayetteville at least one round trip each day. It was a school bus type vehicle, not a coach such as Greyhound or Trailways used. I rode it quite a few times.

-- Posted by JRL on Sat, Apr 30, 2011, at 10:45 PM

I have a photo of the Officers of the Police Department. How can I send it to you, your e mail please.

-- Posted by henrys on Wed, Sep 1, 2010, at 7:41 PM

Mortgage LoansI Googled around, and it looked as if the Cherokee bus line may have been based in Chattanooga, but I couldn't find any pictures of one. It also served Tullahoma, and the Soddy-Daisy area.

-- Posted by harrytodd on Sat, Aug 21, 2010, at 12:59 PM

Razyn, Guess I dont remember well enough about what my dad talked about Gallagar Guitars as I was young. Do you know if they made guitars in the old Watco building near the end of industrial parkway? My dad had 4 of his fingers cut off at that building when I was little. His name was Donald Ray Reeves.

-- Posted by AmericanWoman on Fri, Aug 13, 2010, at 10:06 PM

American Woman, I think you mean Shelby Guitars, because Gallagher is still in business (in Wartrace).

The Shelby shop was managed by my cousin Bill Conner, who I believe still lives in Shelbyville. He didn't make the guitars himself; J.W. Gallagher and a few woodworkers under his supervision did. Another person who worked there (as a teenager) is Woody Bomar. He's in the country music industry, I think in Brentwood or Franklin -- over that way.

-- Posted by razyn on Fri, Aug 13, 2010, at 5:18 PM

I believe my father worked at Gallagher guitars for a while before it became a place called Watco that made signs...he was a foreman and worked there for many years. I was very young and dont remember any details. The place is now empty and sits down the road from the city garage. My father was hurt very seriously in that building around the time that I was born which was 1964. Wish I knew of anyone that had known my father back then. He passed away when I was 20 years old. That building has been sitting empty for a very long time.

-- Posted by AmericanWoman on Fri, Aug 13, 2010, at 7:40 AM

razyn, I think that you are exactly right. At first I wrote down Auston and it did not look right to me so I went back and changed it to Austin. I should have known better because I have known "Pinkie" for a good while.

-- Posted by leeiii on Thu, Aug 12, 2010, at 6:45 PM

Isn't the record store guy named Auston Davis? I don't think he spells his name like the city in Texas. I bought a used Shelby Guitar from him, one time, so I had to write his name on a check.

The Shelby was a kind of funky forerunner of the very fine Gallagher guitar -- only in business for a year or two, around 1963-64. Mr. Gallagher (father of the present mayor of Wartrace) was an experienced and skillful cabinetmaker, but he taught himself to build guitars in Shelbyville.

-- Posted by razyn on Thu, Aug 12, 2010, at 5:50 PM

caligal: The Bedford Co. Historical Society in its Quarterly, within the last year or so, published a considerable amount of information on the "rubbermill area", with photos. I'll check which specific issue(s) and post it on the blog.

-- Posted by marnold1118 on Thu, Aug 12, 2010, at 3:55 PM

I do not remember the Richardson bus and the run to Shelbyville Mills, but I do remember that there was a times when the Richardsons had a School bus run for kids that lived inside the city limits. I think that would have been in the late 40s or early 50s.

Austin Davis is still around Shelbyville, and he would be a good source for information about Shelbyville Mills. I am pretty sure that he can be found at the record shop.

razyn, Like you I also Googled and found lots of information about Cherokee Bus Lines in several different states but no pictures.

-- Posted by leeiii on Thu, Aug 12, 2010, at 12:38 PM

Yes, Bo Melson, I remember the Richardson bus that ran from Shelbyville Mills. It was always

filled to capacity both ways. I wonder if any

residents of Shelbyville Mills are around today to share memories of growing up in Shelbyville Mills. It would be interesting to get pictures of the houses, the mill, park, school and the gym that played such an important part in the lives of residents there. It was a great place for kids to grow up. There has to be a lot of memories out there!

-- Posted by caligal on Thu, Aug 12, 2010, at 12:02 PM

I Googled around, and it looked as if the Cherokee bus line may have been based in Chattanooga, but I couldn't find any pictures of one. It also served Tullahoma, and the Soddy-Daisy area.

-- Posted by razyn on Thu, Aug 12, 2010, at 11:39 AM

This is getting off the original subject, but does anyone remember the small bus the Richardson family ran between Shelbyville and Shelbyville Mills. I believe the main purpose for the bus was to take workers living in Shelbyville to and from U.S. Rubber Company? One stop was at the corner of West Lane Street and Atkinson Street where people could sit and await the bus on the rock wall by MS. Hattie Delk's Beauty Shop.

-- Posted by bomelson on Thu, Aug 12, 2010, at 10:47 AM

ilikeoldsongs you are right about the logo, like you say, it has been a long time.

We lived in Raus during the early 1940's, my mother,sister and I rode a cherokee bus from Raus to my grandfathers farm, which is now the country club. What I remember about the bus is that the passengers rode in a trailer. It had a driver and a conductor.

-- Posted by jim8377 on Wed, Aug 11, 2010, at 2:35 PM

Black Swan I can so see Wayne Haithcote doing that. He had so many funny stories. Thanks Dave for sharing.

-- Posted by Thatsmystory on Wed, Aug 11, 2010, at 1:55 PM

jim8377, I remember the Cherokee Line, but my memories of it are from my early years, about 1946 - 1950, while still living in Columbia Tn. I don't recall ever seeing that name on a bus here in Shelbyville.

I seem to recall their logo on the side of the bus as being an Indian head inside a circle, with a couple of feathers in the headband extending to the outside of the circle, at about the 10 oclock position. But, I could be thinking of something else, it's been a long time.

-- Posted by ilikeoldsongs on Wed, Aug 11, 2010, at 9:56 AM

The one that I remember is Trailways.

-- Posted by leeiii on Wed, Aug 11, 2010, at 8:48 AM

Who remembers the Cherokee bus line? They used the bus station along with Grey Hound.

-- Posted by jim8377 on Wed, Aug 11, 2010, at 6:39 AM

Thanks, Black Swan.....you have validated my suspicion that this building is the one I always knew as the Bus Station...I was long gone before anything else moved in.

-- Posted by steadyeddie on Tue, Aug 10, 2010, at 5:40 PM

David this was at one time the town bus station. I was visiting Mr. Albert Moulder (former city manager) at this location and Wayne Haithcote was showing us the old Thompson Machine gun when he unintentionally fired it into the ceiling. When I got my thoughts together I saw Mr Moulder under the desk. It was a very small building but served its purpose until the new City Hall was built. The City Council met in the building that was located next to the First Methodist Church on Square (the Cooper Building).

-- Posted by Black Swan on Tue, Aug 10, 2010, at 2:35 PM

Thanks David for four more great pictures. It seems to me as if there was a time when the police department bought cars that were of the cheaper body styles but with an interceptor (police) package (suspension and engine). The single light on top of the car may have been red. I am not sure when they went to the blue light and then eventually the multi-light light bar.

-- Posted by leeiii on Tue, Aug 10, 2010, at 2:13 PM

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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.