The Maryville Dailey Times is pretty great at providing local history. Today was another example from 1937.

The Alcoa connection in a California newspaper? Bumping against the big Earhart headline: “Call Guards Stop Battle Alcoa Plant.” The subhead: “Two Are Killed And Score Injured In Police And Picket Fighting.”

The story told of how national guardsmen had surrounded the Aluminum Company of America’s plant the previous night, July 7, to prevent further violence on the picket lines. Adjutant Gen. R.O. Smith, who commanded machine gun and infantry companies, met with an aide to Tennessee Gov. Gordon Browning and said, “We are not going to declare martial law here because we are getting too good cooperation from the union and from aluminum officials.”

Strikers and police had exchanged about 500 rounds before the riot outside the gates of the fabrication plant was halted. Each side blamed the other for initiating the gunfire. Two men died. Harrison Click, a striker, and ALCOA Plant Police Officer William J. Hunt.

I had never heard about this incident. It wasn't in the booklet I received about the history of the City of Alcoa.

Something else of some interest was how news was distributed back in the past. With newspapers and radio our ancestors were able to get news when the internet wasn't even a bit in the bucket.

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