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HISTORICAL SOCIETY Newsletter October 1997 - Page 1 NEWSLETTER September 1997 This photograph provided by the descendants of Albert Milani shows the stone artisan carving one the four large marble eagles that stand atop the front of the 63-year-old U.S. Post Office and Courthouse on Main Street in Knoxville. One of the completed eagles is at the right. We do not know the exact date this photograph was made, but it was sometime in the 1932-1934 period. The courthouse was opened and dedicated in February 1934. The photograph was provided to us by Mrs. Madlyn Milani, Knoxville, whose husband was Thomas Albert Milani, son of the sculptor. Milani Remembered 1960s—in the courthouse that and even at his age at that time, A reference to Albert Milani in bears the marble eagles that Mr. his fingers were very large and the May 13, 1997, newsletter Milani carved. very strong—you could tell that reminded Society member and when you shook hands with attorney G. Wilson Horde of the “He was a very interesting man him,” Wilson wrote in a note to time that Mr. Milani was a to talk to, and I couldn’t help but the Society. witness in a trial before Judge notice his hands—being a Robert L. Taylor in the mid- sculptor he had very large hands continued on page 2 The Historical Society of the United States District Court For The Eastern District of Tennessee, Inc. Newsletter October 1997 - Page 2 Upon looking at the photograph, manuscript to be submitted in to 1949. The transcript of that Judge Jarvis commented that he October to a publisher who has interview, which took place at knew Mr. Milani and said, “He shown interest in the work. We her Chattanooga home August was a great man.” Judge Jarvis hope to have the book available 24, 1993, is on file with the recalled that he went to school in 1998. s Society’s collection of other oral with one of Mr. Milani’s histories. s daughters. The Judge also recalled that his father, attorney Our Files Are Howard Jarvis, did some work Growing More Oral Histories for Mr. Milani. The Society has accumulated so The Society has added four more many papers and other items that oral histories to its collection, Mr. Milani died in 1977. In the we thought it would be wise to bringing to 24 the total number newspaper story about his death, compile a master list of the things of histories now on hand—a he was described as “one of the we have before the collection number that might be higher than last of the skilled artists and grows out of hand. We asked UT that of any other federal court artisans with stone in this area.” Special Collections Library history organization. The latest personnel to help us find a additions to the collection are the Another note about the Milani student willing to volunteer his recollections of: retired U.S. family: The photograph on page or her services to the Society to District Judge L. Clure Morton; 1 was hand-carried to the court compile such a list. They his brother, Knoxville lawyer by Mr. Milani’s great- recommended UT history George W. Morton; Mrs. granddaughter, Wendy Milani graduate Mary Ellen Coleman, Katharine Hastings, Chat- Buckner, who has an indirect who is in her third year at the UT tanooga, daughter of former U.S. court connection—she works for College of Law, and she has been District Judge Leslie Darr; and lawyers. She is a paralegal for working diligently two or three Mrs. Betty Cutchin, Chat- Knoxville attorneys Stephen hours a week cataloging the tanooga, longtime secretary to Wise and William Reeves. s several file drawers full of Judge Darr. materials the Society has Mrs. Hastings and Mrs. Cutchin History Book accumulated. We will try to wrote letters of appreciation to publish the list, or finder’s guide, Progressing when it is completed. The Society the Society, and we are reprinting Historian Pat Howard is putting is grateful to Mary Ellen for her them below: the finishing touches on the fine work. s It was with a great deal of manuscript that traces the 200- interest that I read the current year history of the U.S. District [March 1997] issue of the Court for the Eastern District of Mrs. Manson Dies Historical Society’s newsletter. Tennessee. The manuscript is The reference to my father was Ellen Taylor Manson, daughter of understandably of special interest complete except for points of to me. Betty Cutchin and I had a U.S. District Judge George C. information that Pat needed to long conversation about the Taylor, died June 15. She made research further before publication and the many a great contribution to the memories it evoked. incorporating into the history. Society’s work by consenting to Her revisions and additions will Please accept my deep an interview about her father, be completed in time for the appreciation for bringing about who served the court from 1928 The Historical Society of the United States District Court For The Eastern District of Tennessee, Inc. Newsletter October 1997 - Page 3 the placement of my father’s to my grandfather, who was the I had the opportunity to appear papers in the Chattanooga- assistant postmaster for before Judge Wilson on a number Hamilton County public library. Chattanooga in the ’40s and ’50s. of occasions fairly early in my I have frequently been told that legal career. I was impressed with Among the items of special he would state: his courtesy, patience, and legal interest was the notice of Mrs. knowledge. He gave a new Florence Taylor’s death and the We have expanded this dimension to the stock phrase article about Judge Wilson. Many great country west. The “well-versed in the law.” He had times my parents had the rivers have been dammed. always read the papers the parties pleasure of friendship with “Little There are no more frontiers had submitted on a point and had Bob” and Florence. to conquer. Man’s last great a knack for focusing on the core adventure is to be able to of the dispute. He was attentive My father was very fond of successfully cross the street to witnesses at trial and tried to Judge Wilson and was his strong at 9th and Georgia Avenue. make them as comfortable as supporter and sometimes mentor. possible when they were on the My grandfather has been dead “hot seat.” With warm wishes, since the 1950s. I sometimes Katharine Darr Hastings wonder what he would have Among all my memories of thought of our explorations in Judge Wilson, one trial will stand space, the automation of the post out. A gentleman sued TVA under office, and our current court the employment discrimination Friday’s meeting (April 18, structures. statutes, claiming that he had 1997) with you (Don K. Ferguson, been unfairly disciplined. He newsletter editor) and Katharine I also wanted to share with you represented himself. I was the was fun. It triggered thoughts, one brief anecdote from Judge lead attorney for TVA. The case emotions and memories of my Frank W. Wilson. I can still vividly went to a bench trial before Judge days in Judge Darr’s office. remember my first trial before Wilson. The plaintiff was Judge Wilson. Judge Wilson had obviously lost in the courtroom. With best wishes, I am called me to the podium to ask He had no idea how to examine Sincerely, what our position was on various a witness or introduce an exhibit. Betty Cutchin matters. I had tried to keep my Judge Wilson, in a very gentle options open when he made the manner, managed to help the following statement: “The Federal plaintiff tell his story without Other letters to the Society: Rules of Civil Procedure allow for trying the plaintiff’s case for him. pleading alternate theories, but He gave him wide latitude on this Court does not allow a party procedural matters, but he would [Chairman Jack Wheeler] to rely on alternate facts.” Judge rein him back in if he strayed too asked for anecdotes concerning Wilson was a great man who far. With the benefit of his wide the federal courthouse. As we all attempted to train many of us in experience and his personality, know, the courthouse in the realities of the law. he did what he could to give the Chattanooga has always housed plaintiff his day in court without the post office in addition to the Very truly yours, tipping the scales of justice federal courtrooms and other Harry F. Burnette unfairly. It was an impressive federal offices. Until recent years, Chattanooga performance. I would add that the federal courthouse was the when I stood up, he held me to “main” post office for the standard he expected from all Chattanooga. Judge Milburn’s history of attorneys in his courtroom. Both my father (Harry G. Judge Wilson in the March 1997 newsletter caught my attention. I deeply regretted his passing. Brunette) and my grandfather (my While I have no doubt that many He set an example for us all. mother’s father, George Forbes) worked for the post office. Almost attorneys can (and have) told similar stories about Judge Sincerely, every time I walk from my office Wilson, I wanted to share my Thomas F. Fine at 713 Cherry Street to the federal experiences with him, which you Assistant General Counsel courthouse, I am reminded of a can use as you see fit. Tennessee Valley Authority statement that has been attributed The Historical Society of the United States District Court For The Eastern District of Tennessee, Inc. Newsletter October 1997 - Page 4 Court History Trivia Trivia Questions” by Tulsa Law Douglas had closer ties to East School Professor Bernard Tennessee than any other U.S. What United States Supreme Schwartz in the Quarterly, the Supreme Court justice in recent Court justice appointed the first newsletter of The Supreme Court history. A hiking enthusiast and female law clerk? Historical Society. The newsletter outdoorsman, he visited this *** was passed to us by Knoxville deputy court clerk and Historical region from time to time to hike in the Smokies with fellow hiking Answer: Justice William O. Society member Dorothy Parker, enthusiast and outdoorsman Douglas. He appointed Lucille whose husband, Travis, is a Harvey Broome, who served as Lomen in 1944, becoming the member of The Supreme Court law clerk during the 1950s and first member of the high court to Historical Society.) 1960s for U.S. District Judge have a woman law clerk. Robert L. Taylor and earlier for (This information came from an A note of interest to Eastern U.S. Circuit Judge Xen Hicks. s article titled “Supreme Court District readers is that Justice THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT History Around the Sixth Circuit FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF TENNESSEE, INC. By Rita Wallace Honorary Chairman Circuit Historian The Honorable James H. Jarvis Chief United States District Judge John W. Wheeler The revised history of the Sixth Circuit continues to progress Knoxville Chairman on schedule. The history will be accessible on the judicial Jack B. Draper intranet through the Sixth Circuit Library home page, which Knoxville Vice Chairman will go up within the next month. Not only will the history give Northern Division a short biography of each judge, but it will also include links to T. Maxfield Bahner Chattanooga opinions, a bibliography, and the location of judges’ papers Vice Chairman Southern Division that have been donated. A history published in book form will Lacy West be available sometime in 1998. Kingsport Vice Chairman Northeastern Division The court’s oral history project is progressing with the Jack M. Irion Shelbyville transcription and editing of the interviews with Judges Lively, Vice Chairman Winchester Division Peck, Brown, Engel and Celebrezze. In the works for the new Roy L. Aaron year are interviews with Judge Leroy J. Contie, Jr., of Akron, Knoxville Secretary Ohio, and Judge Harry W. Wellford of Memphis. The Historical Society for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern R. Murry Hawkins Clerk District of Michigan has constructed a traveling exhibit about Eastern District of Tennessee the court’s more interesting and precedent-setting cases, and it Don K. Ferguson Chief Deputy Clerk will be on display during the Society’s October meeting. Newsletter Editor The Historical Society of the United States District Court For The Eastern District of Tennessee, Inc.
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