13 December 1867: The East Tennessee Union Flag reported, âThe quarterly meeting which began in the Methodist Church last night, we are advised that it will continue for several days and nights. The sacrament of the Lord’s Supper will be administered after the sermon the following Sunday morning.
The East Tennessee Union Flag was a newspaper published in Jonesborough, which was written in 1867.
December 13, 1883: The Herald and Tribune reported, âMs. AB Bowman was very ill at her mother’s home in Greene County (sic). Mr. Bowman was wired for a day last week. We learn that she is better now.
In other news from the same day and from the same newspaper, readers learned: âMary, a three-year-old daughter of Dr EL Deaderick, died last Friday of diphtheria and was buried in the town cemetery on Saturday.
Diphtheria is rarely seen in the United States, but is unfortunately common in less developed countries.
The Herald and Tribune was, and still is, a newspaper published in Jonesboro, which was spelled in 1883.
13 December 1896: The Sunday Times reported several articles of local interest. All items bore a Johnson City date. âThere is a man in this city who promises to stand out as an inventor. It is none other than the brilliant WW Kirkpatrick, who invented an advertising clock.
“Last Thursday, WK Martin was informed that he had been shortlisted for a position in the Internal Revenue Department as an Assistant Tax Collector, after successfully passing a public service exam in Knoxville in September. . “
âJohn L. Summers, from Washington, DC, is here visiting his brother, JA Summers. Mr. Summers is the Manager of the Capital Auditor’s Second Office.
“PH Ponder, private secretary to Congressman Anderson, has gone to Washington to take charge of his job.”
Ms. Thad A. Cox traveled to Washington, DC, where she will spend several weeks with her father, the Hon. WP Brownlow.
âDr. SH Miller, assistant surgeon with Southern Railway (sic) in Knoxville, visited people in their homes here this week.
âThe ladies of the various churches in the city prepare a dinner which they offer to give to the poor children of the community during the holidays.
âGreat efforts will be made to obtain a pardon from JE Crandall, the banker jailed in Buffalo, NY, for making false statements to the government. Many citizens have already signed petitions for forgiveness. Judge Clark, the District Attorney, the jury that sat on the case and others connected with the prosecution of the Crandall case will be asked to lend their influence in securing the release of Crandall by the President Cleveland.
The Sunday Times, or other days of the week, the Chattanooga Daily Times is now published as the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Johnson City did not have a daily newspaper in 1896. The Comet was published weekly.
December 13, 1910: The Bristol Evening News, with a date from Johnson City, reported a recent infringement in Limestone. âA handsome man named Henry Smith was arrested in Limestone on Friday for tampering. Smith had only been in the village for a few days, but by his good graces he had been impressed by the confidence of the people. He went to the bank and told the teller he wanted to open an account. His first deposit was a check for $ 300, which he placed to his credit. Then he drew a check in his name on the bank. This has been cashed. The first check turned out to be false. A warrant was served on Smith and after a preliminary hearing the prisoner was taken to Jonesboro Jail.
Three hundred dollars in 1910 are now worth about $ 8,734. (Source: www.in2013dollars.com)
On the same day and also appearing in The Bristol Evening News, readers learned that Johnson City schools had 1,812 students enrolled.
Jonesboro was spelled this way in 1910.
The Bristol Evening News is now known as the Bristol Herald Courier.
December 13, 1921: A century ago today, The Bourbon News reported to readers: âRev. William E. Sweeney, pastor of the Christian Church in Johnson City, Tennessee, returning home from the Christian Church Conference in Louisville last week, stopped in Paris for a two-day visit to his mother , Mrs JS Sweeney, on Higgins Avenue (sic).
The Bourbon News was published in Paris, Kentucky. It is no longer in publication. We do not have access to any newspaper published in Johnson City in 1921.
December 13, 1926: The Anniston Star with a date line from Johnson City, reported the death of a librarian. Ms. Sue M. Painter, 48, assistant librarian of the Mayne Williams Library, who disappeared from her home about a week ago and was found critically ill in a hotel in Erwin, Tennessee, died in a hospital here today.
The Anniston Star was, and still is, a newspaper published in Anniston, Alabama.
December 13, 1930: The Johnson City Chronicle reminded readers that there are only 10 days of shopping left until Christmas.
December 13, 1946: 75 years ago today, the Johnson City Press-Chronicle reported news with a date from Elizabethton. âThree residents of the Sixteenth Civilian District of Carter County have been released on bail of $ 500 each for possession of a whiskey still, following an appeal today by Sheriff Tom Nave’s attorneys, the sheriff’s office said. “
âThe accused are listed as Homer R. Heaton, 21, and his cousin, Clint Heaton, 24, and Charlie Norton, 28, all of the Buck Mountain area. Raid officers reportedly seized steam equipment with a capacity of 60 gallons, along with three gallons of alcohol and 360 gallons of mash.
“The raid agents were Sheriff Nave, MPs McKinley Buck and Harland W. Oakes, and Constable Harrison Perry.”
“A preliminary hearing has been set for the trio next Thursday, December 19 at 2 p.m., before Judge Murrell Snell of the Court of Sessions.”
âThe still was the second in a week in the same section. A week ago two other Buck Mountain men, Jack Oakes, around 28, and Sol Potter, around 40, were arrested on similar charges following a raid by sheriff’s forces. Oakes and Potter will be brought to justice on Friday at 3 p.m., before Snell. Both were free on bonds of $ 1,000 each. “
According to www.in2013dollars, five hundred dollars in 1946 now has a purchasing power of about $ 7,092, so one thousand dollars would be twice that amount, or $ 14,184.
December 13, 1990: The Johnson City Press ran an article on Patty Smithdeal Fulton’s new book, I Can’t Live Nowhere I Can’t Grow Corn. The book was a collection of some of his favorite recent newspaper columns that appeared in the Jonesborough Herald and Tribune, The Erwin Record, and The Tomahawk, a Mountain City newspaper. Ms Fulton said of her reviews: ââ¦ I always start with something that really happened and then maybe – but not always – spice it up just a little. “