Do you enjoy reading about the history of Northeast Tennessee and surrounding area? If so, welcome to "Bob Cox's Yesteryear" website (aka "Archives of Yesteryear"), containing my local history columns and features, most of which have appeared on Monday's History/Heritage page of the Johnson City (Tennessee) Press newspaper: www.johnsoncitypress.com.
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Subjects deal with the glorious beginnings of this beautiful Appalachian mountainous region. My primary focus lies mainly within Northeast Tennessee, Southwest Virginia and Western North Carolina, with particular emphasis on Johnson City, Tennessee. Click on any photo along the right side and you will be directed to the corresponding article. I am currently in the process of adding many new photos to my articles.
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Another great fully developed history website to explore is Henry's website: www.johnsonsdepot.com.
Today's column is part 1 of 2 pertaining to Johnson City being rewarded one of the three normal schools in the state of Tennessee in 1909.
A bold headline from the Comet newspaper read: "Board Makes Statement and Gives Reasons for Selection of the Normal Sites in Johnson City, Murfreesboro, Memphis."
A smaller caption further revealed: "In East Tennessee - The Board of Education Reaches Its Decision After Three Days Deliberation. The Awards Are Conditional on Each City Complying with All Promises Made in Its Normal School Application."
The evening of May 9, 1947 was an eventful and much-anticipated occurrence for Science Hill High School's ROTC program that was comprised of several young men and eight young ladies who served as sponsors. The required "military appearance," as specified in the military manual did not just spontaneously occur. It was carefully orchestrated by some rather stiff drill work by the school's training staff.
In earlier times, some newspapers gave numerous news briefs of small communities from around the East Tennessee area, such as Watauga, Austin's Springs, Flourville, Unaka Springs, Brush Creek, Hampton, Spurgin and numerous others.
In 1922, the popular song, “Yes! We Have No Bananas,” written by Frank Silver and Irving Cohn, and recorded by Eddie Cantor, occupied the number one spot on the Hit Parade for five weeks. A banana shortage caused a severe blight. Thirty years later in 1952, the song could have been changed to "Yes! We have No Potatoes."
"Mistress Mary, quiet contrary, how does your garden grow?" The answer to that age-old question was answered by five Johnson City families in June 1952 when Dorothy Hamill, Johnson City Press writer, interviewed and then penned an article about the five home gardeners who unquestionably displayed a green thumb.