If City Founder, Henry Johnson, Could Have Witnessed the Future of His Town, He Would Have Grinned With Pride.

Submitted byadmin onThu, 08/08/2019 - 09:07

Over the years, Johnson City acquired several city directories with many of them ending up in public libraries and local colleges. These books painted an amazing journey throughout the years. Over time, I added several volumes to my collection, including several from pricey estate sales.

In 1926, Jonesboro's H.M. Beard Won Ford Motor Company's Gas Mileage Contest Traveling 53 Miles on a Gallon of Gas

Submitted byadmin onThu, 08/08/2019 - 09:06

Driving a 1926 Ford touring car on a carefully measured and monitored gallon of gasoline, H.M. Beard of Jonesboro, RFD, won first place and a cash prize of $200 in the gasoline mileage contest conducted here Saturday. He traveled 53 miles per gallon to take first place.

The Great Payne Who Specialized in Selling Miracle Remedies for Hard to Cure Drugs

Submitted byadmin onThu, 08/08/2019 - 09:03

An ad in a local newspaper dated June 1906 noted that during the past three or four years, almost every large city in the United States was visited by a young man who did things of an astonishing nature. He carried a remedy that worked wonders, becoming known everywhere as "The Great Payne."

Grocery Stores (Mom and Pop and Large Ones) Were PlentifulAround Johnson City in the 1940s-1960s

Submitted bybobcox onWed, 02/13/2019 - 20:50

In the mid 1940s, my mother ordered groceries from Ford Wilson Grocery Store located on 200 Elm Street, which was several blocks away from where we lived in the Gardner Apartments, located at the intersection of W. Watauga Avenue and W. Market Street.

School Superintendent Rogers Retired in Grandiose Style in 1946

Submitted byadmin onSun, 01/27/2019 - 12:10

Today’s column is about former Johnson City School Superintendent C.E. Rogers. I don’t remember him because he left the position three years before I entered the first grade. My article also mentions a host of teachers and principals, some of whom I had in school. I am hopeful my readers will find a relative or friend listed.

East Tennessee State Teachers College Built a New Library in 1931

Submitted byadmin onSun, 01/27/2019 - 12:10

As a commuting pre-engineering student at East Tennessee State College/University in the early 1960s, I found the school library to be a convenient haven for study between classes. A half century later, I now visit the beautiful and well-stocked Charles C. Sherrod Library that opened in 1998 to research local history.