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.

1915 Normal School Bulletin Addressed Institution's Needs

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

I attended East Tennessee State University between 1961 when I graduated from Science Hill High School until 1964 when I transferred to the University of Tennessee. It was during this time that the college officially became a university. I remember coming to campus early one morning and seeing that the large letters painted on the two powerhouse smokestacks had been changed from “ETSC” to “ETSU” (as noted in my column photo from the 1963 and 1964 annuals).

Milligan College Once Portrayed as Natural Part of Landscape

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

A 1909 newspaper clipping speaks of a “serene section of East Tennessee lying beyond the Watauga River near the base of the loftiest mountains east of the Rockies.” The article states that no purer air or more lovely scenery could be found than the local region affords. It b ecame immortalized after Bob Taylor expressed it in his writing and speeches as “Happy Valley.”