In 1896, the area where Oak Hill Cemetery would later be built was a wilderness of unkempt weeds and briers. A number of small animal pens were located there, along with barbwire that served as a perimeter fence.
I appreciate Harold "Hal" J. Hunter's Jan. 14 letter to the editor titled, "Preserving History Should Be a Priority of the City." I wholeheartedly agree. Today's column contains the first of several articles I will feature over time involving a landmark that is no longer a part of the East Tennessee scene. There have been so many in recent years.
On February 23, 1947, a full page ad in the Johnson City Press-Chronicle was dedicated to a newly organized business in town, Dinty Moore's Restaurant. The eatery had been around for several years with essentially the same name but at four separate downtown locations.
Jan. 1, 1890 was a busy day for Johnson City. During all the hard times of the late 1800s, Johnson City had more desirable and more permanent work than any other town, large or small, in the South. Notwithstanding the bad weather, work steadily advanced on all the plants and factories, until they were on the threshold of prosperity’s open door.
Bob Taylor used to be the editor of Johnson City's The Comet newspaper. An old saying that pertains to gifted writers urges these folks to keep their files wet continually for the specific purpose of preventing spontaneous combustion from their "lightning streaks of rhetoric."
One of the most persistent advertisers in fictional history was Robinson Crusoe, a character penned by Daniel Defoe in a book by the same name. The castaway believed in the power of advertising and knew exactly what he wanted - a ship, not to own but to rescue him from a desert island filled with a host of unsavory residents.
On June 10, 1984, Scott Pratt, Johnson City Press-Chronicle staff writer, composed an article titled, "The Process Has Changed." It concerned the 50th anniversary of the newspaper, which began publication on June 12, 1934."
On June 10, 1984, Mary Alice Basconi, Johnson City Press-Chronicle business writer, composed an article titled, "Circulation Departments Have Their Own 'War Stories.'" It concerned the 50th anniversary of the newspaper, which began publication on June 12, 1934. According to Jesse Curtis, former Press circulation manager, this department of workers produced their own brand of war stories.
On June 10, 1984, Alice Torbett, Johnson City Press-Chronicle feature writer, composed an article titled, "Five Decades of Newspaper Carriers." It concerned the 50th anniversary of the newspaper, which began publication on June 12, 1934.
On June 10, 1984, Elaine Cloud Goller, Johnson City Press-Chronicle staff writer, composed an article titled, "Photographs and Memories." It concerned the 50th anniversary of the newspaper, which began publication on June 12, 1934.