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Local News from the Pages of the Jan. 3, 1934 Johnson City Staff-News

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On January 3, 1934, the Johnson City Staff-News announced a new comic strip page as part of a "New Deal" for its readers. The most significant one was the addition of “Popeye, the Sailor Man,” a highly popular feature that was incorporated in “Thimble Theatre,” a nationwide comic strip in early 1929. In time, Popeye prevailed and took over the title.

The Dr. Edward Campbell Family Bought Mountcastle Hills, Renamed It "Argyll"

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This is my third column on the house that was built as Mountcastle Hills, located just off N. Roan Street in 1917. In the first one, John Zollicoffer sent me several old photos and clippings about the wedding. In the second one, Alex Summers recalled specific details of the dwelling once owned by his grandparents. 

Alex Summers Comments on His Grandparent's Mountcastle Hills Home

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I recently corresponded with John Zollicoffer concerning the article I wrote about the wedding of his parents in Johnson City in October 1934. The nuptials took place at the bride's parents, James and Alice Summers' beautiful home in Mountcastle Hills. John passed our notes to Alex Summers who played a significant role in my Summers Hardware feature in 2009. "Dear Bob," he wrote, "Glad to see you are still digging around about the Summers and Zollicoffers."

Large Gathering of Notables Attended 1934 Zollicoffer-Summers Wedding

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On Oct. 14, 1934 at 8:00 p.m., Mr. John Zollicoffer and Miss Helen Summers became husband and wife at the home of bride’s parents in Mountcastle Hills. The Johnson City Chronicle described the ceremony as “dignified simplicity.” Several out-of-town guests attended the gala affair. The Rev. Robert King, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, impressively and beautifully solemnized the rites.