Johnson City Press Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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1908 Johnson City known as The Coming City of the South'

1908 Johnson City known as The Coming City of the South'

March 10th, 2014 9:29 am by Bob Cox

Johnson City's mayor in 1908 was Guy L. Smith, who also worked for the Armbrust-Smith Co., a furniture store at 204-06 E. Main (much later the site of Nettie Lee's Boy and Girl Shop).

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Boone Lake area hit by ferocious storm in March 1955

Boone Lake area hit by ferocious storm in March 1955

March 3rd, 2014 11:01 am by Bob Cox

On Tuesday, March 1, 1955, turbulent winds from a funnel-shaped cloud ripped off roofs, demolished barns and turned boats upside down in the Boone Lake area.

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President Harrison visited Johnson City in spring 1891

President Harrison visited Johnson City in spring 1891

February 17th, 2014 9:47 am by Bob Cox

In April 1891, two years after being in office, President Benjamin Harrison had begun what was widely regarded as a perilous 9,000-mile journey by train.

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Vintage TV comedians who once tickled our funny bone

Vintage TV comedians who once tickled our funny bone

February 10th, 2014 9:59 am by Bob Cox

The recent passing of WJHL-TV founding figure W. Hanes Lancaster Jr. evoked my recollections and fondness of early television comedians whom I eagerly looked forward to watching every week.

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Johnson City Development Co. had choice land for sale in 1921

Johnson City Development Co. had choice land for sale in 1921

February 3rd, 2014 11:57 am by Bob Cox

In 1921, an advertisement in a local Johnson City newspaper contained these words: “If you are going to farm, why not sell out and buy where you can get every advantage for yourself and family?”

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Ledford’s: A little store with a big business, long gone

Ledford’s: A little store with a big business, long gone

January 27th, 2014 9:57 am by Bob Cox

I enjoy receiving correspondence from folks who once worked at long-deceased businesses. Such was the case for Ledford’s Food Center, once located at 206 N. Roan St.

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An ‘old field’ school likely stood at center of Johnson City

An ‘old field’ school likely stood at center of Johnson City

January 13th, 2014 12:12 pm by Bob Cox

According to T.C. Karns, a Tennessee history writer from around the turn of the century, “old field” schools existed in this country in the 1800s, each standing in a crop-depleted field, hence the name.

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Can you name the year when all 19 newspaper items below happened?

Can you name the year when all 19 newspaper items below happened?

January 6th, 2014 3:51 pm by Bob Cox

Today’s column is a quiz to see if you can identify in which year all of the 19 items below appeared in the Johnson City Press-Chronicle newspaper.

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1870 Writer Referred to East Tennessee As “Switzerland of America”

1870 Writer Referred to East Tennessee As “Switzerland of America”

January 6th, 2014 3:47 pm by Bob Cox

In 1870, an unidentified writer, whom I will refer to as Mr. John Doe, described a train trip he took to Clinch Mountain.

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Christmas 1961 television brings memories of much simpler era

Christmas 1961 television brings memories of much simpler era

December 16th, 2013 10:13 am by Bob Cox

Today’s column is a nostalgic TV Guide excursion back to a simpler Christmas in 1961:

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