Johnson City Press Friday, October 31, 2014
Community Columns Heritage Yesteryear
Popular rural magazine lobbied for painted farmhouses in 1911

Popular rural magazine lobbied for painted farmhouses in 1911

April 28th, 2014 11:32 am by Bob Cox

In 1911, The Progressive Farmer, a popular rural- oriented monthly magazine, started a crusade to promote the painting of southern farmhouses.

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An enjoyable visit to the Grand Ole Opry, March 1971

An enjoyable visit to the Grand Ole Opry, March 1971

April 21st, 2014 11:22 am by Bob Cox

In the early 1970s, my wife, Pat, and I occasionally drove to Nashville to see the Grand Ole Opry, which was located then at the downtown Ryman Auditorium. Recently, I uncovered a souvenir program from a visit we made there on Saturday, March 27, 1971.

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Abe Lincoln: Conceived in Carter County, born in Kentucky

Abe Lincoln: Conceived in Carter County, born in Kentucky

March 31st, 2014 9:53 am by Bob Cox

According to historical research, Abraham Lincoln and his vice president, Andrew Johnson, had ties with the Stoney Creek section of Carter County.

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Daring rescue of man who became Father of Tennessee'

Daring rescue of man who became Father of Tennessee'

March 24th, 2014 10:05 am by Bob Cox

If George Washington is considered to be the "Father of our Country," who then is the "Father of Tennessee?" In spite of all the great men who helped found "The Volunteer State," the accolades likely belong to John Sevier.

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Early 1960s employee shares fond memories of Wilson Pharmacy

Early 1960s employee shares fond memories of Wilson Pharmacy

March 17th, 2014 11:11 am by Bob Cox

Eddie Baldwin reminisced about his employment at Wilson Pharmacy at 273 W. Market St. in the late 1950s and early '60s.

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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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