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Sept. 15, 1871: The Memphis Daily Appeal reported, “During the past week letters patent were issued to W. Barker, of Johnson City, for a flour bolt.”

Sept. 14, 1871: The Herald and Tribune, a newspaper in Jonesboro, reported sad news. “Last Saturday the wife of W.H. Taylor, Esq., of Johnson City, met with an injury, which, it is feared, may prove serious. She was on her way from home to Turkey-town to attend Camp-meeting — when her horse …

Sept. 13, 1873: The Daily Press and Herald, a newspaper in Knoxville, reported an interesting story about a dog. With a report from Jonesboro, readers learned, “There is a dog in town who has made it a business to visit cholera patients. He has evinced remarkable solicitude for their recover…