January 9, 1898: 125 years ago today, The Sunday Times ran news that included the date line for Johnson City and Jonesboro. When reading the Jonesboro date line and he dated January 8, the reader read: Mrs. MG Mahoney Last Saturday evening. It was called Recherche, and most of the young set, both married and single, were invited, most of them attended, and everyone had the most fun.
“The Week of Prayer conducted by Pastor John S. Fakkin and JH Summit has been here this week here at the Second Presbyterian Church and the service has been very interesting and well attended.”
“The Grand Court will be held here this week and will be presided over by Prime Minister John P. Smith.”
“Miss Bertha Hacker is back in school at Wilson College in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.”
“Miss Minnie May is back at her home in Clarkson with Miss Dora Smith.”
“JM Finke and family left for a month-long stay in (illegible) Florida last Monday.”
“Chauncey Hacker went to school in Athens last Monday.”
“George L. Smith, who has been in Canada for almost two years, will return home this week to visit family.”
The Johnson City dateline brought the following news items. The date was January 8th.
“Miss Matty Johnston, who used to teach here, left for Ducktown last Thursday and accepted a position as a teacher in the school there.”
“Dr. S. Rush Miller of Knoxville was visiting relatives here this week.
“Roy Rankin from Afton was here this week as a relative’s guest.”
“Nat Taylor of Asheville, North Carolina was the guest of her sister, Mrs. John Reeves.”
“After a holiday week at home, Miss Bessie Lou Burgess is back at the Southwest Virginia Institute in Bristol.”
Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Habe of Cranberry, North Carolina, got a room at CK Lide’s.
“Mrs. Dr. SA Bowman has just returned from Cedar Creek, County Greene, where he was on vacation with his parents.
Recherche is another name for exotic.
There are two communities in Tennessee named Ducktown. One is near the Washington/Greene County line. Another community named Ducktown is located in Polk County in southeastern Tennessee.
Afton is approximately 24 miles from Johnson City. Located in rural Greene County.
Asheville is approximately 61 miles from Johnson City.
The Southwest Virginia Institute was founded in Glade Springs, Virginia in 1884, but was located in Bristol in 1898. It later became known as Virginia Intermont College.
Cranberry, North Carolina is located about 26 miles from Johnson City.
Reference to “Mrs.” Dr.” means that Mrs. Bowman’s husband was a doctor.
The Chattanooga Sunday Times was published as the Chattanooga Daily Times on other days of the week. It is now published online as the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Johnson City did not have a daily newspaper in 1897. However, Comet was published weekly.
January 9, 1923: A century ago today, the Johnson City Daily staff broke news of the death of a prominent citizen. A reader reads, “Joseph Szell, who had been in ill health for some time, died this morning at his home in Knob Creek, about three or four miles west of this city. Funeral tomorrow afternoon.” It will take place from the residence at 1 o’clock.The burial will take place at the family graveyard near the residence.”
“He is 75 years old and has two sons and six daughters: JA and JW Sell, Callie, Alice, Mary, Trefenia, Edna Sell, Mrs. RM Acard, and one sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Thornburg. .”
January 9, 1948: Seventy-five years ago today, the Johnson City Press-Chronicle informed readers: Last night. “
“Circulation manager Marion Hale said the reason for the delay was not the mail department’s fault, but the railroad workers who dumped the papers at Jonesboro.”
“A mailman at the Jonesboro Post Office saw papers for train 1 and reported that the train had left before it was dumped.”
“Hail said he had checked to see if the car had been sent to Telford, University of Washington, Limestone or Chucky and had been left there for the 4th train back, but had not been able to find it. I did.”
Jonesboro was spelled as such in 1948.
Telford, Washington College, Limestone is a community in rural Washington County. In 1948, Washington College was also a high school. Chucky is a community in rural Greene County.
January 9, 1973: Fifty years ago today, the Johnson City Press-Chronicle informed readers of the cold weather. “With highs not expected to exceed the mid-20s today, the region was greeted with sub-zero temperatures today and no signs of thawing on the ice-covered roads and streets.”
“And we’re expecting more snow tomorrow.”
“Today we saw a gust of wind in the area.”
“Washington County schools remain closed. Johnson City schools, like Bristol schools, were operating on snow schedules. I took classes on the street.”
Milligan College is now known as Milligan University.
Steed College is now closed.
January 9, 1998: Twenty-five years ago today, the Johnson City Press warned its readers of dreadful news in an article bearing Joe Ledford’s byline and Elizabethon’s dateline. “As dawn broke this morning, the search resumed for victims of the flash flood that left at least five people dead, left hundreds homeless and caused millions of dollars in property damage on Thursday.”
“Eight people were still missing when the search was called off Thursday night, including a member of the Kingsport Rescue Service and a man believed to have been in the van where three died.”
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