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June 13, 1897: One hundred twenty-five years ago today, The Chattanooga Sunday Times reported various news from Johnson City, which was the deadline. June 12 was the date for all the news. Readers learned that “The Knights of Pythias hosted a banquet last Friday night at George R. Brown’s restaurant. The following in attendance speak highly of the evening’s entertainment: GW Slater and family, Riley Henson and wife, MR Miller and wife, WH Crawford and wife, Floyd Jones, WA Jones, JH Bowman, F. P Burch, BF Childress , geo . H. Berry, Rev. JR Herndon and Geo. R. Brown and family”.

“Young people of high society threw a nice surprise party for Miss Lillian DeArmond at her home last Friday night. Those who composed the party were: Misses Lillie and Bessie Painter, Charlsie Klepper, Bessie Worley, Willie Cox, Amanda Boucher, Bessie Ball, Clara Brownlow, Walter Hunter, Haynes Miller, Sam Carr, Will Miller, Taylor Hart, Thomas Kirkpatrick, Walter, Oscar and John Miller and Eddie Wade.”

“TE Hurst and James Summers attended the Odom-Blair wedding, which took place in Lebanon on Wednesday of this week.”

“Miss Grace Kitrell and Ella Mulky have returned from Asheville, NC, where they spent the winter at school.”

“Miss Annie Gentry, one of the popular young ladies of the town, is the guest of Miss Anna Faw, in Bristol.”

“Mrs. Dr. SA Bowman was called to Cedar Creek, Greene County (sic), due to the serious illness of her mother, Mrs. WG Broyles.”

“Mrs. GF ​​Campbell has returned from a visit in Greene County (sic). She was accompanied by her sister, Miss Mollie Hunt, who is to spend a week here.”

“Mrs. Ida Buchanan, from South Carolina, is visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. WA Sparks.”

“Judge John P. Smith and his esteemed wife have returned from their visit to Arkansas.”

“The following group here now attends the Centennial: Mr. and Mrs. TN McCown, JA Cargille and their daughter, Miss Dora, and their sons, Walter and Ralph; JW Crumley and his son Eddie”.

“Mrs. Thad a Cox entertained a youth party at her home Wednesday night in honor of her sister, Miss Clara Brownlow, of Jonesboro.”

“William Bacon, a well known and highly respected farmer in this county, died Sunday morning at his home near Dove’s Mill at the age of 50.”

“Mrs. WP Harris and her family, who have been wintering in Florida, have returned home.”

“Mrs. Alex Farnsworth, of Leesburg, is the guest of Mrs. H., C. Hart.”

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Jonesboro was spelled that way in 1897.

Dove’s Mill is a community in rural Washington County.

Leesburg is a rural community in Washington County.

The Chattanooga Sunday Times was published as the Chattanooga Daily Times on all other days of the week. It is now published online as the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Johnson City did not have a newspaper in 1897; however, The Comet was published weekly.

June 13, 1922: Exactly a century ago, the Johnson City Chronicle opined: “Thomas A. Edison has established a new list of questions that potential employees of Edison Laboratories must answer in the future. The list of one hundred and forty-nine questions includes those, to quote the New York Tribune, on “history, geography, music, physics, chemistry, biology, banking, agriculture, ranching, geology, medicine, Latin, astronomy, logistics.” , anthropology, dietetics, mathematics, coal mining, photography, insurance, civics, magnetism, etymology, poetry, fiction, drama, painting, and the source of all raw materials known and unknown’. In addition to these, the great inventor asks the 100th question which is: ‘You only have ten dollars in the world and you are playing poker with a man you have never seen before. On the first deal, he has a pat on the hand. You have three eighths after the draw. There are fifty cents in the pot. He bets a quarter. What are you going to do and why?

“The entire list of questions derives its interest from the fact that it has been submitted, presumably, with Edison’s approval. Some of them are very simple and some require considerable knowledge. It’s safe to say that most of us couldn’t answer fifty percent of them without an encyclopedia and most of us wouldn’t consider the answers to many of the questions important enough to try to remember after we find them.”

“Of course, no one knows exactly what Edison’s idea is, and our assumption may be very wrong, but we have an idea that Edison or whoever grades papers turned in after the exam put as much emphasis on the unanswered or guessed question as they do on the unanswered or guessed question. about which they are answered correctly.”

“For example, it would seem likely that if a man were to answer many of the questions posed correctly, he would not be ruled out because he did not know how far from earth the nearest fixed star is, or who the Igorot is. “Also, we have the idea that if a man answers all the question corrections, he might not get a job.”

“Meanwhile, the circulation of the list serves to keep people interested and gives them something to talk about and thus serves some purpose, whether it acts as a reasonable excuse to hire and fire men or not.” .

June 13, 1947: Seventy-five years ago, with a Knoxville deadline and a June 12 date, the Johnson City Press-Chronicle reported: “The Tennessee Valley Authority announced today the completion of the first stage of construction on the Watauga Dam near of Elizabethton, Tenn. , and said that work on the second phase would start tomorrow.”

“The first stage the TVA described as the diversion tunnel that will divert the Watauga River around the dam. The water will start flowing through the tunnel tomorrow and workers will start placing the earth and rock fill on the main dam.”

“The third and final stage, reported TVA, will be the construction of the powerhouse, and the installation of two generating units with a capacity of 50,000 kilowatts.”

“The Watauga and South Holston dams were authorized by Congress in December 1941 and construction began in February 1942. The War Production Board ordered a halt to work in December 1942 due to material and labor shortages. work, but work resumed. with the approval of Congress last July.

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