June 15, 1897: The Nashville American published three articles of interest to local citizens. “Wash Crumley, from Johnson City, is visiting the Exposition. He thinks Nashville is second to none in many ways, especially in lovely young ladies.”
“J. Cargille, from Johnson City, stops at 232 North Vine street (sic). Mr. Cargille is accompanied by his sons, Walter and Ralph, and his daughter, Ms. Dora, who is one of the most successful teachers in Johnson City. Everyone is delighted with the Exhibition.
“Mrs. Alice Nelson Cunningham and Miss Helen Nelson, daughters of the late Chief Justice Thomas AR Nelson, after paying a pleasant visit to Mrs. AW Johnson, their relative, and enjoying the Exposition, have returned home to Chattanooga. Mrs. Cunningham is remembered here by many of her old friends as the beautiful and cultured Miss Alice Nelson, formerly of Jonesboro, Tenn. Mrs. Cunningham is a gifted writer. A beautiful story of hers appeared in the Centennial issue of the Chattanooga Times. Miss Helen Nelson is an artist of superior merit.”
The Exposition referred to was the Tennessee Centennial Exposition. The Exposition ran from May 1, 1897 to October 31, 1897. However, the Tennessee Centennial actually took place in 1896.
Jonesboro was spelled that way in 1897.
Retired Judge Lynn Brown reports that the Nelson family home, Buckthorn, still stands.
The Nashville American was a newspaper published from 1894 to 1910. Johnson City did not have a daily newspaper in 1897. The Comet was published weekly.
June 15, 1917: Johnson City staff informed readers: “Deputy Sheriff CB Martin arrested Bud Reed and his wife, who reside in Graveyard Hill, on Thursday and arraigned them before Judge Pierce on a charge of keeping a house in disrepute. The evidence was sufficient and they were required to appear in court on bail, which they did.”
June 15, 1922: A century ago today, Johnson City residents were bragging to their neighbors about their recent deals at Johnson City Dollar Day, held the day before. “The people of Johnson City unanimously went shopping on Dollar Day. They stocked the family pantry and shopped for many other items in anticipation of future needs. A prominent businessman (sic) proudly displayed a pair of standard-made shoes, which he was wearing, costing him a dollar. Another said he bought a pair just for the novelty of getting them for $1, even though they didn’t fit him, and gave them to some poor guy who needed them.”
“In grocery and dry goods stores, women wait their turn to shop for the phenomenal bargains on offer and display; and the people of neighboring towns and country districts mingled with the people of Johnson City at the great Trade Picnic of the merchants.”
“The merchants did not consider the profit of the items sold in the Dollar Day plan; it was the idea of commercial extension and familiarization that prevailed, showing the people of this section exactly what Johnson City is and has; and practically giving away many of the goods, having confidence that their merit would be recognized.”
A dollar in 1922 now has a purchasing power of about $17.21, according to www.in2013dollars.com.
June 15, 1947: According to the Johnson City Press-Chronicle, 75 years ago today, “The following illnesses were reported to the Washington County Health Department during the week ending June 14:”
“Gonorrhea, 24; syphilis, 13; food poisoning, 9; bronchopneumonia, five; cancer, four; measles, three; whooping cough, two; hookworm, one; and dysentery, one.”
June 15, 1962: With an Elizabethton date, Johnson City Press-Chronicle readers have learned that “Raymond Brumit and Dallas Grindstaff, both of Rt. 4, Elizabethton, were released yesterday of one charge of raping a mother of six when Grand Carter County Jury issued a No-Truth bill in his case.”
“Brumit and Grindstaff had been charged with rape after police said they had caught the two men with the alleged victim. Three other men who were with Brumit and Grindstaff escaped before the police could arrest them.”
June 15, 1972: Fifty years ago, the Johnson City Press-Chronicle informed readers of the upcoming Rhododendron Festival. In an article with the Roan Mountain date line, readers learned that “The 26th Annual Rhododendron Festival will officially launch tomorrow at 10am, as the queen’s contestants parade down Elk Avenue in Elizabethton.”
“The Miss Rhododendron pageant will be held Friday at 8 p.m. in the Cloudland High School gym here.”
“The queen will be crowned in special ceremonies atop glorious Roan Mountain on Saturday afternoon. J. Phil Campbell Jr., US Undersecretary of Agriculture, will be the guest speaker.”
“This year’s parade has changed in the sense that the queen’s contestants will travel in sleek, sporty boats instead of the usual convertibles. This alteration is to help promote the parade theme ‘Carter County — Vacation Wonderland.’”
“The entire parade is designed to help advertise the tourism potential of the Carter County area and to kick off the Rhododendron Festival and Country Music Week, Monday through June 24.”
“William Jenkins, state conservation commissioner, will help lead the parade.”
William Jenkins represented Tennessee’s 1st Congressional District in the US Congress from 1997 to 2007. Prior to that, he was the 75th Speaker of the Tennessee House of Representatives, from January 1969 to May 1970.
June 15, 1997: Twenty-five years ago today, in an article with the double bylines of Jeff Keeling and Vincent Z. Whaley, Johnson City Press readers learned that “All the chainsaws that people heard on Friday night and all day Saturday indicated that Johnson City Power Board was working to fix downed power lines and damaged transformers.”
“Authorities struggled to recover the region from a powerful storm system that swept through middle and eastern Tennessee on Friday and early Saturday, downing trees and power lines and blowing off roofs.”
“Power Board employees worked all night Friday. By Saturday afternoon, only about 3,200 customers remained without power, down from 35,000 just after the storm hit.”