Today in Johnson City History: December 9 | Life

December 9, 1840: The Whig reported the death of Mrs. Jane Robinson. Mrs. Robinson was 53 years old and married to John Robinson. “Mrs. R. was a worthy member of the Baptist Church and passed away in the triumphs of her faith in this gospel, which brought to light” life and immorality. “

The Whig was a newspaper published in Jonesborough, which was spelled in 1840.

December 9, 1875: The Herald and Tribune, a Jonesborough newspaper, gave a recipe for “soft cake”. Readers were instructed as follows: “One cup of molasses, half a cup of lard, a dessert spoonful of soda dissolved in half a cup of boiling water, a teaspoon of ginger, one of salt, four cups (sic) and a half of flour. “

There was no mention of how long the cake would bake, nor what type of pan to bake it in.

The Herald and Tribune was, and still is, a Jonesborough newspaper, spelled as this in 1875.

December 9, 1896: One hundred and twenty-five years ago today, the Herald and Tribune reported: “The WCTU meets every Thursday in the basement of the First Presbyterian Church at 2:30 pm The first Thursday is a meeting for reports. local superintendents of the work performed. in the month. The second Thursday is the monthly Bible reading. The third, we have the responsive readings on the different work departments. Fourth Thursday, meeting of mothers. The public is cordially invited to attend one of these meetings.

As noted above in today’s column, the Herald and Tribune was, and still is, a newspaper published in Jonesboro, which was spelled this way in 1896, according to the newspaper.

December 9, 1897: The comet joked, “It’s been a feast and thanksgiving week with us. Our neighbors all killed pigs and remembered the poor with their customary generosity. These are kind offal from them and we wish them continued success in their obscenity.

December 9, 1916: Johnson City staff said: “The announcement of the wedding of Miss Mildred Exum and Mr. Wm will be very surprising and interesting to their many friends in Johnson City. Kyle Worley, made public by Mr. and Mrs. Wm. J. Exum today.

The article further explained: “The young couple were married by Judge WC Pierce, the groom’s uncle, on June 9 and, due to their youth, kept the matter under wraps until yesterday. Their wedding was celebrated last night by the Reverend WA Jonnard, rector of the Church of Saint-Jean (sic), with the episcopal ceremony, only the families and close relatives of the young couple being present.

December 9, 1921: A century ago today, The Journal and Tribune reported tragic news from Johnson City, with a date of the same. “A fire of undetermined origin destroyed the drying sheds and a large amount of LJ Ambrister Stave (sic) stock early this morning. The destroyed stock comprised 800,000 staves, of which 300,000 were ready for shipment. A small amount of machinery in the building was destroyed. Slight damage was done to the attached barrel plant, adding to the problem. The main building and the mill were saved.

“The loss, amounting to approximately $ 10,000, only partially covered by insurance, was largely suffered by Dr JH Preas of this town. The operation of the plant had been entrusted to LJ Ambrister.

“Due to the location in a relatively localized part of the city, the fire had made considerable progress before it was discovered.”

According to, $ 10,000 in 1921 is currently worth about $ 154,518.

The Journal and Tribune was a newspaper published in Knoxville. It ceased to appear in 1924. We do not have access to any newspaper published in Johnson City in 1921.

December 9, 1938: The Johnson City Chronicle sort of intercepted and printed several letters that had been sent to Santa Claus. One of the most heartbreaking letters is from Gladys Stanley of 209 New St.

Gladys wrote: “Dear Santa Claus: Please bring me some things for Christmas. I’m a four year old little girl and my dad doesn’t have a job to buy me anything, he’s been sick for 3 months and if you don’t bring me anything I won’t get anything. I want you to bring me a doll and candy, shoes and dresses. I have a brother and a sister, I want you to give them something. Will close hoping to see you Christmas.

December 9, 1946: 75 years ago today, The Kingsport Times informed readers: “The B Sharp Music Club recently met Sarah Lou Basinger with Barbara Gott as co-hostess.”

“After reading the minutes of the last meeting, a short working session took place. Each member was invited to bring a new member to the next meeting.

“The study hour, ‘The Life of Schubert’ was under the supervision of Mrs. J. Gillenwater.”

“Two selections for piano were given. Barnett’s ‘Birthday March’, performed by Sue King and ‘Amaryllis’, performed by Catherine Ann Jones.

“A new member, Margaret Bright, was introduced to the club and a visitor, Joyce Gillenwater, was present at the meeting. “

The Kingsport Times is now published as the Kingsport Times News. The Johnson City Press-Chronicle was not published on Mondays in 1946. That year, December 9 fell on a Monday.

December 9, 1971: Fifty years ago today, the Johnson City Press-Chronicle reported news on the Johnson City medical school project. In an article signed by Henry Samples, readers learned that “Sen Vance Hartke, chairman of the committee currently studying the Teague Bill, will travel to Johnson City on Wednesday as part of the measure, the Hartke’s office “.

“Frank Brizzi, Hartke’s administrative assistant, said the Indiana senator will conduct an on-site inspection of Mountain Home and also visit East Tennessee State University ‘if the weather permits’.”

“Hartke is chairman of the Senate Veterans Committee, the group is currently considering a step that could lead to the creation of five medical schools across the country.”

December 9, 1972: Readers of the Johnson City Press-Chronicle were greeted with huge scores from several high school basketball games the day before. Science Hill defeated Unicoi County by a score of 59 to 54. Happy Valley defeated University High, 55 to 42. Hampton defeated Daniel Boone by a score of 65 to 61, and Elizabethton defeated Sullivan East, 71 to 55.


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