Today in Johnson City History: May 11 | Alive
May 11, 1892: The comet brought news of several area residents as well as prominent visitors to the area. “GW Burleson, of Milligan, was in town yesterday.”
“Dr. WM Fuqua went up the narrow gauge on Monday.
“Jacob Loeb, county court clerk, was in town last night.”
“Col. Isaac Wing of Mayfield, Wisconsin, came into town last night.
“Mr. TR Chase from Fordtown is in town with some friends.
“A little girl visits Dr. and Mrs. RL Patterson on atauga (sic) Wavenue (sic).”
“Mr. H. Clay Jarvis, of Hancock County (sic), was in town yesterday.
“LW McDaniels, from Bristol, stopped at Piedmont last night.”
“Henry Hise, a fine Democrat and horse doctor, was in town on Monday.”
“RN Dosser, of Dosser Bros., Jonesboro, came to town last night at No. 2.”
“RA Long, the fanciful drummer, was playing JL Evans & Co. last night.”
“Shift. HW Folsom was in town yesterday, but returned home to Elizabethton.
“CM Davis and GW Cole of Jonesboro were stopping by the Carnegie Hotel on Monday.”
“DV Sells of Erwin was in town on Monday. He informs us that Erwin is improving some of them.
“Hick Broyles was in town yesterday. He was returning from a business road trip.
“Miss Lottie Wagoner, who visited the city, left last night and someone (sic) is sad.”
“Prof. TD Bowditch is in town. He was headmaster of Morristown Secondary School last year.
“TJ Higginbotham drove through town last night en route to Washington College, his Alma Mater.”
“Dr. JC Broyles and his wife and WW Faw, Esq., went to Knoxville yesterday for business and pleasure.
“WGB Simerley, of Allentown, was in our town yesterday, but returned home on the evening train.”
“Miss Lizzie, daughter of Colonel LE Reaves, of Jonesboro, is in town to visit Mrs. JE Harr, on Myrtle Avenue (sic).”
“Why did the work on the streets of Elizabethton stop at noon yesterday? We understand that the ploughs, shovels and pickaxes have been discreetly put away. »
“Fred Rosenblatt of Greeneville passed through town on Monday en route to Elizabethton. We do not know if he is looking for real estate or “personal” property.
Milligan is a community in Carter County.
Narrow gauge refers to a railway, as does No. 2.
Fordtown is a community in rural Sullivan County.
Hancock County is approximately 74 miles from Johnson City.
Jonesboro was spelled that way in 1892.
As used in the sense above, a drummer was a traveling salesman.
In 1892, Washington College was a college in rural Washington County, as well as a community.
Retired Judge Lynn Brown reports that what was Allentown is now part of present-day Hampton, located on the River Doe in Carter County.
May 11, 1922: A century ago today, the Johnson City Chronicle featured an advertisement for Masengill’s. The specialty store urged shoppers to frequent their store for a wide selection of gifts for the upcoming Mother’s Day. Among the items they were carrying was “an umbrella…a silk hose…a handbag (sic)…silk underwear…gloves”.
May 11, 1944: The Johnson City Press-Chronicle reported, “Twenty-three nursing cadets from Johnson City Appalachian Hospital will be sworn in at a ceremony to be held in the club room of the Mayne Williams Library Saturday afternoon at 4:15 a.m., Miss Vesta Swartz, superintendent, announced.
“Cadet nurses to be sworn in are Ann Bowman, Evelyn Braswell, Elsie Hicks, Ann Hawkins, Flora Hawkins, Ester Lou Pierce, Jane Profitt, Natalie Adkins, Shirley Briggs, Marjorie Brummitt, Lois Letterman, Doris Ramsey, Doris Riddle, Juanita Wheelock , Nola Blankenship, Evadine Squibb, Elizabeth Aeberle, Thelma Biggerstaff, Hester Cole, Mildred Keys, Jesse Nolen and Grace Rainbolt.
Appalachian Hospital was a precursor to Memorial Hospital, which was a precursor to Johnson City Medical Center.
The Mayne Williams Library was a precursor to the Johnson City Public Library.
May 11, 1947: Seventy-five years ago today, the Johnson City Press-Chronicle reported, “Reports from the committee on the progress of the Memorial Hospital Building Fund campaign organization will be presented at the meeting of the advisory board, scheduled for Monday noon at the John Sevier Hotel.”
“Vacancies in the chairs of several of the divisions responsible for leading the active campaign remain to be filled before staffing is complete.”
May 11, 1972: Fifty years ago today, readers of the Johnson City Press-Chronicle learned of the passing of a prominent Washington County resident. “Smith Kiser, 84, right. 7, community of Sulfur Springs, died at 2:30 a.m. yesterday at Laughlin Hospital, Greeneville, after a long illness.
“He was the son of the late John and Mollie Staten Kiser and a longtime resident of the Sulfur Springs community.”
“Mr. Kiser was a retired farmer and member of the Sulfur Springs Baptist Church. He had served as a Democratic Party district chairman for the past 42 years.
“Survived by his widow, Mrs. Nila Jones Kiser, one daughter, Mrs. Dot K. Ford, Rt., 7 Jonesboro, one son, Luke, Rt. 7, Jonesboro, twin brother, Charlie Kiser, four grandchildren, two nieces and two nephews.
“Dillow-Taylor is in charge.”
Laughlin Hospital is now known as Greeneville Community Hospital.
Jonesboro was spelled that way in 1972.
May 11, 1997: Twenty-five years ago today, in a story that bore the signature of Jim Wozniak, the Johnson City Press informed readers that “To help make the Regional Center for Medical Technology a reality, officials discussed and worked for more than seven years on moving the National Guard Armory and the Marine Corps Reserve from West Market Street to Gray.
“The effort was quite successful, but Johnson City will have to clear a few hurdles before the two military units can move and the city can have the property.”
“Lately, concern has centered on the possibility that the Marine Corps Reserve may not move.”
“City officials are awaiting news of a reserve major general who they hope will reverse a decision that the local unit will not move.”