Today in Johnson City History: May 13 | Alive

May 13, 1897: One hundred and twenty-five years ago today, The Comet reported several short stories, as well as advertisements, of local interest.

“John I. Cox was in town on Monday.

“Mr. JF Toney was in town on Tuesday.

“Bert Crawford is back from a trip to Fitzgerald, Ga.”

“Captain. Bill Nelson of Backwoods was in town on Monday.

“Bird M. Robertson of New York was in town on Tuesday.”

“Adam Broyles was visiting relatives in town yesterday.”

“Horace Miller has returned from a trip to Centennial City.”

“Dr. FE Hunter, of Elizabethton, was in town yesterday.

“Mr. and Mrs. WW Faw visit Mrs. Faw’s family at Thompson (sic) station.

“If your lawn needs mowing, buy a New Departure or Girard mower from Summers, Barton & Lyle.”

“Miss Annie Brownlow came from Jonesboro on Monday to visit her sister, Mrs. Thad Cox.”

“Wanted – 20,000 pounds of wool, feathers, beeswax and sheepskins. Strictly pay cash. D. Gump, Grain Merchant.

“Geo Wofford has returned from a trip to New York and the East, on business.”

“Wanted – to rent a stroller for the season, address Post Office Box 111, Johnson City, Tenn.”

“A C. Kloman who had been visiting his family for a few days returned yesterday to Sweetwater where he is engaged in the mining of Manganise (sic).”

“Will Dyer left yesterday in the vestibule for Thompson (sic) station where he has some surveys to do. He will attend the centenary before his return.

“Prof. John F. Templin is now at home after several months of teaching at Limestone where he was Principal of Primary Schools.

“Sanders & Snapp, the well-known delivery men (sic), have moved their stable back to the old Buffalo Street (sic) stand and are ready to be more accommodating than ever with their customers.”

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“A large batch of queensware crockery and glassware has just been received at SB White’s. Prices still fair.”

“Mr. F. P Burch, State Agent for the Centennial, came to the city on Saturday. He is to consider the advisability of removing the Boone family tree at the Centennial.

“There will be another mass meeting of citizens at Oak Hill School House in the 10th Ward next Saturday, the 15th, to consider the matter of building a good road from Boone’s Creek to Johnson City.”

“JH McClister, former High Priest and District Lecturer of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons for the First District visited Thos. E. Matson Chapter No. 131 on the evening of May 11. He gave a lecture and reviewed the books etc. Refreshments were served. CH Jennings was a lecturer for the District Grand Lodge.

“Bird Jones was almost killed in the public square on Monday. A horse belonging to Rufe Hicker was left standing in a cart and, startled, began to run away. Jones, like a brave man and a hero, rushed towards the horse. He ran straight for the horse and meeting him grabbed his bridle, but the horse’s weight knocked him down, breaking his hold on the bit. The horse ran over the brave man giving him several nasty cuts in the face. The horse was running straight for the back corner when Jones grabbed it and turned its course, probably saving the life of Miss Dora Cargille, who was around the corner from the bank and was afraid she could not get out of the runaway course. ”

“Jones was taken to Dr Miller’s office and his wounds were dressed, after which he walked home. Several bad cuts to his eyes and forehead had to be stitched up and will likely leave scars as a reminder of his bravery. He gets along well and nothing serious is sought.

Retired Judge Lynn Brown reports that Backwoods was a community in rural Carter County; it is now known as Ripshin.

Thompson’s Station is a town in Williamson County, central Tennessee.

Jonesboro was spelled this way in 1897.

Sweetwater, Tennessee is located approximately 150 miles from Johnson City.

SB White is still in business, but not retail.

Steve Darden, former mayor of Johnson City, reports that Colonel TE Matson was a friend of him and his brother, Bill’s great-grandfather, who was Captain William Augustus “Gus” Darden.

May 13, 1922: A century ago today, readers of the Johnson City Chronicle read news provided by the Associated Press that featured a Bristol deadline and a May 12 date. Readers were told that “Damage estimated at $600,000 was caused in Bristol and this section this evening by high water from Beaver (sic) Creek, which flooded a dozen streets to the center of the city, from many trading houses and shops.

“The creek began to rise around 8am and by 9.30am it had flooded sections of Moore, Sycamore, Cumberland, Lee, Water, Front, Shelby, Seventh, Broad, Williams and State (sic) streets. About 35 stores were flooded and many people were forced from their homes. The high waters began to recede around 11 a.m. and an hour later had fallen off many streets, leaving them covered in debris. The Virginia Post Office, several department stores, the Bristol Hotel, and a number of stores on State Street (sic) near the creek were flooded. Basements filled with water and a dozen houses on James Row were flooded. The courthouse in Virginia (sic) was completely surrounded but no water entered it.

“Reports to the Herald-Courier indicated that the storm originated in a downpour that occurred near Wallace, Va., around 7 p.m..”

“The alert was given here by telephone and many traders began to prepare for the flooding as the creek, which runs through the center of the town, was at a normal stage.

“A special telephone message to the Chronicle around midnight says the water in the business section was two to three feet deep, but the flooding was probably not quite equal to that which visited Bristol at the fall of 1917. State street (sic ), the city’s main shopping street, was flooded from the bridge to the HP King & Company department store.The basement and first floor of all but the two hardware stores and the furniture store (sic) Sterchi (sic), which were protected by barricades of sandbags thrown in front of the front openings The fact that the merchants were warned of the approach of the flood served to reduce the actual damage to property.

Six hundred thousand dollars in 1922 is worth just over $10 million today, according to

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