Today in Johnson City History: July 13 | Living
July 13, 1897: One hundred and twenty-five years ago today, the Chattanooga Daily Times reported news with a Johnson City deadline and a July 12 date. Readers are told that “a corporation will be formed at Jonesboro to be known as the Jonesboro Fair Association, and this organization, it is said, will purchase the old fairgrounds there and revive the annual fairs which , a few years ago, were so successful in Washington County.
Jonesboro was spelled this way in 1897.
The Chattanooga Daily Times is now published online as the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Johnson City had no daily newspaper in 1897; however, The Comet was released on a weekly basis.
July 13, 1915: Johnson City staff have reported alarming news. “The mysterious departure of a handsome, healthy boy from the home of Mr. and Mrs. George H. Pepper in Johnson City – Elizabethton Pike on the night of July 8th has finally been cleared up and the child’s mother has been let know although her whereabouts are unknown.
“The first evidence that the parties, who knew the baby was taken to Pepper’s home, was obtained (sic) by parties who reported what they knew to Police Chief Hickman, who immediately busy.”
“Chief Hickman went to the home of Scott Brooks, who resides on the car line near the Hamilton store, and with whom Chester J. Baxter and his wife had lived for several months, and whose wife is the mother of the child now at Pepper’s home.
“Mr. Brooks states that Baxter and his wife came to his home in February and lived there until the child was born. Marriage license records in Registrar Martin’s office show that the wife of Baxter gave her name at the time as Isabell McCurry, although she claims to have been previously married to another man.Mr Brooks says he and his wife visited friends in Carolina Nord about two weeks after her child was born and after they returned the baby was taken away.
“During his investigations yesterday and today, Chief Hickman learned that Baxter’s wife had left town the morning of July 9, after the night the baby was left at the Pepper house. The destination has not been learned. She is a woman of about twenty-two.
“Baxter, who is a Spanish-American veteran and about thirty years old, left this town yesterday on the CC & O. Railroad for Cincinnati, for the soldiers’ house at Dayton, Ohio. It is clarified that Baxter is not the father of the child.
“Mr. Brooks and Conrad Dove visited the Pepper home on Sunday and the former identified the baby as the one born to the Baxters on June 24.
“When the baby was left at the Pepper house, a very pathetic note that the baby’s mother was dead was found pinned to the blanket above the basket.”
‘When seen by a staff reporter today, Mr Pepper said the baby was a ‘beautiful baby and growing well’. He also said that he and Mrs. Pepper would not keep the child but would place him in the hands of a good family and ensure that he was well cared for and cared for in the proper way.
The Johnson City – Elizabethton Pike eventually became known as the Glanzstoff Highway. It is now known as Highway 91 from East Main Street in Johnson City, to the Happy Valley area, where it becomes West Elk Avenue and US 321 in Elizabethton.
July 13, 1922: A century ago today, the Johnson City Chronicle warned readers that “En route to their summer home near Hampton, a tour party from Ohio stopped in Johnson City yesterday and called friends here. The party consisted of EH Kiser, president of the Merchants and Farmers Bank, Blachichester, Ohio; Burch Williams, cashier of the same bank, and JH Tollie and his two sons, of West Union. Mr. Tollie is a retired tobacco farmer and met other prominent men in Burley tobacco circles for a date at the Windsor Hotel.
“Mr. Kiser and Mrs. Williams are fairly well known in Johnson City, having frequently visited here and vacationed in the mountains near here for several years.
Hampton is a community in rural Carter County and is approximately 15 miles from Johnson City.
July 13, 1947: Seventy-five years ago today, the Johnson City Press-Chronicle announced, “WI Ray, 702 E. Unaka Ave., will retire Tuesday after 30 years of service with the East Tennessee and Western North Carolina Railroad Company .
“Ray, who joined the company in 1917, was also employed by the Southern and Norfolk and Western Railways. His positions have included those of ticket agent, telegraph operator, train dispatcher and car accountant.
July 13, 1972: Fifty years ago today, the Johnson City Press-Chronicle informed readers that “groundbreaking ceremonies for the new $2 million postal complex will be held on July 28.”
“Ceremonies are scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. for the new facility that will house the section center here.”
“US Senator Howard Baker Jr. and Congressman James H. Quillen will attend the groundbreaking. US Senator William Brock will also likely attend the ceremony.
“Representatives from the US Postal Service and the Corps of Engineers will also be present.”
“CFW Construction Co. In., Fayetteville, was the lowest bidder for the project when the Corps of Engineers issued tenders.”
“The new facility will be located near Memorial Stadium on 5.6 acres of land purchased from the Town of Johnson City. It will be across Main Street East from the Municipal Safety Building.”
“Completion is tentatively scheduled for July 1973.”
“The new facility will contain 50,000 square feet of floor space and provide spacious parking areas.”
“The complex will be a sectional center for the Postal Service, handling mail not only for Johnson City, but also for surrounding areas.”
“Fred Lockett, Postal Service Manager here, said, ‘The Postal Center will be a definite asset to East Tennessee and Johnson City. Additional employment is a distinct possibility, he said.
July 13, 1997: The Johnson City Press provided exciting news for readers. “Veterans Medical Center, Mountain Home, will be featured on Good Morning America on ABC Tuesday between 8-8:30 a.m.”
“The segment will focus on spirituality and healing, and the interview is based on a National Institute for Healthcare Research grant received by the VAMC Chaplain Service and James H. Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University. “
“A course has been developed for the College of Medicine for third and fourth year medical students on spiritual and religious issues in clinical care. The segment will be based on the successful teaching practices of this course.