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In 1954, I became acquainted with another hobby to add to my numerous others. I was already hooked on collecting American and foreign stamps, thanks to Pat Watson who operated his Pat's Trading Post at 124 Spring Street. Pat further introduced me to the collecting of "First Day of Issue" covers.
Today's column deals with response from four Johnson City Press History/Heritage page readers. I routinely receive requests for help pertaining to local history matters. I try to assist if possible, but sometimes I am unable to do so. Attached are four slightly paraphrased notes that I received from readers. They need your help.
In March 1987, Tom Hodge greeted George Devault to his office to view a priceless deed. The Devault Bridge and the Norton Arney Farm had been front and center in the news that year. The bridge was being widened with two additional lanes to accommodate the new four-lane Bristol-to-Johnson City highway. Furthermore, the Arney Farm had been acquired by the city with plans for it to be made into a park.
Today's feature is a continuation of my mid-march Daniel Boone tree column, which contained paraphrased news briefs taken from a variety of newspapers. Today's feature is a continuation of that theme spanning 1897-16.
According to the late T.C. Karns, University of Tennessee professor and a turn of the century writer of Tennessee history, had this to say about Catherine Sherrill (1755-1836) in 1904. "She, a daughter of one of the first settlers on the Watauga, was tall and slender with dark eyes and hair, clear skin and a neck that was said to be like that of a swan. She was strikingly beautiful as well as being one of the greatest and bravest girls in the settlement."
By 1892, East Tennessee, with her wholesome climate and magnificent health restoring mineral waters, had become a strong competitor of the North and New England states, as a summer resort for the invalid in search of health benefits, or those over-worked in search of rest and recreation.
Listed below are five Daniel Boone tree paraphrased news briefs taken from a variety of newspapers between 1874-97. The famous tree was popular with area history buffs throughout the years. It all started when the rugged pioneer paused at a beech tree in Boon's (Boones) Creek, likely rested his rifle against a tree and carved in it indelible characters documenting the highlight of his day's work: "D. Boon cilled a bar on the tree in year 1760."
A few weeks ago, Joe Avento, a Press Staff Writer, produced an interesting article for the newspaper titled, "From a goat to a parrot: ETSU's choices of nicknames, mascots quite the colorful tale." In the piece, he noted the various mascot names the school has adopted over the years, such as Bucky, Pepper, Captain Kidd I and Captain Kidd II. Joe further explained that Captain Kidd I came on board in 1950 and disembarked in 1957, allowing Captain Kidd II to take over the helm.
The historic Boones Creek community was the site of the famed old Boone tree that for more than 150 years carried the inscription carved by Daniel Boone with his hunting knife: "D. Boone cilled a bar on the tree in year 1760." On Friday, May 14, 1948, the community residents hosted a noteworthy open-house event.