Do you enjoy reading about the history of Northeast Tennessee and surrounding area? If so, welcome to "Bob Cox's Yesteryear" website (aka "Archives of Yesteryear"), containing my local history columns and features, most of which have appeared on Monday's History/Heritage page of the Johnson City (Tennessee) Press newspaper: www.johnsoncitypress.com.
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Subjects deal with the glorious beginnings of this beautiful Appalachian mountainous region. My primary focus lies mainly within Northeast Tennessee, Southwest Virginia and Western North Carolina, with particular emphasis on Johnson City, Tennessee. Click on any photo along the right side and you will be directed to the corresponding article. I am currently in the process of adding many new photos to my articles.
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Another great fully developed history website to explore is Henry's website: www.johnsonsdepot.com.
Today's column is the first of several newspaper articles dated 1928 bearing the title, "Inside the City School Houses." Several schools achieved a high score while others did not; in some cases, comments were a bit blunt. The first one is Senior High School (a.k.a Science Hill High School).
Henry Johnson, Johnson City founder, passed from this life on February 25, 1874. His obituary notice was posted in the Jonesboro Herald and Tribune on March 26, 1874. Except for paragraph breaks, it is listed below just as it appeared in the newspaper:
In 1896, the area where Oak Hill Cemetery would later be built was a wilderness of unkempt weeds and briers. A number of small animal pens were located there, along with barbwire that served as a perimeter fence.
In early 2006, Alan Bridwell introduced me to Harold Burleson, which culminated into a pleasant scheduled meeting at the latter's church, Munsey Memorial Methodist Church. While we sat in the lobby and "returned to those golden days of yesteryear," the historian shared vivid memories of Johnson City with me, which included a taped interview plus some of his favorite newspaper clippings from the Johnson City Press-Chronicle.
Recently, my wife and I attended my 55th Science Hill High School reunion, which included the combined classes of 1959-60-61. We were the "babies" of the attendees. While many classmates go to these events faithfully every five years, others never attend or make an occasional appearance. Sadly, many have left us; some cannot be present for a multiplicity of reasons, which include health issues. At the urging of Bernie Gray, I want to pay homage in today's column to my three favorite classes by providing a brief early history of our school. I will feature more later.
Nashville was decorated and adorned on every street to welcome President William McKinley, the 25th president of the United States and his party on their visit to the first Tennessee Centennial Exposition. Their special train arrived at 8 a.m. and Mr. McKinley and his fellow travelers were escorted to the Maxwell House by a squad of mounted ex-Confederate soldiers wearing the uniform of the "lost cause."
I received a note from Betsy Shaw on behalf of her mother, Bessie Kate "Bess" Young Katcham who will be 100 years old on July 18. "Nothing would please her and her family more," said Betsy, "than to have an interview with you about those 100 years in Johnson City and how everything has changed."