If City Founder, Henry Johnson, Could Have Witnessed the Future of His Town, He Would Have Grinned With Pride.

Submitted byadmin onThu, 08/08/2019 - 09:07

Over the years, Johnson City acquired several city directories with many of them ending up in public libraries and local colleges. These books painted an amazing journey throughout the years. Over time, I added several volumes to my collection, including several from pricey estate sales.

In 1926, Jonesboro's H.M. Beard Won Ford Motor Company's Gas Mileage Contest Traveling 53 Miles on a Gallon of Gas

Submitted byadmin onThu, 08/08/2019 - 09:06

Driving a 1926 Ford touring car on a carefully measured and monitored gallon of gasoline, H.M. Beard of Jonesboro, RFD, won first place and a cash prize of $200 in the gasoline mileage contest conducted here Saturday. He traveled 53 miles per gallon to take first place.

The Great Payne Who Specialized in Selling Miracle Remedies for Hard to Cure Drugs

Submitted byadmin onThu, 08/08/2019 - 09:03

An ad in a local newspaper dated June 1906 noted that during the past three or four years, almost every large city in the United States was visited by a young man who did things of an astonishing nature. He carried a remedy that worked wonders, becoming known everywhere as "The Great Payne."

Grocery Stores (Mom and Pop and Large Ones) Were PlentifulAround Johnson City in the 1940s-1960s

Submitted bybobcox onWed, 02/13/2019 - 20:50

In the mid 1940s, my mother ordered groceries from Ford Wilson Grocery Store located on 200 Elm Street, which was several blocks away from where we lived in the Gardner Apartments, located at the intersection of W. Watauga Avenue and W. Market Street.

1961 SHHS Gym Dedication, Basketball Game Much Anticipated Event

Submitted byadmin onSun, 01/27/2019 - 12:10

In March 1961, my fellow Science Hill High School students and I began an orderly transfer to a new spacious modern school building located on John Exum Parkway. With the excitement of moving to the new facility, we hardly glanced back to the top of Roan Hill where students, dating back to 1864, had received an education.

Underground 1959 Training School Newspaper Surfaces

Submitted byadmin onSun, 01/27/2019 - 12:10

John Anderson, a former student at Training School (now called University High), mailed me a copy of The Trumpet, a 1959 underground publication that he and other students produced. Although the short-lived 4-page periodical received a strong endorsement from “The Student Union,” the newspaper caused John and two other students to be expelled from school: