7/6/1892: the Fourth at Lenoir’s

June 13, 2018

From GenealogyBank: Daily Journal and Journal and Tribune, 7/6/1892, Knoxville, Tennessee, Volume VIII, Issue 132, Page 3.

The Fourth at Lenoir’s.

LENOIR CITY, TENN., July 5.–The Fourth of July celebration was a grand success. The crowd was immense. Hon. Walter Cocke, of Knoxville, delivered a masterly address. Our rising young attorney, Jas. L. Nicholas, delivered the address of welcome. The declaration was read by Dr. Burdett, and some fine music was rendered by the glee club. The sports formed a very interesting feature in the afternoon program, and were hotly contested for. The special prizes offered by our merchants were won by the following: Handsomest young lady, Miss Addie Anderson, of Loudon. Most popular man, Dr. G. M. Burdett, of Lenoir City. Prettiest baby, Miss Ellen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Lenoir. Homeliest man, Dr. Andrew B. Eaton, of Eaton’s X Roads.

The platform dance, given on the lawn of the Homestead Inn, was an enjoyable feature. The base ball game between the Loudon and Lenoir teams was won by the former. Some estimate the crowd at two thousand. All incoming trains were loaded and several boat excursions were run to this city. Everything passed off quietly and we are to be complimented upon the good behavior of our citizens and visitors. Not an officer or police, and no occasion to need one.

And that rivalry between Loudon and Lenoirs still exists today.


6/19/1892: Annual Church Picnic in Lenoir City

June 12, 2018

From GenealogyBank: Daily Journal and Journal and Tribune, 6/19/1892, Knoxville, Tennessee, Volume VIII, Issue 15, Page 7.



The St. John’s Sunday School of This City Picnics There.

LENOIR CITY, Tenn., June 17.–(Correspondence.)–The St. John’s Episcopal Sunday school of Knoxville held their annual picnic at this city Thursday. A special train of four coaches, containing over two hundred scholars, teachers and parents, arrived here at 9:30. The train was run out the saw mill tracks, allowing the children to visit the large saw mill in operation here.

After a half hour pleasantly spent there they were taken to the ferry road crossing, where wagons loaded with new mown hay awaited them to convey the happy laughing throng to historic Chestnut hill. The ground had been nicely arrayed for their reception. The well filled baskets, the ice cream and lemonade were of the best, and oh, what a plenty. Major Huger was one of the hustlers and aided wonderfully in entertaining the crowd. Manager Marfield of the City company, superintendent of the Sunday school had charge of the entire detail and great credit is due him for the able manner in which everything was managed. Not an accident nor one unpleasant feature to mar the pleasure of the occasion.

Among the guests was Rev. Dwight Marfield of Dayton, O. “Dwight” has hosts of friends here who were glad to give him a cordial greeting. The train left here at 6:30 for Knoxville.

Cass Hall, cashier of the Lenoir City bank, left to-day for the democratic convention at Chicago.

The Crosby Lumber Co., gladdened the hearts of their employees last evening — it was pay day.

The announcements for one grand Fourth of July celebration are about complete. Every effort is being made to make it a grand success.

One more time: Who knows where Chestnut Hill is? It is historic. Did it overlook the river? How to find out?

6/7/1891: A Great Fourth of July Celebration to be Held

June 10, 2018

From GenealogyBank: Daily Journal and Journal and Tribune, 6/7/1891, Knoxville, Tennessee, Volume VII, Issue 102, Page 8.



A Great Fourth of July Celebration to be Held.

LENOIR CITY, JUNE 5.–C. E. Given, of Kansas City, Mo., spent a day this week in our thriving city. Mr. Given has been up the Little Tennessee quietly inspecting the riches hidden there.

Lenoir City is to have an old fashioned Fourth of July celebration. Great preparation is being made to make it an event not to be soon forgotten. Chestnut Hill has been selected as the place to hold the barbecue and display the fireworks in the evening. Home talent and speakers from abroad will split the wind with eloquence. Col. Chas. Stanton is chairman of the committee on arrangements and no pains or money will be spared to make it a grand success.

The belt line railroad to the river has been completed, and the first train will pass over it to-morrow taking to the river the machinery for the large lumber plant.

The Homestead Inn will be ready for occupancy in about ten weeks. It will be beyond doubt one of the best arranged little houses in East Tennessee, and with the attractions possessed in Lenoir, will become  popular summer resort.

Hough and Biedler will have a grand opening Saturday, June 6th. They intend keeping one of the best stocked general stores in this section of the state. They are clever and accommodating gentlemen, and will spare no pains to please their patrons.

Thompson Bros. are erecting a large business block on Broadway. They are the lessees of the large planing mill, also contractors.

The Lenoir City Manufacturing and Lumber company are erecting a large boardinghouse for the accommodation of their employees. It is on the line of the belt road and near their mill site.

Mr. Dempster is straining every nerve to have the flour mill ready to run by the time new wheat is in market. When completed it will be one of the best equipped mills in the state.

6/13/1891: the Lenoir City Lumber Company’s Mammoth Works

June 4, 2018

From GenealogyBank:. Daily Journal and Journal and Tribune, June 13, 1891.



The Lenoir City Lumber Company’s Mammoth Works.


Notes From Other Correspondents–A Man Painfully Hurt at Johnson City.

Mossy Creek News.


LENOIR CITY, TENN.,  June 11.–Messrs. Young, Hefflefinger, Avery and Edmondson, stockholders and officers of the Lenoir City Lumber company, are in the city, locating their plant, and starting workmen in the construction. The plant covers ten acres and will take one and a half million brick to complete it. They expect to have their saw mill in operation in about four weeks.

Contractor Abrams will turn the keys of the homestead inn, over to the owners next Monday. He is to be complimented for his promptness in completing his contract. Several experienced hotel men all expected this week to look over the house. With the scenery, climate, river facilities, pure spring water, which makes our little city so attractive, this hotel will become a summer resort. With four trains daily each way, Knoxville and Chattanooga people can bring their families here to enjoy the beauties of nature and rest from the cares of city life.

President Sanford spent two days this week in our city. Lookout for another big deal. He is just back from New York City, where he has been in conference with his co-laborer for Lenoir City. It is strongly hinted upon the outside that an immense woolen mill will be located here. The Lenoir City company are quietly backing up every assertion they have made, “no mushroom growth,” no lot sale then retire from the field and leave the purchasers to hold the bag. No, they are locating industries here that are solid, that stand upon their own feet, that choose this point for the advantages it possesses. There is no need of an auction sale of lots, they are selling fast enough. “Get the factories, employment for people, the lots will sell, houses and stores will be built.”

There is a great deal of regard for the future being considered in the construction and location of buildings in our new city. In the first place the streets are of a nice width and houses are being placed in uniform upon them. Certain portions of the town site are reserved for factory purposes, thus keeping that apart from the business and residence portion. Other portions beautifully located too, has been plotted into residence lots to be sod cheap to the laborer and mechanic. All can become citizens and householders here. With the agricultural advantages we hold living is cheap. With the climate, water, perfect drainage, to live here is to enjoy health, and with the large manufacturing interests springing up on all sides, why won’t it be the place to enjoy wealth.

I’ve found so many new articles about Lenoir City that it has become impossible to get them all arranged in chronological order. I tried, honestly I did, but other things have popped up. I have some good cat stories, knitting projects, and fun workplace drama to weave in and around. How do people actually have writer’s block? I suspect that it happens when they stick to one subject at hand. I ping around among several topics like a pinball machine. I could write all day and not get finished. Sadly, that is not an option.

Here’s a taste of work drama. We are continuing to lose valuable personnel all across the board, from us lowly admins all the way up to doctors. My work companion was a hardworking woman who has moved to Wisconsin because her husband has taken a job with the railroad. Human Resources hired a woman older than I am whose previous work experience was in a spa. I don’t know what she did there, but she has a lovely telephone voice. She had 4 days of training with the admin that moved, then 4 days of boot camp with me last week. It is an entirely unfair situation for everyone involved. I have no clue why a replacement wasn’t hired sooner because the previous admin gave a month’s notice. Are there no applicants? The situation is further complicated because the admin who pulled all the insurance authorizations and made the appointment confirmation calls while working remotely from Texas, had a baby and is taking time off. Because *baby*. The server has been non-functional at random times, and ours is an internet based business with all our programs and file sharing done online. No server, no access. I started last week off just fine and calm, and by the end of the week, another employee suggested that she throw something at me and tell me to chill. I find myself chanting, “there’s just one of me, there’s just one of me”. My lunch break is 10 minutes in the break room, pushing a pound of food into my face, and trying to have a private moment to call Sugar, who gets lonely and blue without a little midday chat. I like my job, really I do, but I have realized that it will be months before the new person will be up-to-speed, and I am disheartened at how this chains me to my desk. She’s going to work out just fine, really she is, but I have to go in early to make sure she gets signed in on the computer, and I stay later than she because my schedule ends after hers, and there are still heaps of things to do. Tomorrow the doctor is out for the day for some personal leave, and the new person asked if she could come in late, skip lunch, and leave early since the doctor wasn’t going to be there. Ummmm, no, that’s not how the schedule works. Why would you even think that? The office is still open.

Y’all, life is hard sometimes. I know, I know. I’m preaching to the converted.

May 15, 1892: Billiards and a Bowling Alley in Lenoir City

June 2, 2018

From GenealogyBank: Daily Journal and Journal and Tribune, 5/5/1892, Knoxville, Tennessee, Volume VIII, Issue 80, Page 7.



Big Fourth of July Celebration Being Talked of.


Hill’s Foundry and Machine Shop in Operation–The E. T., V. & G. are to Extend Their Tracks.


LENOIR CITY, TENN., May 14 — [Correspondence.]–The Foundry and Machine shop of F. J. Hill is in operation and is equipped to do all kinds of work in that line. They are now working on a large contract for the Crosby Lumber company. They employ quite a number of skilled mechanics, they with their families will add considerably to our population.

Survey has been made by the E. T. V. & B. R. R., for extending their tracks along the river front for the accommodation of manufacturing industries. The Crosby Lumber company will have a track the entire length of their property, also a tract on the river bank for the accommodation is logging trains. The main river track will extend as far as the Carrin Morsen Lumber company’s property.

The Lenoir City bank is a solid institution, which is evidenced by their semi-annual statement. They organized less than two years. Their first banking house was a log cabin. Now they own and occupy as fine a building as can b found in a city three or four times our size. Their deposits run from twenty-five to thirty-five thousand dollars. Dr. Geo. M. Burdett, the well known secretary and treasurer of the old Lenoir Manufacturing company, is president, and Cass B. Hall is cashier.

Preparations are being made for a grand Fourth of July celebration here this year. The success of last year’s program, which, by the way, was the first fourth ever celebrated here, has encouraged our citizens to make a mighty effort. A basket picnic will be the feature of the day, interspersed with sports, such as foot racing, horse races, boat regrata. Talented orators will deliver addresses. In the evening a display of fire works will be exhibited from the hill tops.

Passenger and freight traffic is steadily on the increase here. Within the past month over fifteen cars of lumber was shipped, ten cars of corn were billed from here, besides several cars of brick. W. H. Stanfeel, agent, here, told THE JOURNAL correspondent that freight receipts for the past month were over $1000.00, while sales for tickets were considerably over $409.00.

The Lenoir City Brick company are running full blast and are employing some thirty men. They are making some large shipments to the Knoxville trade.

The Crosby Lumber company are busily engaged getting material for their new mills. In the meantime they are running the Lenoir City saw mill, and have sawed about 600,000 feet of lumber. They secured two car loads of merchandise this week for their store.

J. W. Thompson has erected a building on his lot on Broadway, which, when finished, will be occupied as a billiard hall and bowling alley.

From five to six hundred pounds of fish are shipped from this point daily.

Our citizens enjoyed an excursion up the Little Tennessee on the steamer Love the first of the week.

Jno. T. Bon & Sons, table manufacturers here, have a large contract with an Indianna firm for making churns for their southern trade.

R. Hanna, proprietor of the woolen mills, was here last week. If that company contemplate a change of location in their plant, this certainly is the point to move to.

There is a street named Bon in East Lenoir City. A few years ago, there was a discussion of social media as to the name. Was it Bon or Bond? I always knew it as Bon. One person argued that there was no such name as Bon and who would name a street BON, so he reasoned it had to be BOND, and someone had just dropped the last consonant. I admit we do tend to drop consonants, and even entire syllables, in East Tennessee, but I was pretty sure that he was wrong. I didn’t actually participate in the discussion, but it stuck in my brain.

I do love a little historical proof to back me up. 🙂


The 1940 TVA Removal of the Hollis H. Dewitt Family

May 23, 2018

Hollis and his family, along with his parents who lived next door, were part of the TVA removal when the Ft. Loudoun Dam was being built.


Mrs. R. B. Mashburn and Mrs. Oscar Wilson are listed as daughters. I believe this is a clerical error, since Mr. and Mrs. DeWitt are listed as a young couple with two young children who are too young to go to school. I suspect that Mrs. Mashburn and Mrs. Wilson are the sisters of Mr. DeWitt, but further research is needed. (Later confirmed that they are indeed the older sisters of Hollis. Mrs. Mashburn is Edna “Leota” DeWitt who married Raymond Mashburn, and Mrs. Wilson is Reba DeWitt who married Oscar Wilson.)








Leave Lenoir City toward Bussell’s Ferry. After crossing the Southern Railroad tracks at the C. H. Bacon Hosiery Mill, continue to the dirt road just before reaching the river to the left. This road leads up a steep, clay road along the west banks of the Tennessee River. The first house on the right is the home of Mr. DeWitt.


A few families living just below the dam site on small tracts, supplementing their farm incomes by industrial employment, make up this community. This particular family lives on less than two acres of land and supplements its income from the farm by industrial employment. The land under cultivation in this community as a whole is rather fertile.


This is a non-farming family consisting of a young couple and two children. Mr. DeWitt was not at home, but the worker met Mrs. DeWitt and the two children and also the parents of Mr. DeWitt. The entire family is healthy. The two children are too young to attend school, and Mr. and Mrs. DeWitt have only a fair education.


Mr. DeWitt quit school after reaching the seventh grade due to the illness of his father. He went to work at the C. H. Bacon Hosiery Mill and has been employed there since he was 16 years of age. He makes 32 1/2 cents per hour and works 44 hours per week. Mrs. DeWitt said that work was fairly regular and estimated that Mr. DeWitt was employed at least 40 weeks during 1939. However, at this particular time he is idle due to the shortage of orders.


The house is a well made, two room weatherboard structure which sits on the cliff over-looking the River. The house is small, but in excellent condition; it is comparatively new. There are 1.3 acres leading down to to the river, 0.3 of an acre of which Mr. DeWitt has in a garden for his own use. There is a beautiful view of the river at the rear of the house.


At the time the worker called, Mrs. DeWitt stated that their check had not been received for their property and that they were waiting for it before looking for a new home. This should not be a difficult relocation problem as Mr. DeWitt’s job will continue as formerly. It merely means a change in residence.


This property was acquired by purchase on May 22, 1940. The worker called to see Mr. DeWitt, and although he was away, terms of the contract were discussed with Mrs. DeWitt and Mr. DeWitt’s parents. They understood that the property was to remain in their possession until June 22, 1940, and that they were not permitted to remove any buildings from the property. In the meantime, they were to have use of the buildings. This family will be contacted again as they claim at this time not to have received the check for their property. However, the office said that the check had been mailed.


REMOVAL INFORMATION 6-27-40 Ketchen lib

This family moved to a house in Lenoir City but Mrs. DeWitt was not pleased with the location. Plans are being made to start building a home of their own at once.

FURTHER INFORMATION 9-10-40 Ketchen lib

This familoy has purchased  lot and built a very comfortable home in the edge of Lenoir City on the highway to Concord. They have a larger house than formerly, are more conveniently located to Mr. DeWitt’s work, and are closer to schools and churches. They are in the same general community–Lenoir City, and Mr. DeWitt’s work is not to be affected by the construction of the dam. Everything considered, they are as well, if not better, off than formerly. No further follow-up is necessary.

The 1940 TVA Removal of the Charles H. Dewitt Family

May 21, 2018

My father worked for TVA as an iron worker. One of the projects he worked on was building the dam and bridge over the Tennessee River near Lenoir City.

Yes, Dad worked on a dam bridge. We had a lot of fun saying that when we were kids. Dad was a dam worker.


My mother’s mother’s mother was Henrietta Collins Webb. She went by Etta. A school buddy from my growing-up years told me a few years ago that her grandmother was also Etta Webb, but that was her maiden name. I didn’t think much about it.


Recently, I found the wedding announcement of my aunt Etta Packett who married Gordon McConkey. I realized that I didn’t know much about Gordon’s family except that his father was named Wesley, according to the announcement.

Gordon’s mother was a Webb, too! And when I traced her Webb line as far as I could, there is a distinct possibility that Gordon and Etta were distant cousins.

Then when I traced Gordon’s family outward, I found Etta Webb who married a Dewitt. So it looked like I was related to my friend from school, since all those Webbs were related.

I was poking around the Webb part of the tree to see if something might fall out.

And it did.

The TVA removal of the family of Charles H. and Etta Webb Dewitt.

Families were removed from their homes, if the homes were to be impacted by the waters of the proposed dam.







Leave Lenoir City at A Street, go north on Broadway 0.3 mile, turn right past the C. H. Bacon Hosiery Mill, continue 0.5 mile to dirt road over the hill to the left; take dirt road and go to the second house on the right, which is the home of Mr. Charles H. DeWitt.


A few families living just below the dam site on small tracts, supplementing their farm incomes by industrial employment, make up this community. This is one of the two families living on less than two acres of land while the other tracts are less than 30 acres. The land in cultivation is apparently in good condition.


Mr. DeWitt is unable to accept employment but puts in what time he can on his little 1.7 acres of land which is on the bluff over-looking the River. He claims that one acre is in cultivation. Aside from the chickens which he raises primarily for his own use, he has a tobacco patch and some truck crops. He owns no farm tools other than those used b hand; nor has he any work stock. He has one cow and one calf at this particular time.


Mr. DeWitt is in apparent good health, yet his heart will not permit him to work at any job which his education would allow him to perform. He is very sociable, but he expressed disappointment in finding it necessary to move from his present location. Mrs. DeWitt is also very agreeable. Their two children, Juanita and Mildred, have both stopped school. One is employed at the Hosiery Mill while the other is doing nothing at the present time. However, she is very anxious to get a job. With the exception of Mr. DeWitt, the family is in excellent health.


Mr. Charles DeWitt is only 54 years, but he claims that a bad heart prevents him from ding any strenuous work. He does cultivate one acre of land on which he raises tobacco and a few vegetables. He reported an income of $135 from this acre in 1939. the oldest daughter,Juanita, aged 22, is the chief source of income. She is employed by the Bacon Hosiery Mill from which she reports an income of $636 for 1939.


The residence is a five roomed, weatherboarded, ceiled house, which is in good condition. It is comparatively new and was built by Mr. DeWitt himself. It overlooks the River at the rear and offers a view of which the entire family is quite proud. They have a lovely basement, and he had great plans for what he was going to do until he was bought out by the TVA. The house is well kept, and the furniture shows that Mrs. DeWitt is a good housekeeper with refined tastes.


Aside from the cash received for his home, the furniture which he owns, and one cow, Mr. DeWitt has no other relocation resources. The money received, howevere, should be ample for a fair location. His daughter, Juanita, will continue working in the Hosiery Mill, and that is the guiding feature in his wanting to relocate near


Lenoir City. Every effort is being made to help Mr. DeWitt, and Mr. Woods is reporting to Lenoir City on June 7 to cooperate with Mr. DeWitt in finding a suitable place of relocation.


This property was acquired by purchase on May 27, 1940. The worker called to see Mr. DeWitt, and the terms of the contract were discussed. The entire family was present. They stated that they understood that the property was to remain in their possession until June 24 and that they were not permitted to remove any of the fences or buildings. The removal date was discussed very thoroughly and Mr. DeWitt assure the worker that he would move before the expiration of his allotted time.

VISIT WITH MR. WOOD 6-7-40 Ketchen

The worker visited Mr. DeWitt accompanied by Mr. Wood concerning relocation. Mr. DeWitt explained to the worker and to Mr. Wood that he had located a place two miles east of Niota in McMinn County, six miles from Athens and six miles from Sweetwater. The new residence will be on Bill Mason’s farm. He does not have the farm leased, but the residence is leased. It is a six roomed weatherboard structure. Mr. DeWitt explained that each of the towns mentioned had knitting mills and that he expected his two daughters to get employment in one of these.

Mr. Wood stated that he would probably look him up again in a few days and he visited that area quite often. There will probably be no need for further visits from this office.

REMOVAL 6-12-40 Ketchen

Mr. DeWitt called at the office on this date to leave the key to his home. His furniture is moved and the property has been turned over to the Authority. Mr. DeWitt moved to the property location given above.

Some people gained jobs.

Some people lost homes and property.

TVA was a beast that gobbled and gave. My people were not property owners until my father worked for TVA.

I am sad for the loss of the Dewitt family property, especially when I consider that their home was down river from the dam and wouldn’t be covered by the lake.

I suspect a field trip might be in order.

3/23/1892: The Contract Signed

May 20, 2018

From GenealogyBank; Daily Journal and Journal and Tribune: 3/23/1892, Knoxville, Tennessee, Volume VIII, Issue 27, Page 1.




Big Lenoir City Enterprise Now as Assured Fact.


Col. Sanford Attaches His Name to the Paper Which Assures Its Erection–The Details.

The contract was yesterday officially signed by Col. E. J. Sanford, by which fifty acres of valuable land at Lenoir city was conveyed to the Crosby manufacturing company, composed of Michigan capitalists.

The contract stipulates that the company shall erect a saw mill plant which shall be able to cut 40,000,000 feet of lumber per year and during each year for the next five cut 35,000,000 feet at least. The land upon which the plant is to built lies along the river bank and during the erection of the big mill, a smaller saw mill now at Lenoir City will be used by the new company.

Mr. J. S. Crosby is a gentleman whose fame is well known in the lumber districts of Michigan, his home being at Greeneville in that state. Not only as a lumber man is he known but he enjoys a good reputation also as a stock man.

The following taken from a JOURNAL of recent date gives more of the company’s plans:

“Mr. Crosby recently purchased at a cost of a half million dollars from the Belden Land company forty-seven thousand acres of timber land in Graham county, North Carolina. Down the tributaries to and on the Little Tennessee to Lenoir City, logs from these immense forests will be floated, and there converted into the desired shapes.

Mr. C. H. Stanton who has been connected in business with Mr. Crosby for some time, will in all probability, be the general manager of the business. The syndicate will also have an office in Knoxville. The plant will employ at least two hundred workmen.

Mr. F. J. Hall, who is also from Greenville, Mich., Mr. Crosby’s home, will within a month’s time commence the erection of an immense structure in which to manufacture steam engines and sawmill apparatus and supplies. With him as an individual Mr. Crosby will be associated in this venture.

Mr. Stanton also, individually, has the control of the timber supply of 3,700 acres of timber land owned by the Lenoir City company, which he will convert into furniture and dispose of.”

The construction of booms at Lenoir City has already been commenced.

2/24/1892: The Deal Now Closed; Saw Mill & Furniture Factory Planned

May 20, 2018

From GenealogyBank: Daily Journal and Journal and Tribune, 2/24/1892, Knoxville, Tennessee, Volume VII, Issue 364, Page 1.




Lenoir City’s Big Strides in Industrial Progress.


The Michigan Syndicate Purchase Fifty Acres of Valuable Land–Big Saw Mill–Furniture Factory, Etc.,


East Tennessee and especially Lenoir City is in the swim of industrial progress and material growth and advancement.

Mr. J. S. Crosby, a noted Michigan capitalist and manufacturer, yesterday closed a deal with the Lenoir City company for the purchase of fifty acres of land.

The price paid could not be ascertained. It is known, however, that the original price asked was one thousand dollars per acre, but that the price paid was something under this figure.

The syndicate, of which Mr. Crosby is the principal, purchasing the property, is composed chiefly of Michigan capitalists. On this property they will, within a few weeks, begin the erection of an immense saw mill.

The mill will have a capacity of from fifty to seventy-five thousand feet of lumber per day. In addition to the mill, the syndicate will also erect large building for the manufacture of furniture. Three hundred thousand dollars will be expended on buildings, machinery, etc.

Mr. Crosby recently purchased from the Belden Land company forty-seven thousand acres of timber land in Graham county, North Carolina. Down the tributaries to Lenoir City, logs from these immense forests will be floated, and there converted into the desired shapes.

Mr. C. H. Stanton who has been connected in business with Mr. Crosby for some time, will, in all probability, be the general manager of the business. The syndicate will also have an office in Knoxville. The plant will employ at least two hundred workmen.

Mr. F. J. Hall, who is also from Greenville, Mich., Mr. Crosby’s home, will within a month’s time commence the erection of an immense structure in which to manufacture steam engines and sawmill apparatus and supplies. With him as an individual Mr. Crosby will be associated in this venture.

Mr. Crosby is no visionary schemer. He has been for a number of years, the largest lumber dealer in Michigan, having an immense plant at Greenville. His supply of timber is about exhausted, however, and it became necessary to seek a new territory and quite naturally he selected East Tennessee.

Mr. Stanton also, individually, has the control of the timber supply of 3,700 acres of timber land owned by the Lenoir City company, which he will convert into furniture and dispose of.


7/31/1891: A Correspondent’s News of Lenoir City

May 20, 2018

From GenealogyBank: the Journal and Journal and Tribune, 7/31/1891, Knoxville, Tennessee, Volume VII, Issue 156, Page 3.




An Interesting Letter From the Journal’s Correspondent.

LENOIR CITY, TENN., July 30–Mrs. Major Reagan and son Frank left on No. 2 today for a six weeks visit with friends and relatives in Ashland and Richmond, Va.

The “persimmen club” opened the season with a checker contest. They propose a variety of amusements. Among the many will be a moonlight picnic on the river; a trip to the mountain on horseback will figure in the fall amusements.

C. H. Stanton is having plans drawn for an elegant residence to be located on South Second avenue. Stanton is our popular lumber man and will work his choice boards into his dwelling.

It is given out upon good authority that Lenoir City is to have a Masonic Hall. There are at least, in our midst, about fifteen wearers of the square and compass. Our worthy citizen, Dr. B. B. Lenoir, is a knight templar and one of the oldest masons in the state. Among other who have attained a high degree in the order are Dr. Geo. M. Burdette, Hodge Steinfield, W. J. Cooper, A. M. Hugh, James Biddle, Samuel Marsfield and E. Marston.

It is also talked that the knights of pythias will take steps to have a lodge of that growing and popular fraternity started here. There are several members already located here and plenty of good timber to draw from. Among the members of that order permanently located here are C. H. Stanton, J. H. Watlee and J. W. Grissell.

The first flour, of wheat of the new mill of Dempster & Plummer was put upon the market this morning. It was of the old brands formerly made by the Lenoir Manufacturing company. “Straight” and “Town Creek,” and it is hope will again, attain the popularity these brands once had throughout East Tennessee, Georgia and North Carolina. The mill has been equipped throughout with new machinery and the proprietors are both practical millers. A marked activity is already noticed here. A flour mill with the capacity of this one adds more to the commerce of a city than any industry of the same capital invested.

I grew up in an area called Nichols Park. There was no one named Nichols living there, and there was no park. It was later changed to Town Creek, because the Town Creek ran alongside our road. My godparents, Irma and Will Jaques, had a summer cottage on the banks of Town Creek. The property was originally part of a large tract that belonged to Irma’s mother’s brother, Mr. Z. B. Wilson and his wife, Willie Rice Browder Wilson. I suspect that the area was named Nichols after a young man that I read about in our church anniversary book. I’ll fish my copy out and elaborate later.

At any rate, a flour mill on the banks of Town Creek sounds picturesque. I like the notion that they were feeding the people.