Lenoir City, Tennessee’s Golden Jubilee, 1957

From the "Knoxville Journal" newspaper. Jessie Jamerson, Jr. at the crank; Allen Rayburn, Mrs. Hazel Hall, Henry Jones, Mrs. Beulah W. Roberts, and Miss Minnie Ellen Duff.

Did I mention that my mother saved some stuff?

Back in 1957, when my hometown was celebrating its Golden Jubilee, the event was written up in one of the nearest big city papers, the “Knoxville Journal”.  This is dated Sunday, May 26, 1957.  I was a wee babe of 6 months old.  I remember it well.

The parade featured folks throwing candy from cars… back when it was safe to eat candy from strangers.  This shot was at the corner of Broadway and Kingston Street across from Goodwin’s Drug Store. 

BigBroSteve, fresh from the cattle round-up

There was a marching band…  after that, all the Rawls kids were in the band.

BigBroSteve , just turned 4 years old

There were unexplainable floats…   I’ll bet those petticoats were itchy.  And is that the same tin lizzy in the newspaper article?

An unknown Southern belle

 Shopkeepers dressed for the occasion.

Who's that good-looking mother and the adorable child in the background?

Is this a drugstore?  Or a jewelry store?

Jewelry Store? Drug Store?

Here’s my mother’s friend, Imogene Smith Brown.

Imogene Smith Brown

The armed forces marched along.

Hometown Proud

The newspaper article stated “Lenoir City residents have donned styles of 1907 to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of the official incorporation of the Loudon County metropolis.  The fun has already begun and will be climaxed in August with a week’s long celebration.  The flivver pictured is actually a late model compared to the first automobile ever owned in Lenoir City.  C. H. Watson, who bought a two-cylinder job in 1906, became so disgusted when it stalled on a five percent grade, he raffled it off to some unfortunate Morristown man.” 

And on the reverse side of the newspaper article is our friend Dr. Seuss.

The book review for "The Cat in the Hat"

THE CAT IN THE HAT.  By Dr. Seuss.  Random House.  $2. 

“The Cat in the Hat” — what an intriguing title for a beginning reader!  Here is the same delicious nonsense, hilarious fun, cumulative build-up, and surprise ending that distinguish one of America’s most original picture books, “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street.”  In this reader Theodor Geisel has accomplished a tour de force.  With only 223 different words he has created a story in rhyme which presents an impelling incentive to read.  Parents and teachers will bless Mr. Geisel for this amusing reader with its ridiculous and lively drawings, for their children are going to have the exciting experience of learning that they can read after all.  The school edition is published by Houghton, Mifflin at $1.60.”

1957.  A good year to be a kid.

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2 Responses to “Lenoir City, Tennessee’s Golden Jubilee, 1957”

  1. Gordie White Says:

    Mashbern’s Jewelry Store! Is that your Mom behind the lady in the hat? G. White


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