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1/1/1893: Triumphant! Gigantic Plant Secured

June 30, 2018

From GenealogyBank: Daily Journal and Journal and Tribune, 1/1/1893, Knoxville, Tennessee, Volume VIII, Page 1.



Lenoir City Starts the New Year With Flourishing Prospects.




Immense Iron Foundries and a Big Car Wheel Factory.




J. H. Bass, the Great Fort Wayne Car Wheel Manufacturer in it.


There has been a long siege of hard times testing the vitality of many southern cities and only the best and most substantially found have been able to withstand the long strain. Conspicuously among these has been our conservative, strongly backed neighbor, Lenoir City. It has been managed by strong and capable business men who had invested largely of their own means and who had too much wisdom to be dragged into the crazy methods which were adopted in so many of the boom towns of the south and which have invariably brought upon themselves with the day of reckoning, bankruptcy and disaster to all who invested in them. But such men as Gen. Sam Thomas, C. M. McGhee, Senator C. S. Brice, E. J. Sanford, Oliver H. Payne and John G. Moore, Grant B. Schley, with other strong men who are back of Lenoir City, and understood the wisdom of caution and conservatism as the danger of fortuitous booming. The result has been that Lenoir City indulge in no extravagances, threw no money away on useless electric light plants, and costly hotels, but kept money in its purse and stood ready even in the hardest times, to meet every obligation and to aid and encourage such enterprises as it seemed desirable to have located there. Amid the crash of boom towns in every direction there was apparent there always the evidence of perfect confidence and the air of real substantial prosperity. The contrast to other towns which were founded about the same time was so manirffest that it attracted the attention of capitalists and was commented on wherever southern investment was being discussed. And what has been the result? The plucky city enters the new year with the proud satisfaction of seeing the smoke issue from the stock of the largest and best equipped saw mill in the south with capacity for cutting 40,000,000 feet of lumber yearly and with the assurance that it is to make the greatest lumber market in the state and that woodworking industries will be quick to see the advantage of locating there as Jno. T. Bon & Sons, of Syracuse, New York, have done with a splendidly equipped extension table manufactory.

And then on top of this comes the announcement of to day that there is to be erected there immediately the greatest car manufacturing plant in the entire south, to be built upon a scale which will outstrip anything of the kind this side of Mason and Dixons line. Such a grand stride towards the fulfillment of its founders has not been made by any city for many years. THE JOURNAL reporter got an inkling of this immense deal and to verify the rumor went to Col. E. J. Sanford, president of the Lenoir City company for facts, and this is the substance of the interview:

“Col. Sanford I hear it rumored on the street that Lenoir City has struck it rich and has secured the location of an immense car works which is to overshadow anything of the kind in this country. How is it?”

“Well, I guess you are pretty close to the truth this time. The fact is that we are to have built at once at Lenoir City a car wheel foundry and car works which are to be simply immense. The application for the charter was filed to-day.

You have heard of J. H. Bass, the millionaire car wheel maker of Fort Wayne, Ind., Chicago and St. Louis, for he owns and operates immense works in all these cities. Well,, he has for some time had in his mind the establishment of a foundry at some point in the South which would put him in position to meet the demands and probably control the trade as he does practically in the west and northwest. He had heard of Lenoir City, heard of it as a safely and conservatively managed city, with peculiar advantages for manufacturing purposes, and knew that it was receiving the special care and interest of such men as Thomas, McGhee, Payne, Moore, Brice and others with whom his business as a car wheel manufacturer had brought him in contact – men who he knew were not likely to be identified with any failure if their money and experience and influence could make it a success.

Well, it seems that he had been revolving the thing in his mind for some time, when by a combination of circumstances he and I were thrown together. The truth is, I met him for the purpose of endeavoring to induce him to locate a plant in Knoxville. To my great surprise, for I did not know that he had ever heard of the place, he had a great many inquiries to make concerning Lenoir City and was more disposed to talk about it and its plans than anything else. I was, of course, gratified to realize that our town ad attracted the notice of such a man. He afterwards came to Knoxville and looked over the situation but was not to be deterred from his purpose to investigate the situation at Lenoir City and so went there.

After taking in the town and riding over it from one end to the other, he came right out and said: “Here is the place for a great car manufacturing plant.” Here you have all the conditions necessary to success, superior shipping facilities, with water navigation to defend your freight rates, timber world without end at your very door, which can be had a near to first cost as is possible in this whole land –fuel as cheap as it may be had in Knoxville — iron within easy and cheap haul and the grandest site for a town that I ever saw — with a possibility for laborers to enjoy a most healthy location, with splendid natural drainage, procure cheap homes, have cheap living and all else that tends to make men happy, prosperous and contented. I tell you Sanford if you men will give me anything like a show I will locate here this very winter the finest car wheel plant in the south, if not in the country.”

He is a very level headed man—self-made with an immense fortune, and one not inclined to hasty conclusions–but the more he saw of the location the more enthusiastic he grew. I was gratified of course and told him that our company would certainly welcome his coming and negotiations commenced soon after his return to his home at Fort Wayne.

The location of a car wheel foundry naturally suggested the building of car, works, and the longer negotiations continued the broader the plans grew. As Mr. Bass proposed to erect the foundry on his individual account he thought it would be the right thing for others to establish at the same time works capable of using his output on the spot. He could furnish the castings and iron work, lumber could be procured here at the very lowest possible price, and with the two concerns working together he argued that they would be able to put out cars at a price which would enable them to shut out competition from every source. So the organization of car works was taken into consideration. Plans were formulated and the more the plans were discussed the more feasible it seemed. I tell you the Lenoir City company kept the ball rolling and the iron hot. It meant the fulfillent of their grandest expectations. Finally a meeting was held in New York between Mr. Bass and other interested partied, and before I left there the deal was consummated, the contracts drawn up–signed, sealed and the greatest enterprise that has been started in the south these many years was a reality.

The capital stock of the car works was subscribed as fast as pen and ink could put the names on paper, and the stockholders represent in the aggregate close on to fifty million dollars. The plant will be immense. Why, I have authority this very minute to draw at sight for a quarter of a million of dollars to go into the car works alone, independent of the wheel foundry.

We intend to build upon a  scale to enable us to turn out fifteen complete cars every day in the year. Mr. Bass writes me that he has already given orders for the manufacture of some of his machinery and is busily engaged on the plans and specifications for buildings, etc. Just think of it he is figuring on a foundry alone possibly eight hundred feet in length–it will certainly be four hundred. And all the other buildings will be on the same scale. The plans for the car works will be completed soon and work will begin immediately. Now, these are not things which may happen, but realities about which there is no uncertainty. The contracts have all been signed, sealed and delivered.

Of course all this means a big lift for Lenoir City, and all those who are so lucky as to be interested there may well wear bread smiles, for the days of prosperity are at hand. It will take a small army several months to erect the necessary buildings for the factories. Then there will necessarily be a great number of dwelling houses erected, for these shops are going to give employment to hundred of workmen of all grades–from ordinary day laborers to skilled mechanics in numerous branches And these factories are not all. We are negotiating with one or two other concerns which may locate there with big manufactories, but I am dealing with you now on certainties and we won’t talk about things which as yet are uncertain. Yes Lenoir City is going to be the Pullman of the south and it will be a good thing for Knoxville to have such a neighbor.

Every successful enterprise within fifty miles of this city is a big help to it. Its merchants and manufacturers will all derive benefits. It will be a good thing for this whole section to have a man of affairs and a capitalist like Mr. Bass identified with its growth. He is a very sagacious far seeing man and believes in the future of East Tennessee and especially of Lenoir City. His faith in the immediate and rapid growth of that place is strong enough to have induced him to buy an eighth interest in the whole property–in addition to his investment in the care wheel works. Our estimate of him and his value to our place is  evidenced in the fact that we would let him have such a big block of our stock. No man who was not to be a valuable acquisition could have gotten it.

Here the long interview ended, and, thanking Mr. Sanford his full and complete statement of the facts, the scribe bowed himself out of the office to give place to one or more of the other persons who during the day await their chance to get a whack at the time of that very busy man.


The 50th

June 30, 2018

via The 50th

Because 76 years ago, this thing happened.

10/10/1891: Fair Association Organized at Lenoir City

June 25, 2018

From GenealogyBank: Daily Journal and Journal and Tribune, 10/10/1891, Knoxville, Tennessee, Volume 7, Issue 227, Page 3.



Lenoir City to Have Good Races and Exhibits in Coming Years.

LENOIR CITY, TENN., October 9–Right this way for the fair grounds? will be the cry of the jolly hackman in Lenoir the coming fair season. Our citizens with the assistance of our prominent agriculturists scored a great success when they organized the Lenoir City agricultural association, and located their grounds at Lenoir. This scheme has been in contemplation for some time, but up until Monday nothing certain as to the location and permanent organization had been determined. The title defines the object of this organization. It is to promote agricultural interests, create a friendly strife among our farmers, as well as merchants, housewives, manufacturers, stock raisers etc. Provide ample accommodations for competition in all these branches. The association have purchased thirty acres, one mile north of the city, which will be put in shape for the grand undertaking. The grounds are well adapted for the purposes desired, well watered, shade, contain, par excellence, the best half mile track in the section.

They propose to erect fine buildings for the accommodation of horses, stock of all kinds, agricultural halls, poultry sheds, fine art hall, grand stand, etc. Loudon county is perhaps in better shape to sustain an organization of this kind than any of re neighbors. Her reputation for raising large crops of all kinds of grain, fruit and vegetables, is widespread. Prominent among her horse breeders are Henry R. Lenoir, with a stable of some blooded beauties. Joe Browder, John Eblen, Dr. Burdett, also have some promising horses and colts. Some very fine herds of cattle, Shorthorns, Jerseys, Holstiens, are also credited to our list. Hogs, sheep and poultry can also grace the show pans in great variety. With the desire and mbition of our people to compete for honors in the different classes of exhibits, there will be no doubt as to the merits of our annual shows, and this being a fact with crowds that will make it a financial success. Special attention will be given the speed ring, and purses worthy of good horses will be offered. One feature, the one that condems so many of our fairs, the gambling devices, will be omitted. The following well known gentlemen was elected directors: J. R. Browder, A. M. Hough, J. P. Freeman, Dr. G. M. Burdett, Henry R. Lenoir, Oscar Prater and James Carmichael.

Does anyone know where the fairgrounds were located?

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. 🙂