1/1/1893: Good for Lenoir City

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

GOOD FOR LENOIR CITY.

The news published this morning from Lenoir City is of the most gratifying character, gratifying not only to the people of that immediate community, but to Knoxville and all East Tennessee. For Lenoir city, it signifies as Mr. Sanford, the able president of the company, says, that Lenoir City is destined to become the Pullman of the south. It means that Lenoir City is to become the site of one of the largest manufacturing establishments south of the Ohio river, an establishment that will cost many of thousands of dollars and furnish in its erection, employment for hundreds of mechanics and workingmen. It means, when completed, lucrative employment all the time for a host of skilled artisans and workingmen.

It means much for Knoxville. Being only twenty-two miles west of the city, on the main line of the East Tennessee road, it is virtually one of Knoxville’s suburbs. It will be  valuable addition to Knoxville’s trade. It will result in bringing a good many hundreds of thousands of dollars to Knoxville banks and Knoxville merchants and mechanics. Knoxville will have many reasons to rejoice at the good fortune and permanent prosperity of Lenoir City. The establishment of this immense manufacturing plant so near to our doors, will revive hope and encourage enterprise throughout the entire section.

We have said that Lenoir Cit is one of Knoxville’s suburbs. What has just been accomplished at Lenoir city is a valuable pointer to Knoxville. It shows that manufacturers of the north are beginning to appreciate the resources of this section. They begin to understand the value and the extent of our raw material, as found in our forests, mine, and quarries. And now the question comes up what will Knoxville do? There is a tide in the affairs of cities and communities as well as of men, that it taken at the flood leads on to fortune. Will Knoxville sit supinely by, in a state of calm expectancy, leisurely awaiting the tides? Will anything be done to induce capitalists to invest their money here and contribute to the growth of our splendidly situated city? If we are to remain in a state of chronic inaction, supremely satisfied with ourselves, laboring under the delusion that capital and population will drift this way whether invited or not, it may be that one of these fine mornings we may wake up to find that Knoxville is a suburb of Lenoir City.

It is unnecessary for THE JOURNAL to say who J. H. Bass is; he is one of the kings of the industrial world, the architect of his own fortune, that is counted by millions. His plants at Fort Wayne, Indiana, Chicago and St. Louis are well known all over the west and the country. He is a business man from the ground up, and no higher compliment could possibly be bestowed upon Lenoir City than he has paid it by locating the great establishment that will be completed and put in operation during this year. The future of the city is no longer in doubt. The plant which Mr. Bass will erect there will of itself constitute the sure foundation of a prosperous city. When in operation, as Mr. Bass’ plant will be at an early day, together with other establishments already located, Lenoir City will at once take rank with the foremost manufacturing communities south of the Ohio River.

 

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