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1/1/1893: Good for Lenoir City

July 11, 2018

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


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.


3/12/1893: Floyd Nichols Loses Two Fingers in Sawmill Accident

July 4, 2018

From GenealogyBank: 3/12/1893, Daily Journal and Journal and Tribune, Knoxville, Tennessee, Volume IV, Issue 15, Page 10.



Bright Prospects For the Summer’s Business.

LENOIR CITY, Tenn., March 11. — Floyd Nichols, an employee of the Crosby Lumber company, met with a serious accident on Monday last. He works in the shingle department and while thus employed had two fingers sawed off.

Prospects are quite bright for a busy summer for our little city. Every house is filled and still the demand comes for more. The Crosby Lumber company are working nearly one hundred men. The Car Wheel works and Car shops will break ground at an early date and they from the start, will necessarily employ a large force of men. Our greatest need is dwelling houses–already the city company have sold several pieces of fine property, which will be improved. Lenoir has attractions not only in a business point of view, but as a pleasant, healthy place to live. There has not been a death within the city limits within one year and three months. Several of the old inhabitants, who left two years ago, have returned to again take up their dwelling in our midst, claiming they saw no place as beautiful, healthful or as prosperous as Lenoir.

A number of Knoxville business men were here this week, mostly lumber men. This is fast becoming the lumber market for this section of East Tennessee. The Cosby Lumber company alone ships from five to ten cars of lumber daily. Their mill saws from forty to fifty thousand feet daily  and will double that capacity when the band mill starts.

Aspirants for office under the new administration are numerous, but all laying low and saying nothing. Jim Boggs is suppose to have the inside track on post office, and Henry Lenoir has a fine show for revenue collector for this district.

This county being strongly republican, and this district giving a republican victory last fall for the first time in its history, may be a point or two against office seekers under the new regime. To the victors belong the spoils.

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 Augustus Barie Tenant House

May 30, 2016

Sugar and I are in Savannah on a day trip to reconnoiter for the upcoming family reunion, and to fulfill my agenda. 

I’m researching Isabella Graham, and I found a city directory that has her living at 321 Liberty Street, east, in 1898. 

I believe that she was employed by Augustus Barie. 

Why do I think that she works for Augustus and not Claud? 

Because Augustus resides there, and Claud merely boards there. 

Now, there’s the issue of the Augustus Barie Tenant House. I don’t know what this means? Is this an apartment building he built directly next door attached to his house? It doesn’t look like slum housing. Was he a philanthropist? People, I don’t have all the answers. 


Now, I’m off to find out what this tenant house is. 

The McKenzie Tract, Surveyed July 1893

May 26, 2016

Reader Caren McKenzie shares this plat from 1893. 

She also provides this information:

I am specifically interested in John R Bostick (1787-1852) son of Richard Bostick.

John married Elizabeth McKenzie (my relative), but the 1850 census seems to show his wife to be Rebecca.

I wonder if Elizabeth had died.

My relatives are buried in the Bostick Cemetery and I am thinking Elizabeth is the Bostick connection.

Does anyone know anything about these folks? Or how to find out where this bit of land might be?