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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.

The Bank of Lenoir City

March 22, 2018

Y’all know that I have a subscription to GenealogyBank. I’ve been off on a tangent looking for information about Joe Webb while he was living in Lenoir City with my grandparents.

While I didn’t find anything relevant to that, I found a mother lode of information about the early beginnings of Lenoir City. You have been warned.

From the Daily Journal and Journal and Tribune, 7/10/1891, Knoxville, Tennessee, Volume: VII, Issue: 135, Page: 2



Corner Stone of the New Bank Building Laid Yesterday.

Lenoir City, Tenn., July 9. –Mr. J. S. Snyder, of Springfield, Ohio, is in our city. He has been all over Tennessee, admiring the beauties and advantages found here. He is one of Springfield’s influential business men. He is well posted on all business topics and as fine conversationalist as one will meet in a years travel. Lenoir’s environs have captivated him, especially Chestnut Hill, where he had the pleasure of eating his fourth of July dinner.

Appropriate ceremonies were observed here to-day in honor of the laying of the corner stone of the Lenoir City bank building. The bank has been organized one year, and withal the financial crises of the past eight months, they have always been able to accommodate their customers with money and also to declare a nice dividend to its stockholders. Within the brass lined receptical in the center of the corner stone were placed a $5. gold piece bearing the date that the bank was organized, a neatly written history of Lenoir City, a list of the officers and the names of the contractors, Thompson Brothers.

Steps are being taken to have a brass band organized here. We have plenty of talent in that line and there is no reason why Lenoir City should not have a band that she should be proud of.

Contractor Abrams of Knoxville has just completed four houses here and has five more under good headway. He is what the boys call a hustler.

Mrs. W. Caswell and daughter Miss Helen Page, have gone to Tate Springs to spend two or three weeks.

Mrs. C. H. Stanton, visited two days of this week in Knoxville, the guest of Mrs. Will and Sam Cooper, in North Knoxville.


In my mother’s papers, I found some paperwork from the Bank of Lenoir City.


Postmarked April 7, 1969.

BankOfLenoirCity LoanAgreement0003


Roy C. Rawls, Route 1, Lenoir City, Loudon, Tennessee (hereinafter called “Debtor’s”) an individual, said address being Debtor’s Residence and the location of the property covered hereby, hereby grants to BANK OF LENOIR CITY, Lenoir City, Tennessee (hereinafter called “Bank”)

Ford Tractor, Year 1957, Motor No. 850, Serial No. 101777, used.

(Blah, blah, blah…)

In Witness Whereof, Debtor and Bank have caused this agreement to be executed this 10th day of October, 1967.

Roy C. Rawls

Mrs. Roy C. Rawls

BankOfLenoirCity LoanAgreement0004BankOfLenoirCity LoanAgreement0002BankOfLenoirCity LoanAgreement0001

They paid that loan off in 18 months, just like they said they would, and the bank marked it paid on April 7, 1969, and mailed the “Paid in Full” receipt on the same day.

Now, if I can find a photo of that tractor…