Posts Tagged ‘Lenoir City Tennessee’

Miss Willie’s House

July 21, 2019

Miss Willie Rice Wilson lived on Hill Street. When I was a little girl, my mother and LilSis and I would visit her. I didn’t particularly like those visits because we had to sit on a daybed in the main room and be very quiet. The house was closed up against the midday heat and smelled musty. Perhaps she gave us candy or cookies. I’m not positive but it seems like there was a break during the visit that surely included a treat. I never understood why we went to visit her. Now I know. My parents lived next door to her in 1942 and 1943 at 306 Hill Street. Miss Willie lived in the beige house at 304.

This house at 306 Hill Street is where my parents lived when they first were married. They moved in with my mother’s family. Miss Willie’s house is the beige house in the background at 304 Hill Street.

We sat in that front room right there at 304 Hill Street.

My friend Walter, who grew up near Hill Street and who is basically the authority on all things LC, said that the house on the other side of 306 Hill was the company house for the Lenoir Car Works. He thinks that Miss Willie and her husband Mr. Z.B. Wilson lived there while Mr. Z.B. was the manager of the car works.

At any rate, Mom and Dad started their life together next door to Miss Willie, no matter which house she lived in.

Good-night, Miss Willie. I’m thinking of you.

Uncle Pete and Aunt Nancy

March 24, 2019

Back to the newspapers…

Uncle Pete was my mother’s brother. He and his family lived far away in Florida, and we saw them once a year when they visited Grandma, who was Pete’s mother.

Pete and his older brother Jim were college-educated, unlike the two girls in the family. He spoke over our heads. Perhaps it was on purpose.

These images are from GenealogyBank.

The engagement was announced in the Knoxville News-Sentinel on February 1, 1953.


MR. and MRS. JAMES A. FRANKLIN of Fort Myers, Fla., announce the engagement of their daughter, Nancy Jean, to Cecil P. Packett, son of Mrs. James A. Packett of Lenoir City.

The bride-to-be was graduated in December from U-T, where she was a member of Kappa Delta sorority.

Mr. Packett served three years with the Navy and will receive his degree in journalism from U-T in March. He is a staff member of the Orange and White, student newspaper, and a member of the Publications Council, All Students Council and Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity.

The wedding will take place at 7 p.m. March 27, at First Baptist Church of Fort Myers.

Leslie pointed out that Uncle Pete was in the Navy and probably went to college on the GI Bill. Interesting to think that he earned the right to go to college, and the girls could not.

They were married on March 27, 1953. They honeymooned in Havana, Cuba, back when Americans could go to Cuba.

‘OLD GRADS’ GET TOGETHER — Mr. an Mrs. Cecil Paul Packett, who were married March 27 at Fort Myers, Fla., are pictured at Hotel Nacional, Havana, Cuba, where they are spending their honeymoon. The bride was Miss Nancy Franklin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James A. Franklin of Fort Myers. She and Mr. Packett met during student days at U-T, where both were graduated. Mr. Packett, son of Mrs. James A. Packett of Lenoir City, will take his bride to Paris, Tenn., to live. He is with The Paris Post-Intelligence.


I lost track of Uncle Pete and Aunt Nancy after Grandma died. I saw them one more time at Mom and Dad’s 50th anniversary in 1992. They have both since passed away.

Good night, friends. We are thinking of you.

The WWII Ration Card

December 24, 2018

One of the BEST things about writing a blog is the readers.

Strangely, some of my readers are people that I knew from over 40 years ago. I mean, once I left after college, I rarely went back home to see my parents. I was married, and things were complicated.

The magical internet changed all that. Well, not the complicated part, but it definitely changed the ease of communication across the miles. Like this week, I heard from a DNA match in Dorset, England!

But Dorset has nothing to do with kids from high school.

Like Reader Janice…

She found a mother lode of applications for World War II ration cards. And in that lode, she found my parents.

There’s no date on the card, but we know that they were married in June of 1942, and their first child was born in July of 1943. So we can guess that our time range is 6/1942 to 7/1943.


The house at 306 Hill Street still stands, just a couple of houses away from Janice’s house where she lived when I knew her back in the day. And remember Miss Willie? She also lived on Hill Street. Is that how Mom and Dad met Miss Willie and her husband? Because they rented a house from them? Always more questions. And don’t forget reader Walter who now lives across the street.

Thanks, Janice!

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. 🙂


More News From Lenoir City in 1890

April 19, 2018

Lenoir City, Tennessee, makes its way forward in 1890.

From GenealogyBank, Daily Journal and Journal and Tribune, 8/27/1890, Knoxville, Tennessee, Volume VI, Issue 183, Page 5.




Medicinal Spring Found–The Young

City to Have Water Works.

LENOIR, TENN., August 26.–The camp meeting at the Union camp-grounds, will commence Thursday, August 28th. Great preparations are being made to have this session one of the most interesting ever held. The country for miles around will be represented, and it is hope great good will be accomplished.

The progress the Lenoir City company is making here is quite phenomenal. It is but a month since they commenced operations upon the new town site. In that time about one-half the plat has been put in shape ready for the grading, which we understand will be done at once. Bids are not being received from contractors who make that line of work a business. Investors are coming and indicate their confidence and satisfaction by subscribing stock.

Years ago there existed upon the Lenoir plantation a spring that possessed wonderful medicinal properties. It was a profound secret for a long period; the knowledge of its whereabouts was in the possession of an old colored gentleman. He was considered a sort of magician by the rest of the colored folk on account of the wonderful cures he could perform with simply the use of water. But in a short time his secret, this magnetic spring, was discovered and soon became the general drinking place for all in the neighborhood and for miles around who were in any way troubled with, kidney, stomach, or liver trouble. The water was a splendid appetizer. Dr. Lenoir says that when the mill race was dug the line ran near this spring; the men employed boarded with him; they used this water, and it had the effect of so sharpening their appetites that it worried his always well stocked larder to supply them with enough to eat. Whether from this cause or owing to the war breaking out about this time, the spring was forgotten; the ever washing sands of time soon filled up its sparkling surface.

To-day workman are employed endeavoring to discover that once famous spring, that panacea for all human ills. If they are successful there will be scientific analysis made of its properties Some people are skeptical regarding water cures. They are nature’s medicine. This old darky, whose cures astounded the inhabitants knew no other remedy but this spring of chalybeate water. The Indians had their herbs, their mineral springs which were their remedies. Does this age of medical advance show a heathern people than in the days of our forefathers, when every attic with its bundles of herbs was the doctor shop, and the spring water on the hill side far removed from the contaminating influence of a thickly settled community was their only drink.

Lenoir City will have a system of water works that will far excel anythng of the kind ever put in operation.

Spring water from the adjacent hills will be utalized through a system of pipes that will give the city a sufficient and pure supply of water. No city can enjoy heath with an impure water supply. The ravages of disease, such as typhoid and malarial fevers, are traced directly to impure drinking water. Dr. Foute, a prominent physician here, in conversation with a JOURNAL correspondent said: “In all my practice here, which has been quite extensive, I have never visited a case of well defined typhoid fever, it is wholly unknown in this immediate vicinity, owing, no doubt, to the splendid sanitary condition here, and the purity of the spring water which is universally used.”


From GenealogyBank: Daily Journal and Journal and Tribune, 10/31/1890, Knoxville, Tennessee, Volume VI,, Issue 248, Page 6.




A Knoxville Firm Rushing the Street Grading Work.

LENOIR CITY, TENN., October 30.–The planing mill which has been so successfully managed by the Lenoir manufacturing company, has been repaired and put in fine order, and is now under the direction and control of Mease & Thompson, the contractors. They are running six men in the plaining mill, while six or eight are in the finishing department turning out sash, blinds, frames etc.

Contracts were made to-day, by which Lenoir City will have two saw mills. One will be started at once to saw the timber that has been already cut upon the town site, which consists of about one hundred thousand feet of pine timber, besides several thousand feet of oak and chestnut. This timber will be utilized in the construction of houses, which are being delayed for the lack of it.

Boggs & Marston, the enterprising dry goods and grocery men, are doing a rushing business in their line. They employ four clerks, who are kept constantly on the jump. The old Lenoir Manufacturing company controlled a wonderfully large trade, and this new firm is holding the bulk of it. It is surprising the amount of produce that is handled here.

Hall & Hough, of Knoxville, who have the contract for grading the streets, are making rapid progress. Broadway is about completed and is indeed a beautiful thoroughfare. Kingston street will be finished some time next week; three houses are building upon this picturesque avenue. Second and Third avenues, terminating at Magnet Place, one of the prettiest elevations in East Tennessee, have been graded. Every lot on Second avenue, between Hill street and the Magnet, has been sold and six houses are already building.


From GenealogyBank, Daily Journal and Journal and Tribune, 11/26/1890, Knoxville, Tennessee, Volume VI, Issue 273, Page 5.




Chattanooga Capitalist to Build.

Booms on Little Tennessee River.

Hotel Building–Brick Plant,

Water Supplies, etc.

LENOIR CITY, November 25.–The old machinery in the cotton mill is being taken out and shipped off. It will before long be replaced with other modern machinery, and the hum of turning wheels will soon again be resumed throughout the building.

Work on the building for the new furniture factory is being pushed ahead in earnest. Mr. Bond, the proprietor, is one of those energetic New Yorkers who don’t let the grass grow near him.

The passenger depot building is fast assuming shape and within another week will probably be under roof.

The Chattanooga papers announced last week the chartering of a very large boom company which is to operate on the Little Tennessee. They have a large capital and will soon begin the construction of booms which will extend several miles along the river.

The vastness of the timber territory which is drained by the Little Tennessee and its tributaries is not appreciated by those who have never examined the territory. It is safe to estimate the square miles of virgin timber lands which environ this water way at not less than half a million. The timber on this vast area is an element of wealth which constitutes one of the pillars of strength on which Lenoirs City is building. It has to pass through this gateway before it can reach the other marts of the world, and the manufacturers here will secure it nearest first cost and make their own selections.

Mr. Stanton has his saw mill in position now, and in a day or two the hum of his saws will make music for the valley.

Mr. A. H. Ingemann, of Ohio, spent some time here this week investigating the clays, with a view to locating a large brick making plant. He was so well pleased with the result of his researches and the prospects of the city that before leaving he expressed his determination to locate. He is a thoroughgoing man of business and will be a valuable acquisition to the community.

F. M. Kerr, esq., proprietor of the Deal House, Bucyrus, O., was in town last Monday.

Rev. Dr. J. F. Spence and T. H. Heard, esq., of Knoxville, who are prominent members of the new Lenoir City Hotel company were here last week with their architect Mr. R. Z. Gill examining the site of the new hotel. They expect to erect a first class hostlery with all modern convenience, one special feature being a bath room connection with every guests chamber. There is no point in the state where such excellent water privileges are enjoyed as here.

The luxury of abundant pure water and superior sanitary advantages are secure.

The Lenoirs are shipping seven hundred fat hogs of their own raising from this station.

Mr. and Mrs. Caswell and Miss Helen Page spent a portion of Saturday and Sunday in Knoxville.

The ladies of this city give an entertainment for the benefit of the church next Saturday evening. It promised to be a very pleasant social affair and it is hoped the proceeds will be large.