Skip to content Skip to left sidebar Skip to right sidebar Skip to footer

Many folks say local history is favorite topic

As I meet and talk with folks on the street or in a store, I find they enjoy columns about the past in Johnson County and Mountain City. Because of that interest, I try to write about local history often.
I share those people’s interest in the “Old Times.” In fact at 74 I’ve been a part of some of the “Old Times.” I collect old magazines and I’m particularly interested in the old car advertisements that appear in them. I was in Gate City, Virginia, several years ago, entered an antiques and collectables shop and asked if they had any old magazines. The proprietor reached under the counter and brought some magazines dated in the 1960s and 1970s. I told the man those magazines weren’t old to me. Then, he brought out two Saturday Evening Posts that were dated 1909 and 1913. Those were more to my liking and I bought the 1913 issue. It featured several old car ads and I was delighted with my “find.” Moreover, I like the covers, especially ones by Norman Rockwell.
Anyway, I share folks’ interest in the “Old Times” and I will feature even more history in the future. Johnson County has a very interesting history. The county’s stance for the Union (as was much of East Tennessee), before and during the secession and ultimate Civil War; the only official hanging in Johnson County; the once designation as “Green Bean Capital of the World;” the railroads and train travel in Johnson County — all are very interesting subjects to me. And those are only a few of the many things that make up the history of our great county.
Some of us older citizens may remember some of those events. Some of us might remember the early ‘40s to the about the early ‘60s when the green bean was king. Some may remember when freight and passenger trains were very much a part of the Johnson County. While we don’t have first hand knowledge of the American Civil War, it is stamped in our minds because of historical knowledge of it, as one of the most tragic events to occur in the nations history, and especially in East Tennessee and Johnson County.
For the rest of the story, pick up a copy of this week's Tomahawk.