Wednesday, January 28, 2015

I certainly would hate to be a cow ...

Ashley S. Johnson founded the School of the Evangelists in 1893 at Kimberlin Heights, on the banks of the French Broad River.  That school became Johnson Bible College and is now known as Johnson University.  To help fund his school he raised cattle.

Here's an ad from the Dairy Farmer.

Dairy Farmer - vol. 14 (1916)
p. 441

Friday, January 9, 2015

Truman's Plane comes to Knoxville

President Obama visited Knoxville today.  Jack Neely has a blog post about the various presidents that visited, or didn't visit, Knoxville.

He couldn't confirm if President Harry Truman ever came to town.  I did a bit of research and couldn't come up with any article one way or the other.  But I did find that his plane, The Sacred Cow, touched down here.

At the end of April, 1950 the president of Chile, Gabriel Gonzalez Videla, was on a trip through the states.

Morning Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA) - April 28, 1950

And this is the plane from which he smartly stepped.

Douglas VC-54C "Sacred Cow"
from the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

A reader to Jack's column spoke of Truman coming to a local ramp festival in 1955. Here's that story.

Greensboro Daily News - April 24, 1955

newspaper images from

The High Price of College -1898

In 1893 Ashley S. Johnson opened The School of the Evangelists in the Kimberlin Heights area of south Knox county. It later became Johnson Bible College and is now known as Johnson University.   As we see current higher education costs on the rise it is interesting to see what things cost in 1898.

From the book:
Where To Educate 1898-1899
p. 340

Click here for more history of Johnson University.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015


Welcome to Old Knoxville Stuff.

I like history.  I like local history.  I like sports.  So I created Old Knoxville Base Ball.  And Old Knoxville Football.  But what happens when I want to blog about other things Knoxville?  I guess they should end up here.

Generally I get my ideas from the Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound.  The good folks over there will post a photo or a film clip on their facebook page and I'll want to know more about it.  I go off and do a bit of research.  This is where most of it will end up.

We'll see what happens.