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A flashback looks at a 1908-09 city directory

Bob Cox • Dec 16, 2018 at 12:00 PM

The 1908-09 City Directory's General Index was comprised of 25 items: Abbreviations, Advertisers-Index to, Advertiser's Directory, Alphabetical List of Names, Banks, Business Directory, Churches, City Government, County Officers, Educational, Fire Department, General Directory, Government of Johnson City, Guide to Streets of Johnson City, Hospitals, Homes, and Charities, Index to Advertisers, Introductory, Jonesboro Business Directory, Miscellaneous Directory, Police Department, Post Office, Public Schools, Streets-Guide to, Title Page and United States Post-Office.

City Government: Mayor-Guy L. Smith, Recorder-E.E. Ellsworth, Engineer-L.N. Wilson, Jr., Physician-G.A McClain, Chief of Police- G.F. Campbell, Superintendent of Schools- J.E. Crouch and Street Foreman J.E. Strain.

Police Department: Armbrust-Smith Bldg., Chief G.F. Campbell. Fire Department: 142 E. Market, Firemen George Campbell and John C. Price.

Schools: Superintendent-JE Crouch, Columbus-Powell School, Roan near Maple, Thomas Crouch, Principal Martha Wilder, New at corner of Maple Avenue, Science Hill High School (Roan and Railroad), G.K. Wampler (Principal), West Side School (Main at corner of Summer).

Black Schools: Langston School, Elm corner Myrtle Avenue, H.S. Langston (Principal), West Side School (Elmo corner Ivy), Wm. M. Banner (Principal).

Washington County Governor: Court House (Jonesboro), Judge of County Court (S.S. Kirkpatrick, Clerk (Charles S. Mason), County Trustee (H.C. Jackson), County Attorney (Dono Harmon), Register (William I, Vines), Sheriff (Jacob I. Hawkins), Clerk and Master County Court (J.R. Gardner) and Clerk Circuit Court (Foy W. Delaney).

Banks: Banking and Trust Co. The, Jonesboro, Capital $25,000 Surplus and undivided profits $17,600. E.H. Bachman, president, John D. Cox, v-president, J.M. Fink, cashier, R.G. Backman, assistant cashier.

City National Bank: The, Main near Spring, Capital $50,000, surplus and profits $10,512, James M. Gaunt, president, C.B. Allen and C.N. Brown vice-president, S.T. Millard, cashier.

First National Bank: Jonesboro, Capital $25,000 surplus and undivided profits $6,354, E.H. West, president, R.M. May, vice-president, C.C. McPherson, cashier, Frederick McPherson, assistant cashier.

Unaka National Bank: Jonesboro, Main corner of Public Square., Capital $100,000, surplus and profits $64,738.09. S.C. Williams, president, John D. Cox vice-president, Tate L. Earnest, cashier, Adam B. Crouch, assistant cashier.

Churches: First Baptist Church, Main near Public Square, Rev. Clarence Hodge, pastor. Roan Street Baptist Church, Roan at corner of Watauga Avenue. Rev. T.G. Davis, pastor. Christian Church, east Main near Roan, Rev. John L Keevil, pastor. First M.E. Church, Main corner of Roan. Rev. James J. Robinnette, pastor. Market Street M.E. Church, east Market near Roan. Rev. Martin P. Carico, pastor.

Second Methodist Church, Pine at the corner of Grover. First Presbyterian Church, Main and corner of Humboldt. Rev. J. Edmunds, pastor. Watauga Avenue Presbyterian Church, Watauga Ave. at corner of New Street. Rev. J.A. Moore, Pastor. St. John's Episcopal Church, Roan at corner of Myrtle Avenue. Catholic Chapel, Rev. E.T. Callahan, pastor. United Brethren in Christ, Watauga Ave. at corner of Roan Street.

Black Churches: Christian Baptist Church, 312 W. Main. Rev. Preston Martin Pastor, Thankful Baptist Church, Railroad near Roan Street. Rev. W.R. Winston, pastor, AME Zion Church, Millard at corner of Wellborn. Pastor-William B. Grady, pastor. Elmo Street M.E. Church, 145 Elmo. Rev. P.A. Woolwine, pastor. Presbyterian Church, 117 E. Millard Street, Pastor.

Hospitals and Homes: National for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, West Main beyond city limits. Col. John T. Smith, governor, Paul E. Divine, treasurer. Dr. H.F. Alexander, surgeon.

Post Office: Office hour 7 a.m. Sundays 8 to 9 a.m. John C. Campbell postmaster, James A. Vines, assistant postmaster.

Reach Bob Cox at boblcox@bcyesteryear.com or go to www.bcyesteryear.com. 

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