Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

April 23, 2013

Looking Back

By Dorothy Copus Brush
Chronicle correspondent

CROSSVILLE — April 1898

+A nervy lad in a neighboring town observed his teacher biting her nails and asked if she trimmed her toenails the same way. That boy will be able to resume his seat in school in about ten days.

+To color woolen goods black use one ounce of extract of logwood and one half ounce of blue vitriol for each pound of cloth. Scald for 20 minutes, then throw the cloth into clear water. Then put the cloth into the logwood mixed with water to cover and scald 30 minutes. Add the vitriol water to the mix and scald 15 minutes longer.

+Jas. Winders returned from White County with a load of corn. He said he had to pay 40 cents per bushel.

April 1924

+More and more it is becoming an admitted fact that concrete is the best material for building good, durable roads. The much talked-of cement plant at Crab Orchard would mean good roads at less cost. Many are asking when it will come and echo answers — “when?”

+The local Red Cross is working to provide a community house and rest room in Crossville so ladies from the country will have a place to rest any time they choose. Mrs. F.H. Washburn was made chairman of the committee to explore the idea.

+12,000 acres of Clear Creek coal lands near Isoline will be cut up into farms. The property fronts on the York Highway for three miles in splendid farming land. The property is 11 miles northwest of Crossville, has a graded road through it which has been partially surfaced. Crossville will undoubtedly surface the rest.

April 1987

+The ceremonial breaking of ground launching construction of a new shopping center to be anchored by Wal-Mart and Kroger was held with company officers and politicos joining in the celebration.