Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

January 22, 2013

Looking Back

By Dorothy Copus Brush
Chronicle correspondent

CROSSVILLE — January 1900

+Big Lick — There was a candy breaking given at Mrs. Craft’s last Tuesday night.  Misses Gertie and Addie Orme, Raymond and Charley Kerley and Andrew Burnett of Burke, Urles Lee, T.W. and W.H. Webb and others of Litton, Misses Mamie Hutsel, Mary Webb, Nora Croft and Mary Burnett attended. The evening was very pleasantly spent and enjoyed.

+L.B. and E.R. Johnson purchased the old Keyes store and hotel property last week. The purchase price is understood to be $1000. They also purchased the 20-foot lot joining the Keyes property. Messers Johnson now have 59 feet on one of the best business corners in town. They intend to erect a frame building on the inside lot which will be about 25 x 75 feet and will be for rent. They contemplate putting a good brick building on their corner this coming summer.

January 1922

+An election is to be held this month to determine if the people of Crossville wish to build a $20,000 public school building. As is usual in almost all elections there is a diversity of opinion as to the wisdom of the proposed course.

There are over 400 pupils of school age enumerated in Crossville. Nearly 300 are enrolled in City School. There are only six teachers and each must handle 32 to 60 pupils in a room far too small to accommodate them. There are three roads running through the playground.

Fire conditions are so bad that should a fire break out it would surely result in the death of several children.

Our streets are in a wretched state and if the school is built the town cannot vote funds for improving the streets.

January 1960

+Snowbound! Eight to 10 inches from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., January 5. Stalled cars and trucks, schools closed, plants shut down. More snow predicted this week.