Birthday Surprise

Maryville Times
October 18, 1906

Wednesday being the birthday anniversary of Mrs. Will A. McTeer, her daughter, Mrs. Raymond Patton and Major McTeer  arranged a surprise by inviting a number of friends after prayer meeting hour.   So unsuspecting was  Mrs. McTeer, that she retired early being weary with the day’s duties and when the company of friends invaded the home she was lost in slumbers of the night.  She quickly arose howerver and welcomed her friends to her magnificent home.  The hours were spent in pleasant conversation enlivened with sweet music rendered by the Misses Bittle.   Refreshments of fruit, cake and coffee were served by Mrs. Patton after which the guest withdrew wishing Mrs. McTeer many happy returns. 

Many nice presents were given.  Major and Mrs. McTeer have an ideal home and if there is a happier man in the state than the Major we would like to see him.  The master of the household, the Major’s young son, was not presented to the assemblage as he has objections to keeping late hours, and so retired early.  

Major McTeer has a unique history in the fact that he was married one day and his wife was born the next.   Can you figure it out?  The following consitituted the party enjoying their hospitality.  Maj. Ben Cunningham and wife,  Mrs. Hettie C. McCulloch,  J.N. Badgett and wife,  Rev. W.K. Weaver and wife,  Mrs. J.W. Post,  Miss Anna McCulloch,  Eula Post,  John Huffstetler and wife,  Rev. B.M. Martin and wife,  Mrs. Matt Huffstetler,  Mrs.  Zona Prather,  Dr. C.B. Lawrence and wife,  Misses Bittle.


Date of Will: 12 Jun 1849
Sons:  Andrew, Hiram, Hugh, William G., 
Daughters: Mary L. Bogle, Elizabeth C. Henderson, Loaria Bogle
Grandson:  Joseph (son of William G. Bogle)
Other names mentioned:  Jesse Debyer, Robert Pickens,  Joseph Henderson (son of William Henderson), Isaac A. Murphy,  James Jefferied

Source: [snippet from  Moore, John Trotwood. Records of Blount County, Tennessee, Wills. [Nashville, Tenn.?]: Works Progress Administration, 1937.]

Date of Will: 3 Jul 1842
Son:  James Bradbury
Witnesses: Lenuel Adams, Issim Blakenship

Source: [snippet from  Moore, John Trotwood. Records of Blount County, Tennessee, Wills. [Nashville, Tenn.?]: Works Progress Administration, 1937.]

Tag Man in Blount County

While perusing Flickr tonight, I came across this picture of the Tag Man in Blount County.  Apparently, he lives at the corner of Blueberry Hill and Peppermint Road. 



From the Maryville Enterprise  – December 3, 1942

  • Mary Blount Chapter of the Eastern Star will entertain Dorothy H. Connor, Grand Worthy Matron of Tennessee, with a pot luck supper at the Masonic Temple on July 17th at 6:30 pm.  The supper will be followed by initiation work at 8pm.  All chapters are invited. 
  • Mr. and Mrs. Olin Dodson of Stillwater, Okla., announce the birth of a son on July 8.  Mrs. Dodson was the former Barbara Tot Goddard.
  • Mrs. W.W.  Elmore is in Doctors Hospital where she underwent a serious operation. 
  • Mrs. Hubert Cowden of Pruden, Tennessee, has been visiting her sister, Mrs. R.O. Smith.
  • Mrs. Ralph Piper is confined to her home with illness.
  • Mr. and Mrs.  L.A. Black are visiting Mrs. Black’s mother,  Mrs. Green in <…>, and Mrs. Black’s daughter, Mr. John C. Carr and family.
  • Miss June Akers is visiting in Pittsburgh, New York, and Washington D.C.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Robert Byrne of Louisville, Ky. spent the weekend with relatives here.
  • Mr. and Mrs. L.T.  Letsinger and two sons are spending their vacation in Norfolk, Va.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Baker and daughter, Patsey of Damarest, New Jersey, are the guests of Mr. and Mrs. H.L. Miller and Mr. and Mrs. <…>
  • Mrs. Vernon Lloyd and little daughter, Gayle, of New Haven, Conn., are the guests of Dr. and Mrs. R.W. Lloyd.
  • Mr. Dan Mays of California, Mr. and Mrs. John Mays of Toledo have been visiting their brother, Sheriff  and Mrs. Ben Mays.  John Mays and Dan Mays hadn’t seen each other in twenty-five years.
  • Mrs. Justin Smelcer is very ill at her home on Ellis Ave. 
  • Dr. and Mrs. Lloyd Taylor of Los Angeles, Calif., are visiting Dr. Taylor’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Taylor.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Hobart Goddard celebrated their birthdays on July 3rd.  They were born on the same day, and are the same age. 
  • Miss Marinell Ross went by plane to Whitesville, N. Car. for a visit with Miss Katherine Powell.
  • Mr. A.N. Jackson of California is visiting relatives and friends here.
  • Mr. and Mrs. E.C. Crow spent the weekend with relatives in Alabama
  • Mr. and Mrs. Edward Pearson returned last week from a trip in Myrtle Beach.
  • Miss June Lane had as her weekend guests,  Miss Mary Dillon and Miss Dorothy Hedge of Murfreesboro, Tenn.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Harry McDaniels are spending their vacation at Myrtle Beach.
  • Mr. and Mrs. W.F. Register had as their weekend guests, Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Register, Mrs. A.J. Grant and children of Nashville
  • Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Lewis (Miss Jackie Odell) are the parents of a little daughter born at Doctors’ Hospital, July 5.  The baby has been named Cecilia Carolyn.  This is the first grandchild of Mr. and Mrs. R.B. Odell. 
  • Mr. and Mrs. Robert Rule and two children Jean and Robert Jr., Mr. and Mrs. James Rule and family of Nashville, are the guests of Mr. and Mrs. R.B. Rule.
  • Mrs. L.M. Ross and Miss Marie Griffits are in Cincinnatti this week attending the convention of <…> Educational Association <…>.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Claude W. Best have returned from their wedding trip, and are at home on Highland Avenue, in the apartment occupied by Mrs. Mary Ellen Boyatt
  • Mr. and Mrs. W.A. Maloney of Telford, spent the weekend with Mrs. Maloney’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.G. Smith.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Clifton Overton spent the weekend in Newport.
  • Dr. Sam Crawford is visiting his parents, Dr. and Mrs. S.E. Crawford.  He plans to leave soon for Japan. 
  • Mr. and Mrs. W.A. Riddle and daughter, Miss Lorene Riddle have returned from a vacation in Baltimore, Maryland.
  • Mrs. Victor Reneau is visiting her husband, who has been transferred to Davenport, Iowa.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Kirk Young, Miss Delores Young,  and Kenneth Young are on a trip to Illinois, Michigan, Indiana and Canada.
  • Mr. and Mrs. James Heiskell and children, have returned to their home in Indianapolis, Ind. after a visit with Mr. and Mrs. A.B. Waggoner, parents of Mrs. Heiskell.
  • Mr. and Mrs. John D. Harper and children, and Mr. and Mrs. Towle of Knoxville are spending two weeks at Caroline Beach.

From the Maryville Enterprise – December 3, 1942

Mrs. F.M. Thompson announces the marriage of her daughter Clara, to Mr. William C. McConnell, son of the late Dr. and Mrs. John McConnell of Maryville. The ceremony took place at the family home on Ellis Ave. , with the Rev. Colvin Hammock, pastor of the First Baptist Church, officiating.  Friends were present for the ceremony and reception which followed. 

The bride wore her going away outfit of gallant blue wool jersey with matching turban and accessories.  She carried a bride’s bouquet of white chryanthemums and pink rose buds, using a shoulder corsage of white chrysanthemums for traveling.   Miss Doraita Thompson, dressed in powder blue wearing pink rose buds was her sister’s only attendant with Mr. Lon C. McConnell  serving as his brothers best man. 

Miss Mildred Thompson with Charles Burgreen at the piano sang “At Dawning” and “Loves Old Sweet Song” preceeding the ceremony.  After the reception, Mr. and Mrs. McConnell left for a brief wedding trip to Nashville where they witnessed the Tenn. Vandy game.   Mrs. McConnell has been a member of Chandler-Singleton Company’s ready-to-wear department for several years where she will continue to be employed while Mr. McConnell is serving with the Ordance Corp. of the Army.   Mr. McConnell, who has until recently been in the electric business in Maryville will depart to Fort Jackson, S.C. the 15th of December, from where he will go to California for his basic training.

Maryville Times – 26 Dec 1896


W.C. Chumlea, who was appointed Clerk & Master of the Chancery court the first of the week, was born in Knox County in 1845.  He came to this county, July 1875.  For three years after he came to Blount he clerked in the store of H.L. Bradley, which stood where A.K. Harpers now stands.  In August 1878 he was elected Clerk of the Circuit Court and he served the people so faithfully and well during his first term that he was elected to this since the second and third time,  serving in all twelve years.  During four years of the time that he was Circuit Court Clerk he served as Justice of the Peace, and the last three years he served as Deputy Clerk and Master.   Oct. 21, 1890, he was appointed Clerk and Master by Judge Gibson and has served six years in this office and his reappointment for another six years is certainly a high compliment to his efficiency.   If Mr. Chumlea lives to serve out his present term he will have served Blount County in official capacity a total of twenty-four years and he will be 57 years old.   This is certainly a long and honorable record, a record of which any might feel proud.