Eleanor Roosevelt, 1938


This wonderful photo of Eleanor Roosevelt at the Tri-City Airport (now Tri-Cities Regional Airport) was tucked in a scrapbook that was donated today.

What a find!


I was curious to know the context of the photo and what brought the First Lady of the United States to the airport. Thank goodness for the newspaper archives! The reason for her stop in the Tri-Cities? The March 6, 1938 edition of the Kingsport Times reported that the Mrs. Roosevelt’s American Airlines flight en route to Forth Worth, Texas would be making an eight minute stop to refuel. Looking at the photo it appears as though she received a pretty warm welcome for such a short visit!

Mystery solved.




History in Bloom(ingdale)

This week’s post is written by archives volunteer Kari Roueche.


(© 1976, The Sullivan County Historical Commission and Associates)

The original photographs published in the 1976 book Historic Sites of Sullivan County are contained in the Muriel C. Spoden Collection (KCMC). Lately we’ve been slightly obsessed with trying to find these historic structures and discovering their current condition. This week, we tackled Chapter I, Reedy Creek and Bloomingdale Environs.
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Andrew Johnson School Class Portraits

Johnson School 3-10 1956

Johnson School, Grade 3, Room 10, 1955-1956

Johnson School 4-17 1957

Johnson School, Grade 4, Room 17, 1956-1957 Front Row: Henry Weissinger, Charles Lee, Johnny Allen, Sharon Jones, Janice Starrette, David Little, Don Jones, unknown Middle Row: Barbara Brewer, Kay Goad, Doug Van Huss, Edna Burrell, Fred Herr, Janet Rector, Jenny Lynn Harris, Rhonda Wright, Tony Vest Back Row: Mrs. McClellan, David McCurry, Ricky Reed, John Penn, unknown, Pat Miller, unknown, Tommy Austin

Johnson School 4-21 1957

Johnson School, Grade 4, Room 21, 1956-1957

Johnson School 5-19 1958

Johnson School, Grade 5, Room 19, 1957-1958

Johnson School 5-20 1958

Johnson School, Grade 5, Room 20, 1957-1958

Johnson School 5-21 1958

Johnson School, Grade 5, Room 21, 1957-1958