1890: Wages in Bell County were $6.00 a day for bricklayers, $3.50 a day for carpenters, $5.00 per day for brick masons, $3.00 a day for machinists and $2.00 for common laborers.
1904: There were 481 white students and 172 students of color in the Middlesboro public schools. This total exceeded the total seating capacity of the schools by 140.
1917: Mrs. Ben Woodward, “a graduate beauty culturist” opened a parlor in Middlesboro. “The operating department” was “equipped in white aseptic furniture, sanitation being asked in every detail.” Shampoos are $.50 and children’s hair bobbing $.25.
1937: A record 350 boy scouts from the Upper Cumberland Area Council gathered in Bell County for their Seventh Annual Jamboree. Local Trop #35, under scoutmaster Hobert Reams, placed first in fire-building and water boiling events.
1965: Republicans swept city and county elections. Chester Wolfe became mayor of Middlesboro by a vote of 2362 to 1352 for his opponent, Jack Jenkins. (Wolfe was to be mayor for 16 of the next 20 years). Incumbent Harry Hoe easily defeated Democrat Adam Stacy III for State Representative.