1890: Elks lodge organized. Alexander Arthur, founder of Middlesborough, and Mayor Brooks, the city’s first mayor, were initiated as members.
1905: Referring to events in Bell County, “The New York Times” headline read, “Kentucky Outlaws Defeat State Guard.” The “outlaws” were identified as “Frank Ball’s gang.” The State Guard had been called up to secure the peace in Bell County.
1921: Rosemary Perceful was elected to Middlesboro City Council and Mrs. Ray Moss to the school board. These are the first women to ever hold an elective office in Middlesboro.
1927: Louisville Male High, national football champions, played Middlesboro High School here. Although the home team lost, Pete Johnson, sports editor for the “Louisville Times,” reported that the Yellow Jackets “won a moral victory” when they held the Male team to a 13-6 score. Johnson went on to report that the Jackets were “unselfishly great in their hospitality and sportsmanship. His comment on Middlesboro: “I never saw such town spirit in my life.”
1931: Theodore Dreiser, noted author of “An American Tragedy,” indicted by the Bell County Grand Jury for misconduct in a Pineville Hotel.
1948: Indictments returned against 38 Middlesboro persons for setting up and keeping gambling devices. Businesses named include Indian Rock, the Noetown Sports Center, Whited Court, Fad Pool Room, the Majestic Hotel, Colonel’s Grill, the Silver Slipper, Tropical Bar and Colonel’s Grill.