1890: The Middlesborough News received a new press. It weighed 1400 pounds, came in 22 boxes and took an entire railroad car to transport it.There were 300 separate and distinct parts. The cost was $1900.
1897: The Gaiety Big Burlesque gave a performance in the Opera House to a crowd of men and boys. After the basic show, the “oocha-koocha” was given by three girls. (Boys under 15 were not to be admitted.) The newspaper reported it was “one of the hottest troupes on the road.” By special request, the show was continued a second night.
1905: After a long and heated discussion, the Middlesborough Lodge Odd Fellows Lodge elected to have a telephone installed in one of its anterooms. The main objection came from members who feared their wives would “ring up” to find out if their husbands were really present.
1936: The Tannery was running full time and hiring 250 men.
1960: Eighteen men, beginning with little funds but a great deal of zeal, started the Middlesboro Rescue Squad. The group was headed by Barton Massengill.