1896: Letter to the editor complains about the men and boys who stand on the town’s street corners. “Nearly every day you can see these idle foul-mouthed reprobates fix their impudent upon young ladies as soon as they come down the avenue, and then stand and stare and make outrageous remarks until out of sight.”
1920: Three hundred people attend a meeting of the Law and Order League which is being organized to help officers reduce crime in the Middlesboro.
1924: Thanksgiving dinner at the Cumberland Hotel cost $1.00. Menu: turkey with oyster dressing, candied sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, petite pois in cream sauce, fruit salad, Parker House rolls, hot mince pie, cheese, tutti fruit ice cream and cake.
1926: Official opening of the Coal House in Middlesboro.
1947: The first railroad car of coal from a strip job in the area was shipped out of Middlesboro.
1955: Bell County went “dry.” Most of the 62 liquor dealers simply put out “closed” signs, but Jimmy Ginsburg hung a mourning wreath on his Indian Rock roadhouse.