1893: Watts Steel and Iron Syndicate (location of current Hoe’s Foundry) blew in its first furnace, beginning the manufacture of iron in Middlesboro. Unfortunately, this was a short-lived effort.
1898: Due to the smallpox epidemic in Middlesborough, all neighboring towns, including Pineville and Cumberland Gap, quarantined Middlesboro. Guards were placed at the Virginia state line to see that no one from Middlesboro entered the state and trains refused to stop in the city.
1902: Famous “battle” fought at the Quarterhouse, a saloon and house of ill repute on the Tennessee-Kentucky border in Mingo Hollow. A large posse from Bell County had gone to demand the surrender of the owner, Lee Turner. Before the night was over, two men from the posse and seven other men had been killed and the Quarterhouse had been burned to the ground.
1922: Mrs. Rosemary Percefull presented to the Middlesboro City Council a request from the League of Women Voters that they investigate the price of water and lights. She stated that if the Council did not “get busy and do something about this…the women of Middlesboro will.”
1946: The concrete block factory of the Kentucky-Virginia Stone Company was running double shifts.
1960: Bell County had its biggest snowstorm since 1917-18. There was a total of over 12” of snow on the ground and the temperature stood at 4 below zero.