Courthouse Monument-1930
Johnson City Chronicle 
July 5, 1930

Jonesboro Celebrates Birthday;
Thousands Visit "Cradle" Of
Tennessee For Great Occasion

Historic Town Crowded with Merrymakers to
Observe 150th Anniversary of Of Ex-Capital
By Fred Hoss
JONESBORO, July 4- A happy horde of people outlined against a fluttering background of flags, bunting and streamers - no, it was a kaleidoscopic tangle in which the glittering garb of the Mother of Tennessee was mingled with that of the thousands who thronged about her today, in celebration of the 150th birthday of old Jonesborough- first town west of the Appalachians; first capital of the State of Franklin; first capital of Tennessee.

Jonesboro of today was host to the Jonesborough of yesteryear.  There was nothing in the old town but the celebration.  Every building, almost every vehicle, even the trees and hitching posts bore flags, pennants and joined in the riot of color.  Thousands from over 25 states thronged Main street, and overflowed into the few and short cross streets which reach past the famed old Mill Brook on the one side, or climb a few steps up the hill on the other.  The square and street in front of courthouse were crowded for the formal program of the morning, which a monument in front of the courthouse was unveiled and dedicated;  an appropriate oration was delivered by Representative John Q. Tilson of Connecticut, former Washington countian, and acceptance of the monument was made eloquently by former governor Alf A. Taylor.

(Monument unveiled by seven year old Donald G. Sabin, identified in the newspaper  as
Archie Sabin, and as a direct descendant of John Sevier - a little mix-up in the Sabin brothers and Sevier brothers...but wasn't he cute?)


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