Carolina, Knoxville, and Western Railroad Circular
This circular provides "facts and figures showing why the voters of Knox County should vote for the subscription of $100,000 at the election, Saturday, October 29." Specifically, it lists the assessed valuation for each district in Knox County and compares the needed tax to the potential gains in markets and other value. The circular is signed in type by R.A. Sterling, W.P. Chamberlain, J.W. Fletcher, Martin Condon, and Alex. Reeder, Executive Committee. Someone has added a note saying that one area of assessed value was omitted, and has worked some math problems both in ink and in pencil.
- 1890 October
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This circular provides “facts and figures showing why the voters of Knox County should vote for the subscription of $100,000 at the election, Saturday, October 29.” Specifically, it lists the assessed valuation for each district in Knox County and compares the needed tax to the potential gains in markets and other value.
Robert Archimides Sterling was born on December 4, 1842 to James Sterling and his wife. He died on March 11, 1905.
William Porter Chamberlain was born on December 2, 1840, in Ohio. He enlisted during the Civil War on April 21, 1861, as a private, but was eventually promoted to First Lieutenant on August 8, 1863. He was discharged on July 6, 1864. He married Mary Morrow on May 24, 1869, who died on March 18, 1870. Chamberlain remarried on January 15, 1873, to Catherine Ellen Harper and had four children. He died on April 16, 1917, in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Martin J. Condon was born on October 29, 1857 in Hawkins County, Tennessee to John and Bridgett Condon. He married Margaret McMillan and ran a wholesale grocery in Knoxville, Tennessee. While serving as mayor of Knoxville, Condon tried to appoint a black man to the school board, but the rest of the board snubbed this appointment until he was replaced. He later moved to Memphis as part of his role as president of American Snuff Company, and was a director of the Carnegie Trust Company. Condon died on February 24, 1940 in Memphis, Tennessee.
Alexander Reeder was born on March 8, 1824. He married Malinda Luttrell, and they had six children, Cordelia, Columbus, James, Mary, Delia, and Nancy. He was sheriff of Knox County and a political leader. Reeder was killed in a railroad accident on August 22, 1889.
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