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Reminiscing Days Gone By In Dayton, Graysville and Spring City Tn.

Rhea County, Tennessee's Historical Past

Welcome to Yesterday in Dayton's home on the web. A place to come and reminisce about days gone by in the place we call home. Rhea County rich in history is comprised of three municipalities Dayton, Graysville and Spring City Tennessee.

We have a rich history within out county and this site will touch on past historical events of Rhea County Tennessee and the municipalities that are with the county. We will also share remembrances of those beloved citizens from here that have gone on before us.

I hope you enjoy the site and all its history posted here. If you have photos or information that you'd like to see preserved and shared then please call on me. All photos and documents are always credited to the person/family who provides them.

Farmers MIll

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Pendergrass Park

Pendergrass Park Receives A Complete Makeover

Shown above in the the left photo is Mrs. Juanita Pendergrass with some children enjoying the Witches Hat”. The right photo shows the newly renovated park on opening day. (Black & White Feature Photo Courtesy of the Glass Family Collection.) The Park Was Officially Named After School Teacher Juanita Pendergrass in 1967 For decades, children...

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Gene Cochran Rhea EMS

Rhea EMS Founded by Gene Cochran in 1973

Thomas Gene Cochran in 1980  (Photo Courtesy of Cunnyngham Studio Archives) Daryle Cochran continues to operate Rhea EMS which was founded by his father. In the fast-paced society we live in today, it is just about impossible to travel on Hwy 27 through Rhea County without seeing a familiar-looking orange and white ambulance racing up...

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Tony's Drive In

Tony’s Drive-In Era Ends July 1986

Favorite Market Convenience Store To Build On Site They called themselves the culprits that destroyed a teenage hangout. Back on July 10, 1986, three Arlan Roberts Construction workers of Dayton reminisced about their teenage days spent at the defunct Tony’s Drive-In Restaurant. Tim Revis, Ray Roberts and Bobby Perry, all who were in their early...

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Old Dayton Bank Building in historic downtown Dayton.

Gardenhire’s Historic Downtown Dayton Building

Historic Downtown Dayton Building Then and Now It’s 1912- the nation just elected a new president, World War I was looming on the horizon, and a sleepy little town in Tennessee named Dayton would soon gain national recognition during the famous Monkey Trial. This little town was growing fast, and buildings were being constructed contributing...

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Dr. Darriell Slagle February 23, 1986

Helicopter accident claims life of former Rhea Medical Center Physican

Dr. Darriel Slagle Dies February 23, 1986 A former Rhea County Medical Center physician was killed in a helicopter accident in Greenville, Tennessee around 7pm Saturday February 23, 1986. Dr. Slagle had been employed at the Rhea County Medical Center as an emergency room physician from August 1982 through May of 1985.At the time of...

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Rhea County High School Class of 1981

Rhea Class of 1981 Ends Five Year Reunion With Tragedy

Classmate Wes Crawford Killed in Auto Accident after Leaving Five Year Class Reunion on August 9, 1986 It was the first time that the Rhea County High School Class of 1981 had been together since their graduation ceremony. The class gathered for their 5th year reunion at the Loft in Chattanooga on August 9, 1986....

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Tid Bits From Around Rhea County

Swim Classes For Park Youngsters For Two Weeks


A two-week swimming course of instruction, free for children between the ages of nine and 15 will be held beginning Monday, June 25, under the auspices of the city playground program, with the director, Arvel Adkins, in charge. Registration may be made at the park. The lessons are free, but each child must pay his own fee at crystal Springs and must furnish his own transportation, Mr. Akin said hours for the lessons will be 930 to 1130 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday next week. The wading pool at the park was opened last Saturday and will continue to be open every day from 2 to 4 PM for children between the ages of three and eight. Children must have swimsuits. Miss Juanite Pendergrass is in charge of the pool. In last week’s table tennis tournament , Jerry Bivens was first and David Swafford second in the blue Lee and Ken Wood was first and Butch Coleman second in the red league. Alice Woods won first place and Margie Wilson second place in last week’s girl shuffleboard tournament. It was announced new events planned  for entertainment are sack races three-legged races softball and distant throwing.


(Dayton Herald Reprint-June 21, 1962)

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