CAHA Sponsors Tour of Harold Coker's Antique Cars Sept. 21

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

 Join the Chattanooga Area Historical Association as we tour the antique car collection of Harold Coker and view the 1910 Nyberg Speedster—one of only three known to be in existence.

The tour will be held on Saturday, Sept. 21, from 11am to 1pm.  The program is free, and open to the public.  The Coker farm is located at 6730 Standifer Gap Road in Chattanooga.

According to William Hull in Legendary Locals of Chattanooga, “Henry Nyberg was a Chicagoan, who built a plant in Chattanooga (he had another one in Indiana) to make the Nyberg in 1911. He built powerful long-stroke motors and luxury cars in 22 styles—the Dixie Special being one of those constructed here. Whereas Ford Model Ts might run $400, a Nyberg cost $1,900. They featured sturdy V-6 engines, were large, roomy, and very comfortable to ride in, with notably ‘soft cushions.’ The varnish was even unusually high quality-billed as ‘dust, water, and soap proof.’” 

If you would like more information about this event, please contact Scott Seagle at 423/364-3169 or email at seaglehomes@comcast.net.


Mountain City Milling Advertised The Health Benefits Of Graham Flour

“Exercise regularly.    Cut back on sugar and salt.   Get adequate sleep.   Eat more fiber.”   Those may all have been instructions from your physician at your last physical.   However, the belief that a healthy lifestyle is good for you goes back much farther in history.   John Harvey Kellogg, M.D. (1852-1943) promoted diet and exercise ... (click for more)

Chester Martin Remembers The Clarence T. Jones Observatory

A true example of American   - and Chattanooga - ingenuity, it was Clarence T. Jones's childhood dream to build a telescope of worthy size and importance. As a professional architect he was able to connect with all the necessary local sources to produce the handsome instrument shown here. Working with the new Barnard Astronomical Society, the telescope with all its component ... (click for more)

County Schools Prepare To Set Priorities For Next Round Of School Building Funding

County school board members are gearing up to set priorities for the next round of new school construction in Hamilton County. Lee McDade, assistant superintendent, said officials may know by the spring how much money will be available to build new schools or add on to existing ones - or do a combination of both. Board member Rhonda Thurman said a proposal to build a new Chattanooga ... (click for more)

New Walker County Commissioner Whitfield To Move Public Meetings To Evenings And To Larger Venue; Will Also Be Listening Sessions

Walker County Sole Commissioner-Elect Shannon Whitfield said there will be a new arrangement for holding of public commissioner sessions when he takes place at the start of January. Current Commissioner Bebe Heiskell has held Thursday meetings at 3:30 p.m. from time to time in a conference room at her office near the Walker County Courthouse in LaFayette. Mr. Whitfield said those ... (click for more)

Vehicle Emissions Testing Causes More Pollution Than It Prevents - And Response

While a noble cause to make sure vehicles are operating efficiently with the minimum amount of pollutants, a simple analysis makes it somewhat evident the VET program in Chattanooga causes more pollution that it prevents.  Though I don't know how many vehicles are tested on an annual basis, if you assume an average round trip of 10 miles to the nearest testing station (five ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Our Senseless Divide

If I could change one thing about the schools in Chattanooga, my wish would be that everybody could become good friends. I’m talking about the private schools versus the public schools. The rancor is so bad we hardly ever play in sports anymore and what the loathsome TSSAA has done in recent years to the out-numbered private schools is sinful. My dream would be that there would ... (click for more)