Monday, February 15, 2010

Johnson, Walter; houseboat where family resides

The old Tennessee Valley Authority photographs from the 1930s and 1940s pose a challenge. The ones I've been examining are not thoroughly documented.

Johnson, Walter; houseboat where family resides, TVA

Only that brief caption accompanied the photograph. However, through an East Tennessee genealogy website I found a couple of related photos:

Walter Johnson

This photo is of the houseboat on which the Johnson family lived. Pictured are Walter and Leona Evans Johnson and their children, with the exception of their youngest son, born after this photo was taken. (Mid 1930's)

That genealogy site provides some details on the Johnsons:

Mary Leona Evans was born on 10 Apr 1904 in Loudon County, TN. She died on 10 Oct 1993 in Knoxville, TN and was buried in Lakeview Cemetery, Loudon Co., TN.

Mary married Walter Johnson, son of Mary Elizabeth Johnson, on 25 Sep 1921 in Loudon County, TN. Walter was born on 10 May 1893 in Loudon County, TN. He died on 14 Mar 1957 in Loudon, TN and was buried in Lakeview Cemetery, Loudon Co., TN.

Here's another TVA photo...and is it a little closer to home?

Barkers Creek Church, TVA

Although I've not researched it, this might be have been taken along the Tuckasegee. Very possibly, though, it could be another Barkers Creek, far from Jackson County.

One more old photo:

Fontana Mining Railroad train in the mountains, TVA

This was likely taken prior to the start of construction on Fontana Dam. Several mining villages were operating in that vicinity near the Little Tennessee. The photo, from Eagle Creek (?), shows the rail line connecting the mines with Copper Hill, TN.

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