Edens, J. Frank
Republican presidential candidate Herbert Hoover kicked off his Southern campaign in 1928 with an October 6 stop at Elizabethton, Tennessee. Hoover and his party arrived by train at about 9:30 a.m. in Bristol, Tennessee, where the candidate made a brief appearance before approximately 5,000 people. The train proceeded to Childers, a flag stop about six miles from Elizabethton. From there the Hoover party travelled by motorcade to Elizabethton on the Memphis-Bristol Highway. Hoover visited the American Bemberg and Glanzstoff rayon plants in Elizabethton. After a luncheon and reception, the Hoover party paraded down Elk Avenue to Independence Monument, out South Main Street to the Lilly addition. An estimated 50,000 people lined the parade route. Activities then began at Harmon Field, where Hoover gave a campaign speech which was broadcast nationally. After the speech, Hoover and his party left for Johnson City, where they were treated to a dinner and reception. From Johnson City the Hoover party travelled by train back to Washington, D. C.