Entries by Sam Watson

Today in Johnson City History: March 26

By Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press March 26, 1892: T.E. Matson was elected mayor. He ran against E.H. Stebens, with a total of 953 votes being cast. At that time, Johnson City was divided into four wards. March 26, 1910: Two revivals were in progress in Johnson City with large attendance. The Rev. J. Edmund Brown, pastor […]

Today in Johnson City History: March 25

By Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press March 25, 1885: Johnson City was granted a new charter. Col. Seth H. Yokum was elected mayor. March 25, 1909: General agent M.L. Fox warned in an ad in The Comet that lot prices would soon rise by 50 percent in the new Southwest Addition (the Tree Streets). “A […]

Today in Johnson City History: March 24

By Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press March 24, 1887: The Comet reported that Mayor W.A. Dickinson had eaten hash for dinner the previous night. March 24, 1904: The Comet reported that passenger train No. 22 struck a team of horses at a road crossing near Limestone, instantly killing the horses and driver, who was identified as […]

Today in Johnson City History: March 23

By Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press March 23, 1899: The Comet reported that the state Legislature had passed a bill that in effect permitted Tennessee Medical College graduates to practice medicine in Tennessee without a licensing exam by the state board of medical examiners. The graduates of all colleges outside the state would still have to be examined. March […]

Today in Johnson City History: March 22

By Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press March 22, 1884: The Comet reported that Miss Lathan, who was a traveling agent for the “Sunny South,” a literary magazine, had spent a day in Johnson City. “With her charm, she was able to sell quite a few subscriptions.” March 22, 1947: Appalachian Baseball League added veteran umpires […]

Today in Johnson City History: March 21

By Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press March 21, 1912: The Johnson City Staff reported that Sen. Robert Taylor was very ill with gallstones, adding that he would likely have surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital shortly. March 21, 1943: The Appalachian Baseball League Board of Directors met in Johnson City and agreed to admit the […]

Today in Johnson City History: March 20

By Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press March 20, 1890: A representative from Philadelphia-based Young Brothers, the country’s largest water works builders, arrived in Johnson City to begin development of the city’s new water plant. The Watauga Water Company had been chartered in Tennessee earlier in the week. The contract between the city and the company […]

Today in Johnson City History: March 19

By REBECCA HENDERSON and JOHNSON CITY PRESS March 19, 1896: The Comet reported that Col. J.W.S. Frierson, Tennessee centennial commissioner for East Tennessee, had been in Johnson City en route home to Knoxville from a visit to Carter County. “He says there is no doubt but what the centennial will be the biggest thing of […]

Today in Johnson City History: March 18

By Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press March 18, 1897: The Comet reported that an enormous rockslide between Blevins and Allentown prevented the narrow gauge train from arriving in Johnson City the previous day. No train was available on the Johnson City side of the slide, and mail had to be delivered on a lever cart. […]

Today in Johnson City History: March 17

By Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press March 17, 1898: The Comet reported that Johnson City’s Dr. L.B. Caldwell had just been granted a patent on a Station Indicator, “and in time there is no doubt but what all the street car lines of the country will use it.” March 17, 1966: Mary Elsie White, executive director […]