Entries by Sam Watson

Today in Johnson City History: March 16

March 16, 1888: The 10th annual convention of the Young Men’s Christian Associations in the Eastern District of Tennessee began in Johnson City. March 16, 1943: Mrs. Sarah Emmaline Maples Reece, mother of U.S. Rep. B. Carroll Reece, died at her home. She was the great-great-granddaughter Col. Jacob Brown, who founded the Nolichucky settlement and […]

Today in Johnson City History: March 15

By Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press March 15, 1884: The Comet, an early Johnson City newspaper, began publishing. Nathaniel C.T. Love was publisher, and attorneys Robert Burrow and Robert L. Taylor (later governor of Tennessee and U.S. congressman and senator) served as the newspaper’s editors. Local news included the new rollerskating rink planned for Jobe’s […]

Today in Johnson City History: March 14

By REBECCA HENDERSON and JOHNSON CITY PRESS March 14, 1885: J.A. Cargille advertised fine card photographs for $1.50 to $2 per half-dozen, cabinet-size photos for $2.50 to $3 per half-dozen and panel size photos for $3.50 per half -dozen. “We cannot be neat on enlarging old pictures,” the ad in The Comet read. “Send for special rates for […]

Today in Johnson City History: March 13

By REBECCA HENDERSON AND JOHNSON CITY PRESS March 13, 1890: Jerome Greenwood, the Piedmont House barber, returned to work after a bout with measles. He had added a new chair and other new furniture to his shop to keep pace with the times. March 13, 1947: A car crashed into St. John’s Episcopal Church, sending one person to nearby Appalachian […]

Today in Johnson City History: March 12

By REBECCA HENDERSON and JOHNSON CITY PRESS March 12, 1884: Johnson City’s new flour mill was rapidly nearing completion. The Comet reported that the building was almost done and some of the machinery was in place. It was expected to be at full capacity of 200 barrels per day by the end of May. The […]

Today in Johnson City History: March 11

By REBECCA HENDERSON and JOHNSON CITY PRESS March 11, 1886: The Johnson City Foundry would be ready in a few days for a blast. The large iron furnace had been lined with fire-proof brick, and coke and sand had been procured. Cranberry pig iron, which The Comet described as the best in the country for moulding purposes, was to be […]

Today in Johnson City History: March 10

By REBECCA HENDERSON and JOHNSON CITY PRESS March 10, 1887: The Comet reported that only four states in the Union had a greater degree of illiteracy than Tennessee. More than 400,000 children in Tennessee did not attend school at all. March 10, 1901: Mary Hardin McCown was baptized in the Sinking Creek, and thus became […]

Today in Johnson City History: March 9

By REBECCA HENDERSON and JOHNSON CITY PRESS March 9, 1870: The Haynesville post office changed its name to Johnson City. Henry Johnson was the postmaster. The city had briefly been named Haynesville during the Civil War in honor of Confederate Sen. Landon Carter Haynes, but townsfolk restored it to Johnson’s Depot after the war. March […]

Today in Johnson City History: March 8

By REBECCA HENDERSON March 8, 1971: The Johnson City Press-Chronicle reported on a new spectator sport in downtown Johnson City: that of watching the demolition of the old city hall. The old city hall was built in 1919, and the property it formerly occupied was purchased by the Johnson City Press-Chronicle. Source: Johnson City Press-Chronicle.

Today in Johnson City History: March 7

By REBECCA HENDERSON and JOHNSON CITY PRESS March 7, 1904: John Alan Maxwell was born. He was a prolific illustrator, with his work appearing in many magazines and books. Although born in Virginia, he was raised in Johnson City, and returned here in retirement. March 7, 1912: The Comet published a front-page cartoon set 30 […]