Entries by Sam Watson

Today in Johnson City History: March 6

BY REBECCA HENDERSON and JOHNSON CITY PRESS March 6, 1890: The Comet reprinted a Knoxville Sentinel article about Johnson City’s development, which said the city was in a great boom — “not a ‘mushroom’ affair as some short-lived towns but a good, solid, steady boom, the bottom of which will not fall out.” The reporter noted the manufacturing […]

Today in Johnson City History: March 5

REBECCA HENDERSON and JOHNSON CITY PRESS March 5, 1885: The Tennessee State Legislature approved the granting of a second charter to Johnson City, according to a thesis by Ophelia Cope Daniels. March 5, 1952: Dr. Enuf ran a full-page ad in the Johnson City Press-Chronicle. Citizens gave testimonials. After drinking Dr. Enuf, people said, “What […]

Today in Johnson City History: March 4

By REBECCA HENDERSON and JOHNSON CITY PRESS March 4, 1897: The Comet reported that the new poultry yards of the United Fanciers Association of Johnson City were nearly complete and several coops of White Faced Black Spanish chickens had been delivered. Since the yards adjacent to “Graveyard Hill” had been open land until recently, the Association was […]

Today in Johnson City History: March 3

By Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press March 3, 1883: The Johnson City Enterprise was Johnson City’s newspaper. W.S. Mitchell and W.B. Truslow were the publishers. March 3, 1914: John Hannah was fined $2.50 for throwing rocks. March 3, 1935: The Johnson City Press reported the Johnson City American Legion post planned to erect a […]

Today in Johnson City History: March 2

By Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press March 2, 1899: The Comet reported that a bill allowing Johnson City to issue bonds for public improvements  had passed both houses of the state legislature. The bill permits an issue of $10,000, but it was proposed to issue only $3,500 at the time to be used in purchasing the […]

Cherokee students take a look at Johnson City’s past on Sesquicentennial Digital Learning Day

By BRANDON PAYKAMIAN Schools across the Johnson City Schools district held Digital Learning Day events Thursday to learn more about Johnson City’s rich history since its founding and incorporation in 1869. The events revolved around the city’s 150th anniversary and how far the community has come. At Cherokee Elementary School, students explored the city’s progression […]

Today in Johnson City History: March 1

By REBECCA HENDERSON and JOHNSON CITY PRESS March 1, 1888: The Comet reported that the Johnson City Foundry and Machine Works would pay 1 cent per pound for large and clean cotton rags. March 1, 1928: Johnson City court records show that a Mr. Barbury was fined $25 for being “in company with a leud (sic) woman.” March […]

Today in Johnson City History: February 28

By REBECCA HENDERSON and JOHNSON CITY PRESS Feb. 28, 1895: The Comet reported that Harry D. Gump of Gump Bros. was in the “Eastern market” purchasing spring clothing and furnishings for his downtown store. In 1907, Gump bought the farm near the failed town of Carnegie in east Johnson City, where the Gump Addition subdivision […]

Today in Johnson City History: February 27

By Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press Feb. 27, 1788: A three-day skirmish at Tipton-Haynes started. This was known as the Battle of the State of Franklin. Feb. 27, 1888: Carl A. Johnson was born. Mr. Johnson came to Johnson City in 1910. Along with his brother-in-law, E.M.F. Dahl, they established the first automobile business […]

Today in Johnson City History: February 26

By Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press Feb. 26, 1885: The Tennessee legislature passed legislation to incorporate Johnson City for the second time. Feb. 26, 1891: The Comet reported that builder J.N. Harris had completed his new 10-room residence on Unaka avenue. Harris had arrived in Johnson City about a year earlier and had built […]