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Today in Johnson City History: August 14

Aug. 14, 1890: The new power house for the Electric Light Company was being pushed rapidly to completion. The stone work was being finished with brickmasons and carpenters at work. A number of experienced workmen had been brought from Connecticut. The company was also making arrangements to commence work on the electric street car line. Several car loads of poles had arrived and were being distributed along the route. “As soon as Roan Street and Watauga Avenue are graded, the lines will be put down and operated,” The Comet reported. “The street force is now at work on Roan Street.”

Today in Johnson City History: Aug. 13

Aug. 13, 1885: The Comet reported that a “young tornado” had visited several sections of East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. It struck Johnson City the previous Sunday, causing considerable damage to trees and cornfields. “Our town looked the next morning like it had been struck with a boomerang.”

Today in Johnson City History: August 12

Aug. 12, 1886: The Comet published a letter from Michael Campbell, superintendent of the recently completed East Tennessee Insane Asylum, who noted that there was ample room for the all the insane in East Tennessee and several counties in Middle Tennessee. “I am satisfied that there are a great many insane persons in this Hospital District whose friends do not know that we are ready to admit them, or are ignorant of what steps to take in order to get them admitted.”

Today in Johnson City History: August 8

Aug. 8, 1889: The Comet ran an ad for the Johnson City Foundry and Machine Works. The ad noted that all of the company’s work was guaranteed; it repaired machinery as well as built it. Among other things, it made car wheels, window sills, cane mills, and sash weights.