June 3, 1886: The Comet reported the death of Johnson City’s Fred H. Austin in Cranberry, North Carolina. He had been hauling lumber on a tram car when the break pin came out, rendering the brake useless on a steep grade. Fearing that men at the end of the track would be injured, he used a knife to make a wooden pin, but the car was already running at high speed. Just as he went to place the pin, a long piece of lumber fell from the car and struck him, throwing him from the tram car.
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From 1975 to 1998, Johnson City was home to a world-renowned theater ensemble that traveled all over the region — and overseas — performing more than 20 original plays about the history, legacy and concerns about the people in Upper East Tennessee before disbanding in the late nineties.
June 1, 1893: The Comet’s editors questioned whether Dr. C. Wheeler, a prominent physician who worked in several area counties, had been poisoned to death in Greeneville. The doctor’s son, a surgeon in Denver, Colorado, had arrived in Johnson City with suspicions of foul play. A post-mortem examination was planned for the disinterred remains, which had been hastily buried after the father’s death on May 14. A week later, The Comet reported that the doctor had not been poisoned but died from an enlarged heart.
Fred Warren has been the coach of the East Tennessee State men’s golf team since 1986, so it will close out an era when he retires at the end of June.
May 31, 1854: Henry Johnson “purchased half an acre of land from Abraham Job on Brush Creek, located at the intersection of the recently graded ET&V rail line and the stage road connecting Jonesborough to Elizabethton.”
May 30, 1885: The Comet issued an opinion that King Springs was one of the most delightful summer resorts in the South. W.T. Rucker’s resort was just 2 miles from downtown. The water was described as “chalybeate, full of magnesia and sulphur.”
May 29, 1835: Patent Office records show that a patent was issued to Henry Johnson for a threshing machine.
May 28, 1921: Johnson City’s John Dryden Exum was born. Captain Exum was the commanding officer of the USS Noa when it picked up John Glenn after Glenn orbited the earth in 1962. John Exum Parkway is named in his honor.
A sixth-generation Tennessean, Phil Carriger’s family history in East Tennessee goes back further than that of Johnson City itself — by nearly 80 years. A soldier in the Revolutionary War, Carriger’s first ancestor was given more than 1,000 acres in Carter County, where two buildings of his still stand today.
May 27, 1939: Earl Dermid, Asheville, N.C., was arrested in Johnson City on charges of child molestation and drinking. He was fined $50 and court costs prior to being released to the state’s custody two days later.
Johnson City, TN
Johnson City is a city in Washington, Carter, and Sullivan counties in the U.S. state of Tennessee. 2017 estimated population was 66,391, making it the ninth-largest city in the state.