Oct. 11, 1884: S.B. McElreth’s Troupe, a Johnson City comedy act “well known in this country,” performed at Jobe’s Opera House.
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Oct. 11, 1889: The Johnson City Electric Light and Power Company planned to install an incandescent lighting system for illuminating dwellings if demand was high enough to warrant the expense.
Oct. 9, 1890: Plans for a new railroad depot had been accepted by a city committee. Construction was contingent upon a $5,000 contribution from the Three Cs Railroad toward the $15,000 necessary.
Oct. 8, 1859: The name of the local post office was changed from Johnson’s Tank to Haynesville. This name change was to honor Landon Carter Haynes, later a Confederate senator, who lived south of the town.
Oct. 7, 1886: Matt Thomas, an enterprising youth, had secured the right of way from the city for a shoeshine stand in front of The Comet’s office. He offered “a dollar shine for only a nickel.”
Oct. 6, 1887: Three of the new consolidated freight engines recently ordered by the East Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia Railroad had arrived and were doing duty. “They are from the Baldwin works, and are the finest machines ever brought south,” The Comet reported. “They have been numbered 411, 412 and 413. Seventeen others of the same kind and four passenger engines are yet to come.”
Oct. 4, 1884: Local railroad man and industrialist Gen. John T. Wilder was planning to build a 500-guest hotel on Roan Mountain. The building was to replace Wilder’s original 20-room lodge built on the Roan balds in 1877. The grand 166-room Cloudland Hotel opened in 1885.
Oct. 3, 1889: Citizens Bank opened and was ready for the “transaction of a regular and legitimate banking business.” The bank was located in the Harr building at the corner of Main and Spring streets. A fire-proof vault had been built with a large burglar-proof safe.
Oct. 2, 1890: The Comet reported that Johnson City “shall soon have two good hotels both with dancing halls. They will be appreciated by our German club.” The City Hotel — later named Piedmont, the Planters and the Western — already had opened between the railroad tracks and Buffalo Street. Within 20 years, four more hotels — the Greenwood, the American, the Arlington and the Pardue — had opened along Buffalo to accommodate passengers from the nearby railroad depots. None of the five hotel buildings still stands.
Oct. 1, 1885: Science Hill Institute’s Roll of Honor included Bonnie Hoss, Retta Lyle, Nelia Miller, Cora Patton, Birdie Jobe, Lillie McNees, Nora Faw, Samuel Miller, Embrie Simcox, Fannie Kilby, Mollie Sanders, Gertrude Mitchell, Tillie Wiley, Mamie Grant, Mamie Patty, Charles Yocum, William Hodges, Jessie Brown, Linnie Haun, Mirtie Waddell, Laura King and Mary Seaver.
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.