As we reflect on the Sesquicentennial celebration for Johnson City, we look back on the impact that the Chamber of Commerce has played in the development of our community. The Johnson City Chamber has been the advocate and voice of our business community since 1915.
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Nov. 30, 1888: The State of Tennessee chartered John T. Wilder’s “Watauga Improvement Company.” This provided for building houses, grading streets, making sidewalks, libraries and schools, as well as other like-infrastructure.
Just a block from where Henry Johnson built his general store near Brush Creek in 1856, the town he founded will celebrate its 150th birthday today in King Commons Park.
Nov. 29, 1888: From the pages of The Comet: “Our friend S.H. Hendrix, of Carters, has replaced our sick rooster with great big frizzly one. It is a fine crower and if we that do not get chicken hungry before that time, he will crow for the democracy in 1892.”
Nov. 28, 1889: Ground had been broken for the new depot of the “Three Cs” Road — the short-lived enterprise of Gen. John T. Wilder, the Charleston, Cincinnati and Chicago Railroad.
Nov. 27, 1890: The Comet reported that the Duke and Duchess of Marlborough had passed through Johnson City earlier that week. The duke at the time was Charles Richard John Spencer-Churchill, the 9th Duke of Marlborough. The duchess was American Consuelo Spencer-Churchill, born Consuelo Vanderbilt, a member of the prominent Vanderbilt family.
Nov. 26, 1885: The Comet reported on an unsuccessful attempt at courting. “A young gentleman being introduced to a certain young lady in this place a few evenings since, after a rather lengthy conversation with her mid in his departure: ‘Good evening, ma’am; I hope to have the pleasure of meeting you again some time in the near future,’ when she replied, ‘Yes, I hope so, thank you — in heaven.’”
Nov. 25, 1886: Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Reeves had lost two of their children within the past few days, Emma, 2, and John, 4, died from diphtheria. A third child was very low and another had just recovered from this terrible disease.
Nov. 24, 1887: Merchants were asked to close their doors during the Union Thanksgiving service at the Baptist Church.
Nov. 23, 1893: Morton & Arnold’s celebrities appeared at Jobe’s Opera House in the most laughable thrilling and sensational comedy drama of the day entitled “The California Detective.”
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.