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Today in Johnson City History: September 29

Sept. 29, 1904: The Comet, an early Johnson City newspaper, published an account of the Southern Railroad’s train wreck near New Market in Jefferson County. Two Southern Railway passenger trains traveling at high speed collided head-on the previous Saturday, killing 56 passengers and crew and injuring 106.

Today in Johnson City History: September 28

Sept. 28, 1893: A thief had entered the house of A.R. Johnson on Unaka Avenue in broad daylight, and appropriated $5 in cash. The neighbors saw a suspicious-looking character leaving the premises but did not know until later that the family was away.

Today in Johnson City History: September 22

Sept. 22, 1887: The Comet reported that its printer’s devil had called on his “best girl” and during the evening she had occasion to tell him he was “conceited.” He felt highly complimented until he looked up the word in the newspaper’s office dictionary and learned what she meant.