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Today in Johnson City History: August 6

Aug. 6, 1848: Alf Taylor was born in Carter County. A member of the Tennessee House of Representatives from 1874-1876, he went on the represent the 1st Congressional District of Tennessee in Washington from March 3, 1889, until March 3, 1895. Taylor was governor of Tennessee from January 15, 1921, until January 16, 1923.

Today in Johnson City History: Aug. 5

Aug. 5, 1897: The management of the street car line was doing everything possible to make Lake Watausee a pleasant and popular resort. “Of course, we can not have park concerts, etc., such as are had in large cities, but Manager Landon is doing all he can to contribute the comfort and pleasure of the patrons of the car line,” The Comet opined. The street car carried guests from downtown Johnson City up Watauga Avenue and along Main Street in Carnegie (now East Oakland Avenue) to the man-made lake. Watausee, later Cox’s Lake, was in the area near Lakeview Drive and Princeton Road.

Today in Johnson City History: August 2

Aug. 2, 1888: The Comet advertised for a devil. “No boy need apply unless he wants to learn the trade and can read manuscripts fairly well.” A printer’s devil was a printing apprentice whose job included such tasks as mixing ink, gathering type, cleaning ink rollers, and apparently in this case, proofing pages.

Today in Johnson City History: Aug. 1

Aug. 1, 1889: Chief of Police H.W. Weiler tendered his resignation effective immediately. His reason? Weiler ran a queensware (fine pottery) store in town and the enemies he naturally made in his capacity as chief were hindering his trade.

Today in Johnson City History: July 31

July 31, 1850: Robert Love Taylor was born in Carter County. He was the U.S. representative from the First District in Tennessee from 1879 to 1881, was Governor of Tennessee from 1887 to 1891 and from 1897 to 1899 and was United States senator from 1907 until his death. In addition, Mr. Taylor was editor of The Comet in 1884.

Today in Johnson City History: July 30

July 30, 1889: Charles Thomas Bowman was born in Gray Station. Better known as “Fiddlin’ Charlie Bowman,” he wrote many songs, including railroad songs, such as “Nine Pound Hammer.” He was a good friend of Congressman B. Carroll Reece, and wrote the “Reece Rag” in the congressman’s honor.