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.
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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.
Sept. 27, 1892: The Watauga Avenue Presbyterian Church was organized; originally, it was known as Second Presbyterian Church.
Sept. 26, 1889: Some incarnate fiend attempted to burn down the Austin Furniture Co. factory. The building was unoccupied, leading The Comet’s editors to proclaim it was the work of an “incendiary.”
Sept. 25, 1890: Arrangements had been made to grade the streets for the new Highland Park Addition.
Miniature trains as local art will be on display Saturday at Johnson City’s first Art Struck Festival.
Sept. 24, 1885: Jobe’s Opera House had received the finishing touch and was conceded by all to be the handsomest between Lynchburg and Knoxville. The work was done by George E. Naff and would be creditable to any city artist.
Sept. 23, 1886: The Comet reported that George T. Williams Jr. and Hi Netherly had entered the ring to decide the boxing championship in Johnson City. Before the first round was finished, though, the police interfered and stopped the fun.
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.
Sept. 21, 1893: The Rev. J.H. Snow, pastor of the Johnson City Baptist Church, had been called to the same position at a Knoxville church and would be leaving in October.
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.