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Today in Johnson City History: June 16

June 16, 1887: The Comet reported, “Gen. J.T. Wilder returned from New York yesterday morning and went up to Roan Mountain in the afternoon. He has been attending a meeting of the directors of the C.C. & C. road and reports every thing (sic) all right and progressing favorably for Johnson City. He also says dirt will be broken in Johnson City in 90 days.”

Today in Johnson City History: June 16

June 17, 1874: The Daily Times, a newspaper in Chattanooga, reported, “The Knoxville Chronicle, has sold its old press to Mr. J.W. Peltier, who proposes to establish a paper at Johnson City, Washington Co., to be called the People’s Friend.”

Today in Johnson City History: June 15

June 15, 1881: The Tennessee Legislature initially chartered the ET&WNC as a broad gauge railroad. Unanticipated problems necessitated the broad gauge railroad to be abandoned. The railroad was built instead as a narrow gauge. The line discontinued service in June 1969.

Today in Johnson City History: June 12

June 12, 1890: The Johnson City Furniture Factory had placed an order for a band resawing machine. It was to cost about $500, and plant manager Grant calculated it would more than pay for itself every three months. The price was the equivalent of roughly $14,000 in 2020 money, accounting for inflation.

Today in Johnson City History: June 11

June 11, 1875: The Daily Press and Herald, a newspaper in Knoxville, reported about a shooting death. “A young man named Eads was shot and killed near Johnson City two days ago. It is said that he accompanied a married woman who left Greeneville about that time and suspicion naturally points to the legal protection of the woman. His body was ordered to be sent to Greeneville by his brother, and yesterday evening a number of the friends of Eads were at the depot to receive the remains, but they failed to arrive, and some skeptical loafers affected to discredit altogether the statement of his death.”

Today in Johnson City History: June 8

June 8, 1871: The Herald and Tribune, a newspaper in Jonesboro, as it was then spelled, reported, “Quite a number of the schools in the county have already closed. Cherokee Institute, Boons (sic) Creek, Science Hill at Johnson City, and Washington College, have all enjoyed a prosperous year. We hear the closing exercises of each of these schools highly spoken of. This must be ratifying to the Principals whom we know to be gentlemen gifted in the art of teaching ‘the young idea how to shoot.’”