Sept. 18, 1890: Charles P. Wofford and Co., a real estate and brokerage company, advertised its services in The Comet. The offices were on East Main Street adjacent to Kite & Gaunt. The Wofford Brothers Insurance Co. was incorporated six years later and remains in business today. It is among the city’s oldest businesses.
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Sept. 19, 1889: Butler & Phillips, civil engineers, had just completed a large map of Johnson City, complete with new boundaries extending the corporate limits to 3 miles wide and 4 miles long. The city’s limits when it received its second charter in 1885 were just a 3/4-mile circle. Blueprints of the new map were available for purchase from The Comet.
Sept. 17, 1885: The Comet reported, “It is now definitely settled that Johnson City is to have a bank. A meeting was held Tuesday evening and the subscription books opened. A meeting of the stockholders will be held at once for the purpose of organizing. We hope to be able to publish the names of the officers next week.”
Sept. 16: 1887: Future U.S. Rep. and Tennessee Gov. Alf Taylor moved his family from Chucky Valley to “Robin’s Roost,” the South Roan Street home of his brother and political rival, Robert Love Taylor, who was governor at the time.
Sept. 14, 1883: The Johnson City Real Estate Company was the first real estate corporation chartered in Johnson City.
Sept. 13, 1884: The Comet reprinted an editorial from the Mountaineer stating that “If you wish to vote for a man who has been false to every pledge and promise, to foist himself upon an unwilling people, vote for Pettibone.” Augustus Herman Pettibone represented the 1st Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1881-87 and again from 1897-99. The Comet’s editor, Robert Love Taylor, had defeated Pettibone by 750 votes in the 1878 election to win the congressional seat. Pettibone struck back in 1880, wrestling the seat away from the last Democrat to ever elected to Congress from the district. Pettibone also won the third contest with Taylor in 1882.
Sept. 12, 1889: The Comet’s editors issued the following opinion mixed in with its society news: “If there is any one thing Johnson City needs more than another, it is a Western Union telegraph office separate and apart from the railroad company. From the amount of business done here, it would be more than self-sustaining.”
Sept. 11, 1890: J.M. Brown had moved his family from Jonesboro to Johnson City. He was a member of the firm of Toney & Brown, who would occupy the building used by the Citizens Bank, with a line of clothing and furnishing goods.
Sept. 10, 1908: Readers of The Comet learned “There is every evidence that the CC and O Railroad is preparing to build its line into the city.” The letters CC and O stood for Carolina, Clinchfield, and Ohio. The Comet advised readers, “We regret to the Nashville Tennessean that it is better to be an attorney for a brewery than to be a star customer.”
Sept. 9, 1886: A country team of horses got frightened at the train that morning and took a little spurt up Main Street. No damage was reported.
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.