Jan. 24, 1889: The Comet reported the death of Johnson City resident R.S. Patty in an East Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia Railroad crash seven miles west of Greeneville over the weekend. Passenger train No. 2 was due here at 7:05 p.m. when it telescoped a freight train at 23 miles per hour. ETV&G engineer Zack Burson and fireman William Hizer, both of Knoxville, also were killed.
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Jan. 23, 1896: The Comet reported the staff had been requested to announce that “the most diverting event which occurred Sunday evening was that M.F.B. was beaten out of her fellow by L.L.”
Jan. 22, 1922: The Inter-Mountain Telephone Company began providing service to Johnson City and Jonesboro.
Jan. 20, 1904: The Comet reported that T.A. Gillespie had sold his interest in the Appalachian Sanitarium and would soon move his family to California. The newspaper described him as a “born hustler.”
Jan. 19, 1879: Johnson City relinquished its first charter. We are not sure why, but several reasons are cited. The reason most often cited is “To receive the benefits of the Act of the Legislature of the State which prevented the sale of intoxicating liquors within one mile of a chartered school save in incorporated cities and towns.”
Jan. 18, 1914: The Monday Club of Johnson City presented a program on reforming civil service. Conditions in the public schools, the appointment of teachers and the condition of school buildings were also discussed.
The Tweetsie Train historic film presentation scheduled for 1 p.m. Jan. 19 at Memorial Park Community Center has been postponed. This event will be rescheduled.
Jan. 17, 1887: The Comet reported that iron industrialist, Carnegie Land & Auction Co. founder and C. C. & C. Railroad backer Gen. John T. Wilder had left the previous Tuesday night for Chattanooga. Meanwhile, Col. T. E. Matson, the Three Cs’ chief engineer, was out in Johnson City’s streets Monday for the first time. He was to leave for New York on business connected with the railroad as soon as he was able to travel.
This spring, the East Tennessee State University Department of History is sponsoring its second History Harvest, an effort to locate and digitally preserve documents, photographs, artifacts, and personal and family histories. The title of this year’s effort is “Johnson City’s History Harvest: Preserving Our Heritage.”
Jan. 16, 1890: The Comet reported that U.S. Rep. Alfred Taylor had introduced legislation to create a United States circuit court at Johnson City and to erect public buildings at Bristol and Morristown at a cost not to exceed $20,000 each.
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.