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Today in Johnson City History: January 24

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.

Today in Johnson City History: January 19

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.”

Today in Johnson City History: January 17

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.

ETSU to scan images for Johnson City anniversary

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.”