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Today in Johnson City History: July 19

July 19, 1894: The Comet noted that Henry Wilder, the street car man, was not only a good motorman, but also a great blackberry picker. The previous week, he gathered the empty vessels about his place and went up the Three C’s Railroad to fill them. On his way back, he found a…

Today in Johnson City History: July 18

July 18, 1901: The Comet published an ad for the S.B. White Company, and mentioned that its telephone number was 55. The same issue of The Comet mentioned, “a shirt waist dance was recently held at the Hotel Carnegie.” July 18, 1960: News arrived that Tri-City Airport would soon be able…

Today in Johnson City History: July 17

July 17, 1890: The contract to build a new $12,500 powerhouse for the Electric Light Co. had been awarded to parties from Waterbury, Connecticut, and bricks had been purchased. July 17, 1913: Three men were charged with vagrancy. They were fined, but the cost was “suspended provided (they)…

Today on Johnson City History: July 16

July 16, 1885: The Comet reported that Bob Parker died after falling from a railroad trestle, and 13-year-old Thomas Johnson drowned in the Holston River. July 16, 1931: The portion of U.S. Highway 23 leading from Johnson City to Kingsport (now Tenn. Highway 36) was completed. U.S. 23 is…

Today in Johnson City History: July 15

July 15, 1907: The Comet reprinted a letter from a local boy to his mother from Australia. N.D. Reeves wrote of his stops at the British-held Fanning Island, at the Fiji Islands and in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, during his 20-day voyage aboard Steamship Orangi on the Pacific Ocean en route to Sydney, New South Wales. “Will add that all saloons in this country have ladies to serve the drinks, instead of men, they are called “Bar Maids,” what do you know about that?” he wrote. “Electric cars are called ‘trains,’ railroad cars are called carriages, and there is no such thing as baggage, but, luggage instead. Customs, styles and expression of speech are quite different from the States.”

Today in Johnson City History: July 15

July 15, 1907: The Comet reprinted a letter from a local boy to his mother from Australia. N.D. Reeves wrote of his stops at the British-held Fanning Island, at the Fiji Islands and in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, during his 20-day voyage aboard Steamship Orangi on the Pacific Ocean en…