Today in Johnson City History: November 22

Nov. 22, 1888: The building boom in Johnson City seemed to be increasing notwithstanding the bad weather.

Today in Johnson City History: November 21

Nov. 21, 1889: A new sidewalk was being laid on Spring Street. The Comet predicted it would be among the best in town.

Today in Johnson City History: November 20

Nov. 20, 1890: Workmen were busy digging a ditch to drain the lake on Roan Street.

Sesquicentennial celebration to wrap up Dec. 1

Johnson City officials plan to wrap up its yearlong sesquicentennial celebration with a community party at Legacy Plaza in King Commons on Dec. 1.

Today in Johnson City History: November 19

Nov. 19, 1885: Some unknown person had circulated the news at and around Elk Park, North Carolina, that Capt. Gus Darden, ET&WNC Railroad’s superintendent, was a married man, according to a letter published in The Comet. “The captain is silent on the subject, but I step forward to deny the allegations and defy the aligator (sic). Supper promptly at six Capt.” — Respectfully, Ed Hodge.

Today in Johnson City History: November 18

Nov. 18, 1886: The young men of Johnson City were organizing a rollerskating club. They had leased the first floor of the old Austin factory building and were refitted it for rink purposes.

Today in Johnson City History: November 17

Nov. 17, 1877: W.G. Barker was elected secretary of the Science Hill Literary Society.

Young soldier left his mark before graduating high school

People who who knew him recall Homer L. Pease as a man of grit and determination. The Johnson City native showed those qualities in 1942 when he joined the Army at age 13.

Today in Johnson City History: November 16

Nov. 16, 1893: The Watauga Tannery, one of Johnson City’s oldest and largest businesses, was building an addition to its beam house. The business was located at the base of the Tannery Knob, possibly on the current site of the City Garage. It was owned by G.B. and E. Horton of New York and S.H. Yokum and H. Gildersleeve of Johnson City.