Today in Johnson City History: July 6

July 6, 1901: The Knoxville Sentinel carried news of plans for the Soldier’s home, now known as the Mountain Home VA Health Care Center. “Hon. W.P. Brownlow has received word that the plans have been selected for the Soldiers’ home at this place (meaning Johnson City). The board of managers met at the office in New York on June 24 for that purpose, but did not make immediate selection. Plans have not been selected from those submitted by the competing architects and bills will be advertised for at once.”

Today in Johnson City History: July 7

July 7, 1870: The Daily Press and Herald, a newspaper in Knoxville, reported “The following Tennessee inventions received letters patent during the week ending July 2nd: Y. Bashor, Johnson City, machine for packing flour.”

Today in Johnson City History: July 5

July 5, 1776: A bit of background for context: According to History of Johnson City and Its Environs, “In 1775 the people had formed a committee of safety, as Whigs or Patriots in the Revolution: Application was first made…by them to Virginia to take jurisdiction over them, which not being granted them, they on July 5, 1776, asked North Carolina to do so, as “Washington District.’”

Today in Johnson City History: July 4

July 4, 1857: Train service began at Johnson’s Depot.

Today in Johnson City History: July 3

July 3, 1873: The Daily Press and Herald, a newspaper published in Knoxville, reported that “A private letter from Johnson City informs us that there has not been any signs of cholera at that place nor in that neighborhood, this season, while the health of the surrounding country is extremely good.”

Today in Johnson City History: July 2

July 2, 1885: The Comet reported, “The height and trimmings of hats and bonnets are as exaggerated as ever….Ribbons were never more in demand for decorative dress and furnishing than this season…The really fashionable hat of the season is a quarter o a yard high. It is worn down on the forehead.”

Today in Johnson City History: July 1

July 1, 1873: The Bristol News reported “Some chap, whom the Jonesboro Flag says hails from the vicinity of Johnson City, had flooded the country with counterfeit notes of the denomination of 50c. They are apt to deceive, as the engraving and coloring are pretty good. The paper is thin and flimsy, and the silk fibers are decidedly wanting, though there is an effort at imitation of them.”

Today in Johnson City History: June 30

June 30, 1887: The Comet reported that Gov. Taylor had “arrived in the city Saturday morning and left Monday for Carter County to visit his mother. His family are at Tates Springs.”

Today in Johnson City History: June 29

June 29, 1893: The Comet announced it would cease publication as a daily. “The Daily Comet is simply off its orbit.” The article further stated, “Publishing a daily paper in Johnson City is like running free lunch counter in Washington, D.C. It is well patronized, but not profitable.” 

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