Today in Johnson City History: June 28

June 28, 1884: The Comet reported, “A match game of base ball (sic) will be played in our city July 4th between the Bristol Base Ball Boys, and the Osborne Boys, of Johnson City.”

Today in Johnson City History: June 27

June 27, 1879: The Knoxville Daily Chronicle reported, “Mr. Leonard Swingle, an aged and respectable citizen of Johnson City, is fearfully deranged. He has to be kept in constant confinement.”

Today in Johnson City History: June 26

June 26, 1875: The Clarksville Chronicle reported that a money order office would be established in Johnson City in July.

Today in Johnson City History: June 25

June 25, 1891: The Comet reported, “Mr. and Mrs. James Baird, of Whitehead, England, arrived in the city yesterday en route to Embreeville on a visit to their son-in-law, Manager W.J. Love, of the Embreeville Freehold and Iron Company.”

Today in Johnson City History: June 24

June 24, 1886: Robert Barrow, Esq., of the Johnson City Comet, had withdrawn from the editorial management of the paper. He declared himself a candidate for Attorney General in the first Judicial District.

Today in Johnson City History: June 23

June 23, 1884: The Morning Post, a newspaper in Camden, New Jersey, reported that “Johnson City, East Tennessee, has a tannery in which $200,000 are invested.”

Today in Johnson City History: June 23

June 22, 1890: The Chattanooga Republican reported that Rev. D.F. Chockley would be the pastor of the Second Baptist Church that was recently organized in Johnson City. The church had 33 charter members.

Today in Johnson City History: June 21

June 21, 1870: The Republican Banner, a newspaper in Nashville, reported, “D. Bowman, of Johnson City, has received a patent for a millstone dress.” This was something that was used in the milling process.

Today in Johnson City History: June 20

June 20, 1885: The Comet carried this news: “Hon. R.L. Taylor bids The Comet good-by (sic) this week. We are sorry to lose him, but Mr. Cleveland wants him to help run the Government and we have to give him up. We shall miss his facile pen and smiling face and shining head. But we shall expect to hear from him often in this paper. He christened The Comet in its infancy, and nursed it till it was able to sit alone. We will not forget him. We will remind him that he is still in our hearts and in our memories by drawing on him occasionally when we get in a tight place. Our relations have been extremely pleasant and we part with sincere regret. A cleverer, bigger souled, bigger hearted man than Bob Taylor never lived. We would like to see him go from Pension Agent to Governor, United States Senator and President.”

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