Today in Johnson City History: November 24

Nov. 24, 1887: Merchants were asked to close their doors during the Union Thanksgiving service at the Baptist Church.

Today in Johnson City History: November 23

Nov. 23, 1893: Morton & Arnold’s celebrities appeared at Jobe’s Opera House in the most laughable thrilling and sensational comedy drama of the day entitled “The California Detective.”

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.