Today in Johnson City History: April 23

April 23, 1869: First Presbyterian Church was organized.

April 23, 1888: The Comet opined that the East Tennessee Railroad had turned out to be a sort of Aladdin with a wonderful lamp, as the railroad’s depot was “going up as rapidly as if the genii had something to do with it.”

April 23, 1908: Mine Host Martin, at Hotel Carnegie, had slaughtered a hog that weighed 600 pounds, according to The Comet. “As this hog was fed just what his guests did not eat, you can imagine the size of the guests.”

April 23, 1939: Joe Ray was fined for “messing with water meter.” The amount of the fine was not listed.

April 23, 1955: Science Hill’s Hilltoppers bested Dobyns-Bennett’s Indians 3-2 in baseball. Johnson City lefty Cavada Williams allowed just three hits and one earned run.

Sources: History of Washington County, Tennessee; The Comet; Johnson City Court Records, 1939; Johnson City Press-Chronicle.

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