Today in Johnson City History: August 2

Aug. 2, 1888: The Comet advertised for a devil. “No boy need apply unless he wants to learn the trade and can read manuscripts fairly well.” A printer’s devil was a printing apprentice whose job included such tasks as mixing ink, gathering type, cleaning ink rollers, and apparently in this case, proofing pages.

Aug. 2, 1906: The long, drawn-out litigation between J.E. Parish and the Soldiers’ Home authorities over his failure to complete his contract for the hospital group of buildings at the Home had ended. The suit involved about $65,000 that Parish claimed was due him. That’s about $1.85 million in today’s money. Parish lost the case.

Aug. 2, 1955: East Tennessee State College announced that U.S. Sen. Albert Gore Sr. would address graduates at commencement ceremonies on Aug. 19. The senator was the father of future U.S. Vice President Al Gore.

Aug. 2, 2010: Kiplinger’s Personal Finance released its lists of the country’s most and least-expensive metro areas, and Johnson City ranked as fifth least-expensive, at 86.6 percent of the national average. Fort Smith, Arkansas (85.2 percent) was the nation’s cheapest metro area, while New York is the most expensive, with a cost of living more than double the average.

Source: The Comet; Johnson City Press-Chronicle; Johnson City Press

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