Today in Johnson City History: August 4

Aug. 4, 1892: The Graham Ice Company reported making 5 tons of ice every day, all of which was consumed in Johnson City.

Aug. 4, 1910: In a resolution published in The Comet, former black residents of Tennessee living in Washington, D.C., honored the late U.S. Congressman Walter P. Brownlow. “He was a friend of all the people. He never forgot the colored constituents of his district and of Tennessee as to that matter. He had more colored men appointed to offices than the other members of the Tennessee congressional delegation combined.” Brownlow had died July 8 at the age of 59 at his apartment at the National Soldiers’ Home in Johnson City.

Aug. 4, 1975: The Eagles and Poco played in front of 8,000 fans at Freedom Hall Civic Center.

Aug. 4, 2008: Former City Commissioner Dr. Dan Hammer died, having served on the Board of Commissioners from 1991-1995.

Sources: The Comet; Bobbie H. Shirley, Freedom Hall; City of Johnson City

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