Today in Johnson City History: August 6

Aug. 6, 1848: Alf Taylor was born in Carter County. A member of the Tennessee House of Representatives from 1874-1876, he went on the represent the 1st Congressional District of Tennessee in Washington from March 3, 1889, until March 3, 1895. Taylor was governor of Tennessee from January 15, 1921, until January 16, 1923.

Aug. 6, 1885: Johnson City’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen had made it a misdemeanor for anyone to operate a barbershop on “the Sabbath Day.” Violating the ordinance would result in a $5-$25 fine. An offender who failed to pay the fine could be sent to the jail’s workhouse or put on a chain gang.

Aug. 6, 1915: The Comet reported that Miss Martha Russell was rendered unconscious two days earlier by an electric shock. The young woman was waiting on the table in the home of Dr. W.J. Miller, and, when she passed within two feet of the switchboard, electricity came over the wires which were charged when the top was knocked from a pole a half block from the Miller home. At first she was thought to be dead, but after several moments she revived.

Aug. 6, 1945: Johnson City residents learned that the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima in an effort to end the war in the Pacific. Casualty estimates were censored at the time.

Aug. 6, 2010: The Science Hill High Classes of the 1980s gathered in a “mega-reunion” in the streets of downtown Johnson City.

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