Today in Johnson City History: August 8

Aug. 8, 1889: The Comet ran an ad for the Johnson City Foundry and Machine Works. The ad noted that all of the company’s work was guaranteed; it repaired machinery as well as built it. Among other things, it made car wheels, window sills, cane mills, and sash weights.

Aug. 8, 1936: Cecil Crowe, an employee of the Plymouth Cab Company, was cited for violating the sanitary ordinance.

Aug. 8, 1945: The Johnson City Power Board awarded J.A. Greene Co. a $14,900 contract to remodel the old East Tennessee Light and Power Co. warehouse on North Roan Street for conversion into offices for the JCPB.

Aug.8, 2010: Washington County officials discovered that the Downtown Centre Courthouse in Johnson City suffered a “catastrophic water leak” from a burst pipe, damaging numerous county case files and minute books — some from active cases and some ranging back to the 1920s.

Sources: The Comet; Johnson City Court Records, 1936; Johnson City Press-Chronicle; Johnson City Press

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