Today in Johnson City History: July 1

July 1, 1873: The Bristol News reported “Some chap, whom the Jonesboro Flag says hails from the vicinity of Johnson City, had flooded the country with counterfeit notes of the denomination of 50c. They are apt to deceive, as the engraving and coloring are pretty good. The paper is thin and flimsy, and the silk fibers are decidedly wanting, though there is an effort at imitation of them.”

July 1, 1894: The Southern Railway was formed when the East Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia railroad merged with the Richmond and Danville Railroad.

July 1, 1947: Work resumed on the South Holston Dam. Work had been suspended in November 1942. The War Production Board had asked for this measure because of a shortage of critical materials.

July 1, 1953: “Bend of the River” starring James Stewart was showing at the New Family Drive-In Theatre on the New Jonesboro Highway next to the Derby Grill.

July 1, 1958: “I Was A Teenage Frankenstein” and “Blood of Dracula” were the twin bill at the New Family Drive-In Theatre.

July 1, 1959: W. Clyde Smith ended an interim ministry at First Christian Church, and Dr. Jess W. Johnson began his ministry as senior minister there.

July 1, 1963: East Tennessee State College officially became East Tennessee State University.

July 1, 1965: Henry’s Carry Out Food, 807 W Walnut St., announced its opening. The restaurant specialized in chicken and pizza.

July 1, 1968: Science Hill High School welcomed the Class of 1943 for its 25th reunion on July 6.

Sources: Bristol News; Johnson City Postcard History Series; TVA; First Christian Church; East Tennessee State University; Ted Bowers/Johnson City, Tennessee, Memories/Johnson City Press-Chronicle.

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