Today in Johnson City History: July 2

July 2, 1885: The Comet reported, “The height and trimmings of hats and bonnets are as exaggerated as ever….Ribbons were never more in demand for decorative dress and furnishing than this season…The really fashionable hat of the season is a quarter o a yard high. It is worn down on the forehead.”

July 2, 1915: The Johnson City Staff reported, “Sterchi Bros. will have an expert piano tuner for the next few days. Those desiring instruments tuned, phone Sterchi.”

July 2, 1947: The Johnson City Press-Chronicle reported, “Sheriff Luke M. Warwick said he does not immediately plan to appoint a salaried uniformed deputy to his department to succeed Earl O. Byrd, who resigned to accept a patrolman’s job on the police department. Byrd was the only ‘hold-over’ from Sheriff Miller W. Sell’s force when Warrick took over the sheriff’s office.”

July 2, 1947: “House of Horrors” and “Throw A Saddle On A Star” were showing at the Tennessee Theatre at West Main and Boone streets in downtown Johnson City.

July 2, 1961: The Skillet’s Sunday menu included roast prime rib, roast turkey with dressing or baked Virginia ham for $1.25. The Skillet was on West Market Street.

July 2, 1961: John Wayne’s take on “The Alamo” was showing at the Skyline Drive-In Theatre on the New Jonesboro Highway.

July 2, 1967: Sherwood Chevrolet at 71 Wilson Ave. announced its 5-year “Sell-Abration.”

Sources: The Comet; Johnson City Staff; Johnson City Press-Chronicle; Ted Bowers/Johnson City, Tennessee, Memories

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