Today in Johnson City History: July 3

July 3, 1873: The Daily Press and Herald, a newspaper published in Knoxville, reported that “A private letter from Johnson City informs us that there has not been any signs of cholera at that place nor in that neighborhood, this season, while the health of the surrounding country is extremely good.”

July 3, 1890: Readers of The Comet were advised to “Never go to bed with cold or damp feel.” “Do not lean with the back upon anything that is cold” was also advised, as was “Wash all marble daily with ammonia and water in p;ace of soap-suds (sic).” Another housekeeping hint was concerning disinfecting sheets. To do so, “…soak in chlorine of lime solution, wring out, and boil.”

July 3, 1904: The St. Louis Republic reported on the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, which we now know as the Mountain Home Veterans Affairs Medical Center. “Its thirty-six buildings … stand on a commanding plateau, overlooking the loveliest of landscapes, with mountains breaking the distant horizon. …The grounds, if in rectangular area, would cover nearly a square mile.”

July 3, 1909: The Knoxville Sentinel reported, “Mr. James R. Fain and daughter, Marjorie, are in Johnson City, where Mr. Fain has charge of the construction of the postoffice (sic) building.”

July 3, 1909: Mr. W. Glover and Cora Pate were fined $3 for walking the streets after 9 p.m.

July 3, 1948: Midget Auto Races took place at Memorial Stadium.

July 3, 1949: “Canadian Pacific,” with Randolph Scott and Jane Wyatt, was at the Tennessee Theatre, corner of West Main and Boone streets.

July 3, 1955: The Johnson City Press-Chronicle published a photo of trash accumulated around a downtown bin. These type of pictures were published in the paper at various times trying to make the public aware to keep the city clean.

July 3, 1959: The Press-Chronicle published a photo of youngsters having fun at Woodland Lake in Jonesboro.

July 3, 1968: The Press-Chronicle published a photo of kids “Beating The Heat” at the Park and Recreation Pool on Legion Street.

Sources: Daily Press and Herald; St. Louis Republic; Knoxville Sentinel; Johnson City Court Records.

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