Today in Johnson City History: July 5

July 5, 1776: A bit of background for context: According to History of Johnson City and Its Environs, “In 1775 the people had formed a committee of safety, as Whigs or Patriots in the Revolution: Application was first made…by them to Virginia to take jurisdiction over them, which not being granted them, they on July 5, 1776, asked North Carolina to do so, as “Washington District.’”

July 5, 1883: The Greeneville Herald reported, “There is a great deal of sickness among the children of this place (meaning Johnson City) at present. With this exception the health of Johnson City was never better.

July 5, 1925: The Auto Renewal Company at 520-522 W. Market St. advertised the use of DuPont’s Duco car refinishing product.

July 5,1935: Miss Bernice Whitworth of Johnson City, spent the weekend with her parents in Gastonia, North Carolina.

July 5, 1945: News reached Johnson City that Sgt. Claude Honeycutt, son of Mrs. Mary Honeycutt had been killed in the Pacific Theater.

July 5, 1993: Dr. and Mrs. Todd Fowler moved to Johnson City so he could begin practicing medicine with Watauga Orthopaedics. Dr. Fowler is now a Johnson City commissioner.

July 5, 2000: The Johnson City Press carried news of the upcoming 45th Annual Grandfather Mountain Highland Games and Gathering of Scottish Clans.

Sources: “History of Johnson City and its Environs” by Samuel Cole Williams; Greeneville Herald; Kingsport Times; Gastonia Daily Gazette; Todd Fowler; Johnson City Press.

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