Today in Johnson City History: July 6

July 6, 1901: The Knoxville Sentinel carried news of plans for the Soldier’s home, now known as the Mountain Home VA Health Care Center. “Hon. W.P. Brownlow has received word that the plans have been selected for the Soldiers’ home at this place (meaning Johnson City). The board of managers met at the office in New York on June 24 for that purpose, but did not make immediate selection. Plans have not been selected from those submitted by the competing architects and bills will be advertised for at once.”

July 6, 1921: The Jonesboro Herald and Tribune carried this news “On July 3d, the first issue of the Johnson City Chronicle made its entry into the arena of newspaperdom. The issue contained forty-four seven column pages … features that will be sure to interest the people and that will insure for it a liberal number of regular readers.”

July 6, 1941: Dr. Joseph H. Dampier became minister of First Christian Church, a position he held until September 1, 1958.

July 6, 1944: The Johnson City Press-Chronicle reported in headlines,  “Hitler Reported to Have Ordered All Reserves Thrown into Gigantic Struggle on Eastern Front.”

July 6, 1956: A carpenters union strike was settled in Johnson City. The five-day strike had affected work in Johnson City, Bristol, Kingsport, Erwin, Pressman’s Home and Greeneville in Tennessee, as well as areas in Southwest Virginia.

June 6, 1965: Mrs. Dean Harter and daughters Diane and Denise of Johnson City were visiting relatives in Dixon, Illinois.

June 6, 1975: The Johnson City Cardinals dropped a game to Covington, 4-2, but remained atop the Appalachian League Southern Division with a 14-4 record and a 4 1/2 game lead over Bristol.

Sources: Knoxville Sentinel; Jonesboro Herald and Tribune; First Christian Church; Johnson City Press-Chronicle; Dixon Telegraph

 

 

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