Today in Johnson City History: June 16

June 16, 1887: The Comet reported, “Gen. J.T. Wilder returned from New York yesterday morning and went up to Roan Mountain in the afternoon. He has been attending a meeting of the directors of the C.C. & C. road and reports every thing (sic) all right and progressing favorably for Johnson City. He also says dirt will be broken in Johnson City in 90 days.”

June 16, 1888: The Rogersville Herald reported, “The Johnson City string band, composed of Prof. D.N. McLeod, Prof. James McMillan, Mr. Ivy McNeas and Master Wallace McLeod came over Friday evening, en route to Hale Springs where they will make music for the season.”

June 16, 1890: The Nashville Banner reported, “The charter of the Johnson City Building and Improvement Company, of Washington County, was recorded in the Secretary of State’s office today.”

June 16, 1892: The Comet reported, “The Board of Education met Tuesday evening in the law office of Carr, Reeves and Jennings. The reading of the annual report of the city schools by Supt. E.H. Freeland, and its adoption by the Board was the principal business transacted. Teachers will be elected on Monday evening, June 27, as required by the by-laws adopted by the Board.”

June 16, 1916: The Chicago Livestock World and the Cincinnati Commercial Tribune were among the newspapers carrying news that Amy Crawford of Johnson City, Tennessee, was one of four people who drowned when their car plunged through a washout from a swollen creek near Isabella in Southeast Tennessee near the North Carolina state line.

June 16, 1927: Dr. W.G. King of Johnson City, Tennessee, was the guest of Dr. G.H. Sumner in Mt. Airy, North Carolina.

June 16, 1950: The Wilson Daily Times in Wilson, North Carolina, reported that the days seemed numbered for the “Tweetsie,” the East Tennessee and Western North Carolina Railroad’s narrow-gauge line between Johnson City and Cranberry, N.C.

June 16, 1961: Mayor May Ross McDowell presented the city of Johnson City’s first gavel to City Recorder Calvin Guthrie. The gavel was made out of wood from the historical Jacob Brown tree. Jacob Brown was one of Washington County’s earliest settlers.

June 16, 2009: Plans were announced to replace the last wooden bridge in Washington County. The Bob Davis Road bridge over the CSX railroad tracks near the city limits in Gray was to be replaced by a concrete I-beam bridge.

Sources: The Comet; Rogersville Herald; Nashville Banner; Chicago Livestock World; Cincinnati Commercial Tribune; Mount Airy News; Wilson Daily Times; Johnson City Press-Chronicle; Johnson City Press.

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