Today in Johnson City History: June 19

June 19, 1886: The Journal and Tribune, a newspaper published in Knoxville, reported, “Mr. R.A. Morrell, of Johnson City, arrived in the city yesterday evening on the down passenger train, with his wife, who was insane, on his way to the asylum at Lyon’s View. A private conveyance was secured and the mad woman taken to the asylum closely guarded. Mrs. Morrell is a woman perhaps 45 years of age, and has one of the worst cases of insanity ever received at the asylum. Her hands had to be tied behind her back and she closely watched to keep her from doing harm. The unfortunate woman has been unsound mind for some six months, and now persists in talking, shouting, cursing and moving about all the time.”

June 19, 1889: The St. Louis Glove-Democrat carried the following news about Johnson City: “Work was commenced yesterday at Johnson City on the Charleston, Cincinnati and Chicago Railroad, a long-contemplated trunk line between Cincinnati and Charleston, S.C., via Johnson City and Big Stone Gap. Five hundred hands were set to work. Sufficient money has been secured to build the road from Johnson City to a connection with the Chattaroy road in Kentucky.”

June 19, 1892: The Comet reported that T.A. Cox had been to Johnson City; the family lived in the Milligan community. Mr. Cox arrived “with a broad smile on his face – it’s a ten-pound boy.”

June 19, 1895: The Herald and Tribune, a newspaper published in Jonesboro, carried this news: “J. Montgomery Lonsdale, the Johnson City dude, is visiting his friend, S. Wallace Hughes, and will remain over for the Waggles reception for which occasion we have promised to lend him a shirt.”

June 19, 1938: The Liberty Theatre on East Main Street advertised the start of “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” for a two-day run.

June 19, 1952: “Dial 1119” was showing at the King Springs Drive-In on King Springs Road off the Johnson City-Elizabethton Highway.

June 19, 1955: The Johnson City Press-Chronicle published an image of Lewis Bennett with his father, Lewis C. Bennett with the description, “Examining worms and bugs through his father’s microscope is favorite pastime of Lewis Bennett, 10.” A sketch the boy made of his father was inset into the photo.

June 19, 1957: The Press-Chronicle reported that David Yates had been promoted to police lieutenant.

Sources: Journal and Tribune; St. Louis Glove-Democrat; The Comet; Herald and Tribune; Johnson City Press; Johnson City Press-Chronicle; Ted Bowers/Johnson City, Tennessee, Memories.

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