Today in Johnson City History: June 20

June 20, 1885: The Comet carried this news: “Hon. R.L. Taylor bids The Comet good-by (sic) this week. We are sorry to lose him, but Mr. Cleveland wants him to help run the Government and we have to give him up. We shall miss his facile pen and smiling face and shining head. But we shall expect to hear from him often in this paper. He christened The Comet in its infancy, and nursed it till it was able to sit alone. We will not forget him. We will remind him that he is still in our hearts and in our memories by drawing on him occasionally when we get in a tight place. Our relations have been extremely pleasant and we part with sincere regret. A cleverer, bigger souled, bigger hearted man than Bob Taylor never lived. We would like to see him go from Pension Agent to Governor, United States Senator and President.”

June 20, 1895: The Comet’s readers learned that the weekly newspaper would be issued on Wednesday of the next week, rather than Thursday. No reason was given.

June 20, 1910: The Asheville Gazette-News reported that Asheville had recently lost the “third and last game of the series with Johnson City . . . by a score of 6 to 3.”

June 20, 1915: The Bristol Herald-Courier reported “Twenty-two couples came up from Johnson City and at the invitation of the members of the Bristol Cotillion Club were their guests Sunday at the Big Creek Park, where a dance was given on Saturday evening.”

June 20, 1943: Clarence H. Eades, former city fireman, had been promoted from the grade of private first class to corporal at his Army post, Fort Crook, Nebraska.

June 20, 1948: The Johnson City Press-Chronicle published a photo of Wayne Garland as he celebrated his 11th birthday after being bedfast for nine months.

June 20, 1948: “South of Pago Pago” was playing at the Tennessee Theatre at West Main and Boone streets in downtown Johnson City.

June 20, 1957: The Orange Crush Bottling Company at 112 Jobe St. advertised that the soft drink was flavored with juice from specially selected oranges. Jobe Street is now part of State of Franklin Road. 

June 20 1966: Wrestling at the Johnson City Recreation Center featured a “Texas Death Match.”

Sources: The Comet; Asheville Gazette-News; Bristol Herald-Courier; Johnson City Press-Chronicle; Ted Bowers/Johnson City, Tennessee, Memories.

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