Today in Johnson City History: June 21

June 21, 1870: The Republican Banner, a newspaper in Nashville, reported, “D. Bowman, of Johnson City, has received a patent for a millstone dress.” This was something that was used in the milling process.

June 21, 1882: The Morristown Gazette reported, “We regret to learn that the dwelling house of Capt. Shade Harris, one mile above Johnson City, was destroyed by fire. Nothing but a few articles of household furniture was saved. The fire broke out about twelve o’clock on last Tuesday night and is thought to be the work of an incendiary. We did not learn the amount of insurance, if any. It was a very fine residence, and Mr. Harris’ loss must be considerable.”

June 21, 1884: The Comet opined that “The time has come that the post office should be in a much larger building with a broad platform in front, instead of the little one plank sled-runner thing of the present one.”

June 21, 1888: The Comet reported, “Mr. Al Ayers, of Richmond, arrived in the city this morning. Mr. Ayers’ brother has leased the Roan Mountain Hotel and Mr. Al Ayers will have charge of it this season. He will leave for the Mountain to-morrow (sic). Ike Jobe, of this city, will run the hack line from the station to the top of the mountain. Cloudland will be open by the first of July.”

June 21, 1906: Forty thousand black bass minnows from the fish hatchery in Unicoi had been stocked in the Watauga River. The launching was superintended by Game Warden Wolfe and James A. Martin.

June 21, 1953: The proprietors of Cox’s Lake invited people to cool off with swimming while picnicking. Once known as Lake Watusee, Cox’s Lake was a private reservoir on Cobb Creek in northeast Johnson City off the old Bristol Highway, now East Oakland Avenue. It has since been drained, hence we have Lakeview Avenue with no lake.

June 21, 1961: Woolworth’s advertised ladies’ Jamaica shorts and blouses for 88 cents, close out records 5 for $1 or 22 cents each, and beach hats for $1.49-$2.

Sources: Republican Banner; Morristown Gazette; The Comet; Johnson City Press-Chronicle; Ted Bowers/Johnson City, Tennessee, Memories.

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