Today in Johnson City History: June 23

June 23, 1884: The Morning Post, a newspaper in Camden, New Jersey, reported that “Johnson City, East Tennessee, has a tannery in which $200,000 are invested.”

June 23, 1885: The Public Ledger, a newspaper based in Memphis, reported “Bob Taylor, the inimitable wit and good fellow, was editor of the Comet, a sprightly little paper at Johnson City, East Tennessee. After receiving the appointment of Pension Agent, he issued the following pathetic good bye: ‘Today I bid farewell to the Comet and wipe my weeping eyes. I love my babies because they give me so much trouble.’”

June 23, 1887: The Comet reported that “Several cases of the flux are reported in different parts of the city.” Flux was abnormal bloody discharge.

June 23, 1888: The Tennessean, a newspaper in Nashville, reported “At 8 o’clock tonight, Johnson City was lighted for the first time by electricity, much to the surprise of the citizens, as very few were aware that everything was in readiness. Johnson City is slowly but surely getting there.”

June 23, 1954: Prospective baseball players received tips from St. Louis Cardinals scout George Ferrell at a Cardinals tryout camp in Johnson City. Among them was Johnson City native Ferrell Bowman, who went on to appear in 165 games in the major leagues. He was an infielder for the 1962 National League champion San Francisco Giants and appeared in two world series games against the New York Yankees.

June 23, 1957: “Tarzan and the Lost Safari” was showing at the Sevier Theatre on Spring Street in downtown Johnson City.

June 23, 1966: “Duel At Diablo” starring James Garner and Sidney Poitier was showing at the Tennessee Theatre at West Main and Boone Streets.

Sources: Morning Post; Public Ledger; The Comet; Johnson City Press-Chronicle; Ted Bowers/Johnson City, Tennessee, Memories

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