Today in Johnson City History: June 24

June 24, 1886: Robert Barrow, Esq., of the Johnson City Comet, had withdrawn from the editorial management of the paper. He declared himself a candidate for Attorney General in the first Judicial District.

June 24, 1891: The Comet reported, “The Watauga Lumber companies are getting all the work they can do. They turn out a great many orders each season.”

June 24, 1892: The Lyle and Hickey Company advertised tennis shoes for all family members. The price ranged from 50 cents to $1.25. In today’s dollars, that range would be about $14.09 to $35.22 today.

June 24, 1893: The Comet reported, “A special feature of the festivities on the Fourth of July in Johnson City will be a foot-race to be engaged in by a quartette of fat men, namely Messers Bascom Crumley, Tom Brown, Frank Ecglesing and Tom O’Donnell.”

June 24, 1948: The Johnson City Press-Chronicle published a photo of Johnson City Veterans of the Army, Jack R. Brockwell and Carl J. Tipton, joining the U.S. Marine Corps.

June 24, 1954: The Press-Chronicle reported the death of former Chief of Police W.L. “Bill” Fleming, one of the “most colorful figures in Johnson City Police history.”

June 22, 1955: The western “Cariboo Trail” with Randolph Scott and the science fiction horror movie “Them” were showing at the Tennessee Theatre at West Main and Boone streets in downtown Johnson City.

June 24, 1960: The grand opening of Arney’s Mobile Homes took place on the Bristol-Kingsport Highway (North Roan Street). Local auto dealer J. Norton Arney was the proprietor. Arney was also known to local television audiences in the ’50s and ’60s for the “Arney Gospel Hour” music show.

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