Today in Johnson City History: June 25

June 25, 1891: The Comet reported, “Mr. and Mrs. James Baird, of Whitehead, England, arrived in the city yesterday en route to Embreeville on a visit to their son-in-law, Manager W.J. Love, of the Embreeville Freehold and Iron Company.”

June 25, 1892: The Comet reported, “Chas. H. Jennings left the city Friday.” The Comet then wondered, “Has he gone away to get married?”

June 25, 1897: The Tennessean reported that on June 24, “A severe electrical storm accompanied by driving rain and wind visited this city (meaning Johnson City) a little after 4 o’clock this afternoon. Two residences were struck by lightning, one the large brick residence of Robert Burrow, on Scenic Hill, and the other was the dwelling of J.B. Lady, in Carnegie. The inmates of both places were, very fortunately, unhurt. The storm prevailed for nearly thirty minutes and the torrent of rain at times had all the appearance of a cloud burst. All telephone connection is destroyed.”

June 25, 1898: The Maryville Times reported, “The series of base ball games which were to have been played this week between a team of this place and one of Johnson City have been postponed until next week.”

June 25, 1940: Capt. Geo. L. Doane, commissary officer of the Veterans Facility in Biloxi, Mississippi,  had been promoted and transferred to the Veterans Facility at Johnson City, Tenn., effective July 1.

June 25, 1950: For upcoming 4th of July celebrations, Coca Cola Bottling Works of Johnson City advertised cartons of Cokes for 25 cents each. If you had bottles to return, it would have been half that.

June 25, 1957: The Johnson City Press-Chronicle reported that Washington County officers had seized a 60-gallon moonshine still. Pictured were Chief Deputy Bill Taylor, Magistrate Ed Cline, and Constable Jack Coffey.

June 25, 1958: “20 Million Miles To Earth” and “The 27th Day” were showing at the Tri-City Drive-In Movies on the Kingsport Highway.

June 25, 1965: Chris’ Twirlettes advertised baton lessons at $5 for 10 one-hour lessons.

June 25, 1972: The Johnson City Yankees split a doubleheader against the Kingsport Royals in Appalachian League Baseball. The score was 4-2 in each game. The Yanks won the first behind the four-hit pitching of Wayne Luton, and the Royals came back in the nightcap as Rick Romans threw a three-hitter.

Sources: The Comet; The Tennessean; Maryville Times; Biloxi Daily Herald; Johnson City Press-Chronicle; Ted Bowers/Johnson City, Tennessee, Memories; Kingsport Times

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