Today in Johnson City History: June 29

June 29, 1893: The Comet announced it would cease publication as a daily. “The Daily Comet is simply off its orbit.” The article further stated, “Publishing a daily paper in Johnson City is like running free lunch counter in Washington, D.C. It is well patronized, but not profitable.” 

June 29, 1897: The Knoxville Sentinel reported “Information reaches here (meaning Johnson City) of a serious stabbing affray near Allentown in Carter County. At a place known as Sheep Rock, Gid Lewis and Zack Peters fought. Peters was stabbed twice in the back and had an eleven-inch gash cut across his stomach from which his liver protruded. Peters is living, but in a critical condition. Lewis escaped.”

June 29, 1897: The Asheville Citizen-Times reported Alford Jobe, who lived in Johnson City, was visiting Maxwell Carter. The article further indicated that Mr. Jobe was a nephew of Gov. Robert Taylor.

June 29, 1899: The Comet observed, “Wit without wisdom is wearisome.”

June 29, 1921: The Mexia Evening News in Mexia, Texas, reported that Horace Stevens had returned from a vacation in Johnson City, Tennessee.

June 29, 1947: The Johnson City Press-Chronicle published a photo of kids playing on the “longest and slickest sliding board in town given by the Kiwanis Club to the Kiwanis Park on West Market.”

June 29, 1948: The Press-Chronicle carried an ad for motorcycle races at Memorial Stadium planned for Independence Day.

June 29, 1956: “Female on the Beach,” starring Joan Crawford and Jeff Chandler, was at the Family Drive-In Theatre on the New Jonesboro Highway.

Sources: The Comet; Knoxville Sentinel; Asheville Citizen-Times; Johnson City Press-Chronicle; Ted Bowers/Johnson City, Tennessee, Memories

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