Today in Johnson City History: March 19


March 19, 1896: The Comet reported that Col. J.W.S. Frierson, Tennessee centennial commissioner for East Tennessee, had been in Johnson City en route home to Knoxville from a visit to Carter County. “He says there is no doubt but what the centennial will be the biggest thing of the kind ever held in the United States excepting, of course, the World’s Fair. He says Washington County ought to make a good appropriation, as it is the birthplace of the state.”

March 19, 1910: The Watauga restaurant, which was near the passenger depot, advertised small porterhouse and sirloin steaks for 25 cents each. That’s the equivalent of $6.80 today. A medium was 35 cents ($9.53 today). Think you could find a porterhouse for under $10 in 2019?

March 19, 1969: As part of Johnson City’s Centennial celebration, Steed College, Empire Furniture Company, Tennessee Tank Corporation and Johnson City Spring and Bedding Company all had open houses.

March 19, 2011: East Tennessee State University’s Quillen College of Medicine received its largest grant to date. The $9.1 million National Institutes of Health award was provided to renovate the college’s biomedical research laboratories and offices.

Source: The Comet; Archives of Appalachia, Mary Hardin McCown Collection; Johnson City Press.

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