Today in Johnson City History: May 13

May 13, 1882: The Knoxville Chronicle reported news about the E.T. and W.N.C. Narrow Gauge Railroad. “We understand from Mr. H.T. Cooper, who has just returned from a trip to upper East Tennessee, that the East Tennessee and Western North Carolina Narrow Gauge Railroad, extending from Johnson City through Cater county, is now about completed, and it is expected to have regular passenger, freight and mail trains running over it by June 15th.”

May 13, 1892: The Comet reported, “Mrs. F.R. McNutt moved from Mrs. A.O. Miller’s residence on Watauga Avenue to Rev. E.B. Robertson’s house yesterday. Dr. Tony Doak and Miss Margaret McNutt are boarding with Mrs. McNutt.”

May 13, 1902: The Chattanooga News on reported “Capt. and Mrs. S.T. Harris, of Johnson City, are guests” in Chattanooga. “Capt. Harris is post commander of the Department of Tennessee. G.A.R.” G.A.R. stands for “Grand Army of the Republic.”

May 13, 1912: The Asheville Gazette News reported that the Asheville Mountaineer baseball team would be playing the Johnson City Soldiers baseball team that afternoon in Johnson City. It would be the opening game of the season for both teams.

May 13, 1924: B.W. Neal and Harry Campbell were fined $10 each in two different incidents for joy riding, according to Johnson City Court Records. The Court Records do not reveal if the fines were paid.

May 13, 1948: Miss Mary Moore, a student of Science Hill High School, appeared in an ad wearing one of J.C. Penney’s Russian cord cotton dresses.

May 13, 1951: The Johnson City Press-Chronicle published images of Ted Laws explaining the construction of a model engine to cub scouts. Laws, whose father helped build the Southern Railway station, was a lifelong railroad enthusiast who spent the last 10 years of his life painting now-iconic works of art depicting Johnson City’s past, including its railroads.

May 13, 1963: Science Hill High School’s baseball team rocked Washington College 18-2 in the District 3 baseball tournament here.

May 13, 1975: Johnson City voters dismissed incumbent Mayor Kyle Chinouth and Commissioner Richard Machamer in favor newcomers Don Arnold and Dr. Charles Parker in the City Commission election. 

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