Today in Johnson City History: May 14

May 14, 1891: The Comet reported, “Jack Frost has gone in cahoots with the farmers to raise the price of garden products in Johnson City.”

May 14, 1892: The Comet carried a letter from S.B. White regarding some recent business changes. “I want to say that Mr. J.H. Pierce, who for quite a while has been a partner in the Johnson City Tin and Stove Company, but whose interest I recently brought, is now with me and will have charge of the Tin shop, and will also look after the out-door work. It is a well known fact that Mr. Pierce has had long experience in the business and is a practical tinner, so that you may rest assured that all kinds of work entrusted to his care will received his personal attention, and consequently will be done right, and you will get satisfaction.”

May 14, 1924: G.L. Holzshaw was fined $10 for a violation of the parking ordinance. Mr. Holzshaw paid the fine.

May 15, 1939: The Johnson City Cardinals and the Greeneville Burley Cubs played the longest game in Appalachian League history to date. Johnson City finally won the game in the 17th inning. Greeneville’s ace Lefty Douthat pitched all 17 innings. The Cards tagged him for three runs in the top of the 17th for the victory. 

May 14, 1946: The “Blue Dahlia” was showing at the Majestic Theatre on East Main Street in downtown Johnson City.

May 14, 1961: “GI Blues” was at the Skyline Drive-In Theatre on the New Jonesboro Highway. “Ben Hur” was coming soon.

Sources: The Comet; Johnson City Court Records; Johnson City Press-Chronicle; Ted Bowers/Johnson City, Tennessee, Memories

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