Today in Johnson City History: May 18

May 18, 1866: Mary Kate Morrison Buck was born. Mrs. Buck found time to work in the Women’s Societies and served as president of the Missionary Society and the Aid Society. During World War I, she gave many hours to the American Red Cross.

May 18, 1883: The Chattanooga Daily Times reported, “Johnson City, East Tennessee, is soon to have in connection with its steam tannery, a building three hundred feet long and one hundred and fifty feet wide.”

May 18, 1905: The Comet reported  that earlier in the month, “E.S. Wolfe was reappointed Game, Fish and Forestry Warden for Washington County by the Hon. Jas. A. Acklen, State Warden. The appointment is made under the new law approved April 15, 1905, and gives more power than heretofore allowed.”

May 18, 1918: The Johnson City Daily Staff reported, “Miss Helen Cox, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Cox of Jonesboro, is a member of the graduating class of 1918 of the E.T. State Normal at Johnson City, the exercises to take place next week. Miss Cox has been selected one of the speakers on that occasional and has chosen as her subject ‘The Spiritual Side of the War.’”

May 18, 1937: Johnson City resident Lenoir Jones, 43, first aid supervisor for the Works Progress Administration construction crew at Tri-City Airport, was killed by a steam shovel loading rock for the new runway.

May 18, 1951: Miller’s Grocery Stores — No. 1 on Market Street and No. 2 on Buffalo Street — advertised trout for 19 cents per pound, bologna for 35 cents per pound stew beef for 45 cents per pound. That beef price is the equivalent of $4.45 per pound in today’s money. That same day, Haws Cash Grocery at 209 Elm St. was amid its three-day grand opening. Patrons were offered a free bag of sugar with a minimum purchase of $5.

May 18, 1963: An “All Nite Horro-Rama” took place at the Family Drive-In Theatre on the New Jonesboro Highway. The six-movie bill included “How to Make a Monster,” “Horrors of the Black Museum,” The Brain Eaters,” “The Spider,” “The Headless Ghost” and “Teenage Caveman.” Free coffee and donuts were served to all those who stayed until dawn.

Sources: First Christian Church; Chattanooga Daily Times; The Comet; Johnson City Daily Staff; Kingsport Times; Johnson City Press-Chronicle; Ted Bowers/Johnson City, Tennessee, Memories



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