Today in Johnson City History: November 17

Nov. 17, 1877: W.G. Barker was elected secretary of the Science Hill Literary Society.

Nov. 17, 1887: F.M. Chritzmau, one of Johnson City ‘s leading jewelers, had furnished First Presbyterian Church with a beautifully carved silver communion service. It cost $13 at the factory. That’s about $352 in today’s money.

Nov. 17, 1898: Local attorney Thad A. Cox had  purchased the McFarland residence on Watauga Avenue and was having a roof put on it. The house was to be remodeled, repaired, repainted and repapered throughout.

Nov. 17, 1910: Johnson City was shocked by the death of popular Unaka National Bank cashier Tate L. Earnest earlier in the week. After closing the bank for the day, Earnest was training a setter pup on the old Hunt farm in the eastern suburbs. His trousers caught on a barb as he was crossing a fence and he fell, discharging his double-barrel into his chest. He left behind an aged mother and five children, his wife having died several years earlier.

Nov. 17, 1997: Johnson City Board of Education members struggled with zone lines more than four hours in the first of two sessions intended to remap the school district. The changes were necessitated in part because of the upcoming opening of the new Lake Ridge Elementary School in Boones Creek and the closing of Stratton Elementary School in east Johnson City.

Nov. 17, 2009: Volunteers were helping survey and catalog the graves at historic Oak Hill Cemetery in downtown Johnson City for a directory of those interred there. 

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

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