Today in Johnson City History: November 2

Nov. 2, 1888: Mary Hoss Johnson, Henry Johnson’s wife, died. Henry Johnson was the founder of Johnson City.

Nov. 2, 1893: An old man by the name of Mclntyre threw a stone at a crowd of tough kids, who were following him, breaking the large plate-glass in front of the Watauga Bank. “This man is reported to be of a dangerous character and it is best to let him alone lest he should hurt some innocent person,” The Comet reported. “The business of the town could not suffer very much if he were to remove some of the kids who ought to be in school, but instead of that their parents allow them to run on the streets and become a public nuisance.”

Nov. 2, 1893: Four young gamblers had been brought by Policeman Scalf and held before Recorder Carr to answer the charge of playing cards on Sunday. They pleaded guilty for playing only in fun and were released on a “small” fine of $5.90 each. That small fine was the equivalent of about $168 today.

Nov. 2, 1978: Kenny Rogers, Eddie Rabbitt, and Dottie West performed at Freedom Hall Civic Center. More than 5,900 fans enjoyed their performance.

Nov. 2, 2003: Former U.S. Rep. James H. Quillen died.

Nov. 2, 2010: Former Johnson City Mayor Phil Roe was re-elected to Congress for second term.

Sources: Remembering Johnson City; The Comet; Bobbie H. Shirley, Freedom Hall; Johnson City Press

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