Today in Johnson City History: November 22

Nov. 22, 1888: The building boom in Johnson City seemed to be increasing notwithstanding the bad weather.

Nov. 22, 1927: Mr. Olaf Wexler was visiting Johnson City on business from Kingsport.

Nov. 22, 1934: A series of “good will” tobacco tours was sponsored by Johnson City’s tobacco warehouses ahead of the Dec. 4 market opening.

Nov. 22, 1938: Nehi Bottling Co., distributors in Johnson City, advertised Red Top Ale for 15 cents as “America’s greatest value” for a real old time Thanksgiving. That’s about $2.74 in 2019.

Nov. 22, 1941: Judge Samuel Williams delivered the address at the unveiling of a mural behind the judge’s bench in the Law Court Room in the Johnson City Courthouse.

Nov. 22, 1963: Johnson City residents, like everyone in the United States, were shocked at the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Nov. 22, 1966: Steve Spurrier, a Johnson City native, won the Heisman Trophy.

Nov. 22, 1969: A sign at the Division Street Church of God welcomed everyone to the Centennial Day Services on Sunday, November 23, 1969.

Nov. 22, 2011: Jarvis Jones swished a 3-pointer at the buzzer as the East Tennessee State basketball team rallied for a dramatic 70-69 victory over Charlotte.

Sources: The Comet; Kingsport Times; Johnson City Press-Chronicle; “History of Johnson City and its Environs” by Samuel Cole Williams; Johnson City Press

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