Today in Johnson City History: November 26

Nov. 26, 1885: The Comet reported on an unsuccessful attempt at courting. “A young gentleman being introduced to a certain young lady in this place a few evenings since, after a rather lengthy conversation with her mid in his departure: ‘Good evening, ma’am; I hope to have the pleasure of meeting you again some time in the near future,’ when she replied, ‘Yes, I hope so, thank you — in heaven.’”

Nov. 26, 1910: Retiring Gov. Malcolm R. Patterson lectured at Memorial Hall in Johnson City on “True Reforms and False Reformers.” Patterson, who had served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1901-06, was governor for two terms from 1907-11. In his second term, pardon-happy Patterson was plagued by a pardon he issued for political ally Duncan Cooper, who had been convicted in the killing of Edward W. Carmack, Patterson’s opponent for the nomination in the 1908 election. The controversy divided the Democratic Party, and the scandal led Patterson to withdraw from the race for a third term. The result was Tennessee’s first Republican governor in 30 years, Ben Hooper.

Nov. 26, 1959: A shortage of steel halted work at the new Science Hill High School, according to contractor J.E. Green.

Nov. 26, 1974: Black Oak Arkansas, along with Foghat, played to over 5,500 fans at Freedom Hall Civic Center.

Nov. 26, 2006: The Tennessee Department of Transportation was installing cable barriers in both directions in the medians of Interstate 26 through Johnson City.

Sources: The Comet; Tennessee Encyclopedia; Johnson City Press-Chronicle; Bobbie H. Shirley, Freedom Hall; Johnson City Press

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