Today in Johnson City History: October 1

Oct. 1, 1885: Science Hill Institute’s Roll of Honor included Bonnie Hoss, Retta Lyle, Nelia Miller, Cora Patton, Birdie Jobe, Lillie McNees, Nora Faw, Samuel Miller, Embrie Simcox, Fannie Kilby, Mollie Sanders, Gertrude Mitchell, Tillie Wiley, Mamie Grant, Mamie Patty, Charles Yocum, William Hodges, Jessie Brown, Linnie Haun, Mirtie Waddell, Laura King and Mary Seaver.

Oct. 1, 1908: Johnson City businessman and future Kingsport founder J. Fred Johnson entertained a doctor from Texas at his house on Spring Street. J.E. Brading was building a storehouse on the corner of West Main and Boone streets.

Oct. 1, 1945: Dr. Thomas P. McKee founded the McKee Eye Hospital at 207 E. Watauga Ave.

Oct. 1, 1990: The first house built by Holston Habitat for Humanity volunteers in Johnson City was dedicated.

Oct. 1, 2009: Three Girl Scout Councils, including the Girl Scout Council of the Appalachians, headquartered in Johnson City, merged to become the Girl Scouts of the Southern Appalachians.

Oct. 1, 2018: President Donald Trump visited Johnson City in a campaign rally at Freedom Hall Civic Center. He endorsed the candidacy of U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn in her bid for the U.S. Senate. The Freedom Hall arena was filled to capacity with Trump’s supporters, while both fans and foes demonstrated outside.

Sources: The Comet; Greater Johnson City A Pictorial History; Trish Patterson, Holston Habitat for Humanity; Becky Luntsford; Nancy Stanton; Johnson City Press

Facebook Comments