Today in Johnson City History: October 9

Oct. 9, 1890: Plans for a new railroad depot had been accepted by a city committee. Construction was contingent upon a $5,000 contribution from the Three Cs Railroad toward the $15,000 necessary.

Oct. 9, 1902: The Comet reported the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, had named its church “Market Street Methodist Church” to distinguish it from the new “East Park Methodist Church.”

Oct. 9, 1902: Cy Lyle, The Comet’s editor, had received the Democratic nomination to oppose incumbent Republican Walter P. Brownlow, owner of the Jonesborough Herald and Tribune, as they competed for the 1st Tennessee Congressional District seat in Washington. Lyle had been captain of Johnson City’s first professional baseball team, The Reds, in 1886.

Oct. 9, 1937: A single shotgun blast killed two men on Maupin Row. Barney Ross, 37, and Alf Smalling, 36, both of Johnson City were killed by Boss Campbell outside Campbell’s home. Campbell was arrested but claimed self-defense.

Oct. 9, 1946: Renowned author Jo Carson was born in Johnson City. Her works included “Liars, Thieves, and Other Sinners on the Bench,” “Spider Speculations: A Physics and Biophysics of Storytelling,” and “Stories I Ain’t Told Nobody Yet.”

Oct. 9, 2006: Developer Stewart Taylor filed suit against the City of Johnson City asking the court to force the city to grant Taylor a building permit for the construction of a condominium development on the former TVA property at the corner of West Market Street and North State of Franklin Road.

Sources: The Comet; Johnson City Press.

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