Today in Johnson City History: Sept. 13

Sept. 13, 1884: The Comet reprinted an editorial from the Mountaineer stating that “If you wish to vote for a man who has been false to every pledge and promise, to foist himself upon an unwilling people, vote for Pettibone.” Augustus Herman Pettibone represented the 1st Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1881-87 and again from 1897-99. The Comet’s editor, Robert Love Taylor, had defeated Pettibone by 750 votes in the 1878 election to win the congressional seat. Pettibone struck back in 1880, wrestling the seat away from the last Democrat to ever elected to Congress from the district. Pettibone also won the third contest with Taylor in 1882.

Sept. 13, 1888: A.J. Bowman advertised that he would pay market price for green peaches delivered his cannery, as well as green apples after Sept. 1st.

Sept. 13, 1906: The White Elephant had been leased for two years by a Mr. Daab of North Carolina for conversion into an overalls manufacturing facility. The White Elephant was a large white, flood-prone structure that sat at West Market and Boone streets.

Source: The Comet; Johnson City Press

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