Today in Johnson City History: Sept. 17

Sept. 17, 1885: The Comet reported, “It is now definitely settled that Johnson City is to have a bank. A meeting was held Tuesday evening and the subscription books opened. A meeting of the stockholders will be held at once for the purpose of organizing. We hope to be able to publish the names of the officers next week.”

Sept. 17, 1914: The members of the First Presbyterian congregation had occupied their new house of worship on the previous Sunday. The new building, which had been commenced about year earlier on the site of the church’s original 1869 sanctuary, cost about $35,000.

Sept. 17, 1986: A special task force consisting of members of the Johnson City/Washington County Chamber of Commerce was seated. Its purpose was to place priorities on needed projects in Johnson City, Washington County and at East Tennessee State University, so “the three entities don’t bump heads in the quest for state funds.”

Sources: The Comet; Johnson City Press.

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