Today in Johnson City History: September 28

Sept. 28, 1893: A thief had entered the house of A.R. Johnson on Unaka Avenue in broad daylight, and appropriated $5 in cash. The neighbors saw a suspicious-looking character leaving the premises but did not know until later that the family was away.

Sept. 28, 1905: U.S. Archer, president of the Unaka Lumber Company, was driving his new motor car, a Winton, through the streets of Johnson City. “It’s a beauty, and looks to be worth the $2,800 it cost,” The Comet reported. That’s about $81,600 in today’s money. The Winton Motor Carriage Company, based in Cleveland, Ohio, was one of the first companies to manufacture automobiles in America.

Sept. 28, 1914: Arvell Miller was fined $10 for selling soft drinks without a label. He paid the fine the same day. 

Sept 28, 1950: Recently retired Clinchfield Railroad Manager C.D. Moss died in Erwin.

Sept. 28, 1974: The Earl Scruggs Revue performed at Freedom Hall Civic Center.

Sources: The Comet; Johnson City Court Records, 1914; Johnson City Press-Chronicle; Bobbie H. Shirley, Freedom Hall

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