Today in Johnson City History: March 8

By REBECCA HENDERSON March 8, 1971: The Johnson City Press-Chronicle reported on a new spectator sport in downtown Johnson City: that of watching the demolition of the old city hall. The old city hall was built in 1919, and the property it formerly occupied was purchased by the Johnson City Press-Chronicle. Source: Johnson City Press-Chronicle.

Today in Johnson City History: March 7

By REBECCA HENDERSON and JOHNSON CITY PRESS March 7, 1904: John Alan Maxwell was born. He was a prolific illustrator, with his work appearing in many magazines and books. Although born in Virginia, he was raised in Johnson City, and returned here in retirement. March 7, 1912: The Comet published a front-page cartoon set 30 […]

Today in Johnson City History: March 5

REBECCA HENDERSON and JOHNSON CITY PRESS March 5, 1885: The Tennessee State Legislature approved the granting of a second charter to Johnson City, according to a thesis by Ophelia Cope Daniels. March 5, 1952: Dr. Enuf ran a full-page ad in the Johnson City Press-Chronicle. Citizens gave testimonials. After drinking Dr. Enuf, people said, “What […]

Today in Johnson City History: March 4

By REBECCA HENDERSON and JOHNSON CITY PRESS March 4, 1897: The Comet reported that the new poultry yards of the United Fanciers Association of Johnson City were nearly complete and several coops of White Faced Black Spanish chickens had been delivered. Since the yards adjacent to “Graveyard Hill” had been open land until recently, the Association was […]

Today in Johnson City History: March 3

By Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press March 3, 1883: The Johnson City Enterprise was Johnson City’s newspaper. W.S. Mitchell and W.B. Truslow were the publishers. March 3, 1914: John Hannah was fined $2.50 for throwing rocks. March 3, 1935: The Johnson City Press reported the Johnson City American Legion post planned to erect a […]

Today in Johnson City History: March 2

By Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press March 2, 1899: The Comet reported that a bill allowing Johnson City to issue bonds for public improvements  had passed both houses of the state legislature. The bill permits an issue of $10,000, but it was proposed to issue only $3,500 at the time to be used in purchasing the […]

Cherokee students take a look at Johnson City’s past on Sesquicentennial Digital Learning Day

By BRANDON PAYKAMIAN Schools across the Johnson City Schools district held Digital Learning Day events Thursday to learn more about Johnson City’s rich history since its founding and incorporation in 1869. The events revolved around the city’s 150th anniversary and how far the community has come. At Cherokee Elementary School, students explored the city’s progression […]

Today in Johnson City History: March 1

By REBECCA HENDERSON and JOHNSON CITY PRESS March 1, 1888: The Comet reported that the Johnson City Foundry and Machine Works would pay 1 cent per pound for large and clean cotton rags. March 1, 1928: Johnson City court records show that a Mr. Barbury was fined $25 for being “in company with a leud (sic) woman.” March […]

Today in Johnson City History: February 28

By REBECCA HENDERSON and JOHNSON CITY PRESS Feb. 28, 1895: The Comet reported that Harry D. Gump of Gump Bros. was in the “Eastern market” purchasing spring clothing and furnishings for his downtown store. In 1907, Gump bought the farm near the failed town of Carnegie in east Johnson City, where the Gump Addition subdivision […]