Today in Johnson City History: June 19

June 19, 1886: The Journal and Tribune, a newspaper published in Knoxville, reported, “Mr. R.A. Morrell, of Johnson City, arrived in the city yesterday evening on the down passenger train, with his wife, who was insane, on his way to the asylum at Lyon’s View. A private conveyance was secured and the mad woman taken to the asylum closely guarded. Mrs. Morrell is a woman perhaps 45 years of age, and has one of the worst cases of insanity ever received at the asylum. Her hands had to be tied behind her back and she closely watched to keep her from doing harm. The unfortunate woman has been unsound mind for some six months, and now persists in talking, shouting, cursing and moving about all the time.”

Today in Johnson City History: June 18

June 18, 1926: The Johnson City Chronicle reported that Mrs. J.E. Crouch and J.H. Preas Jr. were elected the evening prior to the Johnson City school board.

Today in Johnson City History: June 16

June 16, 1887: The Comet reported, “Gen. J.T. Wilder returned from New York yesterday morning and went up to Roan Mountain in the afternoon. He has been attending a meeting of the directors of the C.C. & C. road and reports every thing (sic) all right and progressing favorably for Johnson City. He also says dirt will be broken in Johnson City in 90 days.”

Today in Johnson City History: June 16

June 17, 1874: The Daily Times, a newspaper in Chattanooga, reported, “The Knoxville Chronicle, has sold its old press to Mr. J.W. Peltier, who proposes to establish a paper at Johnson City, Washington Co., to be called the People’s Friend.”

Today in Johnson City History: June 14

June 14, 1883: The Greeneville Herald reported “C. Reeves, of Johnson City, John Holloway … are among the attorneys attending Circuit Court this week.”

Today in Johnson City History: June 15

June 15, 1881: The Tennessee Legislature initially chartered the ET&WNC as a broad gauge railroad. Unanticipated problems necessitated the broad gauge railroad to be abandoned. The railroad was built instead as a narrow gauge. The line discontinued service in June 1969.

Today in Johnson City History: June 13

June 13, 1885: Mr. Frank Sefton had opened an ice cream parlor in the room over G.W. Hickey’s store, where he kept on hands all kinds of cream and strawberries.

Today in Johnson City History: June 12

June 12, 1890: The Johnson City Furniture Factory had placed an order for a band resawing machine. It was to cost about $500, and plant manager Grant calculated it would more than pay for itself every three months. The price was the equivalent of roughly $14,000 in 2020 money, accounting for inflation.

Today in Johnson City History: June 11

June 11, 1875: The Daily Press and Herald, a newspaper in Knoxville, reported about a shooting death. “A young man named Eads was shot and killed near Johnson City two days ago. It is said that he accompanied a married woman who left Greeneville about that time and suspicion naturally points to the legal protection of the woman. His body was ordered to be sent to Greeneville by his brother, and yesterday evening a number of the friends of Eads were at the depot to receive the remains, but they failed to arrive, and some skeptical loafers affected to discredit altogether the statement of his death.”

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