Today in Johnson City History: December 27 | Life


December 27, 1843: In The Jonesborough Whig and Independent Journal, William Henry Maxwell, a lawyer, advertised in an advertisement that he was in business in Jonesborough. No address was provided, nor the opening hours.

Jonesborough was spelled this way in 1843.

December 27, 1888: The Herald and Tribune reported: “Four of the county’s oldest ladies dined at MJA February’s over Christmas – Ms. Keen and her three sisters. Their total years increased by 301.

“On foot” is a term that means calculating numbers.

The Herald and Tribune was, and still is, a newspaper published in Jonesboro, which was written in 1888. According to the header, the newspaper served both Jonesboro and Johnson City.

December 27, 1896: One hundred and twenty-five years ago today, the Chattanooga Daily Times reported several topics of interest to the Johnson Citians; the items bore a Johnson City signature. “The Ladies’ Library association will be giving an animation for the benefit of the library next Thursday evening. They will organize a prize competition which will be a novelty in entertainment. “

“PH Ponder, private secretary to Congressman Anderson, is spending the holidays at home.”

Ms. Thad A. Cox, who visited her father, WP Brownlow, in Washington, returned home.

Ms. Crandall has traveled to Knoxville again to consult with her attorneys regarding the release of her husband, JE Crandall, from the government prison in Brooklyn, NY. The President is expected to grant pardon. Crandall.

December 27, 1899: The Herald and Tribune reported: “Miss Bessie and Lyla Lyle, of Johnson City, are visiting their mother, Mrs. JI Hawkins.”

As mentioned elsewhere in this column, the Herald and Tribune was, and still is, a newspaper published in Jonesboro, which was spelled in 1899.

December 27, 1900: Much to the children’s delight, The Comet joked, “Hon. Santa Claus was a distinguished visitor to our city this week.

December 27, 1910: The Bristol News reported on a postal savings bank. With a date from Johnson City, readers learned, “Postmaster JA Vines, who returned from a business trip to Washington on Saturday, is very pleased with the potential results of his visit.”

The article continued to say: “His mission in the capital was to take care of the postal savings bank, which was located here; the installation of a substation in the city’s business center and better urban mail distribution.

The Bristol News is no longer published under this name.

December 27, 1918: Readers of the Johnson City Daily Staff have learned that when it comes to Piney Flats, “the flu is rife in this neighborhood again.”

December 27, 1921: A century ago today, The Journal and Tribune reported news with a date from Johnson City. Francis Henley Gilbreath, son of President Sidney G. Gilbreath of East Tennessee State Normal, who is spending the holidays with his parents, reports flattering success at the opening of the De Beriot Conservatory of Music in Philadelphia, Pa., Where he is in charge of the violin department. Mr. Gilbreath and his associates, EJ Barrington, violin, and Mrs. Harman J. Cunningham, piano teacher and accompanist, opened the conservatory on December 1 and already has more than fifty students. outlook indicates the need to add teaching staff in the coming weeks.

East Tennessee State Normal is now known as East Tennessee State University.

The Journal and Tribune was a newspaper published in Knoxville. It ceased publication in 1924. We do not have access to any newspaper published in Johnson City in 1921.

December 27, 1925: The Nashville Tennessean published a story with a date from Johnson City. “Put on a dress and get off,” was the night police chief’s response to an apparently disguised voice asking “my brother’s missing Ford”, “

The intriguing story continued: “As it turns out, my brother’s ‘vanished’ Ford was lying just then in the police garage, from where it had been escorted by two loyal cops after the “car” was found in the city center with a load of Christmas alcohol on board and no one was around when it was found.

The story went on to say, “However, an hour later a call was received, the voice apparently being that of a man trying to fake a female voice. Hence the officers’ suggestion to “put on a robe and go down to headquarters to identify the car”. So far, it has not happened.

December 27, 1925: On the same day, but appearing in The Sunday Star, and with a date from Johnson City, it was reported: “Skyie Oncks was gunned down here last night by Arthur Roberts, a 15 year old boy, who immediately ran away afterwards he had shot Oncks in the head and was not apprehended. The shooting took place in a building. Witnesses told police the boy and the man had an argument and when Oncks walked up to Roberts, the latter pulled out a gun and fired.

The Sunday Star was a Washington, DC newspaper. The other days of the week he was known as the Washington Star. It is no longer in the state of publication.

December 27, 1927: The Morristown Gazette and Mail ran a gruesome story with a date from Johnson City. “A 25 year old son (…) beat Dave Sams, 69, a mountain farmer, to death in his mountain hut near here and set the house on fire, then lay down to sleep in the same room, the officers believed, having reconstructed the tragedy. “

The story continued to report, “The neighbors… found the house on fire and rushed to the spot. Upon breaking down the door, they found the old man beaten to death, a bloodied hammer and a can of kerosene near his body, while he was on a bed in the same room. The son, George, was apparently asleep.

The Morristown Gazette and Mail was a newspaper from Morristown, Tennessee. It is no longer published. Morristown is located approximately 66 miles from Johnson City.

December 27, 1940: The Johnson City Press reported that several young men from the area had recently enlisted in the service. “… The candidates were accepted for the US Army yesterday by Sergeant Charley R. Price, recruiting officer in charge of the local substation. All were taken for three-year enlistments in the regular army.

The article continued to say that 20-year-old Matt Camack, son of Kenneth W. Carmack from Imboden, Va., Had enlisted. Roy Butler, 22, whose parents were Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell in Buladeen, North Carolina, is reportedly traveling to Fort Benning, Georgia. Roy Butler’s brother Loyd Woodrow Butler, 17, was accepted into the US Navy because he was too young to enlist in the military. Paul Waycaster, 19, son of Mrs Mandy Hill of Roan Mountain and Eugene Sluder, 18, son of Mr and Mrs Galen Sluder, and Lester Lee Stroupe, 19, son of Mrs and Mrs Harry Stroupe of Erwin would all go to Fort Benning.

December 27, 1950: The Elizabethton Star reported news of a chemical process patent. “Dr. Hugo Hofmann, Plant Manager of the US Bemberg Division of Beaunit Mills, Inc., is the assignor of a patent which covers the process of recovering the mixture of copper oxide and tartrate from solutions of wastes occurring in the manufacturer of euperammonium rayon yarn, according to “Official Gazette,” the publication of the United States Patent Office in Washington. “

On the same day, and also according to the Elizabethton Star, “Watauga Lake was reported at an elevation of 1,936.47 feet this morning, making the level 22.53 feet below the full pool and 38, 53 feet below the spillway “.

“Yesterday, the highest temperature reached was 53 and the low last night was 23. A high of 28 is expected today, with a low of 13 forecast for tonight.”

“Good weather is forecast for today, tonight and Thursday, with a high temperature of 36 expected tomorrow.”

The Elizabethton Star is still in publication condition.

December 27, 1952: Miss Jacqueline Joyce Hughel became the wife of Mr. Leonard Lee Runyan.

December 27, 1960: The Johnson City Press-Chronicle reported: “Admitted to Memorial Hospital last Thursday for treatment of burns sustained in an explosion at Main Street Café, Dale Wiseman, Rt. 2, Pinecrest, was released yesterday.

Memorial Hospital was the forerunner of Johnson City Medical Center.

December 27, 1970: Johnson City Press-Chronicle columnist Gerald Squibb wished his readers “Happy New Year from House Squibb.”


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