Today in Johnson City History: June 25 | To live


June 25, 1893: The Comet urged readers to “Go to church today (sic)”.

June 25, 1893 fell on a Sunday.

June 25, 1897: One hundred twenty-five years ago today, The Knoxville Sentinel reported dated news from Johnson City. Readers learned that “Yesterday afternoon a severe storm passed over the city. There was strong lightning and thunder and some hail. No major damage occurred, except that the Sanders & Co. livery barn door was flooded to a depth of one foot.”

“FA Stratton and JE Brading went to the lobby yesterday afternoon to meet with the directors of Watauga Lighting and Power Company in New York City. Hopefully something for Johnson City will come out of this meeting.”

“There are no developments on the proposed furnace opening here, as reported by a news tabloid.”

“The GAR post at this location announced that the Hon. H. Clay Evans would speak for them here on July 3. A telegram from Mr. Evans states that it is impossible for him to come.”

The Knoxville Sentinel is now published as the Knoxville News-Sentinel. Johnson City did not have a newspaper in 1897. The Comet was published every week.

June 25, 1922: A century ago today, the Johnson City Chronicle reported: “To keep the flies out and the prisoners in, new wire screens have just been put up on all the windows and doors of the municipal building. The purpose of keeping prisoners inside refers only to the police headquarters, since in the water department, the records office and the offices of the commissioners and clerks, the screens are only for the purpose of keeping prisoners out. flies and other pests. To gain entry, visitors must knock twice and twice on the front of the door, scratch the screens with their fingernails, cough three times, and give the (indecipherable) signal.

June 25, 1944: The Johnson City Press-Chronicle reported that “steps are being taken to purchase the estate of the late George L. Carter for an addition to East Tennessee State College.”

“Governor Prentice Cooper, a visitor to Johnson City yesterday, announced the appointment of a five-person committee to evaluate the property and make recommendations on the feasibility of a purchase by the state.”

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

June 25, 1947: Seventy-five years ago, the Johnson City Press-Chronicle alerted readers that “a Mason-Dixon truck driver, Charles Oscar Norris, on Route 2, received a painful hand injury yesterday while unloading a stove from his truck. He was taken to Appalachian Hospital, where examination revealed a severely crushed finger. He was treated and released.”

“A young rayon factory worker, Mrs. Charles Miller, City, Route 1., was treated at Appalachian Hospital on Monday for injuries resulting from her foot being caught in a gasoline engine.”

“Elizabeth Gillespie, 422 Wilson Avenue, was treated for stab wounds to her legs, and Miss Ada Fellows of 720 West Locust Street was treated for a broken left wrist. They were all discharged after treatment.”

Appalachian Hospital was a precursor to Memorial Hospital, which was a precursor to Johnson City Medical Center.

June 25, 1952: The Johnson City Press-Chronicle reported the sad news of the death of a prominent citizen. “Paul T. Hill, 58, President of Hill Summers Chevrolet Company, died unexpectedly at Winston-Salem, NC Baptist Hospital at 6:50 p.m. yesterday.”

“Hill had undergone an operation several days ago, following an illness, but was believed to be recovering.”

“Hill had maintained an active interest in Johnson City business and civic circles for many years.”

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“He was the immediate past president of the Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Masonic Lodge, and a member of the First Presbyterian Church for about 25 years. He was a member of the deacon board, the church choir, and the building committee.”

“Hill also served as director of the First Federal Savings and Loan Association, which he helped organize. He was a veteran of the First World War.”

“He also had business interests in Elizabethton and Mountain City.”

June 25, 1966: The Johnson City Press-Chronicle reported that “Fred Neil Smith, principal of Jonesboro Elementary School, was listed in fair condition at Memorial Hospital last night, where he was admitted after complaining of chest pains Wednesday night, the newspaper said. hospital staff. There was no diagnosis available.”

“Ann Jennings Dossett was listed in fair condition at the hospital last night. She was admitted on Thursday for what hospital staff described as ‘minor surgery’”.

Jonesboro was spelled that way in 1966.

As mentioned elsewhere in this column, Memorial Hospital was a precursor to Johnson City Medical Center.

June 25, 1972: Fifty years ago today, according to the Johnson City Press-Chronicle, “Just a word from The House, the crisis center in Johnson City. For the past year, La Casa has shared a room in the Presbyterian Campus Ministry building. This building is now going to be demolished.”

“So, The House is moving. Until the location is announced, the crisis center phone line will not be operational.”

June 25, 1997: Twenty-five years ago today, Tom Hodge wrote an interesting column in the Johnson City Press. Mr. Hodge wrote: “The weather changed suddenly, so I had to scrap the idea of ​​writing a column on ‘the year there was no summer’.”

“Actually, if things had continued as they were, that would have made the second year no summer.”

“In 1815, Mount Tambora in Indonesia, a volcano, exploded with 6 million times more energy than an atomic bomb. In fact, the eruption killed 92,000 people.”

“But if it also affected a large part of the world.”

“The eruption spewed so much dust and debris into the atmosphere that it filtered out much of the sun that summer. Therefore, much of the United States suffered.”

“Crops grew weakly, or did not grow at all. Corn was planted in New England, but it hardly appeared on the ground.

“It snowed in July.”

“It was a condition that lasted most of the year. It wasn’t until the following year that things returned to a semblance of normalcy.”

“And therefore it was called ‘the year without a summer.'”

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