Today in Johnson City History: October 12 | Life
12 October 1887: The Marian Standard reported that the postmaster for Johnson City had been reappointed, as well as the postmasters for Texarkana, Texas and Manchester, Virginia.
The Marian Standard is now published under the title The Marian Times-Standard. Johnson City did not have a daily newspaper in 1887. The Comet was a weekly publication.
12 October 1905: The comet was reported in the sequel to an October 10 story that was reported in The Nashville Banner. “Elbert Brown died Sunday from a gunshot wound inflicted on Saturday by Alice Goins. The two… were at Frank Bell’s store on Willow Street (sic) when the trouble arose. Some claim the shooting was accidental, but Alice Goins was sent to jail to await grand jury action. In the previous story that appeared previously in The Nashville Banner, “Goins” was spelled “Goans”.
12 October 1915: The Rock Island Argus saluted the Archivist and Treasurer of the City of Johnson City. The article began by stating, “We have the American idea and the Iowa idea and various other ideas that do great service of all kinds, but we want to take a look at the seal of our approval, as it is, on the Pouder idea.
The article went on to say: “Mr. Pouder regularly sends water bills to consumers. In the envelope with the invoice, he has a great penchant for inserting other materials. Not that he has to do it, but because he feels he can help people in this way.
Mr. Pouder included with the water bills “all kinds of public health literature of the kind distributed by large health services in large cities. Johnson City does not have a health board, but Mr Pouder is doing his part.
This idea “only costs energy. It is bearing fruit without a doubt. It opens up a huge field for the economic advancement of health education.
The Rock Island Argus was a newspaper from Rock Island, Illinois.
October 12, 1918: More than a few area residents continued to be ill with the flu, according to the Johnson City Daily Staff. “There will be no Monday Club meeting on Monday afternoon due to (indecipherable) health concerns regarding the Spanish flu.”
Ms. Irby Sheaff, who had very serious surgery last Saturday at Greeneville Hospital, said her progress was rapid and many friends would be happy to hear.
“Mrs. Roy Holloway is quite sick with the flu in her Buffalo St. home”
“Hubert Shipley, urban transporter at the local post office, is recovering from a flu attack. “
“Miss Grace Boring, who has been confined to her home due to the flu, is improving. “
“Dr. William F. Kohler, prominent Bristol physician, died of pneumonia on Friday afternoon.
“Claborn Shugart Hutton died of flu pneumonia on Friday afternoon at his home in Bristol.”
Beverly Dulaney Seneker died at her home on the Blountville (sic) pike Friday morning from flu-pneumonia. Her death came just 48 hours after the death of her younger brother Oliver, who died for the same reason. “
12 October 1921: The Banking and Trust Company ran an ad in the Herald and Tribune informing readers that they were paying 4% interest on twelve-month certificates of deposit.
The Herald and Tribune was, and still is, a newspaper published in Jonesboro, which was spelled as such in 1921.
12 October 1929: The Bristol Herald Courier ran an ad seeking help. “Wanted: Six men to carry out fire-resistant coating work on a steel structure. Immediately apply Johnson City Foundry & Machine works. Johnson City, Tennessee.
The Bristol Herald Courier is still in publication.
12 October 1935: construction has started on what is now the Tri-Cities regional airport. It was a Works Progress Admiration project. (Source: History of Washington County, Tennessee.)
12 October 1946: 75 years ago today, a ceremony was held to commemorate the transfer of the house and property from Tipton-Haynes to the State of Tennessee. Landon C. Haynes practiced property law in the 1800s. Members of the Colonial Dames, Daughters of the American Revolution (John Sevier and Sarah Hawkins chapters), Daughters of 1812 and United Daughters of the Confederacy took goes to the ceremony. (Source: History of Johnson City and Surroundings by Samuel Cole Williams.)
October 12, 1950: The Johnson City Press-Chronicle reported: “A drive to join the Unicoi County Agricultural Bureau is in full swing.” HE Duncan, who was the chairman of the Unicoi County Agricultural Bureau, quoted the agricultural bureau’s slogan: “The agricultural bureau pays. It doesn’t cost anything.
12 October 1966: The Johnson City Press-Chronicle brought exciting news regarding the region’s infrastructure. “The acquisition of rights of way for the new segment of US Highway 23 between here and Kingsport will begin in December.”
This was the announcement by Congressman James H. Quillen in Washington yesterday when he announced that the Appalachian Regional Commission had approved a federal grant of $ 6,781,000 for the acquisition of rights of way and the start construction.”
“It’s part of the Appalachian Highway program and this particular grant,” said Congressman Quillen, “is for a new four-lane highway between Johnson City and Kingsport. “
“The commission informed him,” Congressman Quillen said, “that the segment for which the funds are approved is from Northern Johnson City to State Route 81 in Kingsport, a distance of 15.7 miles.”
“Congressman Quillen said the commission said the acquisition of the rights of way would begin in December and construction in June 1967.”
October 12, 1967: The Johnson City Press-Chronicle reported that the high forecast for the day would be 58 degrees, while the low forecast that night was expected to be around 34 degrees.
October 12, 1971: Fifty years ago today, readers of the Johnson City Press-Chronicle learned that the Nashville banner had supported efforts for a Johnson City medical school. In part, the Nashville Banner editorial stated, “It is highly likely that by working with and through enabling legislation proposed at the federal level, Tennessee could acquire for itself a new medical school of State at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City.
The editorial continued, “’The Banner thinks the state should seize this opportunity; and that, as the relevant medical officials in the Tri-Cities region have pointed out, now is the time to take some real preliminary steps to help ensure this.
The Nashville banner ceased to appear in 1998.
October 12, 1996: Twenty-five years ago today, the Johnson City Press reported: “The First Christian Church will host a reception on Sunday at 3 pm to honor members who have been with the congregation for over 40 years.
“There will also be an exhibition, with photos, memorabilia and documents on the history of the church.”
“Both things are part of the 125th anniversary of the church. They are open to the public. “