February 22, 1897: One hundred and twenty-five years ago today, the Chattanooga Daily Times reported several articles of interest to residents of the Johnson City area. The deadline for each account was Johnson City. “Tower. JH Jennings, father of our town’s solicitor, CH Jennings, was married at 8.30 a.m. Tuesday morning to Miss Agnes Robbins, of Elizabethton. The Reverend George Piles presided over the ceremony, which took place at the bride’s residence.The happy couple came to Johnson City immediately after the wedding.
“City Attorney Jennings has drafted the curfew ordinance and will present it in action. He provides that a certain signal will sound (sic) over the city at a time to be determined by council, all boys and girls on the streets must go home immediately. If found loitering in the streets, the police must arrest them and take them back home if necessary. The age limit is also left open. to the council’s decision. There is no opposition expressed to its adoption, and it will probably pass by a unanimous vote.
The following article is a follow-up to February 20 and 21. “James Gregg, John Gregg and Henry Hay were arrested yesterday afternoon on a warrant issued by George Allen charging them with arson. Since the Gregg drawing room fire some ten days ago, Mr Allen and John Sanders have been investigating the cause of the fire, with the result that the three men named above have been arrested and charged with the crime. They had their preliminary hearing before Squire Martin on Thursday and Friday. EW Bentley, adjuster for Continental insurance companies and Fireman’s Fund (sic), is here to adjust the loss on the building.
“Last Saturday evening about 10 a.m. After having had a few words with an elderly gentleman by the name of James Stuart in or near O’Donnell’s (sic) saloon, John Orr followed Stuart to the corner of Hart & Smith’s and after having passed a few smore (sic) words, pulled a rock from his pocket and threw it with all his might at Stuart, hitting him in the jaw, knocking out some teeth and part of the jawbone Orr was arrested Sunday morning and, for lack of bail, was sent back to jail. Orr is known as a hard case. He served time in state prison for attempted robbery of the Watauga (sic) bank.”
“Lawyer SC Williams is quite ill at his home on Watauga Avenue (sic).”
The Chattanooga Daily Times is currently published as the Chattanooga Times Free Press. There was no daily newspaper published in Johnson City in 1897. The Comet, however, was published on a weekly basis.
February 22, 1917: According to Johnson City staff, “WE May, of Jonesboro, drove through town today en route to Eastern Markets where he will be purchasing a large stock of spring and summer produce for his store. “.
Jonesboro was spelled that way in 1917.
February 22, 1922: A century ago today, the Johnson City Chronicle reported, “Yesterday the spring weather came suddenly, allowing the men to go all day without overcoats, and many women threw away their shawls. It was not uncommon to see (sic) the businessman in a shirt on the street. It’s only expected to last a few hours, though, because – oh, well, there’s still about three weeks of groundhog time to clear.
February 22, 1947: Seventy-five years ago today, according to the Johnson City Press-Chronicle, “Members of the Johnson City Business College Student Council entertained 50 students and their guests at an official Valentine’s Day party held in the auditorium of the Mayne Williams Library.”
“The room was decorated in red and white according to the season, and the refreshment table contained burning candles with hearts as bases. The students presented a special program.
“Miss Virginia Hess, a guest artist, also presented a program. Cecil King, Jr., was the master of ceremonies and the following people served on the committee: Misses Franky Shell, Meilsa (sic) Stout, Luisa Street, John Hale, Lorence Owens and Charlie Land. »
Johnson City Business College is no longer in operation. However, it eventually merged with Steed College. (Source: personal communication with Becky Byers Davis.)
February 22, 1953: According to an article in the Johnson City Press-Chronicle with Ed Ray’s byline, “Ben A. Baldwin, the city’s artistic sign-painter, has been in and around the body politic long enough to observe that he there is always someone to keep the record straight.
“Now he knows that from personal experience.”“When he began to paint the Henry Johnson mural in the renovated City Court room, he inquired about the date of the founding of Johnson City.”
“Former police chief Bill Fleming told him the city was incorporated the year he was born – 1885. So on the inscription on this mural, that was the date used.”
“In Franklin, retired Tennessee Appellate Judge Walter W. Faw, former Johnson Citian and cousin of (several undecipherable words) Faw, read the Press-Chronicle issue bearing a picture of the mural.”
“Immediately, he wrote a letter to Judge Oris Hyder to keep the record straight, saying among other things:”
“‘Henry Johnson built the first house (other than the old plantation houses of the Jobe and Hoss families) on the site of present-day Johnson City, and in 1857 became the first station (or depot) agent of East Tennessee and Virginia. Railroad Company at this place, which was named by the railroad company Johnson’s Depot. Shortly afterwards it became a post office of the same name, and Henry Johnson was appointed postmaster, but he was a ‘trade unionist’, and in 1861 or 1862 the Confederate government changed the name of the post office (sic) to Haynesville in honor of Landon C. Haynes, a Confederate senator (sic Towards the end of the war, the federal government reinstated Johnson’s Depot’s original name.
“Judge Faw then pointed out that it was ‘in December 1869 the place was incorporated as Johnson City and Henry Johnson was elected its first mayor.’”
“The charter was repealed in 1879, but the city was reincorporated in 1885 under the same name – Johnson City – and Elbert C. Reeves was elected the first mayor under the 1885 charter. Henry Johnson died several years before 1885.”
“”I don’t dispute the claim that Johnson City was ‘founded by Henry Johnson’, but it could not have been founded by him ‘in 1885’ (as the mural originally stated ) because he was not living in 1885.”
“Painter Baldwin did not hesitate to substitute the original date of incorporation to accompany a then-living founder.”
February 22, 1972: Fifty years ago today, according to an article written by Henry Samples and dated Nashville, the Johnson City Press-Chronicle informed readers that “Gov. Last night Winfield Dunn asked the General Assembly to approve the construction of a medical-clinical training center and regional jail in the Tri-Cities area.
“Also included in the $1.6 billion state budget for fiscal year 1972-73 is a proposed appropriation of $9 million for East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, as well as other proposals affecting the East Tennessee region.”
“As he announced at a Feb. 4 press conference at the Tri-City Airport, Dunn asked the Legislature last night to approve spending $50,000 to support plans for a clinical training center in the Tri-Cities area.”
“Dunn said the center would be open to interns and residents in the fall of 1973, and would be expanded to provide training for senior medical students ‘as soon as possible’.”
“The plan would also include developing a proposal for satellite primary care centers in community hospitals surrounding the Tri-Cities, Dunn said.”
“The creation of this center should result in additional physicians for the Upper East Tennessee region as quickly as possible,” Dunn said.
One billion six hundred million dollars in 1972 is worth almost 10.672 billion dollars today.
Nine million dollars in 1972 currently has a purchasing power of about $60.300 million. Fifty thousand dollars in 1972 now equals about $334,000. All these current values are taken from www.in2013dollars.com
February 22, 1997: Twenty-five years ago today, the Johnson City Press reported, “Tennessee’s oldest school earns accreditation for the school year.
“State education officials had denied accreditation for Washington College Academy, Limestone, because certification was needed for six teachers.”
“In a letter dated Wednesday, the school received notice from the state Department of Education that it was approved for this school year.”
“The private school was founded in 1780. It has about 160 students from grades 5 to 12.”
“Active President Margaret Mathis said the school had expected accreditation from the start.”