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Today in Johnson City History: January 24

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Jan 24, 2019 at 8:15 AM

Jan. 24, 1889: The Comet reported the death of Johnson City resident R.S. Patty in an East Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia Railroad crash seven miles west of Greeneville over the weekend. Passenger train No. 2 was due here at 7:05 p.m. when it telescoped a freight train at 23 miles per hour. ETV&G engineer Zack Burson and fireman William Hizer, both of Knoxville, also were killed.

Jan. 24, 1935: The Johnson City Press reported that “His Honor” died at 2 a.m. in City Hall. “His Honor” was the name given to the unreliable clock outside Mayor Ben Snipes’ door. “The mayor’s dead again” was the word in City Hall whenever the clock would stop working. The Press even quoted “His Honor” about the unfounded rumors of his untimely death: “I did not die at two a.m. I admit I was dead to the world — being sound asleep — but that is all there is to the rumor.”

Jan. 24, 1948: The Science Hill High School Hilltoppers rallied from behind to defeat Chattanooga High School’s Maroons, 37-33, in a home game. Center John Mackley accounted for nearly half of Science Hill’s scoring with 18 points.

Jan. 24, 1977: Tom Hodge wrote in the Johnson City Press-Chronicle that the 1928 Johnson City City Directory reported that the town had six miles of street railway.

Sources: The Comet, Johnson City Press, Johnson City Press-Chronicle.

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