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Today in Johnson City History: February 27

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Feb 27, 2019 at 8:00 AM

Feb. 27, 1788: A three-day skirmish at Tipton-Haynes started. This was known as the Battle of the State of Franklin.

Feb. 27, 1888: Carl A. Johnson was born. Mr. Johnson came to Johnson City in 1910. Along with his brother-in-law, E.M.F. Dahl, they established the first automobile business in Johnson City, selling Middleby and Ford cars. At the time, there reportedly was only one automobile in Johnson City; it was a model 1905 Wayne Roadster.

Feb. 27, 1891: Mrs. Tom Thumb and her company of little persons appeared at Jobe’s Opera House. Mercy Lavinia Warren Bump Stratton (1842–1919) was 32 inches tall and weighed 29 pounds. Lavinia had married Gen. Tom Thumb (Charles Sherwood Stratton, 1838-1883) in an elaborate ceremony on February 10, 1863.

Feb. 27, 1935: The Little Theater Players performed “Children of the Moon” for the second time. In a review of the first performance, the Johnson City Press complimented the production and the actors, who included Mary Louise Parsons Barton, Mary Elliott, Hugh Millard, Bill Belew (using a Cockney accent), Ben Everette, William F. Monogan, Dick Easterly and Mrs. E.E. Carrier. Charlie Broyles was in charge of the production.

Sources: Tipton-Haynes Historic Site; Volume IV, Tennessee History; Carolyn Johnson Sluder; The Comet; Johnson City Press.

For more about Johnson City’s 150th birthday, visit www.johnsoncity150.com.

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