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Today in Johnson City History: March 29

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Mar 29, 2019 at 7:30 AM

March 29, 1884: The Comet reported that “Our handsome friend, John Mongle has returned from Sullivan. There is only one thing needful with John, and that is a wife.” Another friend noted that Mongle would have plenty of prospects in Johnson City.

March 29, 1900: The Comet reported that work on the DeVault bridge at Austin Springs would be finished in a few days. “The Sunday school girls will be very much pleased when the bridge is finished, so that Mr. W.W. DeVault can come to church. They say it is very annoying to go to Sunday school and have no teacher. But of course the young girls always like to have a good looking young man for their teacher.”

March 29, 1936: Johnson City court records note that a Mr. Jenkins was arrested and fined $10 for being an “escaped convict from Byrd’s chain gang” with an additional notation of “several times.”

March 29, 1948: About 100 donors agreed to use funds raised for Johnson City’s Appalachian Hospital for an annex and remodeling the current hospital. A consultant advised that existing structure facilities could be increased to accommodate 125 beds for about $900,000.


Source: The Comet; Johnson City Court Documents, 1936; Johnson City Press-Chronicle.

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