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Today in Johnson City History: April 7

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

April 7, 1887: The Comet reported that the Washington County Court had appointed a survey committee to map out a practical route for a turnpike from Johnson City to Jonesboro.

April 7, 1910: The Comet reported that Prof. J.N. Erwin, principal of the Langston School, had been trying to establish the Washington County Industrial School for black students. “His plan is to secure sufficient endowment to establish a permanent institution in Johnson City to teach girls to sew and cook and boys some useful trade. The scope is broad and the idea commendable, and he has met with a great deal of encouragement in Johnson City, having had over $1,500 given him by citizens.” On the 6th, the County Court had agreed to issue $2,000 in interest bearing notes for the project. Erwin planned to visit potential benefactors for additional support.

April 7, 1936: Aleck McDonald of Cincinnati, Ohio, was fined $25 for “peddling without license, drunk and investigation.” He paid his fine, and spent no time in jail.

Sources: The Comet; Johnson City Court Records, 1936; 

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