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Today in Johnson City History: April 28

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Apr 28, 2019 at 12:00 AM

April 28, 1887: The Comet reported that the Johnson City Reds had been defeated in Bristol “on the Base Ball Knob” by a score of 40-8. “It was a glorious victory for Bristol. About 3,000 people witnessed the game and cheered enthusiastically as the good plays were made.”

April 28, 1898: News of a new large sawmill was published in The Comet. The Johnson City Manufacturing Company was another new enterprise for the city. Vilas and Son were putting up the sawmill just beyond the foundry for manufacturing all kinds of hardwood lumber, as well as hemlock framing and other custom work.

April 28, 1952: The Oakland Park Juvenile Home opened. The City of Johnson City dedicated $42,000 to the project. In today’s money, that would be about $412,000.

April 28, 2009: Both incumbents — mayor and local business owner Jane Myron and attorney Steve Darden — were re-elected to the Johnson City Commission. Retired banker Phil Carriger was the new face on the commission.

Sources: The Comet; City of Johnson City; Johnson City Press

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