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Today in Johnson City History: May 9

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • May 9, 2019 at 8:00 AM

May 9, 1889: Street grading was progressing rapidly in the new Carnegie addition. Th Comet reported that Mr. E.P. McCarty put a force of hands and three teams at work. The old fields were already beginning to look like a town.

May 9, 1901: The E.T.&W.N.C. railroad had put in a side track at the Harris Manufacturing Company plant. It was a three-rail siding to hold standard and narrow-gauge cars.

May 6, 1912: Readers of The Comet were not-so-subtly urged to turn out for the opening day of Appalachian Baseball League play with the game between the Johnson City Soldiers and the Mountaineers from Asheville the following Monday. “Acting Mayor Burchfield has issued a proclamation for the merchants to close their places of business and attend with the rest of the population! Make it a point to be present and make a noise like an enthusiast or appear before the recorder the next day and submit to maximum fine.”

May 9, 1951: The Johnson City Press-Chronicle reported that Louis Young, George Oldham, and T.F. Beckner Jr. were elected to the City Commission. Viola Mathes and T.W. Roland were elected to the Board of Education.

Sources: The Comet; Johnson City Press-Chronicle.

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