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Today in Johnson City History: June 14

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Jun 14, 2019 at 6:00 AM

June 14, 1884: The wife of Mr. Will Good had been entirely prostrated by fever and measles. “Her mind seemed to have become very much deranged,” The Comet reported. “The doctor had almost given her up. when a gentleman suggested that the music of a violin would quiet her, which it did in a few minutes.”

June 14, 1900: Two fine blood hounds belonging to Chief of Police Caldwell had been shot and killed by Ben Wassum at his farm south of town. The Comet reported the dogs had escaped from the jail enclosure several days before and were wandering around the county. Wassum claimed the dogs were after his sheep, but others suggested he shot them out of revenge for an earlier arrest.

June 14, 1939: Several men were cited for parking too far from the curb. Court records noted they parked 25 inches from the curb; however all charges were dismissed.

June 14, 1956: The Johnson City Commission voted 3-0 to “retire” City Manager E.J. Quillen effective July 1. Quillen called the vote a dismissal without justification. Commissioners David Walker, Travis Kinkead and Carl A. Johnson cast the votes, while Mayor Guy Blackwell and Commissioner Sam Taylor were out of town. Assistant City Manager William Ricker was named interim city manager.

June 14, 2012: Lunch at Barberitos in north Johnson City was smashing. Two customers were taken to a local hospital after a car crashed through the glass store front, shoving a section of booth seating several feet and spewing glass all over the restaurant and patrons. Johnson City police were investigating, but the initial account indicated the car’s brakes weren’t working.

Sources: The Comet; Johnson City Court Records, 1939; Johnson City Press-Chronicle; Johnson City Press

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