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Today in Johnson City History: September 26

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Sep 26, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Sept. 26, 1889: Some incarnate fiend attempted to burn down the Austin Furniture Co. factory. The building was unoccupied, leading The Comet’s editors to proclaim it was the work of an “incendiary.”

Sept. 26, 1901: Henry W. Weiler, a grocery salesman at the Bee Hive, had raised the largest apple of the season — it weighed 1-1/2 pounds and measured 15 inches in circumference.

Sept. 26, 1907: A cartoon published in The Comet illustrated the upcoming opening of the Hippodrome Skating Rink on West Main Street.

Sept. 26, 1943: Kingsport resident Lewis E. Mullins was killed in Johnson City when he fell under the wheels of The Tennessean, the Southern Railway express train from Washington to Memphis. Mullins had helped his wife and small child onto the train. The train started to move as he was saying goodbye.

Sept. 26, 1970: Johnson City’s Municipal Safety at 601 E. Main St. was dedicated with sirens, a ribbon cutting and an open house.

Sources: The Comet; Johnson City Press-Chronicle; Greater Johnson City A Pictorial History; City of Johnson City.

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