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Today in Johnson City History: October 5

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Oct 5, 2019 at 6:00 AM

Oct. 5, 1893: A small wreck had occurred to the eastbound local the East Tennessee Railroad in Johnson City. The box car was opposite the Piedmont House by a loose break beam, and was dragged up to Market Street on the ties before the engineer noticed.

Oct. 5, 1899: The Johnson City Board of Mayor and Aldermen had ordered several businesses to build sidewalks in front of their properties.

Oct. 5, 1911: Johnson City attorney Le Roy Reeves spent the weekend at Unaka Springs as the guest of former townsman, Will Cowan, and wife. Reeves had designed the Tennessee state flag in 1905. He is buried at Oak Hill Cemetery in downtown Johnson City.

Oct. 5, 1929: The Appalachian Fair ended its five-day run for 1929. The Fair was held at Keystone Field and was sponsored by The Chronicle.

Oct. 5, 1956: Three people were treated at Johnson City Memorial Hospital after a bus wreck on U.S. Highway 23 in Boones Creek.

Oct. 5, 1956: Science Hill’s Hilltoppers blanked Sullivan High School’s Pirates 34-0 in gridiron action at Kingsport’s J. Fred Johnson Stadium. Ernest Stout led the way with two running touchdowns, the first of which was a 70-yard romp.

Sources: The Comet; Johnson City Press-Chronicle.

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