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Today in Johnson City History: October 13

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Oct 13, 2019 at 5:30 AM

Oct. 13, 1887: The passenger train rate to Atlanta from Johnson City had been changed from $9.50 to $8.50 with tickets are good to return until the 25th. That $1 reduction would equate to about $27 in today’s money. Even at $8.50, that ride was still costly — about $230 today.

Oct. 13, 1892: Marriage apparently did not agree too well with J. Will Shepherd. He had been sick since tying the knot two weeks earlier.

Oct. 13, 1910: Summers-Parrott Hardware offered Johnson City residents new ranges in an ad in The Comet. “Just ask your wife if she wouldn’t like to have a new range? She’ll like the kind we sell. Come, see.”

Oct. 13, 1976: The Johnson City Press-Chronicle reported that former Mayor James Louis Young had died.

Oct. 13, 1978: The Harlem Globetrotters played basketball at Freedom Hall. Tickets were $5 and $6.

Sources: The Comet; Johnson City Press-Chronicle; Vince Staten.

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