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Today in Johnson City History: October 15

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Oct 15, 2019 at 4:00 AM

Oct. 15, 1885: The Comet offered front-page fashion advice for women. The shelf-like bustle was no longer in fashion. Large flat buttons were the style for street jackets. None but young ladies and brides were to wear hats. The bonnet was the proper out-of-door head gear for a married woman.

Oct. 15, 1895: The Comet carried the obituary for ET&WNC Railway Superintendent W.A. Darden, who had died at his home on Division Street two days earlier. His death was caused by blood poisoning, resulting from a slight injury to his hand a month earlier. Captain Darden was the great-grandfather of future Johnson City Mayor Steve Darden.

Oct. 15, 1903: The Mountain Home Branch of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers opened. We now know it as the VA Medical Center.

Oct. 15, 1975: Rod Stewart played at Freedom Hall Civic Center.

Oct. 15, 1976: John Denver performed for more than 7,200 fans at Freedom Hall.

Oct. 15, 1982: Ronnie Milsap, Ricky Skaggs, Kelly Land and Darwin Keith played at Freedom Hall.

Oct. 15, 2011: The Johnson City Press reported the names of 39 people who had applied to be East Tennessee State University’s next president. The eventual selection, Dr. Brian Noland, was not yet in the pool.

Sources: The Comet; History of Washington County Tennessee; Vince Staten; Bobbie H. Shirley, Freedom Hall; Johnson City Press

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