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Today in Johnson City History: December 5

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Dec 5, 2019 at 8:00 AM

Dec. 5, 1884: Gen. John T. Wilder outlined plans for his new hotel now on the summit of Roan Mountain, the same site as the old Cloudland. The new building was to be 414-feet long, 42-feet wide and three-stories high with a dancing hall in the basement and a kindergarten.

Dec. 5, 1889: The Comet reported that beginning on Sept. 28 of that year, the First National Bank was open on Saturday night from 6-8, but only for receiving savings deposits of $1 and up. The article also said First National Bank was the “largest, strongest and oldest bank in the county.”

Dec. 5, 1901: The Johnson City Foundry and Machine shop had been painted a “Bill Johnson red,” improving its appearance.

Dec. 5, 1907: Johnson City’s old water tank would soon be a thing of the past. The new one at Carnegie was ready for service.

Dec. 5, 1940: The Johnson City Coca-Cola Bottling Works advertised the handy six-bottle carton of “pure, wholesome, delicious Coca-Cola for 25 cents.” That’s about $4.60 in 2019 money.

Dec. 5, 1959: The ETSC Buccaneers won a thriller against McNeese State 63-58 in men’s basketball in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Four Bucs hit double figures in the game. Tom Chilton led with 18 points. Chilton, who was inducted into the ETSU Athletics Hall of Fame, died earlier this year at age 81. He still holds the Buccaneer career scoring average record of 26.1 points per game.

Dec. 5, 2009: The first snowfall of the season blanketed Johnson City with about 1 to 2 inches.

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

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