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Today in Johnson City History: December 18

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Dec 18, 2019 at 6:30 AM

Dec. 18, 1890: The East Tennessee and Western North Carolina Railroad Company received 15 new ore cars that week. They were part of a large order placed with the Southern Car Works of Knoxville.” Track-laying on the Johnson City and Carnegie Railway street car line had been delayed by snow.

Dec. 13, 1913: The prohibition debate was center stage in Johnson City, as former Tennessee Gov. M.R. Patterson had recently spoken here city as part of a national crusade against saloons and liquor. “Gov. Patterson had not been in Johnson City an hour last Saturday evening until the fire department had to be called out to wet the town. It had gotten so dry it caught fire,” The Comet quipped.

Dec. 18, 1936: King’s Department Store in Johnson City advertised “luxuries she’ll love to make her feel like a pampered woman,” including housecoats, robes, hostess gowns and negligees priced from $10.95 to $29.75. That’s roughly $200 to $550 in today’s money.

Dec. 18, 1948: Hal Roach’s "One Million B.C." was playing at the Sevier Theatre on Spring Street in downtown Johnson City.

Dec. 18,1974: Five Johnson City residents were convicted on charges ranging from aiding and abetting to possession and sale of non-tax paid spirits in a bootlegging trial in federal court in Greeneville. Two members of the Carden family were convicted on a more serious conspiracy charge, but three defendants — dubbed “The Over the Hill Gang” by defense attorneys — were acquitted.

Dec. 18, 2006: The Golden Nugget saloon, 1203 E. Main St., was heavily damaged by fire. The business had just recently reopened.

Sources: The Comet; Johnson City Press-Chronicle; Ted Bowers/Johnson City, Tennessee, Memories; Johnson City Press

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