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Today in Johnson City History: April 28

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Apr 28, 2020 at 12:00 PM

April 28, 1887: Brothers Gov. Robert L. Taylor and Adjt. Gen. James Patton Taylor II had passed through the city on their way to Carter County.

April 28, 1898: The Comet reported on a new business in Johnson City. “The Johnson City Manufacturing Company is another new enterprise for our city. Vilas and Son are putting a large sawmill just beyond the foundry for the purpose of manufacturing all kinds of hard wood lumber. They will make a specialty of hemlock, framing, etc., and will do custom work also.

April 28, 1908: The Bristol Herald Courier reported on an upcoming wedding in Johnson City. “A marriage of much interest in Bristol will occur at Johnson City on Wednesday, when Miss Kate Carr, daughter of H.H. Carr, of that city, will become the bride of W.W. Belew, formerly a well-known young man of Bristol. The marriage will be an important social event of Johnson City.”

April 28, 1915: An ad appeared in the Johnson City Staff for a tour to the Panama-Pacific Exposition in June of that year. Round trip prices for the personally conducted tours from Knoxville to San Francisco varied from $235 to $243. In today’s dollars, these prices would be $5,980 to $6,281.

April 28, 1940: The Johnson City Press published an image of James Hashberger and Mary Grace Ritchie at the ticket booth of the Majestic Theatre in downtown Johnson City.

April 28, 1959: The Dairy Queen advertised 19-cent milkshakes and 5-cent hamburgers.

April 28, 1965: Capt. A.K. Broyles of Johnson City was killed in South Vietnam.

Sources: The Comet; Bristol Herald Courier; Johnson City Staff; Johnson City Press; Johnson City Press-Chronicle; Ted Bowers/Johnson City, Tennessee, Memories.

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