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Today in Johnson City History: May 7

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • May 7, 2020 at 12:00 PM

May 7, 1873: The Press and Messenger, a newspaper in Knoxville, brought the news of a fire. “Miller’s Sawmill, on Knot (Knob) Creek, near Johnson City, was consumed by fire on Tuesday night last. His foundry was damaged by the fire, but the main portion of it was saved. During the day the hands had kindled a fire in an old kettle. This would have done very well but for a hole in the bottom of the said kettle.”

May 7, 1887: The Rogersville Herald on  quoted The Enterprise, Johnson City’s original newspaper, in noting, “Johnson City has become noted for secret or ‘runaway’ marriages of late. Romance seems to be the spirit of the present generation.”

May 7, 1901: The Knoxville Sentinel noted that Miss Ada Lingenfelter of Johnson City was currently teaching an instrumental music class in nearby Telford.

May 7, 1915: The Johnson City Staff carried grim headlines, “‘Lusitania’ Blown Up” with the sub headline of “Italy Nearing War Entry.”

May 7, 1947: The Fountain Square Furniture Company, 116 Windsor Place, advertised a living room suite for the sale price of $189.95. That’s the equivalent of about $2,220 in 2020 money.

May 7, 1957: The original screen adaptation of George Orwell’s "1984" and the sci-fi flick "The Gamma People" were showing at the Tennessee Theatre on the corner of West Main and Boone streets in downtown Johnson City.

May 7, 1965: WETB Radio 790 invited Johnson City Press-Chronicle readers to swing along with the Fun Lovin' Four. The four were DJs “Daddy-O Don” Gibson, Tom “J.T.” Badgett, Henry “The Yank” B and Don “Happy Hearts” Bagwell. The No. 1 song on the station that week was “She’s About a Mover” by the Sir Douglas Quintet followed by “It’s Not Unusual” by Tom Jones at No. 2.

May 7, 1969: Johnson City broke ground for the new Municipal & Safety Building (City Hall) on East Main Street.

May 7, 1973: Daniel Boone atoned for a one-run loss last week to Johnson City, scoring four runs while the Hilltoppers were still in the starting blocks. The early lead was all right-hander Steve Peters needed for a 6-1 Trailblazer win.

Sources: The Press and Messenger; The Rogersville Herald; The Enterprise; The Knoxville Sentinel; Johnson City Staff; Johnson City Press-Chronicle; Ted Bowers/Johnson City, Tennessee, Memories; Kingsport Times

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