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Today in Johnson City History: May 9

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • May 9, 2020 at 11:00 AM

May 9, 1885: The Comet brought forth the news that C.J. St. John, Jr., the former editor of The Comet, had gone to Blountville. “It is thought he has made a fortune out of the newspaper business and will now retire on the interest of his money.”

May 9, 1895: The Comet informed readers that “Mail addressed to Cad Taylor at Milligan will still be delivered in person. Mr. Taylor has not gone to Nashville.”

May 9, 1915: The Bristol Herald Courier reported that recently “Mr. and Mrs. J.A. Martin and Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Ring, with their daughter, motored from Johnson City and visited Misses Martin and Ring at Martha Washington College.” Martha Washington College was located in Abingdon, Virginia.

May 9, 1925: The Johnson City Chronicle reported that “Mr. and Mrs. Carroll Reece were visitors in Johnson City Thursday en route from Washington, D.C. to their home in Butler, Tenn.” Mr. Reece would later become Congressman Reece and represent the First Congressional District in Tennessee in Washington, D.C.

May 9, 1951: The Johnson City Press-Chronicle carried an ad for Cheerwine at 5 cents per bottle. “When unexpected guests drop in and the conversation lags at 10 ... it’s time for Cheerwine!” The Carolina Beverage Corporation of Salisbury, North Carolina, has produced the black cherry-flavored soft drink since 1917.

May 9, 1954: New equipment, including a merry-go-round, had been installed at the Recreation Building playground off Legion Street. It was the second summer for the “midget train.”

May 9, 1963: A spectacular wreck with slight injuries occurred around noon on Southwest Extension behind East Tennessee State University. A convertible struck a truck and wound up on its side.

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


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