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Today in Johnson City History: May 17

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • May 17, 2020 at 11:00 AM

May 17, 1879: The Knoxville Chronicle reported that “Rettie, little daughter of Mr. Joe Lyle, living near Johnson City on Tuesday of last week, while playing in the barn, fell and put her arm out of place at the elbow, the bone projecting through the skin. We are glad to learn that the joint has been restored and is not permanently injured.”

May 17, 1881: The Knoxville Daily Chronicle reported that E.C. Reeves, from Johnson City was staying at the Atkin House, a hotel in Knoxville.

May 17, 1884: The Johnson City Commission had passed an ordinance to prevent boys and others from swinging on passing trains.

May 17, 1888: Several couples of Johnson City young people went down to Washington College to attend the closing exercises of that school. Gov. R.L. Taylor delivered the annual address.

May 17, 1906: Summers-Parrott Hardware Co. advertised lawn sprinklers for $1.25 each.

May 17, 1940: Dinty Moore's Cafe had its grand opening at 236 E. Main St. in downtown Johnson City.

May 17, 1957: The Armed Forces Day Parade went through downtown Johnson City.

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

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