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Today in Johnson City History: June 5

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Jun 5, 2020 at 11:00 AM

June 5, 1890: The Comet opined, “In August the election for county officers occurs. With one exception, every candidate is from Jonesboro or thereabouts. We want to remind the gentlemen that Johnson City votes as it works, for the advancement of the greatest town in the Central South and the man or set of men that tries to impede our progress cannot have the endorsement of our people at the ballot box.”

June 5, 1892: The Comet carried sad news. Recently, “Mrs. Elbert Ray, children and niece, accompanied by Ed Mathes, were driving in a two-horse wagon, to Shallow Ford Church, four miles above Erwin, Unicoi County, the horses became frightened at a covey of partridges flying near the road. The horse became unmanageable and began to run at a rapid rate. There were nine persons in the wagon, of whom four jumped from the vehicle. Mrs. Ray and (two of her daughters) were killed. … Services had commenced at the church, when the runaway alarmed the people. The whole congregation rushed out and the team was stopped.”

June 5, 1893: The Atlanta Constitution reported, “The Carnegie Land Company and the Carnegie Iron Company, of Johnson City, on account of the financial situation the inability to make collections and the lack of assistance from non-resident stockholders, have been forced into a temporary assignment to protect the property and their creditors.”

June 5, 1922: The Southern Railway advertised summer rail excursions from Cincinnati to the mountains of Western North Carolina, as well as Tennessee resorts. A roundtrip ticket to Johnson City was $21.45. That’s the equivalent of about $327 in today’s money.

June 5, 1932: A car stolen in Frederick, Maryland, was found in Johnson City, Tennessee.

June 5, 1939: "Streets of New York," starring Jackie Cooper, was showing at the Sevier Theatre on Spring Street in downtown Johnson City.

June 5, 1956: Oil distributor John Howren was named chairman of the Johnson City Board of Education.

June 5, 1962: "Mysterious Island" was playing the Tri-City Drive-In Movie on the Kingsport Highway.

Sources: The Johnson City Press dated .Sources: The Comet; Atlanta Constitution; Cincinnati Commercial Tribune; The Frederick, Maryland; Ted Bowers/Johnson City, Tennessee, Memories.