Aug. 7, 1890: The Comet reported “Mr. E.F. Winegar has recovered adequately from his the latest ailment to permit him to journey, and left Monday with his wife for Geneva, Ill., to commit a number of months with house individuals. He expects to return in a shorter time totally recovered and will be found as faithfully at his retail outlet as prior to his sickness, and will offer watches, clocks, and jewellery much less expensive than they can be acquired in other places.”
In other information of the same day in The Comet, readers acquired, “R.H. Norment, symbolizing Church & Co., soda producers is promoting his products in the city now. The Comet is below obligations for helpful marketing issue in the form of blotters and calendars, and the entire drive is carrying the regulation cap furnished by the firm. It is as natural for the boys in town to don the caps as it is for all the moms to use arm (sic) and hammer (sic) brand soda.”
Aug. 7, 1896: A single hundred and twenty-5 decades in the past these days, The Nashville American claimed, “Gov. Taylor still left town final evening for his house, Johnson Town, Tenn. He claims he is just getting into harness, and is now all set and keen for the gubernatorial marketing campaign.”
The Nashville American was posted from 1894 right until 1910. There was not a day by day newspaper released in Johnson City in 1896. The Comet was released every week.
Aug. 7, 1918: The Johnson Town Everyday Staff members documented unfortunate news of the loss of life of a nearby military services guy. “Word has just been obtained conveying the sad intelligence of the loss of life of Lester Harris ‘somewhere in France’ on July 9th.”
“Enlisted in the ambulance corps shortly right after this country’s entry into the war, young Harris experienced been in active assistance for a lot more than a 12 months, obtaining in that time the croise de guerre and other decorations for functions of valor and distinction even though underneath hearth.
“His youthfulness will make all the more tragic and unfortunate the news of his death. But 20-a few yrs of age, the youngest son of Mrs. W.O. Harris of this metropolis, the word carried from mouth to mouth this early morning, unfold a gloom about the metropolis.”
“Mr. Allen Harris, his brother, notified this morning by the War Division, in the brief concept couched in conditions of regret, mentioned that details bordering his brother’s dying have been not at hand. He and Mrs. Harris go away this afternoon for New York Town, the place at present are his mom and Mr. and Mrs. George T. Wofford. A single other brother, William Harris, in California, has been notified.”
“So is the enactment of the terrible drama throughout the sea brought shut dwelling. Lester Harris is one amongst the sons of Johnson City who provided his daily life heroically for his country. Practically nothing that can be explained in this article can incorporate to the honor of his title inscribed in the memory of his friends.”
Lester Harris Street in Johnson City is named for Lester Harris.
Aug. 7, 1921: One hundred many years ago nowadays, The Periods and Democrat described on the continuing predicament at the sanitarium in Johnson City. News of this condition in the beginning appeared in this column in late July. With a dateline from Washington, and a date from Aug. 6, readers of that newspaper realized troubling particulars. “Conditions at the Johnson Metropolis, Tenn., Old Soldiers’ dwelling where by former support adult males are obtaining clinic procedure are so deplorable that unless Congress acts straight away the casualties there will be proportionately better than transpired in the World War, Director Forbes of the Bureau of War Hazard Insurance plan, declared Thursday prior to a senate (sic) committee.”
“Agents of the bureau have just done a secret investigation of the institution in which are quartered just about 850 previous service guys and who, Col. Forbes, declared, had been living below astounding problems of vice, corruption and immorality.”
“The war risk head brought as a witness, M.P. McInterney, the agent who designed the investigation and who lived for a 7 days as a ‘patient’ at the house. He later on advised the committee of possessing acquired morphine, moonshine, whiskey and extract of ginger made up of 95 for each cent liquor on the dwelling reservation, declared that intoxication was frequent among the the previous support gentlemen and asserted that immoral gals overran the grounds on which the institution is positioned.”
“The witness stated he experienced encountered many people who carried guns and defied the guards to acquire the firearms way. There was definitely no self-discipline, he added, and the individuals ‘ran the place to the extent of forcing the government officers to withdraw the guards from the eating rooms.’ Loaded dice and marked cards, he declared, ended up supplied by ‘patients’ from the outdoors and the people ‘drained’ of the funds provided them by the govt.”
“Col. Forbes once more stated that his bureau was not able to suitable the evils because of absence of jurisdiction more than the troopers household, which is administered by the federal board controlling all these institutions. He declared that he felt it his duty to make community his findings, nevertheless, in purchase that general public sentiment might wipe out the ‘curse’ which he stated his investigation had confirmed to exist.”
The “Old Soldiers’ Home” is now recognised as the James H. Quillen VA Medical Heart.
The Situations and Democrat was, and nevertheless is, a newspaper revealed in Orangeburg, South Carolina. We do not have obtain to any newspapers that had been printed in Johnson Metropolis in 1921.
Aug. 7, 1946: Seventy-5 years in the past currently, the Johnson Metropolis Push-Chronicle ongoing reporting on information from McMinn County. With a dateline from Athens, and a date of August 6, readers realized., “Ex-GI’s, abruptly politically powerful in McMinn county (sic) right after a fight of bullets and ballots, thought of tonight the possibility of contacting on Gov. Jim McCord for a special legislative session to enact new regional legislation.”
“Veterans groups prepared tentatively for a ‘Town Hall’ conference tomorrow night in the county superior college, one particular leader said, ‘to get decisive backing … for a complete transform in our town and county forms of govt.’”
‘What we want to do,’ stated Harry C. Johnson, Jr., former Military airman, ‘is to institute town and county supervisor kinds of federal government as immediately as feasible.’”
Athens, Tennessee, is approximately 162 miles from Johnson City.
Aug. 7, 1971: Carrying the byline of Jimmy Smyth, who was the sports editor, the Johnson Town Press-Chronicle documented 50 yrs back now “Terry Whitfield drove in 5 operates with an infield out, a triple and a residence operate, but the Bluefield Orioles nudged the Johnson Metropolis Yankees, 7-6, in a much better-than-a few hour marathon past evening at Yankee Park.”
Aug. 7, 1996: 20-five a long time ago nowadays, the Johnson City Push carried a letter to the editor created by Howard Hayes. The letter lauded Johnson City’s accomplishments and achievements. In element, it claimed, “The professional medical personnel and services in Johnson Metropolis are of this sort of top quality as to give us terrific pride. This diploma of excellence has been attained by means of a extended and fascinating heritage as established forth in Ray Stahl’s A Beacon to Wellbeing Care.”
The letter continued, “Our current enviable well being treatment standing is the final result of a continual growth all through the earlier two centuries. Samuel Cole Williams, in his Historical past of the Misplaced State of Franklin, data that concerning the earliest settlement and 1788 ‘not a solitary properly trained health practitioner experienced settled in this district.’ Apparently the frontier settlers were being so balanced that they supplied no attribution to a medical doctor, for the to start with just one to go by means of this location, Dr. Thomas Walker of Virginia, did not prevent but went on into Kentucky.”