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Today in Johnson City History: December 26

Rebecca Henderson • Dec 26, 2018 at 8:00 AM

Dec. 26, 1889: The weekly edition of The Comet newspaper was focused on the Charleston, Cincinnati and Chicago Railroad Company — known as the “Three Cs” — coming through Johnson City on the route between Charleston, South Carolina, and Ashland, Kentucky. The company was asking city voters to issue a $75,000 bond toward financing the line. (The Three Cs failed soon after arriving here, but George L. Carter later bought the remnants in successfully developing the Carolina, Clinchfield and Ohio Railway.)

Dec. 26, 1934: The Johnson City Press reported that Burley tobacco growers who had signed adjustment contracts would be able to sell up to 10 percent more than their original allotments if they agreed to a reduction in rates.

Dec. 26, 1983: Dorothy Hamill interviewed Dana Love. He was a banker, having worked for the Unaka and City National Bank, prior to its being taken over by Hamilton National Bank. One of his recollections was of having locally printed script in different denominations during the Great Depression. The script could be used locally when currency was frozen, and was only valid after a bank officer or cashier signed it. When President Franklin Roosevelt closed all banks for several days in March 1933, local stores and businesses traded in script.

(Sources: The Comet, Johnson City Press, Johnson City Press-Chronicle.)

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