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Today in Johnson City History: November 1

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Nov 1, 2019 at 12:00 AM

Nov. 1, 1888: Capt. W.A. Dickinson advertised his City Hotel in The Comet as having porters at every train and special comfort given to guests. The hotel was located between the railroad tracks and Buffalo Street. The former Confederate officer was Johnson City’s mayor from 1911 to 1913. Dickinson died in 1930 at age 84 and was laid to rest in Oak Hill Cemetery.

Nov. 1, 1894: Some pusillanimous scoundrel had gone to the back door of John W. Hunter’s dry goods store, bored a number of holes in it in a circle, and then pushed the middle parts out. He had ran his arm and took the key from the lock, evidently intending to return later in the night to do his pilfering. Store clerk Sanford Crouch discovered the hole and lay in wait, “but the infernal scoundrel postponed his visit, and Sanford didn't get a chance to shoot his brains out.”

Nov. 1, 1906: J.B. Hess, one of Johnson City’s oldest citizens, was dying with a fractured skull, having tripped over a wire some Halloween jokesters had tied across the railroad crossing the night before.

Nov. 1, 1968: The Johnson City Press-Chronicle published a special section, “An Old City Growing Young.”

Nov. 1, 2004: Pete Peterson began his tenure as city manager.

Nov. 1, 2006: Bob Corker was on the campaign trail at Ryan’s Family Steakhouse in Johnson City during his successful campaign for U.S. Senate.

Sources: The Comet; Johnson City Press-Chronicle; Pete Peterson; Johnson City Press