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Today in Johnson City History: November 6

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Nov 6, 2019 at 5:45 AM

Nov. 6, 1890: E.F. Winegar & Co. announced in The Comet that it had moved into the back of the Citizens Bank building on Spring Street. The jeweler planned to give a free ticket toward a gold watch to each man, woman and child who frequented the store between then and Jan. 1.

Nov. 6, 1902: The ET&WNC Railway had purchased two new freight locomotives, both manufactured by Baldwin Locomotive Works in Philadelphia. They were the first engines the railroad had purchased in 20 years. Locomotive No. 4 had gone into service earlier that week. The No. 5 would come online the following March.

Nov. 6, 1922: In correspondence between Tennessee Supreme Court Special Judge Thad Cox and Elbert Treganza of New York City, Mr. Treganza noted he was in receipt of a check for $275 for two chenille rugs, and they would be shipped immediately. This would be equivalent to approximately $4,132 in today’s dollars. The rugs likely were for the Oaks Castle, the judge’s 14,000-square-foot home built that same year atop a hill on South Roan Street.

Nov. 6, 2007: City officials named three sites as finalists for a possible ninth Johnson City elementary school in the west Boones Creek area. Such a school was never built.

Nov. 6, 2012: Local voters overwhelming supported Republican Mitt Romney in his losing bid to unseat Barrack Obama as U.S. president. In Washington County, Romney received around 68% of the vote.

Sources: The Comet; Archives of Appalachia, Cox-Painter-Adams Family Papers; Johnson City Press.