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Today in Johnson City History: November 8

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Nov 8, 2019 at 5:00 AM

Nov. 8, 1888: The Comet reported that the previous Tuesday’s election in Johnson City passed off quietly: “671 votes were polled, the largest in our history.” Votes for U.S. president were 340 for Republican Benjamin Harrison, the national winner, and 293 for the incumbent, Democrat Grover Cleveland. Prohibition Party nominee Clinton Fisk received 37 votes. Harrison would visit Johnson City during his term on April 14, 1891.

Nov. 8, 1906: The Comet reported that the Supreme Court had ruled that “inmates” at the Soldiers’ Home in Johnson City were not eligible to vote. About 500 men from the home had been registered to vote in Washington County. Cy H. Lyle and D.M. Guinn, citizens and taxpayers of Washington county, and John H. Caldwell, democratic congressional nominee in the 1st Tennessee Congressional District, had filed a complaint against the Election Commission.

Nov. 8, 1974: ETSU celebrated its Homecoming with a concert featuring Mountain, the Atlanta Rhythm Section, and the James Montgomery Band. More than 4,300 fans attended.

Nov. 8, 1982: Tom Hodge opined in his column he believed that Johnson City was on Central Time in 1885. He remarked that sellers of spirits would “close promptly each day at: Dec. – Feb. 6:30 p.m., March – May – 8:00 p.m., June - Aug. 8:30 p.m., and Sept. – Nov. – 7:30 p.m.”

Nov. 8, 2009: Military officials announced that one of the 13 killed during the attack Nov. 5 at Fort Hood in Texas was a local man — 29-year-old Army Specialist Frederick Greene. “Fred was a loved and loving son, husband and father and often acted as the protector of this family,” Army Public Affairs spokeswoman Cathy Gramling said in a prepared family statement outside the Johnson City home of Greene’s parents, Karen and Rob Nourse.

Sources: The Comet; Bobbie H. Shirley, Freedom Hall; Johnson City Press-Chronicle; Johnson City Press

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