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Today in Johnson City History: March 26

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Mar 26, 2020 at 4:45 AM

March 26, 1891: J. J. Simpson, of Limestone, had moved to Johnson City and opened a neat restaurant in George R. Brown’s old stand.

March 26, 1903: Joseph Baker, a Johnson City blacksmith, had suffered serious injuries. He was on his way to his dying mother’s bedside, and in his haste to reach his destination he sprang from the train before it had stopped. He was thrown violently against some hard substance, which rendered him unconscious. His aged mother died the next morning, but Mr. Baker had not recovered consciousness and knew nothing of her death.

March 26, 1911: The Comet reported a contentious meeting had recently taken place. “One of the messiest mass-meetings ever held in the city was held at the courthouse last night to discuss and vote upon a proposed charter for Johnson City. The committee ... submitted two reports: the one a proposal for a commission form of government ... the other a proposed amendment to the present charter.”

March 26, 1927: Mrs. Dan Wexler had recently left for Tunica, Mississippi for a visit with her parents, the Rev. and Mrs. S.L. Pope.

March 26, 1929: The Johnson City Chronicle opined that “A rose by any other name may smell as sweet … believes that the plays of Shakespeare, by other names, will sell a lot faster.” A suggestion was made to rename “Romeo and Juliet” to “Passion’s Storm.” “Macbeth” could be renamed “The Murder Racket.”

March 26, 1936: Dr. W.A. Jones was going to Carter County to vaccinate dogs against rabies. The inoculation program, sponsored by the health department, was to continue through the week

March 26, 1948: Fire Companies No. 2, 3, and 4 were summoned to extinguish a fire on Market Street where clothes hanging on a back porch line caught fire. The fire’s cause was unknown.

March 26, 1953: "City Beneath the Sea" started at the Majestic Theatre on East Main Street in downtown Johnson City.

March 26, 1969: The Johnson City Press-Chronicle published a photo of Griffith Motors delivering the first Pontiac “Judge” to Specialist E-4 Arthur Wilson Jr. Wilson had ordered the car while stationed in Vietnam. The Judge was the 1969 GTO and named after the skit “Here Comes the Judge” made famous by Sammy Davis Jr. on the TV show “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In.”

Sources: The Comet; Johnson City Chronicle; Johnson City Press; Johnson City Press-Chronicle; Ted Bowers/Johnson City, Tennessee, Memories

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