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Today in Johnson City History: May 22

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • May 22, 2020 at 10:45 AM

May 22, 1881: The News and Observer, a newspaper based in Raleigh, North Carolina, reported there had recently been a meeting in Rutherfordton regarding building a railroad. The meeting was concerning building a railroad from Spartanburg through Rutherfordton and Marion, to connect to the Cranberry Iron Works “Where it will connect with the Johnson City and East Tennessee, and Virginia and Georgia Railroad.”

May 22, 1890: The Comet told readers, “Next Monday has been decided upon as the day for beginning work on the J.C. & C. railroad. Purdy & Lexford, of New York, are the contractors and are sub-letting the work. All of the line has not been sub-let but work will be commenced near Johnson City and a large force of hands will be put on at once and the road to Embreeville pushed rapidly to completion.”

May 22, 1895: The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported in crop news, “No damage reports have been heard from the States South of the Ohio, but a telegram received this morning from a miller of Johnson City, Tenn., reported freezing weather and wheat in the bloom.”

May 22, 1900: The Coshocton Age, a newspaper in Coshocton, Ohio, reported the Democrats of the First Tennessee district nominated E.C. Reeves of Johnson City for congress to oppose Congressman Walter Brownlow.

May 22, 1950: The family of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Willis, of Coffee Ridge, near Erwin, with 18 living children won the Press-Chronicle's large family contest.

May 22, 1953: The 3-D movie "Man In The Dark" was at the Tennessee Theatre at West Main and Boone streets.

May 22, 1964: The formal opening took place for The Professional Office Building on East Myrtle Avenue.

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