Today in Johnson City History: December 4 | Life


4 December 1868: The flag of the East Tennessee Union gave a stern warning to parents, as well as young boys. “We have very fast boys in this town. And not just staring at our railroad cars, as quiet boys should be, they have a habit, every time a train leaves the Depot, of jumping onto the platform, and also of stepping onto the platform. grab flanks and (indecipherable) cars, and sway in them as the cars go full speed ahead. It is not only a dangerous thing, but it is reckless for anyone who acts in this way.

The warning continued, “Parents had better keep their children at home when the cars arrive here, or teach them a lesson in decency and safety.”

The East Tennessee Union Flag was a Jonesborough-based newspaper, spelled as such in 1868.

4 December 1877: William Elza Sweeney was born. Reverend Sweeney was Minister of First Christian Church from 1920 to 1929. Before entering the ministry he graduated from the Louisville School of Law in 1899. From there he moved to Buffalo, Wyoming, and practiced law until 1908. While in Wyoming, Rev. Sweeney also served as a district attorney. (Source: 100th Anniversary History and Directory 1871-1971, First Christian Church, Johnson City, Tennessee. Compiled and written by Mary Hardin McCown and Josephine Carpenter Owen.)

4 December 1891: The Comet reported: “Congressman Taylor will be speaking at Jobe (sic) opera on Saturday night under the auspices of the Lincoln Republican Club. It will be his last effort before leaving for Washington. The club wants it to have a large audience.

4 December 1921: A century ago today, the Nashville banner reported news with a Greeneville date. Readers have learned that “there are currently 180 cases on the docket for the regular circuit court session, which opens in Greeneville on Monday. As this number only includes the criminal case, Judge Vines announced that he can only give two weeks to the next session, the civil case will necessarily have to extend until an appeal session or the next ordinary term.

The Nashville banner ceased to appear in 1998. We do not have access to any newspaper published in Johnson City in 1921.

4 December 1929: The Kingsport Times reported, with a date from Johnson City, that the chairman of the Elizabethton Rayon Mills would be stepping down soon. “Dr. Arthur Mothwurf, a textile expert from Germany to Happy Valley who led mountaineers here to abandon their plowshares for spindles, ended a season of rumors about his work by announcing that he would soon be breaking up. all ties to US companies Bemberg and Glanzstoff, owners of two large rayon factories in Elizabethton. Dr Mothwurf is still chairman of the companies, but said last night he would resign to boards in a few days .

The article continued to report, “The doctor, a German aristocrat, returned home yesterday after a four-month visit to Germany. He went to his homeland a few weeks after (sic) he fought relentlessly with his employee mountaineers during a long strike, which was ultimately settled by outside referees.

The article reported that Dr Mothwurf “would stay at his home in Johnson City for about a week and then travel to New York.”

4 December 1946: 75 years ago today, the Johnson City Press-Chronicle reported: “A chemical researcher at Oak Ridge Laboratories near Knoxville, RT Overman, addressed the Jonesboro Kiwanians at their midday meeting yesterday on “Atomic energy”. The session was held in the Jonesboro Methodist Church.

“Representing the Oak Ridge Kiwanis Club, which strives to educate Kiwanians around the world on the facts available on atomic issues, Overman spoke about the work being done at the various factories in Oak Ridge. “

“Atomic energy is intended to be useful in medical, submarine, automotive, and various other industrial capabilities,” Overman said.

“David Broyles was the session program chair, who was in charge of President Don Boyer. “

Jonesboro was spelled this way in 1946.

4 December 1951: According to the Johnson City Press-Chronicle, “The WO Crookshanks family of the Leesburg community have been named the East Tennessee ‘Master Farm Family’ by the Progressive Farmer.”

The Progressive Farmer was a well-known magazine widely read by farming families.

Leesburg is a community in rural Washington County.

4 December 1971: Fifty years ago today, the Johnson City Press-Chronicle reported that “the Marine Corps reserve unit here will not be doing exercises today and tomorrow.”

The story continued: “Due to the weather, training for the General Reserve Supply Maintenance Company will instead be conducted from December 11-13.”

4 December 1977: Readers of the Johnson City Press-Chronicle learned of several college basketball scores the night before on television news. UNC-W beat ETSU, 67-57. Covenant won Milligan, 88-85. Virginia Tech beat Richmond, 86-76. Purdue beat Alabama by a score of 82-65, and Louisville beat Vanderbilt by a score of 96 to 66.

4 December 1990: In his Johnson City Press column, Tom Hodge wrote about the upcoming Christmas festivities in Rocky Mount. “I plan to return to see Governor William Blount next week. After all, it’s Christmas and the Governor is celebrating the season.

Mr. Hodge’s article continued,“It’s actually like a time machine – you walk in through the front door of Rocky Mount and you’re suddenly back in 1790. Really. But it’s a different kind of Christmas decor, really delicious. The article ended with the days, times and price of entry.

December 4, 1996: Twenty-five years ago today, writing in his Johnson City Press column, Tom Hodge asked, “What’s that really weird feeling you get when aluminum foil touches a dental filling?” “

“Simply put, it’s electricity,” said Dr. Robert C. Radwin, a prosthodontist (a dentist specializing in implants and bridges) in New York City. The aluminum reacts with the amalgam of mercury and silver which forms the filling. An electrical charge is transferred between dissimilar metals and the saliva in the mouth is the conductive medium of the electrolytic current.


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