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Today in Johnson City History: February 4

By Rebecca Henderson • Feb 4, 2019 at 8:00 AM

Feb. 4, 1909: The Comet reported that Unaka National Bank had been designated by the government as a depository for the new Johnson City Post Office. Tale L. Earnest, cashier of the bank, has been appointed disbursing agent for the fund, which amounted to about $65,000. The bank had also been designated as depository for the post office money order fund, which had been sent to Knoxville.

Feb. 4, 1935: S.H. Chase, a Johnson City businessman and former coal broker, became the city’s postmaster. The oath of office was administered at 9 a.m. by Miss Agnes Dyer of the Civil Service. Chase succeeded Lula M. Devine, who had served 12 years in the role.

Feb. 4, 1961: The Altrusa Club was organized in Johnson City.

Sources: The Comet; Johnson City Press; History of Washington County Tennessee.

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