Johnson City Press: Today in Johnson City History: February 11

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Today in Johnson City History: February 11

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Feb 11, 2019 at 8:00 AM

Feb. 11, 1886: The Comet reported on the Coasting Club’s big snow of the day; many sledders had a grand time sliding down the big hill that is behind Munsey Memorial United Methodist Church.

Feb. 11, 1951: Charles Hodge Mathes passed away. He was one of the original faculty members of East Tennessee Normal School.

Feb. 11, 1992: The International Championship Rodeo started the first day of a six-day run at Freedom Hall Civic Center. Total attendance exceeded 13,500. A year later, on Feb. 11, 1993, the Rodeo returned to Freedom Hall for four days, and attendance was 14,625.

Feb. 11, 2010: Former Science Hill High School basketball coach and principal George Pitts was named among 12 people to be inducted into the TSSAA Hall of Fame.

Sources: The Comet; Glimpses of Johnson City, Tennessee; Johnson City Postcard History Series; Bobbie H Shirley, Freedom Hall; Johnson City Press.

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