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Today in Johnson City History: February 15

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Feb 15, 2019 at 8:00 AM

Feb. 15, 1894: The Comet reported that the Democratic Party had nominated Capt. W. A. Dickinson to be the next mayor of Johnson City in a convention at Jobe's Opera House. Dickinson eventually lost the 1894 race to W.C. Hart but finally held the post from 1911-1913.

Feb. 15, 1944: Johnson City's Hilltoppers trailed for three quarters but came back to defeat Virginia High School in Bristol 32-28 in boys' basketball.

Feb. 15, 1951: The first patient was admitted to the new Memorial Hospital. 

On February 15, 1969: The Centennial Preaching Mission concluded; the services were held in Memorial Gym at East Tennessee State University. The theme for the week was “Preach the Word.”

Sources: The Comet; City of Johnson City; Johnson City Postcard History Series; Archives of Appalachia, Mary Hardin McCown Collection.

For more about Johnson City’s 150th birthday, visit www.johnsoncity150.com.

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