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Today in Johnson City History: February 17

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Feb 17, 2019 at 7:30 AM

Feb. 17, 1887: James M. Wheeler offered a $5 reward for the return of his 9-year-old red and brindle milk cow that was giving about 3 gallons of milk per day. He also offered $25 for the arrest and proof to convict the thief who stole her.

Feb. 17, 1935: The Johnson City Press reported the arrests of seven men in a "small change" gambling raid on Queen Street.

Feb. 17, 1969: The Pilot Club of Johnson City held its Annual Civic Night in the John Sevier Hotel. Many ladies attended dressed in fashions from 1869, thus helping to celebrate Johnson City’s Centennial.

Feb. 17, 1975: Joe Walsh and the Charlie Daniels Band played at Freedom Hall Civic Center.

Sources: The Comet; Johnson City Press; Archives of Appalachia, Mary Hardin McCown Collection; Bobbie H. Shirley, Freedom Hall.

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

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