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Today in Johnson City History: February 20

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Feb 20, 2019 at 8:00 AM

Feb. 20, 1890: The Comet opined that Elizabethton “will be a rival of Johnson City when the little wheel overtakes the big one on the bicycle.”

Feb. 20, 1902: Considerable interest was being created in bowling in Johnson City The alleys had only been running a few months, but several young men were becoming quite expert. High scores for the week were 238 from Nelson Archer, 235 from Sam Millard and 220 from George Hicks. Archer made seven strikes in a row, but Millard had the highest average at 196.

Feb. 20, 1915: The Board of Trustees of the Science Hill Male and Female Institute met. Handwritten minutes reveal the purpose of the meeting, held in Col. E.C. Reeves’ office, was to approve the purchase of insurance for the building. 

Feb. 20, 1977: Jehovah’s Witnesses concluded a two-day meeting at Freedom Hall Civic Center. More than 1,600 people attended over the two days.

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

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