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Today in Johnson City history: February 21

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Feb 21, 2019 at 7:30 AM

Feb. 21, 1885: The Comet reported that the bill to re-incorporate Johnson City had passed the Tennessee Senate. "When the bill becomes a law, there will be a mayor, five aldermen and an officer to elect. The recorder will be elected by the Board of Aldermen."

Feb. 21, 1911: William Jennings Bryan spoke at the Hippodrome in Johnson City. He was trying to raise money for an obelisk monument to honor the memory of Walter P. Brownlow.

Feb. 21, 1969: ETSU’s Patchwork Players in Gilbreath Auditorium presented “Richard III,” a Centennial Event.

Feb. 21, 1976: The United Southeast Telephone Company held a meeting at Freedom Hall Civic Center. Five hundred people attended.

Sources: The Comet; Johnson City Postcard History Series; 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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