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Today in Johnson City History: March 4

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Mar 4, 2019 at 8:00 AM

March 4, 1897: The Comet reported that the new poultry yards of the United Fanciers Association of Johnson City were nearly complete and several coops of White Faced Black Spanish chickens had been delivered. Since the yards adjacent to “Graveyard Hill” had been open land until recently, the Association was concerned about people who continued to loaf there. “Mr. Fox says this must stop, and he is right.”

March 4, 1935: Movies playing in downtown Johnson City included the musical “The Gay Divorcee” at the Majestic. It was the first starring vehicle for Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers after they debuted as dancing partners in supporting roles in “Flying Down to Rio.” At the time, “The Gay Divorcee” was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and it went on to win Best Original Song for “The Continental.”

March 4, 1963: The Johnson City Press-Chronicle reported that the Business and Professional Women’s Club had recently observed its 39th birthday at a dinner at the John Sevier Hotel. Fifty-two members were present. The local affiliate of the club was formed in 1924 by May Ross McDowell, who served as the first president.

March 4, 1999: The Washington-Unicoi-Johnson County Medical Alliance celebrated its 50th anniversary with a luncheon at the Johnson City Medical Center.

Sources: The Comet; Johnson City Press; Archives of Appalachia, Mary Hardin McCown Collection; Washington-Unicoi-Johnson County Medical Alliance.

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

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