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Today in Johnson City History: March 7

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Mar 7, 2019 at 8:00 AM

March 7, 1904: John Alan Maxwell was born. He was a prolific illustrator, with his work appearing in many magazines and books. Although born in Virginia, he was raised in Johnson City, and returned here in retirement.

March 7, 1912: The Comet published a front-page cartoon set 30 years in the future showing an old man telling a group of boys about how cold it was in the year 1912. An airplane — still looking very much like those of 1912 — was passing by, and a zeppelin was floating in the skies above.

March 7, 1935: The Johnson City Press reported that 3,500 Washington County veterans, including those housed at Mountain Home, would be among the World War veterans sharing in a proposed $1.75 million in adjusted compensation certificates. The minimum amount would be $62 per veteran. That would equate to roughly $1,148 in today’s money.

March 7, 1970: Johnson City residents joined the Southeast in experiencing a total solar eclipse. Although the city saw a near-total eclipse Aug. 20, 2017, the next comparable eclipse to the 1970 event — with a greater duration of totality over the contiguous U.S. — is expected April 8, 2024.

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