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Today in Johnson City History: March 14

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Mar 14, 2019 at 6:45 AM

March 14, 1885: J.A. Cargille advertised fine card photographs for $1.50 to $2 per half-dozen, cabinet-size photos for $2.50 to $3 per half-dozen and panel size photos for $3.50 per half -dozen. “We cannot be neat on enlarging old pictures,” the ad in The Comet read. “Send for special rates for copying old pictures.” Cargille’s photo studio, later operated as Cargille-LeSueur, was in downtown Johnson City for more than a century.

March 14, 1901: Johnson City was recovering from a surprise “cyclone” that swept through the town earlier in the week. The damage to Johnson City property was estimated at several hundred dollars. No lives were lost but a son of Mrs. F. C. White was blown violently against an electric light pole on Main Street, breaking his jaw and causing serious and painful internal injuries. The water tower at F. A. Stratton’s home was completely wrecked. Two chimney tops on Col. T. E. Matson's home were blown off. The Post Office building was unroofed and the plate glass front destroyed.

March 14, 1928: The Post Office at Mountain Home (Veterans Affairs Medical Center) began operation. It has been in continuous operation since.

March 14, 1968: James Hairston scored 39 points to lead the Science Hill Hilltoppers to a 77-69 victory over Springfield Bransford in the quarterfinals of the TSSAA state basketball tournament. The ‘Toppers would go on to win their semifinal game 77-73 over Memphis Carver the following day, but lost in the finals to Chattanooga Riverside, 67-61.

Sources: The Comet; History of Washington County Tennessee; Johnson City Press-Chronicle.

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