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Today in Johnson City History: April 5

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Apr 5, 2019 at 8:00 AM

April 5, 1884: The Comet reported that Joseph Wolfe, a local veteran of the War of 1812, died earlier in the week at his house.

April 5, 1937: The Wednesday Morning Music Club of Johnson City performed before the Kingsport Music Club at the home of Mrs. J. Fred Johnson in Kingsport. Classical music performances included Miss Hasseltyne Oakes on violin accompanied by Mrs. D.G. Stout, Mrs. Lionel Johnson on piano, Mrs. C.J. Spencer in a vocal performance accompanied by Mrs. D.R. Beeson, Oakes again on violin with Ellis Levy, and a chorus singing “The Nightingale and the Rose” and “There’s a Lark in My Heart.”

April 5, 1949: The John Sevier Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution met. Mrs. S.C. Williams presented the program, which was about France.

April 5, 1973: The Tennessee Senate approved a $100,000 allocation for the planning of a medical school at East Tennessee State University.

April 5, 2007: Johnson City Press Sports Writer Joe Avento was “Our Man at the Masters” to witness golf legend Arnold Palmer open the tournament by hitting the ceremonial first ball off the No. 1 tee. “When Palmer’s ball hit a tree, it bounded in front of a spectator. The man picked up the ball, high-fived his friends and began to briskly walk away. He was corralled by a woman assigned the sole duty of getting the ball and gave it up,” Avento reported.

Sources: The Comet; Kingsport Times; Archives of Appalachia, Mary Hardin McCown Collection; Johnson City Press-Chronicle; Johnson City Press.

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