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Today in Johnson City History: April 8

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Apr 8, 2019 at 7:22 AM

April 8, 1886: The Comet reported that a Wilburn Hodges, a constable in the Johnson City district, had announced his candidacy for Washington County sheriff, subject to the Republican Party convention. He did not win the office, which was retained by George W. Willett.

April 8, 1897: A new private school was set to open in Johnson City. The Comet reported that Prof. A.M. Mettetal, a well known educator, planned to open a school at the Lusk schoolhouse on Roan Street.

April 8, 1967: Mr. and Mrs. Allen Harris Sr., set sail on a cruise across the Atlantic to Europe for their 65th wedding anniversary. They were honored at the Johnson City Country Club at a surprise luncheon several days earlier, according to the Johnson City Press-Chronicle.

April 8, 2009: The Johnson City Press covered the destruction by fire of the old Town Hall building in neighboring Erwin. Smoke was spotted in the 86-year-old building from the neighboring jail, and the structure soon was engulfed in flames.

Sources: The Comet; Johnson City Press-Chronicle; Johnson City Press

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