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Today in Johnson City History: April 13

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Apr 13, 2019 at 8:00 AM

April 13, 1899: The Comet reported that S.C. Williams had tendered his resignation as city attorney to avoid conflicts of interest with other clients, corporations “antagonistic” to the city. His successor had not been named, but the newspaper expected S.E. Miller to be appointed.

April 13, 1911: The Comet published the obituary of Dr. Elbert Sevier Miller, who unexpectedly died the previous day at his home on King Street after an operation for gall stones. He had served Johnson City in many capacities over the years, including alderman, city physician and member of the board of elections for many years.

April 13, 1955: The ETSC Buccaneer tennis team beat Appalachian State College’s Mountaineers for their second straight victory of the season.

April 13, 1984: Famed illustrator John Alan Maxwell died in Johnson City. In 1936, the Society of Illustrators named him as one of the top 10 illustrators in the U.S. His work appeared in many commercial publications, including Collier's Weekly, The Saturday Evening Post and Woman's Home Companion. He illustrated for such noted writers as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Pearl S. Buck and Edna Ferber. A Roanoke, Virginia, native, Maxwell grew up in Johnson City and worked as a drug store soda jerk while attending Science Hill High School.

Sources: The Comet; Johnson City Press-Chronicle; wikivisual.com; Archives of Appalachia.

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