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Today in Johnson City History: April 30

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Apr 30, 2019 at 7:15 AM

April 30, 1881: Boones Creek Baptist Church was organized at Hodge’s School House by a presbytery composed of J.C. Davidson, Thomas H. Crouch and George P. Faw. The church was originally called Mt. Hermon, and there were 58 charter members.

April 30, 1886: The Comet reported that John Crouch, commonly known as "Skeeter," had been shot — probably fatally — while attempting to hold up station agent William Wolf at Piney Flats. “The affair is very much deplored on account of the family to which the young man has been such a heaviness in his wild career, and who possess the utmost respect and sympathy of everyone.”

April 30, 1947: Lloyd T. “Preacher” Roberts accepted the head football coaching and director of physical education position at East Tennessee State College. In five seasons, Roberts compiled a record of 23-20-2. He also served as the basketball coach for one season in 1947-48.

April 30, 2013: The Johnson City Press reported that Brittney Ezell had recently been hired to coach women’s basketball at East Tennessee State University.

Sources: Washington County TNGenWeb; The Comet; Johnson City Press-Chronicle; Johnson City Press

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