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Today in Johnson City History: May 16

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • May 16, 2019 at 8:15 AM

May 16, 1903: A street fair concluded its run in Johnson City, having begun on May 11. Thousands of people attended.

May 16, 1938: Family in Johnson City received word that the body of lumberjack Samuel E. Shipley had been recovered from deep snow after a storm in the Sierra Mountains buried him May 9.

May 16, 1950: The Johnson City Press-Chronicle featured Dr. David Cavella, a 102-year-old Civil War veteran who fought under Beauregard and Pickett in the 1860s. Dr. Cavella went to the Johnson City Census Bureau “to be counted.” He described himself as a “veteran clown,” having entertained a variety of groups around the U.S. Dr. Cavella was a graduate of the Medical College of the State of South Carolina.

May 16, 1981: Eddie Rabbitt played at Freedom Hall Civic Center. More than 3,800 fans were present.

Sources: Dr. William A. Bridgforth; Johnson City Press; Johnson City Press-Chronicle; Bobbie H. Shirley, Freedom Hall.

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