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Today in Johnson City History: June 11

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Jun 11, 2019 at 6:45 AM

June 11, 1891: Cumberland Presbyterian Mission planned to erect a church, with an estimated cost of $3,000 or more. The members had secured a desirable lot, cornering on Spring and Pine streets. That site is now the location of First United Methodist Church.

June 11, 1903: The Comet carried the obituaries of John A. Dyer and Dr. Elbert S. Miller. Dyer was an old Confederate soldier. Miller, known as "Old Dr. Miller,” was a leading citizen who 65 years earlier had walked from Washington County all the way to Emory & Henry College in Virginia to become the first student enrolled there. He earned his medical credentials at Transylvania Medical School in Kentucky.

June 11, 1939: James Cox of Exum Street was fined $10 for being drunk and breaking glass. He served one day in jail.

June 11, 1964: Visiting Johnson City for Free Service Tire’s 40th anniversary, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. Vice President C.A. Eaves Jr. announced “new look” tires for 1965 automobiles.

June 11, 2009: Sixteen members of Science Hill High School’s Class of 1939 met for their 70th reunion in Johnson City’s Holiday Inn. The class had more than 200 members when they left Science Hill as the school’s largest to date.

Sources: The Comet; Johnson City Court Records, 1939; Johnson City Press-Chronicle; Johnson City Press

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