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Today in Johnson City History: June 13

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

June 13, 1885: Nearly all Johnson City’s businessmen organized themselves into a Board of Enterprise that week, The Comet reported. Mr. Will Smith of the firm of Lide & Smith was elected president. This was 30 years before the Chamber of Commerce was established in 1915.

June 13, 1889: The Carnegie Land Company had sold $51,4000 worth of lots in the new town northeast of Johnson City.

June 13, 1944: Earl Sellenriek’s double brought home Bill Burda for the winning run in extra innings to lift the Johnson City Cardinals over the Bristol Twins, 4-3.

June 13, 1969: The Johnson City Community Theatre put on the play “Brigadoon” as part of Johnson City’s Centennial celebration.

June 13, 2009: About 4,500 Witnesses gathered at Freedom Hall Civic Center for the 2009 District Convention of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Sources: The Comet; Johnson City Press-Chronicle; Archives of Appalachia, Mary Hardin McCown Collection; Johnson City Press

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