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Today in Johnson City History: June 18

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Jun 18, 2019 at 7:45 AM

June 18, 1891: The Comet reported that two ET&WNC train cars had been crowded to capacity as they hauled passengers to Allentown in Carter County for the reunion of Union veterans in The Grand Army Posts of Upper East Tennessee.

June 18, 1908: Salaries for Johnson City school administrators and teachers in the 1908-09 academic year were posted on The Comet’s front page. They included Science Hill High School Principal W. P. Dies at $100 and Langston School Principal J.N. Ervin at $70; Columbus Powell School Principal J.S. Crouch at $90; Martha Wilder Principal J.H. Miser at $90; and West Side Principal J.B. Terry at $60. Teachers’ pay ranged from $32.50 at Langston to $60 at Science Hill.

June 18, 1966: President Lyndon Johnson announced the appointment of Mountain Home Postmaster Fred Lockett Jr. as Johnson City’s new postmaster. He was a member of the Science Hill Class of 1943 and served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. Lockett, one of the original announcers at WETB radio, retired in 1984 and died in 2016.

June 18, 1977: Dan Fogelberg performed at Freedom Hall Civic Center.

June 18, 1982: Dorothy Hamill reported in the Johnson City Press-Chronicle various facts about city historian Mary Hardin McCown. She was born in Johnson City on April 22, 1891. Her father was a depot agent at ET&WNC. Mrs. McCown earned a B.A. from the University of Tennessee in 1911, majoring in math, French and German. In 1914, she left to study at Columbia University.

June 18, 2009: The Tennessee Board of Regents increased tuition an average of 6.1 percent for East Tennessee State University students. Having removed the full-time cap on per-hour fees the previous December, the Regents’ new scale charged students beyond the old 12-hour limit.

Sources: The Comet; Johnson City Press-Chronicle; Bobbie H. Shirley, Freedom Hall; Johnson City Press

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