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Today in Johnson City History: June 19

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Jun 19, 2019 at 6:45 AM

June 19, 1902: A judge in Knoxville had issued an injunction against the Johnson City Water Company preventing it from drawing water from Sinking Creek or from any spring that flowed into it. This tied tip all the water the company planned to use in supplying the new Soldier’s Home. The injunction was issued after a complaint was filed by the competing Watauga Water Company.

June 19, 1907: Mayor Gay L. Smith had begun excavating for his new two-story home at the corner of Watauga Avenue and Stuart Street.

June 19, 1947: The Johnson City Cardinals defeated the Elizabethton Betsy Cubs 10-6. Second baseman Steve Lazar had two doubles and a home run.

June 19, 1965: Johnson City was dropped from the Holston Valley Head Start program because of restrictions the Johnson City Board of Education had placed on the use of school buildings. Kingsport, Sullivan and Hawkins counties remained in the project, which prepared underprivileged children for school.

June 19, 1985: Buff Colonna, Laura Godfrey and Myra O’Dell were featured in an article in the Johnson City Press-Chronicle. The women told about their smocking of babies and children’s clothes, as they were getting ready for a French hand-sewn fashion show to be held later in the month at the D.P. Culp Center.

June 19, 2012: The Johnson City Cardinals opened the season with a 4-2 win over the Greeneville Astros

Sources: The Comet; Johnson City Press-Chronicle; Johnson City Press

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