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Today in Johnson City History: July 9

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Jul 9, 2019 at 8:00 AM

July 9, 1885: The Comet reported on the arrests of three men who robbed the Galloway & Co. store in the Flourville area north of the city. Proprietor George Galloway, who slept in the store, was shot in the arm and abdomen after he heard the men trying to break in at the front door. Galloway recognized the shooter as John Butler, who had purchased a small piece of tobacco in the store the day before the shooting. “The next day Johnson City's excellent policeman, Oliver Burleson, heard of the affair and procured a warrant for the arrest of John Butler, Mart Mathes and and George Bailey.” Burleson took three men with him to Mathes’ residence and found him with Butler eating dinner, getting the drop on Butler before he could fire his pistol. Bailey remained at large.

July 9, 1928: D.B. Shipley was fined $3 for “breaking line of funeral procession.” (Source: Johnson City Court Records, 1928.)

July 9, 1957: Five more patients were admitted to Johnson City Memorial Hospital amid an outbreak of a polio-like virus, making for a total of 43 admissions in a two-week period. Health officials were skeptical that the illness was polio because none of the patients had developed paralysis.

July 9, 2009: Several areas of Johnson City — including downtown, Carver Park and the intersection of East Main and South Broadway streets — flooded in a heavy rainstorm.

July 9, 2014: Recent rains eased the drought concerns of local farmers amid a dry season in late spring and early summer.

Sources: The Comet; Johnson City Court Records, 1928; Johnson City Press-Chronicle; Johnson City Press

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