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Today in Johnson City History: July 12

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Jul 12, 2019 at 5:15 AM

July 12, 1837: Joseph Bowman Sr. deeded land to several people to build the Knob Creek Church of the Brethren.

July 12, 1884: The Comet reported that Science Hill Academy would soon be transformed into a beautiful comfortable neatly arranged institution of learning. “Prof. Evans and his faculty are at work in earnest and they will be backed by the people.”

July 12, 1938: The Johnson City Cardinals occupied the cellar in Appalachian League standings with an abysmal record after losing 9-3 to the Newport Canners.

July 12, 1957: Johnson City resident Jerrie Kent, co-chairwoman of Young Republican National Federation, visited with President Dwight Eisenhower to pledge help toward the election of a Republican Congress in 1958. Kent, a 27-year-old former schoolteacher, was serving as a secretary in the office of 1st District Congressman B. Carroll Reece.

July 12, 1978: Kansas performed at Freedom Hall Civic Center with over 5,200 fans attending.

July 12, 2009: The Johnson City Press featured a story about the need for the Downtown Day Clinic and the Downtown Center, which serve the uninsured, underinsured, homeless, and migrant populations. They are still utilized, but the Johnson City Community Health Clinic has augmented their services.

Sources: “In the Footsteps of Faith: A Tour of 14 of Johnson City’s Century-Old Churches”; The Comet; Johnson City Press-Chronicle; Bobbie H. Shirley, Freedom Hall; Johnson City Press; Carter Manning

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