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Today in Johnson City History: July 19

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

July 19, 1894: The Comet noted that Henry Wilder, the street car man, was not only a good motorman, but also a great blackberry picker. The previous week, he gathered the empty vessels about his place and went up the Three C's Railroad to fill them. On his way back, he found a man with enough to fill the vessels and bought them on the spot. He came into town with a great flourish and everybody who saw the berries thought Henry was a great berry picker.

July 19, 1976: Kiss, Bob Seger and Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention played for 8,000 fans at Freedom Hall Civic Center.

July 19, 1979: The Johnson City Press-Chronicle editorialized that Mrs. Lonnie W. McCown (Mary Hardin McCown) was the “perfect choice” to be the official historian of Johnson City. The City Commission had recently bestowed that honor upon Mrs. McCown, who had been conducting historical research since 1920.

July 19, 2013: After a six-month national search, the board of directors of Hands On! Regional Museum selected Andy Marquart to serve as the museum’s new executive director.

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

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