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Today in Johnson City History: September 7

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Sep 7, 2019 at 6:00 AM

Sept. 7, 1893: The Comet reported a local officer arrested accused killer Dudley Campbell in Elizabethton and brought him to Johnson City. Campbell was wanted in Williamsburg, Kentucky, accused of murder, and a $500 reward was offered for his arrest. Kentucky officials, though, failed to advance funds to transport Campbell and the officer, and Campbell was allowed to go free.

Sept. 7, 1905: The cornerstone of St. John’s Episcopal Church was laid.

Sept. 7, 1911: The Southern Railway advertised roundtrips between Johnson City and Knoxville for the Appalachian Exposition. Same-day return tickets were $3.95 and tickets for stays up to 10 days were $2.90. Prices included tickets to the expo. That’s not as cheap as it seems — $3.95 is the equivalent of $107.50 in today’s money.

Sept. 7, 1953: The U.S.Marine Corps recruiting station in Johnson City announced that 11 area men had enlisted in August. Among them was Johnson City resident Arnold Cecil Pate.

Sept. 7, 2011: Senior running back Will Adams rushed for two touchdowns and returned a kickoff 93 yards for another as the Science Hill High School Hilltoppers bested Morristown West 41-27 at Kermit Tipton Stadium to stay unbeaten on the season.

Sources: The Comet; Johnson City, Images of America; Johnson City Press-Chronicle; Johnson City Press

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