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Today in Johnson City History: September 24

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Sep 24, 2019 at 8:00 AM

Sept. 24, 1885: Jobe's Opera House had received the finishing touch and was conceded by all to be the handsomest between Lynchburg and Knoxville. The work was done by George E. Naff and would be creditable to any city artist.

Sept. 24, 1908: The fine black driving horse belonging to James A. Summers had fallen in his stall, breaking his neck. Summers had recently refused a $250 offer for the horse.

Sept. 24, 1932: The Hamilton Bank was organized.

Sept. 24, 1938: The East Tennessee Teachers opened the 1938 season with a 31-13 win over Union College of Barbourville, Kentucky. Future ETSU Hall of Fame member Charlie Fleming led the way with two touchdowns, including an 86-yard run. It remains the fifth-longest run from scrimmage in ETSU history.

Sept. 24, 2018: Officials confirmed that President Donald Trump would appear at Freedom Hall Civic Center in a rally and fundraiser for U.S. Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn on Oct. 1.

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

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