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Today in Johnson City History: October 14

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Oct 14, 2019 at 5:45 AM

Oct. 14, 1886: The street car drivers had been on a strike, but hacks were run from the suburbs to the Opera House to hear Louise Balfe in "Dagmar."

Oct. 14, 1897: The Southern Railway advertised tickets to Nashville and return for the Tennessee Centennial.

Oct. 14, 1909: Grading for the development of West Maple Street was progressing in the new Southwest Addition. Meanwhile, plans had been completed for the new Kress Building, which was expected to open in January.

Oct. 14, 1948: Johnson City resident Carl Highsmith was killed when a plane crashed into the Holston River near Church Hill. Lawrence Page, 28, also of Johnson City, was piloting the plane when it clipped a high-tension power line and plunged into the river.  

Oct. 14, 1965: Ella V. Ross was named to “Who’s Who of American Women.” Among other positions, she was dean of students at East Tennessee State University. Originally from New York, she was educated at Duke and Harvard.

Oct. 14, 2011: Will Adams’ catch out of the backfield went 48 yards for a touchdown to give the Hilltoppers a 21-0 lead with 1:42 left in the first quarter and they cruised to a 49-3 victory at Kermit Tipton Stadium over Volunteer.

Sources: The Comet; Kingsport News; Archives of Appalachia, Mary Hardin McCown Collection; Johnson City Press.

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