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Today in Johnson City History: October 27

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Oct 27, 2019 at 6:30 AM

Oct. 27, 1867: The Science Hill Male and Female Institute was dedicated. Embree Hoss spoke.

Oct, 27, 1887: The Johnson City Foundry and Machine Works had received an order for 52,000 pounds of bridge castings for the Chicago, Cincinnati & Charleston Railroad.

Oct. 27, 1910: While trying to hop a freight between Milligan and Johnson City, 16-year-old Harrison McNabb had met with a serious accident that came near costing him his life. He lost his footing and fell under the cars, resulting in the loss of one foot and two toes on the other. He was rescued by a passing ET&WNC passenger train.

Oct. 27, 2006: Science Hill controlled the clock much of the night against the top-ranked team in Tennessee. But Dobyns-Bennett made the big plays when it needed to in a 14-0 Big East Conference victory at Steve Spurrier Field. It was the 13th straight victory for the Indians in their annual series against the Hilltoppers.

Oct. 27, 2010: Johnson City officials announced that The Lady of the Fountain would be reinstalled at Fountain Square to serve as the city’s historical centerpiece. The statue, also known as the “Greek Water Carrier,” was actually the lady’s twin sister — a steel reinforced bronze cast of the original created by Abingdon, Virginia, artist David Spence. The original “Lady” was to be kept indoors at the Municipal and Safety Building.

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

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