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Today in Johnson City History: November 9

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Nov 9, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Nov. 9, 1893: The Board of Mayor and Aldermen had divided Johnson City into four wards. The center line of the East Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia Railway (later the Southern) was the main junction with Roan, Division and Wellborn (Welbourne) streets acting as boundaries. The ordinance was posted on the front page of The Comet.

Nov. 9, 1899: The Virginia Coal & Iron Company had decided to build several cottages for their workmen and had closed contract for their construction with J.T. Linville and R.C. Cox.

Nov. 9, 1911: The Comet reported that old Confederate soldiers in Tennessee were quickly dying. In the last three months, 101 pensioners had died.

Nov. 9, 1965: The Johnson City Press-Chronicle reported that Mary Hardin McCown (Mrs. Lonnie W. McCown) was named to the fourth edition of “Who’s Who of American Women.”

Nov. 9, 1975: The Lettermen played at Freedom Hall Civic Center. Tickets were $5.50 and $6.50.

Nov. 9, 1976: Seals and Crofts, along with Thunderbyrd and Roger McGuinn, played at Freedom Hall.

Nov. 9, 1978: Chicago played at Freedom Hall. Tickets were $8.50.

Nov. 9, 1984: Alvin and the Chipmunks opened the first day of a three-day run at Freedom Hall. More than 12,000 fans attended.

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

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