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Today in Johnson City History: November 11

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Nov 11, 2019 at 8:00 AM

Nov. 11, 1886: Johnson City’s new tobacco warehouse was to open that week.

Nov. 11, 1909: The "big check" from the Knoxville pension agency had been sent to the superintendent of the Mountain Branch of the National Soldiers' Home at Johnson' City. The $44,340 — roughly $1.25 million today — was for quarterly payments of pensions for the 1,142 old soldiers who lived at the home.

Nov. 11, 1935: American Legion Kings Mountain Post No. 24 dedicated the Dough Boy statute in front of Memorial Stadium. The Spirit of the American Doughboy remains on site at Veterans Plaza at Memorial Park Community Center.

Nov. 11, 1977: The Beach Boys played at Freedom Hall. Tickets were $7.

Nov. 11, 2011: At 11 a.m., the Johnson City-Washington County Veterans Memorial was dedicated.

Sources: The Comet; City of Johnson City; Vince Staten; www.jc-wcveteransmemorial.org.

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