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Today in Johnson City History: December 6

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Dec 6, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Dec. 6, 1884: The Comet advertised that “Job Work of all kinds done at The Comet office.” The same issue also advertised that “Cecil & Dowdy keep on hand a nice stock of confectionaries.”

Dec. 6, 1894: W.W. DeVault had killed six large wild ducks near his home on the Watauga River with only two shots from his trusty breech loader. They were large mallards — scientific name Anas boschas. DeVault reported several ducks were coming on the river since the rainy days set in.

Dec. 6, 1906: The Johnson City Board of Education had elected Miss Lena Barton as “musical instructress” for city schools. She was to devote Wednesdays and Fridays to Columbus Powell School and Mondays and Thursdays to Martha Wilder.

Dec. 6, 1936: Half million pounds of tobacco from East Tennessee, Western North Carolina and Southwest Virginia were at the Central Tobacco Warehouse on South Roan Street awaiting the opening of the tobacco markets later that week. D.C. Cutshaw, Johnson City, and Dana Foster, Limestone, were floor managers.

Dec. 6, 1958: The ETSC Buccaneers took control in the second half to defeat the Milligan College Buffaloes in men’s basketball, 87-71. Tom Chilton led ETSC with 20 points, followed by Tom Wright with 18. Milligan’s Del Harris topped all with 24.

Dec. 6, 1976: Five industries in an area targeted for annexation had filed suit against Johnson City, saying the Barnes-Hilltop annexation was identical to an attempt already denied in court because of a Sunshine Law violation. Plaintiffs included Kennametal Inc., Custom Fabricators Inc., Mayes Brothers Tool Manufacturing Co. and the Southern Home Building Fund Inc.

Dec. 6, 2011: Zach Howard made three 3-pointers en route to a game-high 18 points as Science Hill gradually pulled away during a foul-plagued fourth quarter for a 67-49 victory at Tennessee High.

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

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