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Today in Johnson City History: December 11

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Dec 11, 2019 at 5:45 AM

Dec. 11, 1890: John W. Purnell, a dentist whose office was in the Harr-Burrow Building, advertised that he used an improved method to extract teeth and it would be “absolutely without pain … Any child … can use it.” Dr. Purnell charged $1 per tooth, and all work was guaranteed. That’s just $28 in today’s money, a bargain indeed.

Dec. 11, 1912: The Hon. George K. Pritchard of Bakersville, North Carolina, was a visitor to Johnson City. Pritchard had served several terms as sheriff of Madison County, N.C., and had been marshal for the Central District of the Indian Territory (Oklahoma). He was born in Jonesborough in 1859 to William Hyter Pritchard and his wife Elizabeth L. Brown. He died in 1918, most likely from an old bullet wound.

Dec. 11, 1947: Scott's Grocery opened on the corner of West Walnut and Tennessee streets.

Dec. 11, 1971: The Science Hill Hilltoppers got the best of Erwin in boys’ basketball, 73-65. Charlie Stuart led the way with 19 points.

Dec. 11, 2009: Freshman Shannon Hale set the pace with 22 points as Science Hill obliterated Volunteer by an 81-45 margin, completing a varsity sweep for the school. Science Hill’s girls pulled away in the final five minutes to beat the Lady Falcons 60-46.

Sources: The Comet; Johnson City Press-Chronicle/Ted Bowers Johnson City, Tennessee, Memories; Johnson City Press

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