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Today in Johnson City History: December 19

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Dec 19, 2019 at 7:15 AM

Dec. 19, 1912: I.N. Beckner and Son, Jewelers advised The Comet’s readers that “The Happy Time Is Here, But Do Not Make It Strenuous.” Potential customers were further advised that the Beckner stock and store were always inviting.

Dec. 19, 1942: News reached Johnson City that local airman Robert H. “Snakebite Bob” Vaught had observed the first anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack on Dec. 7 by shooting down two Japanese bombers over New Guinea. Vaught’s mother, Mrs. Laura Vaught, lived at 714 E. Myrtle St.

Dec. 19, 1965: Kennametal Inc. announced that F.J. Lennon, vice president for production, would be in Johnson City to plan the company’s new 40,000-square-foot plant here.

Dec. 19, 1975: Authorities here were searching for a white van believed to have been the get-away vehicle used in a bank robbery in Newland, North Carolina. The van was last seen headed toward Johnson City on the Milligan Highway and occupied by two men and two women.

Dec. 19, 2010: Science Hill’s wrestling team finished second in the inaugural Topper Duals at the school. The team was ranked 11th in Tennessee.

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