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Today in Johnson City History: December 21

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Dec 21, 2019 at 7:30 AM

Dec. 21, 1887: Two of Johnson City society’s young men sat up until 2 a.m. to meet some young ladies but had to sneak off when the train arrived. The girls had escorts.

Dec. 21, 1911: Retailer J.E. Crouch advised The Comet’s readers to see his line of books and stationery before purchasing Christmas gifts. Mr. Crouch also carried booklets, postcards and Waterman’s fountain pens.

Dec. 21, 1933: The Derby Club announced that it was expecting a large crowd at the Hotel John Sevier for a dance on Christmas night.

Dec. 21, 1957: The Johnson City Boys Club won the basketball free-throw competition at the Cavalcade of Sports at the Boys Club in Kingsport. Johnson City’s Bobby Matherly won the billiards competition for the 10 and under group, and Eddie Arnette won it for ages 15-18. Eddie Baldwin won the shuffleboard competition for ages 12 and under.

Dec. 21, 1975: Seven people were hospitalized in Johnson City after a three-car pileup. That same day, members of Erwin’s seventh- and eighth-grade basketball team escaped injury when a runaway school bus slammed into a tree in Jonesborough.

Dec. 21, 2005: The East Tennessee State basketball team broke a four-game losing streak with a 69-57 non-conference victory over Central Michigan at Memorial Center.

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


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