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Today in Johnson City History: December 24-25

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Dec 24, 2019 at 6:00 AM

Dec. 24, 1910: John Longmire was fined $2.50 for selling firecrackers.

Dec. 24, 1914: The Comet carried a letter to Santa Claus from Fletches Cole. The letter asked Santa to send Fletches and his friend Fannie a little something for Christmas; he stated they would be “glad to get something good to eat and don’t forget some candy.” Just in case Santa did not know where Fletches or Fannie lived, he was told he could send the gifts to The Comet office where Mr. Lyle (the editor) would keep it for him.

Dec. 24, 1964: WJHL-TV’s Christmas Eve primetime lineup included Perry Mason at 8 p.m. followed by Bewitched at 9, The Baileys of Balboa at 9:30 and The Defenders at 10.

Dec. 24, 1989: A fire at the John Sevier Center, a former hotel converted to apartments, took the lives of 16 people.

Dec. 25: 1912: Bird Jones and C.M. Davis were each fined $2.50 for fighting.

Dec. 25, 1933: Mr. and Mrs. Laurence Nave and children, Frances and Marian, and Miss Edna Robinette, all of Johnson City, attended Christmas dinner with Mr. and Mrs. Joe Riley in Kingsport.

Dec. 25, 1969: Johnson City had a White Christmas.

Dec. 25, 2007: More than 2,200 Christmas meals were served at the Haven of Mercy Rescue Mission, but food was only a part of the Christian fellowship that was shared with the city’s neediest families and individuals. Santa Claus attended the meal and handed out gifts to nearly 400 children.

Sources: The Comet; Johnson City Court Records; Ted Bowers/Johnson City, Tennessee, Memories; Johnson City Press; Kingsport Times; Johnson City Press-Chronicle.

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