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Today in Johnson City History: January 27

Johnson City Press • Jan 27, 2020 at 6:15 AM

Jan. 27, 1910: The Comet headlined “Model Mills Largest In The South.” The mill would be able to produce 500 barrels of flour, as well as 2,500 bushels of meal every day. Elsewhere in the same issue, it was reported that Mrs. W.P. Harris had recently been the hostess for the M.G.R. club. Miss Eva Carr won the card game of euchre, and thus took home the prize, which was a potted fern.

Jan. 27, 1937: Johnson City Business College defeated Fall Branch 35-19 in basketball.

Jan. 27, 1958: Searchers found the body of 11-year-old Dorothea Miller along the Holston River bank in Bluff City. Miller and her friend Pamela Harmon, 13, were struck by Southern Railroad train bound for Johnson City as it crossed a trestle two days earlier. Harmon’s body had been discovered the night of the mishap. Reports were that the girls were scurrying to safety when Miller’s foot got caught on the trestle and Harmon rushed back to help.

Jan. 27, 1971: The city was taking orders for souvenir bricks from the old City Hall, which soon to be razed. The Johnson City Press-Chronicle later expanded onto the site.

Jan. 27, 1997: Disney on Ice ended its weeklong series of performances at Freedom Hall Civic Center. More than 19,600 fans enjoyed the shows.

Sources: The Comet; Johnson City Press-Chronicle; Bobbie H. Shirley, Freedom Hall Box Office Manager; 

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