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Today in Johnson City History: February 7

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Feb 7, 2020 at 7:00 AM

Feb. 7, 1887: The Ladies Aid Society was organized at First Christian Church. There were 16 charter members, with dues being 10 cents per month. That’s still a bargain by today’s equivalent of $2.70.

Feb. 7, 1889: The Comet reported that Charlie Beasley stayed with his girl on a recent night until after "office hours" at the hotel and consequently had to roost on the mail bags at the depot.

Feb. 7, 1901: The following young men had enlisted to fight for Uncle Sam: C.C. Cook, Frank Curtis, M.C. Alexander, Walter Hathaway, A.J. Campbell, A.P. Campbell, David Hyder, W.F. Fair, J.L. Rolliins, J.C. Berry, William Douglas, Rolan Minick, Charles Hashbarger, Brice E. Chase, C.E. Baker, W.A. Hathaway, N.R.L. Shoun, G.C. Cannon, J.H. Kite and George Onions.

Feb. 7, 1933: Three dairy producers operating in five states merged to form the Southern Maid Dairy Corporation with headquarters in Johnson City.

Feb. 7, 1957: The Harlem Globetrotters played the Philadelphia SPHAs at the Recreation Building on Legion Street.

Feb. 7, 1974: "American Graffiti" started at the Mall Theatre on North Roan Street.

Feb. 7, 1976: The Johnson City Preaching Mission concluded a weeklong series of services at Freedom Hall Civic Center. Beginning on Feb. 1, more than 7,000 people attended during the week.

Feb. 7, 2006: St. Mary’s Catholic School eighth-grader Laura Manhard outlasted South Side Elementary School fourth-grader Ming Wilson Xu to win the annual Johnson City Spelling Bee and qualify for the regional tournament. She spelled “graffiti” for the win.

Sources: 100th Anniversary History and Directory 1871-1971, First Christian Church; The Comet; Johnson City Press-Chronicle; Ted Bowers/Johnson City, Tennessee, Memories; Kingsport Times; Bobbie H. Shirley, Freedom Hall; Johnson City Press

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