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Today in Johnson City History: February 10

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Feb 10, 2020 at 4:30 AM

Feb. 10, 1887: Mr. Henderson, a mechanist in the Johnson City Foundry and Machine Works, had been poisoned by inhaling creosote in a boiler he was repairing. He was improving rapidly.

Feb, 10, 1910: The Comet reported the site for the Normal School (today’s ETSU) had been selected. The parcel was between 125 and 140 acres in size and was southeast of Mr. George L. Carter’s home. The school would be located in what was informally known as the Carter site, in the Southwest addition. Many people had hoped that the Carnegie neighborhood would be selected for the Normal School.

Feb. 10, 1925: The Girl Scout Mother and Daughter banquet took place at Central Baptist Church with more than 250 mothers and daughters in attendance. One of the highlights of the evening was the “awarding of the Golden Eagle Pin to Miss Claire Thomas, by Miss Corrine Chisholm” who was the regional Girl Scout director.

Feb.10, 1938: The Hilltoppers defeated the Bristol, Tennessee High Vikings by 1 point in boys basketball.

Feb. 10, 1947: Tip Bottling Co. of Johnson City announced the arrival of it’s all-age drink. “Try it and see if you don't agree that it's really a tip-top drink — something to rave about. You'll like Tip's distinctive flavor, lusciously winey taste, Tip is not too tweet — it's just right for children and grown-ups alike. Feel your energy lift when you drink Tip; it's a natural ‘pick-you-up’ drink for Tip contains Dextrose, the quick energy sugar. Refreshingly delightful the year round, in hot weather and cold. Tip sells fast, so you'd better hurry!”

Feb, 10, 1948: The Langston Golden Tigers lost to Kingsport rivals Douglass 40-31 in basketball.

Feb. 10, 1961: Joe McClain, former baseball star at Science Hill High School who started his pro career with the Johnson City Cardinals, had signed his 1961 contract with the new Washington Senators.

Feb. 10, 1968: The Science Hill Hilltoppers sewed up the Big Seven Conference championship Friday night with a 70-52 win over Morristown, tearing the game open in the third period. Buddy Bryant hit five straight field goals in the decisive third period. James Hairston had 25 points.

Feb. 10, 2009: Josh Odem scored 26 points and Chris Smith had 22 as Science Hill clinched the Big Nine Conference title with a 74-57 defeat of Dobyns-Bennett at a hot and jam-packed ’Topper Palace.

Sources: The Comet; Johnson City Staff-News; Kingsport News; Johnson City Press-Chronicle; Ted Bowers, Johnson City, Tennessee, Memories; Johnson City Press

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