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Today in Johnson City History: February 13

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Feb 13, 2020 at 6:00 AM

Feb. 13, 1890: Representing a group of Boston capitalists who were installing gasworks across the country, a Mr. Jacobs was in Johnson City to do the same. Local capitalists, however, were taking the matter into their own hands.

Feb. 13, 1908: The Johnson City Foundry and Machine Works had issued an order cutting the pay of its workers by 10%.

Feb. 13, 1936: The Johnson City Chronicle reported on the previous day’s Lincoln Day Dinner held in Erwin. Congressman Charles Plumerly from Vermont was the main speaker.

Feb. 13, 1948: Dr. W.R. Rigell, minister of Central Baptist Church, had recently addressed the weekly meeting of the Lions Club. The Johnson City Lions Club was a new civic club in Johnson City; most meetings would be held at the John Sevier Hotel. However, its “charter night” program would be held later in February at the Johnson City Country Club.

Feb. 13, 1954: Bobby Graves of Johnson City knocked out of Paducah's Jim Neal in 1 minute, 52 seconds of the first round in the quarter finals of the National Negro Golden Gloves Tournament in Evansville, Indiana. Graves caught Neal coming off the ropes and landed a solid right to the jaw. Neal went down and was unable to get up at the count of 10.

Feb. 13, 1972: The Johnson City Press-Chronicle published a photo of construction on the new bridge for the Appalachian Highway over East Unaka Avenue. The beams pictured weighed 19 tons each. The highway is now Interstate 26.

Feb. 13, 1996: Duard Aldridge, who had been a coach and assistant principal at Science Hill High School, died suddenly at age 60.

Sources: The Comet; Johnson City Chronicle; Ted Bowers/Johnson City, Tennessee, Memories; Johnson City Press-Chronicle; Johnson City Press

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