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Today in Johnson City History: March 3

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Mar 3, 2020 at 2:00 AM

March 3, 1887: The Senate bill authorizing Johnson City to issue bonds to aid in the construction of the Charleston, Cincinnati, and Chicago railroad had been passed.

March 3, 1904: Mrs. Mary Miller had recently celebrated her 16th birthday at the age of 68, the reason being that she was born on February 29, 1836. Several family members had been on hand to help Mrs. Miller celebrate.

March 3, 1923: Mrs. John Gilbreath, representing the Nutrition Service of the American Red Cross, was making plans to speak to the Monday Club. Her talk would be on “The Proper Diet of the School Child.”

March 3, 1939: “Silver on the Sage” was playing at the Liberty Theater, “Son of Frankenstein” was at the Majestic, “Torchy Blane in Chinatown” was at the Sevier, and “Room Service” could be seen at the Tennessee.

March 3, 1954: The Johnson City Press-Chronicle carried news that “A new polio vaccine will be given to second-grade children in Washington County, one of three (counties) in Tennessee to be chosen to participate in a national test with a view to proving that the disease can be prevented.”

March 3, 1956: Plans for installing dial telephone exchanges in Johnson City and Bristol had been outlined in a petition filed by the Inter-Mountain Telephone Company.

March 3, 2013: The Johnson City Press reported that after easily handling Farragut in the Class AAA sectional each of the past two seasons, the Lady Hilltoppers had clinched their third straight state tournament berth with a 68-60 defeat of the Lady Admirals.

March 3, 2019: The Johnson City Press asked readers to weigh on the question, “How should Tennessee cover the uninsured?” That debate continues in 2020.

Sources: The Comet; Johnson City Chronicle; Johnson City Press-Chronicle; Johnson City Press

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