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Today in Johnson City History: March 4

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Mar 4, 2020 at 2:15 AM

March 4, 1897: The Comet reported that the City Council had met in called session for the purpose of postponing the penalty on corporation taxes, to pay such accounts against the city as might be presented, to receive and act upon reports of committees, especially the financial committee, and to pass the curfew ordinance on the second reading.

March 4, 1913: Charles Dalton was fined $1 for riding a bicycle on the sidewalk.

March 4, 1927: Sam R. Sells had recently made plans to purchase properties to build housing for mission workers as well as to build a Boy Scouts lodge.

March 4, 1938: The Johnson City Chronicle reported that the Parent-Teacher Association of Langston School would give a benefit performance at the Sevier Theatre the following Sunday afternoon. A motion picture would be shown as part of the benefit, and a concert by the Langston band would follow.

March 4, 1940: There could be no doubt that much of the world was at war as bold headlines in the Johnson City Press proclaimed, “Blockade Strains Rome-London Ties; Death Of 108 On Ship Angers Britain.”

March 4, 1944: The Johnson City Press-Chronicle carried ration dates for various products, including meats, processed foods, sugar, shoes, stoves, and tires. Elsewhere in the same issue, readers looked for draft classifications, either for themselves or for loved ones.

March 4, 1945: Jesse M. Carathers, 19, a 1943 graduate of Science Hill High School, had been awarded the Navy's Aircrewman Wings.

March 4, 1959: Bill Monroe and his Bluegrass Boys plus the Mountain Music Makers were playing at Faircloth Chevrolet Company in downtown Johnson City.

March 4, 1970: An explosion from construction work on Clinchfield Railroad's high line had showered rocks on East Tennessee State University's Panhellenic Hall and damaged three cars the previous day, the Press-Chronicle reported.

March 4, 2007: Belmont spoiled the party for the ETSU men’s basketball team. The Bruins dropped the Bucs 94-67 in the championship of the Atlantic Sun Tournament at Memorial Center.

Sources: The Comet; Johnson City Court Records; Johnson City Staff-News; The Johnson City Chronicle; Johnson City Press; Johnson City Press-Chronicle; Ted Bowers/Johnson City, Tennessee, Memories.

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