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Today in Johnson City History: March 5

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Mar 5, 2020 at 4:15 AM

March 5, 1885: The Tennessee State Legislature approved the granting of a second charter.

March 5, 1896: Readers of The Comet learned that “Bob Taylor is Now an Avowed Candidate for Governor.” Taylor, a former U.S. congressman who already had served as governor from 1887-91, again won the Democratic Party’s nomination and the general election, serving from 1887-89. He also represented Tennessee in the U.S. Senate from 1907 until his death in 1912.

March 5, 1931: King’s Bargain Basement advertised ladies rayon bloomers at three pairs for $1. The bloomers were available in all sizes and colors.

March 5, 1939: Local physicians were holding clinics three times weekly for the “examination and treatment of indigent men, women and children referred to them by the Johnson City office of the Tennessee Department of Institutions and Public Welfare.” The clinics were held in the WPA building, which was located on Ashe Street.

March 5, 1950: Johnson City Press-Chronicle readers learned that “A 22-foot hairy-chested sea monster, with a body like a cow and about nine tails, washed up dead on the Delake Beach” in Delake, Oregon.

March 4, 1958: Showing at the Skyline Drive-In Theatre on the New Jonesboro Highway were "Rebel Without A Cause" and "East of Eden,” the two films that “made James Dean a sensation.” Dean only had credited roles in three films before his death in a 1955 car crash. His last role was in the epic “Giant” with Elizabeth Taylor and Rock Hudson. He received posthumous Oscar nominations for “East of Eden” and “Giant.”

March 5, 1961: The dedication of the new Science Hill High School took place. The new building cost $2.5 million and was erected on a 40-acre site on what was then the outskirts of Johnson City. Dr. Andy Holt, president of the University of Tennessee, gave the main address.

March 5, 1968: “Bonnie and Clyde” was playing at the Majestic Theatre.

March 5, 1982: Mrs. Mary Stockard had been named Woman of the Year by the Franklin Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association. A registered nurse by profession, Stockard worked for the Washington County Health Department.

March 5, 2010: The ETSU Bucs found themselves trailing Kennesaw State by 15 points early in the Atlantic Sun Conference semifinals, but they again dug themselves out. Micah Williams scored 20 points and Tommy Hubbard added 18 as the Bucs beat the Owls 69-64 in a hard-fought contest.

Sources: Archives of Appalachia, Mary Hardin McCown Collection; The Comet; Johnson City Staff-News; Johnson City Press-Chronicle; Ted Bowers/Johnson City, Tennessee, Memories; Johnson City Press.

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