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Today in Johnson City History: March 7

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Mar 7, 2020 at 1:00 AM

March 7, 1885: John Humphreys, while giving instructions to his boys about how to get out of the way of a falling tree, had been struck by the tree himself and slightly injured.

March 7, 1895: The Comet reported that an engine on the ET&WNC Railroad had derailed near Cranberry, North Carolina, the previous day, and the train did not reach Johnson City at all. An extra was made up to meet the delayed train and left here with the mail about 5 p.m. and returned at 10 that same night.

March 7, 1922: Readers of the Johnson City Chronicle were greeted with the headlines of “Rumors Still Persist That Southern Will Buy C.C.&O.” Conversation with railroad officials failed to confirm that. The sale never happened.

March 7, 1928: The Johnson City Chronicle reported that a gift of $5 million from the Laura Spillman Rockefeller memorial fund assured the creation of the Smoky Mountain Park. That amount in 1928 would be worth about $74.27 million in 2020.

March 7, 1941: The City Commission had recently appointed 10 men to a planning board: Mayor Sam H. Sells, Commissioner J.R. Zimmerman, Jack Cummins, Dave Shearer, T. Floyd Dooley, Lester Ballew, L.D. Gump, Carl A. Jones Jr., Forrest Morris, and Joe Summers. The group would be charged to “guide and accomplish a coordinated and harmonious development of the municipality which will, in accordance with existing and future needs, best promote public health, safety, morals, order, convenience, prosperity and the general welfare as well as efficiently and economy in the process of development.”

March 7, 1951: "A Streetcar Named Desire,” the first giant New York stage production here in 15 years, was at the Tennessee Theatre on the corner of West Main and Boone streets.

March 7, 1952: City Manager Len Dolan reported that he had “received numerous complaints about dogs trampling across flower beds and lawns.” Dog owners were being asked to keep their dogs at home, because “The city’s poundmaster has…been picking up stray dogs, and has a number of them on hand….”

March 7, 1954: Giant Dollar Wholesale had purchased a rail carload of Post Toasties, and inside of each carton was a bag of marbles.

March 7, 1964: The Kiwanis Club had a pancake breakfast at First Presbyterian Church.

March 7, 1972: Despite shooting just 39 percent from the floor, the Science Hill Hilltoppers advanced to the regional tournament semifinals with 37-33 victory over the upset-minded Sullivan High School Pirates. Johnson City didn't manage a field goal in the second quarter, its only points coming on free throws.

March 7, 1972: Local lawmakers pushing for creation of a medical school at Johnson City scored a major legislative victory In the House of Representatives, By a vote of 59-16, the House adopted a resolution authorizing a select legislative committee to "negotiate an agreement" with the Veterans Administration to build the medical school.

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

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