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Today in Johnson City History: March 10

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Mar 10, 2020 at 5:45 AM

March 10, 1775: The Treaty of Sycamore Shoals was negotiated; under this treaty, Transylvania was acquired from the Cherokees. A monument noting this was erected at Sycamore Shoals.

March 10, 1904: Several wise and witty sentences appeared in the “Pointed Paragraphs” portion of The Comet. One of these was “Few men can be intensely interested in anything without letting their neighbors know it.”

March 10, 1926: A community banquet would be held soon for the Junior High Orchestra; proceeds would send the group to Nashville for a state competition.

March 10, 1938: Former Police Chief R.D. Kilday had complained to police of the theft of two quarts of sweet milk from the front porch of his residence, 912 Boone St.

March 10, 1940: Chancellor S.E. Miller had dismissed Henry F. Joy’s suit against the city of Johnson City for $850 back salary Joy maintained was due him for services as ‘director of complaints’ from September 1, 1938 to May 15, 1939, during the second term of former Mayor Marion Sell.

March 10, 1950: The Washington College girls defeated the Sulphur Springs girls to earn the District 2 basketball title.

March 10, 1956: Larry Star Mixer 11th, owned by Jack T. Thompson of Watauga, and Nina Mixer 91st, owned by Earl Pate of Elizabethton, had taken grand champion bull and grand champion female honors in the annual Hereford show.

March 10, 1962: The Johnson City Press-Chronicle reported, “U2 pilot Francis Gary Powers will be welcomed back to his native Wise County (soon)”. Officials from local communities were expected to be on hand to welcome Powers.

March 10, 1963: The Johnson City Press-Chronicle published an image of members of the Science Hill High School Biology Club with a $300 prize from a second-place finish in a Tennessee State Medical Association contest. The club’s entry was about its tuberculosis detection program. Pictured were Charlcie Hord, Phyllis Sharpe, Pam Rowe and Connie Kelsey. Mrs. Selma Maltsberger was club sponsor.

March 10, 1965: The annual Business and Professional Women’s Club tea recently had been held at the home of Mrs. Carla Keys. More than 400 guests attended.

March 10, 1967: A photo of Mitch Cox receiving a $25 bond from the Lions Club was published in the Johnson City Press-Chronicle. The Science Hill senior had won the local phase of the peace contest sponsored by Lions International. The local club’s president, Clifford Lyons, presented the bond.

Sources: History of Johnson City and its Environs by Samuel Cole Williams; The Comet; Johnson City Staff-News; Johnson City Chronicle; Johnson City Press-Chronicle; Ted Bowers/Johnson City, Tennessee, Memories.

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