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Today in Johnson City History: March 13

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Mar 13, 2020 at 2:15 AM

March 13, 1885: William Dickenson had purchased a lot on Walnut Street with plans to erect a handsome dwelling the following summer.

March 13, 1890: Jerome Greenwood, the Piedmont House barber, was around again after a few days illness with measles. He had added a new chair and other new furniture to his shop and was determined to keep pace with the times.

March 13, 1930: Concern continued in the community about the mysterious ailment that resulted in paralysis. Several physicians from the State Health Department were in town, and none believed the condition to be fatal or contagious. Lab test results were not expected to be known for several more days.

March 13, 1937: Miss Edith Summers had been selected for the “coveted role of the movie queen in the Kiwanis local talent musical comedy to be given at the Sevier theater” later in the month. The tryouts were held at the John Sevier Hotel, the site of the rehearsals as well.

March 13, 1942: Johnson City Press subscribers learned that effective the week beginning Sunday, March 15, the price of the Sunday Press-Chronicle with either the daily Press or daily Chronicle would be 20 cents per week. The single copy price would remain a nickel.

March 13, 1947: The Johnson City Press-Chronicle reported that Dr. Hasche, the science counsel for Tennessee Eastman Corporation would be the guest speaker at the Monday Club luncheon and meeting on St. Patrick’s Day. Dr. Hasche’s topic would be “What is Wrong with Germany”. The Club would be meeting at the John Sevier Hotel.

March 13, 1952: The Johnson City Press-Chronicle reported on that the Girl Scouts recently had celebrated their 40th birthday, having been founded 40 years before by Juliette Gordon Lowe.

March 13, 1964: "Love with the Proper Stranger" starring Steve McQueen and Natalie Wood started a run at the Majestic Theatre.

March 13, 1967: The Johnson City Press-Chronicle reported that federal and state ABC agents had nabbed a truckload of moonshine whisky at 405 Welbourne St., resulting two arrests. Agents counted 99 1/2 gallons of white whisky.

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

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