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Today in Johnson City History: March 16

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Mar 16, 2020 at 2:45 AM

March 16, 1874: Jonathan Kelley, a charter member of First Christian Church, died.

March 16, 1908: A Mr. Utsman was fined $50 for selling liquor within 4 miles of a “National Soldier’s Home, without a legal license therefrom” and within the town of Johnson City.

March 16, 1937: The Johnson City Chronicle reported that the deputy collector for the Internal Revenue Department, Walter J. Hunter, along with his assistants, had been busy the day before. They were receiving and helping to prepare 1936 income tax returns from people who waited until the last day to file their taxes.

March 16, 1945: Lt. John T. Ross, U.S. Navy pilot, was on leave in Johnson City after receiving the Air Medal for meritorious acts as an aerial pilot. He had been presented the medal aboard an aircraft carrier in the Pacific.

March 16, 1959: The Johnson City Press-Chronicle had news of a coloring contest for boys and girls under 12. The newspaper was carrying the Bugs Bunny Easter Coloring Contest; the picture to be colored was in the paper. “Judging will be on the basis of nice coloring and neatness, and winners will be announced during the week beginning March 22.”

March 16, 1961: Science Hill students Howard Phipps and Haroline Bailey were killed on the New Jonesboro Highway when a car coming from Greeneville passed another car and hit them head on. The highway was still two lanes at the time.

March 16, 1969: “Dizzy” by Tommy Roe topped the list of most requested songs at WETB-Radio. Daddy-O Don Gibson and Big Al Lefevere were the featured on-air personalities.

Sources: First Christian Church; Johnson City Court Records; Johnson City Chronicle; Johnson City Press-Chronicle; Ted Bowers/Johnson City, Tennessee, Memories

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