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Today in Johnson City History: March 19

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Mar 19, 2020 at 7:00 AM

March 19, 1915: Pat Smith was fined $4.10 for contempt of court. That’s about $105 today. He paid the fine.

March 19, 1930: By running various tests, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine was helping to investigate the mysterious illness that was causing paralysis in Johnson City. Not only were people in East Tennessee getting this illness, but also people in other parts of the United States. Monkeys and guinea pigs were being used in the tests.

March 19, 1939: The Sunday Press-Chronicle stated in big, bold headlines, “Anglo-French Beg Russian Aid.” The sub-headline was “Nazi Threat to Rumania Fans Blaze.”

March 19, 1942: Sears, Roebuck and Co. advertised summer grade Cross Country Motor Oil at 16 cents per quart. That’s about $2.54 in today’s money.

March 19, 1944: The Johnson City Press-Chronicle alerted readers that “2,000 U.S. Planes Strike at Southern Germany; Soviets Smash Nazi 6th Army and Reach Rumania.” Sub headlines said “Adolf, Questioned by Telephone, Denies Germany Seeking Peace.”

March 19, 1947: An epidemic of influenza had “hit the upstate area during the last few days.” Hundreds of officer workers, laborers, and schoolchildren were missing work and school.

March 19, 1949: The Langston High School Band participated in a parade in Oak Ridge celebrating the “secret” town’s opening to the public. In 1942, the federal government chose the area as a site for developing materials for the Manhattan Project. The town had been surrounded by guard towers and a fence with seven gates.

March 19, 1951: Miss Elizabeth Carter, the 17-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Carter, had been named the winner of the “Good Citizenship Award” from the Daughters of the American Revolution at Fall Branch High School. The Carters were residents of Fall Branch.

Mar. 19, 1967: Double 007 Excitement! "Goldfinger" and "Dr. No" were playing at the Family Drive-In Theatre on the New Jonesboro Highway.

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

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