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Today in Johnson City History: March 20

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Updated Mar 20, 2020 at 11:52 AM

March 20, 1874: The congregation of First Christian Church appointed a building committee. The members of the committee were John Wright, W.C. Maupin, Henry Hoss Crouch, and J.C. Hardin. These gentlemen were charged with making plans to “erect the church building on the lot at 124 E. Main St. Largely through the efforts of these brethren, the house of worship was built.” Bricks for the church were made on site.

March 20, 1925: Mr. J.W. Ring was elected as the new Chamber of Commerce president. Alan Harris was elected vice-president. They would serve in those capacities until March 31, 1926.

March 20, 1930: Mr. and Mrs. Gunnar Teilman, Mr. and Mrs. A.M. Thomas, Miss Carmel King and Miss Myra Dyer had motored to Knoxville and spent the weekend attending the Passion Play.

March 20, 1941: Headlines in the Johnson City Press were bleak as readers learned, “10,000 Bombs Ravish London; Key Italian Base Reported Taken; Balkan Battle Shapes Feverishly.”

March 20, 1945: Girls in the local 4-H Clubs were participating in a clothing repair contest. “Intent upon following the wartime example set by 4-H Club members in ‘Making and Mending for Victory,’ Washington County girls will enter their records of caring for, conserving and repairing family wardrobes in the 1945 National 4-H Clothing Achievement, Miss Genevieve Hay, 4-H Club director,” recently announced.

March 20, 1947: A new Scout lodge was dedicated on Wilson Avenue for Troop 38 sponsored by the Kiwanis Club.

March 20, 1969: Johnson City Policeman Don Harrell found himself in an Old West roundup when a calf escaped from the Johnson City livestock market and made its way into downtown.

March 20, 1977: Judge Ben Allen died. Judge Allen was elected Circuit Court judge for the First Judicial District in 1934, and served in that position until June 1942. At that time, he resigned to become general manager and vice president at both Bemberg and North American Rayon plants in Elizabethton. Judge Allen retired from those positions in September 1956.

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

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