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Today in Johnson City History: March 23

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Mar 23, 2020 at 6:45 AM

March 23, 1899: Sam F. Smith had taken charge of the Star Restaurant, succeeding Mr. and Mrs. Skinner.

March 23, 1905: The Carnegie Department Store offered patrons a free street-car ticket for every dollar spent and over.

March 23, 1930: The Parent-Teachers Association of the Keystone School had recently met; about 45 mothers attended. The glee club, band and harmonicas gave the program.

March 23, 1941: Representatives in London had notified the Johnson City Bundles for Britain chapter that there was an “urgent need for supplies for civilian and fighting forces.” The Johnson City chapter had several new knitters, because the need for knitted garments was great. There was also a need for medical and surgical instruments, and the effort saw Dr. Lee Gibson contribution the latter to the cause.

March 23, 1945: The Johnson City Press-Chronicle carried an ad for Morton’s Salt. The ad let readers know that salt made grapefruit taste sweeter.

March 23, 1947: Three Johnson City residents were soon to receive their medical degrees from the University Of Tennessee School Of Medicine in Memphis. The three young men were Powell Trusler, Ben Hall and Walter Hannah.

March 23, 1947: "It's A Wonderful Life" completed a three-night run at the Majestic Theatre.

March 23, 1952: “Distant Drums” was playing at the Majestic, “Ten Tall Men” would soon open at the Sevier, “Badmen of Nevada” would play that day and the next at the Liberty, and the Tennessee Theatre was showing “The Sea Hornet.”

March 23, 1962: The Johnson City Press-Chronicle opined that the Johnson City Preaching Mission was “right on target in arranging a School Teacher Night.” The Night would be held on Saturday, March 31. Readers were urged to attend.

March 23, 1964: The headline wresting match at the Recreation Center was "Texas Tornado Death Match" — Johnny Long vs. Rocky Smith.

Sources: The Comet; Johnson City Chronicle; Johnson City Press-Chronicle; Ted Bowers/Johnson City, Tennessee, Memories.

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