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Today in Johnson City History: March 24

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Mar 24, 2020 at 1:30 AM

March 24, 1920: Cecil Davis was fined $10 for gaming and having possession of crooked dice. He paid the $10.

March 24, 1924: The Johnson City Staff reported that since so many directors of the Chamber of Commerce would be attending a Rotary convention in Chattanooga, the Chamber would not be meeting that day.

March 24, 1929: The Johnson City Chronicle reported, “It is hard for plain citizens who have never even visited the nation’s capital to understand the gravity of the social problem raised by the fact that the vice-president’s sister is to be his official hostess during his term of office. All Washington society was … worked-up over Mrs. Gann’s official status ... It looked bad when the Senate ladies refused to make her president of their club – a position always held by the wife of the vice-president. They made Mrs. Gann merely an associate member.” Charles Curtis, a widower, was U.S. vice president under Herbert Hoover from 1920-33. His married half-sister, "Dolly" Curtis Gann, was his official hostess.

March 24, 1935: A 10-year-old child had died after a train amputated both of his legs. The accident happened near the Gloria Textile plant, located at the rear of the Veterans Home. Before he died, Harold McKinney told physicians and his father that some other small boys who were with him at the time of the accident had pushed him into the train.

March 24, 1944: A notice was issued to the public from the Office of Defense Transportation in Washington, D.C., regarding taxicab operations. They were ordered not go to the airport, except as calls from airport officials or their agents. Telegram delivery was only allowed in certain circumstances. Taxis were not to go to road houses, night clubs, bootleggers, or similar establishments. Trips to places of amusement were also prohibited, as were several other types of trips.

March 24, 1950: "Chain Lightning" starring Humphrey Bogart and Eleanor Parker was at the Majestic Theatre on Main Street in downtown Johnson City.

March 24, 1959: Freeman Motor Co. on Wilson advertised the 1959 Rambler station wagon as an economical alternative to more expensive cars with lower gas mileage.

March 24, 1962: The last Piedmont DC-10 landed at Tri-Cities Airport. The airline replaced the planes with F27 prop-jets and Martin 404 air-conditioned, pressurized airplanes.

March 24, 1966: The latest version of the Agatha Christie whodunit “Ten Little Indians” was at the Majestic.

Sources: Johnson City Court Records; Johnson City Press and Staff-News combined with The Chronicle; Johnson City Press-Chronicle; Ted Bowers/Johnson City, Tennessee, Memories.

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