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Today in Johnson City History: March 29

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Mar 29, 2020 at 6:15 AM

March 29, 1906: Sheriff Frank Smith had decided against seeking reelection. He planned to move to Nebraska at the end of his term.

March 29, 1917: The Comet opined that since the citizens of Johnson City would have a chance to vote on building a courthouse and a market house that “we should all get busy and see that it is built. There should be no factionalism played, but every one (sic) should work in harmony for the proposition, which is one that the city is sorely in need of.”

March 29, 1927: Local merchant Robert N. Dosser had died. Mr. Dosser’s funeral was held at his residence, 215 E. Eighth Ave. The attending throng occupied every available space on the lower floor of the large house, and overflowed into the yard. Out of respect, business ceased in the city for the hour as all stores closed during the funeral service. The funeral service was conducted by Dr. M.P. Carico, minister of Munsey Memorial M.E. Church, which is now known as Munsey Memorial United Methodist Church.

March 29, 1947: Montgomery Ward, 315 E. Main St., advertised that electric toasters were $3.59 and a one-burner stove, which we would now call a hot plate, was $2.19.

March 29, 1957: Charles Department Store conducted its grand opening in its remodeled on East Main Street. A block away, "Rebel Without A Cause" and "East of Eden" starring James Dean started at the Majestic Theatre. 

March 29, 1964: The Beatles topped WETB’s list of most requested songs with “Twist and Shout” at No. 1 and “She Loves You” at No. 2.

March 29, 1965: Ground was broken for Appalachian Christian Village, now known as Cornerstone Village.

March 29, 1970: The Johnson City Press published an architect's sketch of the new movie theater planned for North Roan Street, Parkway Cinema.

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

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