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Today in Johnson City History: March 31

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Mar 31, 2020 at 12:30 AM

March 31, 1887: The Comet told advertisers “We will accept none but metal base electrotypes if the advertisement is to receive more than one insertion.” The Comet also told advertisers, “We do not furnish advertisers a copy of The Comet free.” Advertisers were further advised, “All local advertisements will be published until ordered discontinued.”

March 31, 1910: The Comet published these words from the Elizabethton Equity: “The Johnson City Comet made its appearance last week as a daily, with Hon. Cy H. Lyle as editor. The mechanical get up of the paper is above the average, its columns beams with new news and catch ads. The paper is democratic, and should receive the undivided patronage of those whom its editor has labored so faithfully to serve.”

March 31, 1922: The Johnson City Chronicle announced that the name for the new high school would be chosen that evening. Johnson Citians had been encouraged to submit names; a coupon was provided in the paper for appropriate suggestions.

March 31, 1950: The Johnson City Press-Chronicle published an image of construction on Johnson City's new minor league baseball park. Known for most of its existence as Cardinal Park, the stadium is now TVA Credit Union Ballpark.

March 31, 1951: John Edwin Crouch died. was the only member of the Milligan Collage class of 1896. Mr. Crouch taught school in Johnson City, and became superintendent of the Johnson City Schools in 1921. He owned The Book Store, which was on Main Street in Johnson City. “This was the rendezvous for everyone – where he not only sold books, he gave out bits of history, and knowledge along many phases of life. His was the school book sales store for many years.” He sold The Book Store in 1927.

March 31, 1953: "Red Planet Mars" and "Without Warning" were showing at the Tennessee Theatre on the corner of West Main and Boone streets in downtown Johnson City.

March 31, 1959: The Johnson City Press-Chronicle published an image of police with 36 gallons of white lightning confiscated from a Johnson City public housing complex. Pictured were Lt. Leroy Watts and Patrolman Wendell Snapp.

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