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Today in Johnson City History: April 2

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Apr 2, 2020 at 5:00 AM

April 2, 1891: Thirty carloads of pipe for the Watauga Water Company were on their way to Johnson City.

April 2, 1908: The Comet reported that the previous Friday train No. 41 carried special Pullman carrying Mrs. Theodore Roosevelt and children — Miss Ethel, Kermit and Quentin — en route to Vicksburg, Miss. When the train stopped here, a large crowd attempted to see the first lady of the land, but she drew the curtain and cut off the curious crowd.

April 2, 1923: The Deluxe Theatre opened at the corner of West Main and Boone streets. It was later known as The Capitol, The Tennessee and finally The Capri before closing in 1983. The Johnson City Transit station now sits on that site.

April 2, 1937: The Johnson City Press reported that Miss Christine Burleson would be addressing the all-day meeting of the First District Tennessee Congress of Parents and Teachers the next day. The meeting would take place at the Junior High School.

April 2, 1957: Memorial Hospital and the VA Hospital had admitted 62 patients over the past weekend. Memorial Hospital discharged 57 patients over the same time period; the number of discharges from the VA Hospital was not provided.

April 2, 1962: A car belonging to James Garland of Bert Street had gotten “stuck in a yard on new Jonesboro Highway….and was removed by a wrecker.”

April 2, 1963: World renowned pianists Ferrante & Teicher performed in the ETSU Memorial Auditorium.

April 2, 1976: Western spoof "Blazing Saddles" started at the Majestic Theatre on East Main Street in downtown Johnson City. 

April 2, 1985: Press-Chronicle columnist Tom Hodge wrote about a White House-style Easter egg roll at Tipton-Haynes Farm. The hunt would take place the next Sunday, according to Faith Stahl, who was the executive director of Tipton-Haynes. Mrs. Stahl wanted to make sure everything was authentic, so she got in touch with Louise Sells, who got in touch with Congressman Jimmy Quillen. The Congressman had the White House send Mrs. Stahl a booklet on the White House version of an Easter egg roll, so she could ensure that the proper procedure was followed.

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

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