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Today in Johnson City History: April 5

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Updated Apr 5, 2020 at 7:51 PM

April 5, 1893: The Daily Comet carried an advertisement for the Hotel Carnegie. The advertisement claimed that it had every modern conveniences, and was the “Largest, finest-finished and best-equipped Hotel in East Tennessee.”

April 5, 1909: Aaron Rorbuck was fined $20 for procuring liquor for another person. He served time in jail for the offense.

April 5, 1923: The Johnson City Daily Staff gave this tip from the police to readers: “To prevent accidents with bottles containing poison, buy a dozen tiny bells, and every time a bottle of poison is brought into the house tie a bell to its neck. Even in the dark the bell with tinkle its warning.” Readers also were told that “Visitors accidentally discovering our city jail wonder why it was built no larger than the garage for the family Ford: but of course the reason is plain: we are so good we don’t need a jail here.”

April 5, 1934: The Johnson City Chronicle reported that “The Countess of Monte Cristo” staring Fay Wray would soon be opening at the Majestic Theatre. Wray’s co-star was Paul Lukas.

April 5, 1944: Johnson City had recently received large shipments of uncut gauze, which would be rolled into surgical dressings. This was according to Mrs. Fidelia Quillen, who was the executive secretary of the Johnson City Red Cross chapter.

April 5, 1959: The Johnson City Press-Chronicle published a political cartoon about the number of presidential candidates, spoofing the fad of telephone booth cramming by college students.

April 5, 1963: The one-act play "Wildcat Willie Gets the Woolies" was presented at North Junior High School.

April 5, 1968: “Lady Madonna” by The Beatles was the most requested song for the week on WETB Radio. 

Sources: Johnson City Court Records; Johnson Chronicle; Johnson City Staff News; Johnson City Press-Chronicle; Ted Bowers/Johnson City, Tennessee, Memories


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