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Today in Johnson City History: April 12

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Apr 12, 2020 at 11:03 AM

April 12, 1884: The Johnson City Foundry and Machine Co. recently had been organized with Col. C. Powell president.

April 12, 1906: Sam Sells, wife and baby had spent the last Sunday in Bristol. Thad A. Cox was trying to look pleasant with a boil on his neck. Meanwhile, James A. Summers, of the Summers-Parrott Hardware Co., was confined to his room with rheumatism.

April 12, 1917: The Johnson City Staff, on carried the bold headlines “To Call 500,000 Volunteers.” By way of explanation, the War Department announced on that day that the National Guard would be recruited to the normal strength of the regular Army.

April 12, 1943: "Casablanca" was showing at the Tennessee Theatre on the corner of West Main and Boone Streets in downtown Johnson City.

April 12, 1945: Memorial Hospital, a new hospital in Johnson City, was chartered. Memorial Hospital was a nonprofit, publicly owned hospital, and served Johnson City until Johnson City Medical Center was built.

April 12, 1953: The Tennessee Theatre began showing 3D motion pictures.

April 12, 1959: “The Defiant Ones" starring Tony Curtis and Sidney Poitier started a five-day run at the Family Drive-In on the New Jonesborough Highway.

April 12, 1963: The Johnson City Press-Chronicle reported that K-Mart Department Store would be a part of the new northern Johnson City shopping center.

Sources: The Comet; Johnson City Staff; “History of Washington County, Tennessee”; Ted Bowers/Johnson City, Tennessee, Memories; Johnson City Press-Chronicle

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