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Today in Johnson City History: April 14

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Apr 14, 2020 at 11:00 AM

April 14, 1924: Virgil Jackson was fined $3 for riding a motorcycle on the sidewalk. He paid the fine.

April 14, 1935: Assistant Fire Chief George Wilson, had been admitted to the Appalachian Hospital recently for treatment of influenza and a severe cold. Hospital attaches said he was removed to the hospital following indications of pneumonia.

April 14, 1945: Headlines of the Johnson City Press-Chronicle read “Simple Funeral Rites Will Be Held For Roosevelt At 4 O’Clock Today.” The services were to be conducted in the East Room of the White House. President Franklin D. Roosevelt had died in office two days earlier.

April 14, 1947: The thriller "The Spiral Staircase" starring Dorothy McGuire, George Brent and Ethel Barrymore was showing at the Tennessee Theatre on the corner of West Main and Boone Streets in downtown Johnson City.

April 14, 1955: Wright’s Food Center advertised Swift’s Premium Bacon at 53 cents a pound, three cans of Swift’s Premium Potted Meat at 25 cents, and four bars of Camay Soup at 29 cents. For perspective, $1 in April 1955 was the approximate equivalent of $9.67 in 2020.

April 14, 1963: Greg's Pizza in the new Holiday Shopping Center in north Johnson City advertised that it was “Another First for Johnson City.” Meanwhile, "Girls! Girls! Girls!" starring Elvis Presley was at the Skyline Drive-In Theatre on the New Jonesboro Highway.

April 14, 1965: Janet Strickland, 9-year-old daughter of Jack Strickland, assistant city manager, had received a laceration of the nose when she ran into a fence at home. She had been treated and released from Johnson City Memorial Hospital.

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

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