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Today in Johnson City History: April 15

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Apr 15, 2020 at 11:00 AM

April 15, 1886: The Comet reported on the activity of The Odd Fellows. That group would soon celebrate their 67th anniversary in Greeneville and Morristown. “A good time is anticipated and the Noble Grand desires all members of this Lodge to attend.”

April 15, 1909: The headlines in The Comet on proclaimed “Johnson City’s Celebration.” Indeed, there was much to celebrate concerning the completion of the Carolina, Clinchfield, and Ohio Railroads.

April 15, 1919: The Johnson City Staff read, “Johnson City Ready To Welcome The Boys Home Tomorrow,” as men were returning from World War I. “In the morning between 7:30 and 7:45 o’clock the special train carrying men of the Second Battalion, 117th Infantry will arrive in Johnson City.”

April 15, 1929: The Johnson City Staff-News reported that the Wednesday Morning Music Club would be meeting on April 17 at the Mayne Williams Public Library. Mrs. D.R. Beeson would be responsible for the program.

April 15, 1939: Bold headlines above the masthead of the Johnson City Chronicle told readers “Register Today To Be Eligible To Vote On May 9.”

April 15, 1975: North Side Hospital opened at 401 Princeton Road.

April 15, 2008: The Johnson City Commission approved on first reading an amendment to the city zoning code that would restrict substance abuse treatment centers to MS-1 (medical services) zoned districts.

Sources: The Comet; Johnson City Staff; Johnson City Staff-News; Johnson City Chronicle; Johnson City Press-Chronicle; Johnson City Press

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