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Today in Johnson City History: April 15

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Apr 16, 2020 at 10:30 AM

April 16, 1903: The Comet reported that Dr. J.S. Stuart had died in Jonesboro, after having pneumonia for five days. Dr. Stuart “was the county physician and a member of the board of pension examiners, and was one of the best-known physicians in the county. As a citizen he enjoyed the friendship of all with whom he came in contact, and his death will cause genuine sorrow among his wide circle of friends.”

April 16, 1915: The Johnson City Staff carried an advertisement from the Unaka National Bank, letting readers know that the bank paid “4 Per Cent Interest in Our Savings Dept.”

April 16, 1926: The Johnson City Chronicle informed readers “Mr. and Mrs. Joe Crouch and children of Johnson City were visiting home folks Sunday.”

April 16, 1936: The Chronicle carried somber news of an 11-year-old boy, J.B. Dykes, who lived in Jonesboro. The paper reported that he “may lose his right eye, his father said yesterday, because of injuries he received in a game of tag. The father said the boy and a girl friend were tagging each other with sticks and that the girl threw a stick with punctured his boy’s eye. He is being treated at Jones hospital.”

Apr. 16, 1955: "Man Without A Star" with Kirk Douglas started at the Majestic Theatre on East Main Street in downtown Johnson City.

April 16, 1968: Johnson City’s Dairy Queen advertised banana splits on sale for 29 cents each, a 16-cent break on the regular price. That 29 cents would be the equivalent of $2.15 in 2020. Also on the 1968 menu were hot dogs for 25 cents each, small hamburgers for 12 cents, large burgers for 35 cents and barbecue at 50 cents. Locations included 714 W. Market St., 2400 N. Roan St., West Walnut at Southwest Avenue, and Legion Street at East Market/East Main in Johnson City, as well as on the 11-E Bypass in Jonesborough. Only the Legion/Market/Main location remains in service, although Johnson City now has another Dairy Queen in Gray.

April 16, 1969: Southern Railway Train No. 41, "The Pelican," had ceased passenger service to Johnson City.

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

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