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Today in Johnson City History: April 23

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Apr 23, 2020 at 1:15 PM

April 23, 1891: Johnson City planned to raise a fund of $10,000 for an exhibit at Chicago — a solid train load of raw materials – a total of two hundred tons – to be exhibited at the World’s Fair. The exhibit was to consist chiefly of magnetic iron ore, Bessemer pig, coke, marble, limestone, silver, lead, copper, various hardwoods, cereals and a diversity of agricultural products.

April 23, 1903: The Comet opined that “Music as a cure for disease is the newest fad. As a cause of disease would-be musicians have been a howling success for ages.”

April 23, 1915: W.C. Carrier and Sons had resumed brick manufacturing in Bluff City. The company was turning out about 40,000 bricks per day and planned to have a large kiln burning in a few days.

April 23, 1925: The Business and Professional Women’s Club of Elizabethton had recently been formed. The meeting was held in the Chamber of Commerce room at the Lynnwood Hotel.

April 23, 1943: Pfc. Fred Rowe Lewis was killed in Tunisia, North Africa, during World War II. His remains were returned to Johnson City in June 1948.

April 23, 1953: The Press-Chronicle published an image of seven members of the 1953 Johnson City Cardinals lounging in the lobby of the John Sevier Hotel shortly after their arrival for the season.

April 23, 1963: "Wild In The Country," starring Elvis Presley, was at the Tri-City Drive-In Movie Theater on the Kingsport Highway.

April 23, 1969: The Press-Chronicle reported that Oscar-winning actress Joan Crawford would be in Johnson City to dedicate the new Pepsi-Cola bottling plant here. Crawford had been on Pepsi’s board of directors since her fourth husband, Pepsi executive Al Steele, died in 1959.

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

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