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Today in Johnson City History: April 24

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Apr 24, 2020 at 11:45 AM

April 24, 1912: Representatives of the Turnbull Sales Company and the Modern Brotherhood of America were each fined $1 for distributing circulars. Representatives of each organization paid the fine.

April 24, 1934: Pupils of Miss Mary Luter Wright presented a recital. Miss Wright taught violin, harp, and piano lessons.

April 24, 1945: Mrs. Margaret Barlow celebrated her 100th birthday. Mrs. Barlow attributed her long life to many things, including never going to the theatre or circus, smoking or using make-up.

April 24, 1954: "Phantom Of The Rue Morgue," a film adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Murders in the Rue Morgue,” was at the Majestic Theatre on East Main Street in downtown Johnson City.

April 24, 1968: Two of the late 1960s edgiest films were playing in downtown Johnson City. "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" was showing at the Tennessee Theatre at West Main and Boone streets. "The Graduate" was showing at the Majestic.

April 24, 1992: Allen Harris Jr. died. Mr. Harris joined the Harris Manufacturing Company in 1929 and became president of the firm in 1968. In 1983, Harris Manufacturing was sold to the Swedish Match Company, which eventually merged with Tarkett. The local company became known as Harris-Tarkett. Mr. Harris was vice chairman of the new company until his death.

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

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