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Today in Johnson City History: April 25

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Apr 25, 2020 at 12:00 PM

April 25, 1884: The Comet reported, “Frank Henson’s wife died Sunday night last after a few weeks sickness. Her little baby of two weeks was living the last account we had.”

April 25, 1901: The Comet reported, “The avoirdupois social given by the Ladies’ Aid Society at the residence of Dr. Long last night was a most pleasant affair and yielded a nice sum to the organ fund.”

April 25, 1911: The girls’ dormitory at Washington College had burned the previous morning. None of the occupants was injured, but three of the girls lost all of their belongings. The dormitory was a four-story brick building and was completely destroyed.

April 25, 1926: Judge and Mrs. W.R. Allen had recently entertained former Gov. and Mrs. A.A. Taylor at a dinner party, held at their home on Sunset Hill in Elizabethton.

April 25, 1947: Ground had been broken for the new J.C. Penney Store at 307 E. Main St. The building replaced one at the site that burned in 1944 and was eventually razed. The 1947 building still stands and most recently was part of Hands On! Regional Museum. The entire block is now under renovation.

April 25, 1948: A crowd of about 3,000 turned out for motorcycle racing at Roosevelt Field (later known as Memorial Stadium). The race was sponsored by the John Sevier Chapter of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

April 25, 1958: World War II submarine drama "Run Silent, Run Deep," starring screen legends Clark Gable and Burt Lancaster, played at the Sevier Theatre on Spring Street in downtown Johnson City.

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

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