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Today in Johnson City History: April 27

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Apr 27, 2020 at 12:00 PM

April 27, 1905: Philanthropist Andrew Carnegie had recently made plans to donate $15,000 to Washington College, which was one of the oldest schools in Tennessee. The money would be used to build a new building.

April 27, 1915: Mayor S.E. Miller had asked, “that the Liberty Bell be exhibited to the people of Johnson City during its tour of the country while en route to the Panama-Pacific International exposition next summer.”

April 27, 1925: “Mrs. B. Carroll Reece is in Washington this week attending the N.S.D.A.R. in session there as delegate from the Julius Duggar Chapter of the D.A.R., at Butler, Tenn.”, according to the Johnson City Staff-News. Mrs. Reece’s husband would later represent the First District of Tennessee in the U.S. House. The N.S.D.A.R. is an abbreviation for the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

April 27, 1935: Mayor, Ben Snipes, had recently said the bus franchise ordinance giving the Cleveland-Southern bus company right to operate a line here had not been returned, but was expected the next week.

April 27, 1948: The Johnson City Press-Chronicle published an image of local VFW Post Commander W.L. “Louis” Kinch presenting a prize to “Doc” Rierson of Charleston, West Virginia, who had won three motorcycle races at Memorial Stadium, alongside three other racers.

April 27, 1960: "The Spider" and "The Brain Eaters" were showing at the Family Drive-In Theatre on the New Jonesboro Highway.

The Johnson City Staff; Johnson City Staff-News; Johnson City Chronicle; Johnson City Press-Chronicle; Ted Bowers/Johnson City, Tennessee, Memories

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