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Today in Johnson City History: April 29

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Apr 29, 2020 at 12:00 PM

April 29, 1885: The Knoxville Daily Journal reported that the “Hon. Robt. L. Taylor, of Johnson City, is in the city at Schubert’s Hotel.” At the time, Taylor was operating the Johnson City Comet newspaper. This was four years after Taylor left Congress as the last Democrat to hold the 1st District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives and a year before he was elected governor of Tennessee.

April 29, 1896: The Buffalo Courier of Buffalo, New York reported “John Crouch, an ex-convict, entered the railroad station at Pine Flats (sic) last night wearing a mask, and pointing a pistol at J.B. Wolfe, the agent, told him to hold up his hands. Wolfe rose to his feet, and as he did so, Crouch fired at close range, tearing Wolfe’s collar off and burning his face. Wolfe got his pistol and returned the fire, the bullet entering Crouch’s neck, producing a fatal wound. Crouch is a member of one of the best families of this city.”

April 29, 1902: The Knoxville Sentinel reported on “S.C. Williams, a leading lawyer of Johnson City is attending the court of Chancery appeals today.”

April 29, 1912: The Nashville Banner reported that Johnson City had been the host city for a recent Shriners convention. Nobles from Roanoke to Memphis attended the convention, with around 250 in attendance.

April 29, 1935: Sam Howell, state senator from Washington County, tossed his hat into the ring to be Johnson City’s next mayor. The young attorney hoped to succeed Ben Snipes, who has announced his retirement. Howell did not win. Marion Sell followed Snipes as mayor and served until 1939.

April 29, 1946: Lamar High School’s boys took advantage of every opportunity while their hurler, Sellers, pitched three-hit baseball to hand the Hilltoppers their first defeat of the season, 8-6.

April 29, 1955: East Tennessee State College defeated Appalachian State 8-7 in baseball. Doubles by Fred Haren and Harold Poe helped the Bucs overcome one-run deficit in the top of the ninth inning to win the game.

April 29, 1968: Giant Wholesale Grocery Corp. announced a 75,000-square-foot expansion of its facilities in Johnson City. The freight facilities would adjoining the existing Giant warehouse. The addition would make the overall facility about 115,000 square feet.

April 29, 1968: Daniel Boone exploded for seven runs in the seventh inning to pull a stunning 9-6 win over Johnson City. The Hilltoppers, who saw their six-game win streak come to a halt, held a 6-2 lead going into the seventh.

Sources: The Knoxville Daily Journal; Buffalo Courier; The Knoxville Sentinel; Johnson City Press; Johnson City Press-Chronicle; Kingsport Times


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