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Today in Johnson City History: May 1

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • May 1, 2020 at 11:00 AM

May 1, 1883: The Rutland Herald, published in Rutland, Vermont, told of a band of outlaws in Johnson City. “The people of this section turned out en masse to hunt a band of robbers, who have been committing depredations in East Tennessee and North Carolina. Bill Pritchard, the leader was killed recently by citizens and the gang has since been under the leadership of his son. Last evening after the band had burned a saw mill and twenty cattle in Mitchell County they took refuge in a cave near here (meaning Johnson City). A desperate battle followed. The robbers finding escape cut off, covered the entrance to the cave with several women and children, evidently captives, and escaped. They left a paper, vowing vengeance on the citizens of the county for the death of ‘Bill’ Pritchard.”

May 1, 1891: According to Johnson City Court Records, Thomas Coleman was fined $2.50 for “Keeping disorderly house.” The records do not reveal if the fine was paid.

May 1, 1940: The following movies were playing in Johnson City on  “All Women Have Secrets” was at the Liberty, “The Road to Singapore” was at the Majestic, “The Old Maid” was at the Sevier, and “Remember” was at the Tennessee.

May 1, 1955: "Tarzan's Hidden Jungle" was at the Tennessee Theatre.

May 1, 1964: An ad for the Miss Johnson City Pageant of 1964 appeared in the Johnson City Press-Chronicle. Ten women competed for the crown. Recording artist Johnny Tillotson was to be the special guest performer. The following night, Sheila Bolding — later Johnson City Board of Education member Sheila Cox — received the title.

May 1, 1982: The World’s Fair began a 6-month run in nearby Knoxville, Tennessee.

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

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