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Today in Johnson City History: May 3

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • May 3, 2020 at 11:30 AM

May 3, 1884: The Comet opined, “The people of Johnson City have to stuff cotton in their ears now, on account of the hum of machinery and the rattle and roar of hammers and saws, and on account of – well – don’t say anything about it – Ike Jobe and Lacy Lawrence, are in town. Nice men sir, nice men, good talkers.”

May 3, 1894: The Comet reported about a painful accident that had recently happened to W.W. Cartwright. “While trying to close a car the door caught the middle finger of the left hand near the root of the nail and cut it off.”

May 3, 1904: The Knoxville Sentinel brought the news that Mr. S.P. Angel was in Knoxville conducting business on behalf of the Soldier’s Home; he would be in Knoxville for several days “meeting old soldiers and explaining to them the manner by which admittance to the Mountain branch of the Soldiers Home at Johnson City can be procured. He has been at Johnson City for some time and finds that the old soldiers throughout Eat Tennessee who are entitled to admission to the home do not understand how to gain admission, and he will be there and explain to all who see him the manner in which the home is conducted, the requirements for admission, etc.”

May 3, 1934: Readers of the Johnson City Staff-News learned that on May 21, 24 students would graduate from Milligan College. Fifteen men and nine women from five states would make up the class.

May 3, 1944: The Johnson City Cardinals hammered five Erwin pitchers for 33 hits Wednesday including three doubles and a triple to chalk up their second straight victory over the Bruins by an 11-8 count. The Redbirds scored in every inning except the fourth and sixth. Ned Jilton started for the Cardinals. Don Schuckmann went to his rescue in the eighth.

May 3, 1954: Bobby Byant, Bill Dingus and Jack Campbell, three of Science Hill High School's top baseball players, were declared ineligible for the rest of the season. Against TSSAA regulations, the boys had participated in a game with Johnson City's Tennessee Valley League semi-pro entry at Elizabethton the previous weekend. The boys had played thinking that since it was a pre-season practice game it would hot hurt their high school eligibility.

May 3, 1966: The National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced that Esther Lee Knisley of Science Bill High School won a scholarship in mathematics.

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