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Today in Johnson City History: May 10

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • May 10, 2020 at 10:00 AM

May 10, 1883: The Knoxville Daily Tribune reported that the East Tennessee Sunday-school Convention had met in Johnson City that morning. The article also reported, “There is much enthusiasm among the delegates and all seem to be alive to the importance of using more exertion in pushing forward the Sunday school cause.”

May 10, 1885: Membership records of First Christian Church indicated a resident membership of 52 members; however, many of these members were either deceased or no longer living in or near Johnson City. Therefore, it was decided to revise the original roll, and to begin a new one.

May 10, 1892: Jeff Scott was fined $10 for playing cards on Sunday.

May 10, 1893: The Comet reported, “Quite a disastrous blaze broke out at Elizabethton Monday night, in which the Co-operative Town Company’s office, together with two other valuable business houses, was destroyed. The fire originated, it is safe to presume, from a cigar stub in Flater’s meat market, in one of the business houses, and from thence spread to the other two buildings.”

May 10, 1903: The Journal and Tribune, a paper in Knoxville, reported that the State Federation of Women’s Clubs was having a convention in Johnson City at that time.

May 10, 1913: The Knoxville Sentinel reported “Two Pioneer Citizens Are Seriously Ill.” Further details reported, “Richard Bowman, of Knob Creek, aged 75 and Elijah Reedy, of Boone’s Creek, aged 89, two of the pioneers of Washington county (sic), are seriously ill at their homes.” Mr. Bowmen had suffered a stroke and Mr. Reedy had grip. We now know “grip” as “influenza.”

May 10, 1949: Alfred Hitchcock's "Shadow Of A Doubt" starring Teresa Wright and Joseph Cotten was at the Tennessee Theatre at West Main and Boone streets in downtown Johnson City.

May 10, 1963: "Panic In Year Zero" started at the Sevier Theatre on Spring Street.

May 10, 1972: A search was underway for a two-passenger private plane that had gone missing between Augusta, Georgia, and the Johnson City Airport. The plane, a brown and maroon Aero Commander, left Augusta around 10 a.m. and never arrived at its Johnson City destination.

Sources: Knoxville Daily Tribune; First Christian Church; Johnson City Court Records; The Comet; Journal and Tribune; Knoxville Sentinel; Johnson City Press-Chronicle; Ted Bowers/Johnson City, Tennessee, Memories

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