Nov. 24, 1887: Merchants were asked to close their doors during the Union Thanksgiving service at the Baptist Church.

Nov. 24, 1910: The Comet reported that someone anxious for guns had broken a plate glass window at the store of Edward Blake & Son the prior morning and helped themselves to the store’s shotguns and some shells.

Nov. 24, 1953: Johnson City Cardinals President Carl A. Jones announced that the ball club might pull out of the Appalachian League because of Bristol’s likely departure. Jones said there might not be baseball in Johnson City in 1954. The Cards did stay in the league that year and the next but did not field a team in 1956.

Nov. 24, 1961: Milligan College opened the P.H. Welshimer Memorial Library.

Nov. 24, 1967: Seeger Memorial Chapel at Milligan College was dedicated. The seating capacity was 1,300.

Nov. 24, 2006: More than 2,000 meals were served and $20,000 worth of grocery certificates were handed out at the annual day-after-Thanksgiving brunch for the needy at Best Western Hotel.

Sources: The Comet; Kingsport Times; Archives of Appalachia, Mary Hardin McCown Collection; Johnson City Press

Rebecca Henderson is a contributing columnist for Johnson City Press.

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