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Today in Johnson City History: October 25

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Oct 25, 2019 at 4:45 AM

Oct. 25, 1889: The Comet reported that Will Gentry and Scott Porch had been ’possum hunting. “It must have been the fleet-footed breed they were after, as they were both mounted on the upon two of the swiftest horses in Scott’s stable.” The editors had been promised an account of the hunt and speculated that “Mr. ’Possum” was still among the living.

Oct. 25, 1906: The walls of the old Singiser building in Carnegie had fallen earlier in the week, instantly killing carpenter A.L. Cooper and delivery man John Hearon. J.E. Hayes had purchased the debris several days earlier and was reconstructing the building when the accident occurred.

Oct. 25, 1980: Van Halen performed for more than 6,500 people at Freedom Hall Civic Center.

Oct. 25, 1986: Johnson City Symphony Orchestra Conductor Antiona Joy Wilson spoke of the upcoming season. She stated, “Someone has to have a sense of the whole piece (of music.) Remember, the members of the orchestra just have their parts in front of them. I’m the only one with the score.”

Oct. 25, 2007: Sigma Chi Fraternity’s chapter at East Tennessee State University “adopted” South Side Elementary to provide school supplies and other support.

Oct. 25, 2013: Mountain States Health Alliance leaders debuted Johnson City Medical Center’s $63 million expanded and upgraded surgery department for local media outlets, government officials and business professionals. The wing officially opened the following week.

Sources: The Comet; Bobbie H. Shirley, Freedom Hall; Johnson City Press