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Today in Johnson City History: November 12

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Nov 12, 2019 at 6:00 AM

Nov. 12, 1871: First Christian Church began in the home of William Young at 1117 Cedar Place.

Nov. 12, 1891: The Comet reported the accidental death of a local minister, the Rev. Jesse Crosswhite. He had sold his farm in the Cherokee community and was working to build a new house when he was crushed by a log he and another man were loading to a wagon.

Nov. 12, 1896: The heat of the political campaign was so intense that it caught the children in its sweep. Almande Boucher and Bessie Ball, two of the best girls in the city, had entered into a political discussion which came near being settled according to London prize ring rules. Bessie was a Bryan Democrat, and Almande was a McKinley Republican. They were the warmest companions and agreed on every question except politics.

Nov. 12, 1914: The Clinchfield Ice & Coal Company had begun work on its plant on the C.C.&O. railway near Roan Street. Besides being equipped with the latest improved machinery for making ice, it was to have a large and modern cold storage or refrigerating plant intended to take care of Johnson City's needs for a number of years.

Nov. 12, 1982: Tom T. Hall, Jeanie C. Riley, and Darwin Keith performed at Freedom Hall Civic Center.

Nov. 12, 1990: A citywide recycling program began with the theme “Don’t Trash It. Stash It.” (Source: “Glimpses of Johnson City, Tennessee,” Community Relations Department, city of Johnson City, Tennessee.)

Nov. 12, 1996: Sesame Street Live began a two-day run at Freedom Hall Civic Center. More than 9,400 fans attended the performances.

Sources: “Greater Johnson City A Pictorial History”; History of Washington County, Tennessee”; The Comet; Bobbie H. Shirley, Freedom Hall; City of Johnson City.