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Today in Johnson City History: November 13

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Nov 13, 2019 at 6:45 AM

Nov. 13, 1890: The city’s Street Committee was accepting sealed proposals for the grading of several streets within the corporate limits. “The Board of Mayor and Aldermen reserves the right to reject any or all proposals.”

Nov. 13, 1902: Work on the new Arlington hotel was progressing satisfactorily. The Arlington sat on the northwest corner of Main Street and the railroad tracks. Today, the site is a public parking lot.

Nov. 13, 1928: Montrose Court burned. Losses were estimated at $250,000. That’s the equivalent of about $3.75 million today.

Nov. 13, 1966: The Johnson City Press-Chronicle reported that the City Commission would hire Jim Mosier the next day as the new city manager.

Nov. 13, 1978: More than 2,500 fans enjoyed the antics of the Harlem Globetrotters as they played at Freedom Hall Civic Center.

Nov. 13, 2009: East Tennessee State University’s Reserve Officers’ Training Corps inducted the first three members of its Hall of Fame. Retired Sgt. 1st Class Carson Gentry, Retired Lt. Gen. Ron Hite and the late Col. Frank Rutherford had their pictures placed on plaques and posted in Memorial Hall, where military science at ETSU is housed.

Sources: The Comet; Johnson’s Depot; Johnson City Press-Chronicle; Bobbie H. Shirley, Freedom Hall; Johnson City Press.