Today in Johnson City History: July 5 | Living


July 5, 1916: Johnson City staff reported: “Johnson City lost the first game at Bristol on July 4 on an error, score 2–1.”

“John Milhorn dropped Bristol with 4 hits, kicked off the game of his life and should have won the game, but alas one of those little mistakes lost it to him. The Johnson City team hit five hits against Crookshanks but failed to hit in the pinch It was one of the best games ever played on the Bristol diamond.

“Game two was a different affair and went 10 long, hard (indecipherable) innings. This was characterized by the violent beatings of the soldiers. Hyder and Hughes each had 3 safeties, and every man on the team had at least one hit.

July 5, 1922: A century ago today, the Johnson City Chronicle reported news with an Erwin date and a July 4 date. Readers learned that “the railroad strike is still the same in this town. Meetings were organized by trade unionists on Sunday and Monday at the courthouse, around 300 people attended each meeting.

“The strike remains 100% – no break in union lines. A sinking appeal was made on Sunday, but none of the strikers responded.

July 5, 1947: Seventy-five years ago today, the Johnson City Press-Chronicle reported news with a date from Portland, Ore., and a date of July 4. flying discs maneuvering over a residential area of ​​Portland today.

“Their reports radioed to headquarters followed the same general pattern of reports of similar objects reported to the west – that they were high, looked like huge saucers, shone in the sun, and flew with an undulating motion. The police office asked the National Guard Air Squadron to investigate.

“During the day, a formation of B-29 bombers, followed by P-80 fighter jets, flew over the city as part of a holiday demonstration.”

July 5, 1968: Johnson Citizens learned of the death of a prominent citizen by reading the Johnson City Press-Chronicle. “The funeral of Mrs. Florence Harris Wofford, 1 Llewellyn Wood, who died at Memorial Hospital on Wednesday, will be held at 10.30 a.m. on Saturday at her home.”

“Mrs. Wofford was originally from Brooklyn, NY, but had lived in Johnson City since 1890. She was the widow of George Torrey Wofford and was the daughter of the late William Pond and Ida Florence Potter Harris. She was a member of the church St. John’s Episcopal Church, which was founded by his parents.

“Mrs. Wofford was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Colonial Dames, the Daughters of American Colonists, a founding member of the Monday Club and the Mayne Williams Library Board. served as Treasurer from 1929 to 1963.

“She was also a member of the Wednesday Morning Music Club, the Fortnightly Club, the American Legion Auxiliary, the League of Women Voters, the Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority and served as Tennessee President of the National Cathedral Association (Episcopal) .”

”The survivors include three sons, Harris L., New York City, George T. Jr., San Marino, Calif., and Dr. Charles P., Johnson City; one brother, Allen Harris Sr., Johnson City; 11 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Memorial Hospital was a precursor to Johnson City Medical Center.

July 5, 1972: Fifty years ago today, with a deadline from Boone, North Carolina, Johnson City Press-Chronicle readers learned that “composing and arranging dances for a show means you close your eyes and dream a lot “, says Diane Pruett, the young choreographer of the outdoor drama “Horn In The West”.

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“‘It’s closing your eyes and imagining what you want to do, then mapping the dances to the scale of the stage, mapping out who enters where, seeing if there’s enough room on stage for the dancers and the action’, says Diane Pruett.

“She choreographed five new dances this season for the horn.”

“Work began in January, after a rewrite of the show’s script was completed.”

“A dance was needed at a place to move the story forward, another dance creates a mood, others show how the early settlers of the Blue Ridge Mountains danced. In the dances, the emphasis is on authenticity.

“The first dance of the show, called ‘the picnic dance’, is a fundraising celebration. It’s based on the traditional round dance of the mountainous region, using the Allemande and the old-fashioned dosaydo, says Diane Pruett.

“At that time, the dances were simple and everyone danced,” she says. »

“The picnic dance is done to the music of ‘Weevily Wheat.’ The dance instrumentation is authentic violin and percussion.

“Later in the first act of the Horn comes the Indian dance, which advances the plot of the drama as the Cherokee Indians prepare for battle. The dance brings a fiery end to the first act, with lit torches passing from dancer to dancer and a duet of fire hoops.

“Act II opens with the dance ‘Daisy Chain’, which concerns the construction of a wagon which is the settlers’ wedding present to the young couple, Jack and Mary, who are about to be married and the decoration of the trolley with a chain of daisies.

“The ‘garland’ is quickly followed by a ‘dream adagio’, a slow dreamlike movement between young Mack and Mary mimicking the upcoming wedding and joined by other young couples from Watauga Colony. The music for the dream adagio is a flute solo from the old folk ballad “What Wondrous Love”.

Boone, North Carolina, is located about 55 miles from Johnson City.

For more on this season’s production of “Horn in the West”, visit or call 828-264-2120.

July 5, 1997: Twenty-five years ago today, in an article with the byline of Rayner Pike, an Associated Press writer, and a New York dateline, Johnson City Press readers were saddened to learn of the death of a broadcasting legend. “Charles Kuralt, the avuncular CBS reporter whose “On the Road” stories celebrated quirky America — from unicyclists to horse dealers to poets at the gas pump — died July 4. He was 62. .

“Kuralt died in New York Hospital from complications of lupus, an inflammatory disease that can affect the skin, joints, kidneys and nervous system.”

“‘He connected to the essence of America better than any woman or man of his generation,’ former CBS News president Howard Stringer said. “It’s a totally inappropriate death. , but on the most appropriate day.”

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