Today in Johnson City History: April 22

April 22, 1909: A committee appointed to study Johnson City’s water quality problems reported that the city would need additional legislation enabling it build or acquire its own water works.

April 22, 1939: Men from Johnson City, Erwin, Washington, D.C., Elizabethton, Milligan College and North Carolina were fined for being drunk in public. On the same day, a John Deaton was “crazy-locked up-wife request,” and then sent to Jonesboro.

April 22, 1957: Henry Bridges died. He developed and managed the Woodmont Rod and Gun Club in Maryland for more than half a century. He also maintained a home in Johnson City, now known as Shelbridge, which serves as the ETSU president’s home.

April 22, 2010: Seamus Power took home the individual hardware, and the East Tennessee State golf team did something it had never done before. Power shot a five-under-par 67 to win the individual championship at the Atlantic Sun Conference tournament. He led the Bucs to the team title, giving them four tournament championships that spring, something they had never done in their illustrious history.

Sources: The Comet; Johnson City Court Records, 1939; Archives of Appalachia, Mary Hardin McCown Collection; Nancy Stanton; Johnson City Press

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