Today in Johnson City History: April 24

April 24, 1902: L.D. Gump had commenced building a residence on Watauga Avenue opposite the residence of H.D. Gump. The construction contract had been awarded to C.G. Mitchell.

April 24, 1955: The 15-year mystery of what happened to barmaid Josie Fair was solved when her headless skeleton was unearthed from beneath a concrete floor in the Johnson City Foundry by her accused killers, Orville and Gladys Warren, with police. The Warrens had accused each other of the killing, but a Carter County grand jury later declined to indict the couple on murder charges. Orville served a year in prison for mutilating Fair’s corpse. He was charged in 1958 with killing Ben John Cash, whose body was found buried under the Warrens’ home.

April 24, 1969: The Metro Kiwanis Club presented a travelogue at Science Hill High School as part of the Centennial Events. The subject was “Londontowne.”

April 24, 1975: KISS played a show at Freedom Hall Civic Center on this date in 1975.

Sources: The Comet; Johnson City Press-Chronicle; Archives of Appalachia, Mary Hardin McCown collection.

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