Today in Johnson City History: February 11


Feb. 11, 1886: The Comet reported on the Coasting Club’s big snow of the day; many sledders had a grand time sliding down the big hill that is behind Munsey Memorial United Methodist Church.

Feb. 11, 1951: Charles Hodge Mathes passed away. He was one of the original faculty members of East Tennessee Normal School.

Professor Charles Hodge Mathes, an original member of the faculty of East Tennessee State Normal School (ETSU), is shown on horseback in this undated photo. He served as first dean of the school (1911-1920), taught English and modern languages, and was alumni secretary (1922-1949).

Feb. 11, 1992: The International Championship Rodeo started the first day of a six-day run at Freedom Hall Civic Center. Total attendance exceeded 13,500. A year later, on Feb. 11, 1993, the Rodeo returned to Freedom Hall for four days, and attendance was 14,625.

Feb. 11, 2010: Former Science Hill High School basketball coach and principal George Pitts was named among 12 people to be inducted into the TSSAA Hall of Fame.

Sources: The Comet; Glimpses of Johnson City, Tennessee; Johnson City Postcard History Series; Bobbie H Shirley, Freedom Hall; Johnson City Press.

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