Today in Johnson City History: June 1

June 1, 1893: The Comet’s editors questioned whether Dr. C. Wheeler, a prominent physician who worked in several area counties, had been poisoned to death in Greeneville. The doctor’s son, a surgeon in Denver, Colorado, had arrived in Johnson City with suspicions of foul play. A post-mortem examination was planned for the disinterred remains, which had been hastily buried after the father’s death on May 14. A week later, The Comet reported that the doctor had not been poisoned but died from an enlarged heart.

June 1, 1917: The Johnson City Rotary Club was chartered.

June 1, 1939: Margaret Williams was fined $10 for being in contempt of court. She paid the fine.

June 1, 1941: Appalachian Baseball League officers President Ross Edgemon and Secretary Carl A. Jones Jr. sent a telegram to minor league “czar” Judge W.G. Braham calling for the curtailment of lights for night baseball. Edgemon and Jones stated that the voluntary action would strengthen baseball’s “position as the national pastime and moral stimulant for the country as a whole” while conserving large amounts of power for national defense. 

June 1, 1957: One of Johnson City founder Henry Johnson’s granddaughters died.

June 1, 1983: ZZ Top and Sammy Hager performed at Freedom Hall Civic Center.

Sources: The Comet; Johnson City Press-Chronicle; Johnson City Court Records, 1939; Archives of Appalachia, Mary Hardin McCown Collection; Bobbie H. Shirley, Freedom Hall.

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