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Today in Johnson City History: December 5

Rebecca Henderson • Dec 5, 2018 at 6:15 AM

Dec. 5, 1907: Children’s letters to Santa Claus, as printed in The Comet, an early Johnson City weekly newspaper, reveals their wishes for such Christmas goodies as fruit, oranges, nuts and other foods. Dolls and books were also popular items. A little boy asked for a Billy goat wagon, while a little girl wished for gloves and brown hair ribbons.

Dec. 5, 2000: St. Mary’s Church and School on Lakeview Drive were consecrated.

(Sources: The Comet, “In the Footsteps of Faith: A Tour of 14 of Johnson City’s Century-Old Churches.)

— Rebecca Henderson

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