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Today in Johnson City History: January 14

Johnson City • Updated Jan 14, 2019 at 8:26 AM

Jan. 14, 1909: The Johnson City Press reported on a proposal to build a new Science Hill High School. Board of Education member J.K. Brading had presented plans and specifications prepared by Architect C.O. Mitchell for a new high school building costing, exclusive of grounds, about $35,000 (about $900,000 in today’s dollars). Brading’s plan called for the conversion of the old Science Hill building to a primary school, but the building was razed and replaced with the new facility on the same grounds. The new Science Hill opened in 1915.

Jan. 14, 1915: Sue Ford was arrested for assault and battery, according to Johnson City court documents. The documents further state she was fined $5.90 ($146.76 today), which was paid on Oct. 30, 1915. 

Jan. 14, 1935: Johnson City postal employees speculated that the town might be getting a new post office, as several recent letters from the federal office had been addressed to the “old” Johnson City Post Office, which was built on Ashe Street in 1910. Indeed, a new post office was built at 338 E. Main St., a building that now houses WJHL-TV.

Sources: The Comet, Johnson City Court Documents, Johnson City Press

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