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Today in Johnson City History: January 17

Rebecca Henderson • Updated Jan 17, 2019 at 10:41 AM

Jan. 17, 1887: The Comet reported that iron industrialist, Carnegie Land & Auction Co. founder and C. C. & C. Railroad backer Gen. John T. Wilder had left the previous Tuesday night for Chattanooga. Meanwhile, Col. T. E. Matson, the Three Cs’ chief engineer, was out in Johnson City’s streets Monday for the first time. He was to leave for New York on business connected with the railroad as soon as he was able to travel.

Jan. 17, 1935: Bridge game expert A.J. St. Onge opened his school of contract bridge in the Mayne Williams Public Library auditorium. St. Onge was set to conduct the World Bridge Olympic in Johnson City on Feb. 1 with players expected from around the world. The winner and runner-up were to be awarded $10,000 each — the equivalent of roughly $190,000 in today’s money.

Jan. 17, 1964: Free Service Tire Company advertised a closeout sale on 1963 GE appliances, including a dial-defrost refrigerator for $149.95, a 40-inch range for $148.88 and a washer for $166.95 with a matching dryer at $119.95.

Jan. 17, 2012: The Johnson City Press reported that Ann Smith had recently been reappointed to the Tennessee Arts Commission, which was “created to ‘encourage the presentation of performing, visual and literary arts throughout the state and to encourage public interest in the cultural heritage of Tennessee.’” Mrs. Smith previously served on the Commission from 1998-2002.

Sources: The Comet, Johnson City Press, Johnson City-Press Chronicle.

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