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Today in Johnson City History: January 26

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Updated Jan 26, 2019 at 12:19 PM

Jan. 26, 1911: George L. Carter donated by deed 120 acres of land to build a normal school in Johnson City as the state made a push toward compulsory schooling and public education. The teacher’s education institution would evolve over the years into East Tennessee State University.

Jan. 26, 1935: Boston, Massachusetts, resident James J. Templeton visited Johnson City and posed the following question to the Johnson City Press: “Why is that the taxes are so high in Tennessee? In Boston, we put a road down four feet thick pay the labor of $3.00 to $5.00 per day. Here in Tennessee, we put a road down two feet thick and have convict labor and charge 7 cents gas tax. Answer as soon as you can.”

Jan. 26, 1960: The Science Hill Hilltoppers broke rival Kingsport Dobyns-Bennett’s 43-game winning streak with a 55-51 victory. Science Hill guard Gary Scheurman and center Steve Wilson combined for most of the Hilltoppers’ points at 22 each. D-B’s streak had begun with a win at Elizabethton on Jan. 20, 1956.

Jan. 26, 2010: Florida-based Q.E.P. Co. announced that it would purchase Johnson City’s longtime flooring manufacturer from ArborCraft. The company had been founded as Harris Manufacturing Co. by William Pond Harris in 1898 and operated as Harris-Tarkett for a number of years.

Sources: Greater Johnson City A Pictorial History, Johnson City Press, Johnson City Press-Chronicle.

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