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Today in Johnson City History: January 31

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Jan 31, 2019 at 8:00 AM

Jan. 31, 1901: A bill was introduced in the U.S. Senate granting the right to the federal government to acquire land in the mountains of East Tennessee along the North Carolina line as needed for the proposed Southern Appalachian forest reserve, marking the beginnings of the national forests in the region.

Jan. 31, 1935: Johnson City schoolchildren were treated to a visit from “man’s first, or maybe second, cousin” — a monkey — in shows staged by Harry J. Mason, the chairman of the reptile and primate department of the Zoological Society of Salt Lake City, Utah. A baboon also was in the mix.

Jan. 31, 1969: The Preaching Mission held a Prayer Breakfast at First Presbyterian Church.

Jan. 31, 2006: Science Hill was pushed to the limits against Big Nine Conference rival Tennessee High, but held on for a 56-51 overtime win at the Topper Palace.

Sources: The Comet; Johnson City Press; Archives of Appalachia, Mary Hardin McCown Collection

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