Today in Johnson City History: February 3

Johnson City Press • Feb 3, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Feb. 3, 1898: The Comet reported that the mayor and the city’s physician had quarantined a patient with small pox in Johnson City. The “city fathers” adopted a resolution giving the mayor and physician authority to use all means they judged necessary to prevent the spread of the disease and to care for those infected or exposed.

Feb. 3, 1935: Police raided a Hillcrest Drive home and seized five gallons of home brew and a quart of whiskey. No one was home at the time, but the resident was cited to appear in the next session of City Court.

Feb. 3, 1961: Dr. Jess Johnson of First Christian Church gave the invocation of dedication of the remodeled Chamber of Commerce offices. Carl A. Jones was President of the Chamber of Commerce.

Feb. 3, 1974: Thankful Baptist Church broke ground for a new sanctuary at their present location, 1501 East Watauga Avenue.

Sources: The Comet; Johnson City Press; Archives of Appalachia, Mary Hardin McCown Collection;  “In the Footsteps of Faith: A Tour of 14 of Johnson City’s Century-Old Churches.”

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