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Today in Johnson City History: February 23

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Feb 23, 2019 at 8:00 AM

Feb. 23, 1834: Future Johnson City founder Henry Johnson married Mary Ann Hoss.

Feb. 23, 1905: The Southern Railway offered readers of The Comet tickets to the presidential inauguration at the rate of one fare plus 25 cents for the round trip to Washington, D.C., departing March 2 and 3. The occasion was the second inauguration of Theodore Roosevelt on March 4.

Feb. 23, 1944: R.P. London of Johnson City was elected president of the Tennessee Retail Hardware Association.

Feb. 23, 1972: The new Tennessee Probation Office opened in Johnson City, combining juvenile and adult probation offices for the upper eight counties. State Corrections Commissioner Mark Luttrell was at the event and discussed a proposal for a regional jail.

Sources: “Greater Johnson City, A Pictorial History”; The Comet; Johnson City Press-Chronicle.

For more about Johnson City’s 150th Birthday, visit www.johnsoncity150.com.

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