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Today in Johnson City History: December 20

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Dec 20, 2019 at 6:00 AM

Dec. 20, 1884: Readers of The Comet read a quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: “The first farmer was the first man, and all historic nobility rests possession and use of the land.”

Dec. 20, 1888: James Scalf had moved his livery stable to the Lusk stable on Cherry Street, allowing him to increase his stock.

Dec. 20, 1906: Ed Lake had been shot in the shoulder with a shotgun by Burt Richards near the S.&W. depot. Richards had not been apprehended.

Dec. 20, 1933: Miss Dessie Martin, a teacher in Kingsport, was spending the holidays with her parents at 416 W. Pine St. in Johnson City.

Dec 20, 1958: Science Hill’s Hilltoppers lost to Lee Edwards High School of Asheville, North Carolina, in the York Invitational Basketball Tournament, 74-46.

Dec. 20, 2005: The Johnson City Development Authority announced a $420,000 loan program to promote development in the downtown area. Loans up to $25,000, at 3 percent interest, could be used for a down payment and closing costs for a small business, those with annual gross revenue of less than $1 million, or a property owner developing mixed-use residential property.

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