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Today in Johnson City History: January 1

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Jan 1, 2020 at 12:00 AM

Jan. 1, 1891: The Board of Aldermen had decided to buy 40 acres to build a cemetery; the cost would be about $4,000. “It seems fitting the present board of Aldermen should have purchased their own official burying ground,” The Comet’s editors opined.

Jan. 1, 1903: Architect Mitchell was preparing plans and specifications for a bridge the city was to build over Brush Creek on West Main Street. The span was to be 80 feet in the clear and rest on solid masonry piers. There was to be a 84-foot roadway with a walkway on each side.

Jan. 1, 1938: About 100 boys and girls of the “high school and younger college sets” attended a dancing party at the West Locust Street home of Miss Harriette Morris. Miss Beaumont Miller was co-hostess.

Jan. 1, 1952: John Ford’s “The Quiet Man,” starring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara, was playing at the Sevier Theatre on Spring Street in downtown Johnson City.

Jan. 1, 1970: The Johnson City Press published a photo of East Tennessee State University's Grantland Rice Trophy, which the Buccaneer football team had won by defeating future NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw and the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs in the 1969 Grantland Rice Bowl.

Jan. 1, 2006: Caleb Chase Stevens, son of Allen and Jessica Stevens of Johnson City, was the Tri-Cities’ first newborn of the new year. Caleb was delivered at 4:29 a.m. at Johnson City Specialty Hospital.

Sources: The Comet; Johnson City Chronicle; Ted Bowers, Johnson City, Tennessee, Memories; Johnson City Press-Chronicle; Johnson City Press.

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