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Today in Johnson City History: January 7

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Jan 7, 2020 at 7:00 AM

Jan. 7, 1886: Col. Thomas E. Matson had resigned his position as superintendent and engineer of the ET&WNC Railroad and Mr. C.H. Nimson had been appointed in his stead.

Jan. 7, 1897: The Comet reported that Miss Laura King had recently given a “tacky party” for her friends at her home on Cherry Street. Miss Annie Gentry and Charles Cargille received the prizes awarded for wearing the tackiest costumes. The Ladies’ Library Association had given a book party for the benefit of the library; it was most enjoyable and the library received several new books.

Jan. 7, 1904: I.H. Pick had succeeded Captain Pritchet in charge of Company A at the Soldiers Home. Pritchet been placed in charge of the Home Guard, which had six members. Each was on duty eight hours and off 16.

Jan. 7, 1930: Johnson City residents Mrs. Priscilla Kennedy and Mrs. John Bowman visited Kingsport.

Jan. 7, 1942: Bitter cold and snow left Johnson City streets covered in ice. The mercury dipped to 6 degrees.

Jan. 7, 1960: Starting at the Sevier Theatre on Spring Street in downtown Johnson City was "A Summer Place.” The film starred Richard Egan, Dorothy McGuire, Sandra Dee, Arthur Kennedy and Troy Donahue.

Jan. 7, 1967: The Hampton Bulldogs bested the Science Hill Hilltoppers 65-61 in overtime, avenging a defeat earlier in the season.

Jan. 7, 2010: Hope, an ailing puppy at Robinson’s Animal Hospital, was adopted by a Gray couple who would pay all of her medical expenses. Trish and Tony Powers, along with their daughter, Michelle, and granddaughter Abigail, met Hope after reading about her medical needs in the Johnson City Press.

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

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