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Today in Johnson City History: January 12

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Jan 12, 2020 at 6:30 AM

Jan. 12, 1888: The frame of Frank Evans’ furniture factory was being built. The building was to be 40 feet by 60 feet and three stories high. Machinery had been ordered, and Evans hoped to be operating by March.

Jan. 12, 1920: S. K. Lindsay, for seven years treasurer of the C. C. & O. Railway, was appointed treasurer of the Grant Leather Corp. of Kingsport. During his residence in Johnson City, both Mr. Lindsay and Mrs. Lindsay were identified prominently with the social and civic life of the town.

Jan. 12, 1957: “Giant,” starring Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson and James Dean, was showing at the Majestic Theatre on East Main Street in downtown Johnson City.

Jan. 12, 1969: First Christian Church held a special service celebrating the 60th anniversary of the ordination of Dr. Earl Hanson Fife. Fife was an internationally recognized minister in the Christian Church and Churches of Christ movement.

Jan. 12, 2012: Keystone Community residents were concerned about access to groceries after learning the Food Lion on East Main Street would be closing, creating a food desert in east Johnson City.

Sources: The Comet; Kingsport Times; Johnson City Press-Chronicle; Ted Bowers, Johnson City, Tennessee, Memories; 100th Anniversary History and Directory 1871-1971, First Christian Church, Johnson City, compiled and written by Mary Hardin McCown and Josephine Carpenter Owen; Johnson City Press

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