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Today in Johnson City History: January 24

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Jan 24, 2020 at 6:15 AM

Jan. 24, 1901: The Comet reported that a Mrs. Welsh, who lived in Watauga, had recently received word from a Bostonian named Mrs. Garner that Mrs. Garner’s brother, Professor Garner, had recently been heard from and was still alive. It seems the professor was studying monkey language and had “made such wonderful and successful experiments talking with monkeys in the heart of Africa.” Professor Garner was a native of Sullivan County.

Jan. 24, 1925: The Associated Press reported that Clinchfield Railroad trains Nos. 33 and 34 would no longer operate. The trains had been offered to Erwin, Johnson City and Kingsport residents “as a means of affording convenient schedules between these cities for shoppers and others” and had been liberally patronized for some time, a company statement read. An increase in motor car travel between the cities, however, meant the trains were operating at a loss.

Jan. 24, 1947: The Hilltoppers topped Virginia High 29-27 in basketball. Johnny Carr, 'Topper defensive star, went on a scoring spree to hang up 14 points, leading both teams.

Jan. 24, 1954: The Johnson City Press-Chronicle published images of children in the polio ward at Memorial Hospital to illustrate the importance for the annual March of Dimes campaign. One child was, Terry Lee Cook, of Heaton, North Carolina, was 19 months old.

Jan. 24, 1958: The now-classic film “Old Yeller” was playing at the Majestic Theatre in downtown Johnson City.

Jan. 24, 1964: Leaders reported that the Holston Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) had voted 49-40 against ordination of women as ministers at a meeting in the First Presbyterian Church of Johnson City.

Jan. 24, 1977: All-American running back Andy Chrisman from Newport signed to play for the East Tennessee State Buccaneers. Chrisman, one of Tennessee's most outstanding performers in 1976, scored 126 points, gained 1,568 yards for an average gain of 6.5 yards per carry and had three touchdown passes from a halfback position. In addition to being named to a scholastic magazine's All-American team, Chrisman was also selected as a member of the All-State team, the All-East Tennessee team and the All-Mid-East Conference team.

Jan. 24, 2006: A mysterious odor that forced the Science Hill High School Technology Center’s office to close the previous summer continued to baffle administrators despite environmental tests and several changes to the area. Technology Center employees had complained of respiratory illnesses.

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

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