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Today in Johnson City History: January 3

Rebecca Henderson • Jan 3, 2019 at 7:45 AM

Jan. 3, 1870: Henry Johnson was elected the first mayor of Johnson City.

Jan. 3, 1884: The Comet reported that Johnson City could claim one of the best schools in the country, as Science Hill Institute had been overhauled and made neat and comfortable. “There is the largest attendance ever known on Science Hill, and we are told by reliable persons that the discipline is perfect.”

Jan. 3: 1889: The Comet reported on a proposal to have 1890 census takers include schedule of surviving ex-Confederate soldiers.

Jan. 3, 1957: Science Hill’s Hilltoppers defeated the Jonesboro Tigers 65-39 in boys basketball. Bobby Bryant led scoring with 21 points.

Jan. 3, 2008: Ashley Academy fourth-grader Ashwin Jagadish correctly spelled “indoctrinate” to win the Johnson City Spelling Bee. It was his 30th word of the day.

Sources: Johnson’s Depot, The Comet, Johnson City Press

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