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Today in Johnson City History: January 6

Rebecca Henderson • Jan 6, 2019 at 7:15 AM

Jan 6, 1886: A private letter from Col. T.E. Matson, Chief Engineer of the C. C. & C. Railroad to Mr. W. J. Johnston, of this city, described the railroad’s progress, "We have progressed beyond my most sanguine expectations. Notify all of our old corps to be ready to take the field by the 15th inst. I go from here (New York) to Charleston and will reach Johnson City about the middle of next week.”

Jan. 6, 1898: Judge Lyle ordered a new phonograph record to be used in his marriage ceremonies. It is the latest and most popular wedding march introduced at Nashville and is entitled "There'll be a Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight."

Jan. 6, 1910: The law passed by the last legislature prohibiting the manufacture of intoxicating liquor in Tennessee went into effect at midnight. One whiskey plant, with headquarters here, closed down its distilleries during the day, finding its big warehouses full and in a position to supply its trade outside the state for a long time to come.

Jan. 6, 1961: Sidney Gilbreath passed away at the age of 91. He was the first president of East Tennessee State Normal School.

Sources: The Comet, ETSU

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