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Today in Johnson City History: January 10

Rebecca Henderson • Jan 10, 2019 at 8:15 AM

Jan. 10, 1857: Industrialist and regional railway pioneer George L. Carter was born in Hillsville, Virginia. He lived in Johnson City from 1907 until 1920. Carter built the Carolina, Clinchfield and Ohio Railway and donated 120 acres for the construction of what is now East Tennessee State University.

Jan. 10, 1935: Fourteen children were suffering with infantile paralysis. Dr. E.E. Carrier, health officer, reported that only three had received treatment. A fundraising effort to combat the disease was scheduled for Jan. 30 at the President Roosevelt Birthday Ball in the John Sevier Hotel.

Jan. 10, 1935: Arney Motor Company, West Market and Montgomery Streets in Johnson City, advertised the 1935 Dodge as “the car that made 175 experts guess wrong” as an affordable purchase. The vehicle sold for $645. That’s roughly $11,768 in today’s dollars — you won’t find a new Dodge for that.

Jan. 10, 2009: Auto dealer Steve Grindstaff’s multimillion-dollar castle suffered heavy damage in a fire. The mansion included 20,000 square feet of living space with nine bedrooms, 10 full baths, three half-baths, a home theater and an indoor basketball court.

Sources: The Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture, Johnson City Press

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