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Today in Johnson City History: January 11

Rebecca Henderson • Jan 11, 2019 at 7:45 AM

Jan. 11, 1888: William Bray died in Johnson City after a short illness. The Comet reported that "Uncle Billy, as he was familiarly known, had a number of friends here and few enemies. He was his own worst enemy.”

Jan. 11, 1916: James H. Quillen, who later represented the 1st District in the U.S. House of Representatives, was born to John and Hannah Quillen. He was one of 10 children. Quillen’s name adorns both ETSU’s medical school and Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Johnson City.

Jan. 11, 1935: The Johnson City Press reported that two members of the Jonesboro High School basketball team “went home in a rage, but not much of anything else” after losing to Science Hill’s Hilltoppers at the Junior High School gymnasium. The boys’ street clothes were swiped, likely through a gym window, forcing them to go home in nothing but their athletic gear. “There Wasn’t Even a Barrel Handy” read the headline.

Jan. 11, 1958: The Langston Golden Tigers defeated Kingsport’s Douglass High 92-46 in boys basketball.

Jan. 11, 2008: ETSU President Paul Stanton was inducted into the local Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame.

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

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