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Today in Johnson City History: January 12

Rebecca Henderson • Jan 12, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Jan. 12, 1905: The Comet reported that the Johnson City Sewerage Company had been chartered by S.C. Williams, P. M, Ward, Geo. T. Wofford and J.A. Ponder. “The company will build sewers where it can do so profitably. The first line will commence at Holston Street and run down Roan to Watauga, thence on Watauga to Baxter or New street and with one of the latter to Brush Creek.”

Jan. 12, 1935: West Main Street resident John Livingston, also known as Bob Barker, was arrested on charges that he was one of two men who stole the life savings of a 70-year-old Sullivan County farmer who always carried his money with him because he did not trust banks. The stolen $700 would amount to roughly $12,931 in 2019.

Jan. 12, 1967: Steve Spurrier Day was proclaimed in Johnson City, as well as throughout the State of Tennessee.

Jan. 12, 1994: Former Johnson City Commissioner and Mayor George Oldham passed away. Mr. Oldham was a city commissioner from 1951 to 1955 and mayor from 1953 to 1955.

Sources: The Comet, Johnson City Press, City of Johnson City

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