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Today in Johnson City History: January 13

Rebecca Henderson • Jan 13, 2019 at 12:00 AM

Jan. 13, 1887: Community news or ad in The Comet? “Our old neighbor and townsman Major Scott was on our streets yesterday, looking as young and spry as though he carried the weight of but two instead of four score years. The oId man was being congratulated by all of his old friends, and when questioned as to the object of his visit, he said he had walked all the way from Grassy Valley expressly to lay in a stock of that Great Cough Remedy, Symphyx. As said he thought both he and his wife would have been dead long ago, had it not been for Symphyx, and that he had come himself to get the genuine article. Long may the old Major live.”

Jan. 13, 1956: Science Hill’s Hilltoppers came from behind to defeat the Erwin Blue Devils 78-72 in boys basketball. Bobby Bryant tossed in 25 points to lead scoring.

Jan. 13, 1958: The Johnson City Press-Chronicle reported that Congressman and Mrs. Carroll Reece held an open house the previous day to honor their daughter and her husband, Col. and Mrs. George Matthews of Washington, D.C. Congressman Reece represented the First District in Tennessee prior to Jimmy Quillen.

Sources: The Comet, Johnson City Press-Chronicle.

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