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Today in Johnson City History: January 14

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Jan 14, 2020 at 7:45 AM

Jan. 14, 1898: The young men of the city had organized a literary society. Inaugural members included William Caldwell, Haskiel Dyer, Henry Erwin, A.D. Hughes, Thomas Jones, Adam Crouch, Taylor Dyer, Fred Hoss, Earl Jackson, George Hayes, Will Hoss, Yulee Dyer, Edie Wade, Charles Cargille and Charles Taylor.

Jan. 14, 1915: The Comet opined that “Tomorrow is Good Friday — a democratic governor is to be inaugurated in Tennessee.”

Jan. 15, 1927: Construction was underway for an addition to Johnson City’s new federal post office building on Ashe Street. An appropriation of $110,000 was made to build the two-story addition, which was to extend back about 40 feet to Walnut Street.

Jan. 14, 1951: “The Men” starring Marlon Brando and Teresa Wright began a run at the Sevier Theatre on Spring Street in downtown Johnson City.

Jan. 14, 1960: The Johnson City Press-Chronicle published a photo of Science Hill student Marcia Derby adopting “the traditional teen-age phoning position to illustrate the practice."

Jan. 14, 1965: Hiltoppers fullback Kevin Coughlin, winner of Science Hill’s outstanding football award, signed to play at Xavier University in Cincinnati. He had chosen Xavier over an offer to play for Bear Bryant at Alabama, as well as a bid to join fellow Science Hill alumnus Steve Spurrier at Florida.

Jan. 15, 1993: Milligan College named one of its new dormitories for U.S. Rep. James H. Quillen. The longtime 1st District congressman had recently donated $100,000 to the college, from which he held an honorary degree.

Jan. 15, 2011: The Johnson City Development Authority lent its backing to a proposal to locate a satellite campus of Northeast State Community College in the former Washington County Courthouse Downtown Centre.

Sources: The Comet; Johnson City Chronicle; Johnson City Press-Chronicle; Ted Bowers/Johnson City, Tennessee, Memories; Johnson City Press.