Today in Johnson City History: January 15

Jan. 15, 1864: Local historian, attorney and Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Samuel Cole Williams was born near Humboldt, Tennessee. He moved to Johnson City in the 1890s to practice law. He and his wife donated money and land to build Mayne Williams Public Library. Among his historical works was “A History of Johnson City, Tennessee and its Environs.”

Jan. 15, 1891: The Comet reported, “This week the plasterers will finish their work on the Hotel Carnegie.” On the same day, The Comet reported Senator West introduced a bill in the Senate to establish a Chancery Court in Johnson City.

Jan. 15, 1935: Coming from behind a one-fall deficit, Mayes McLain grunted and grappled his way to win the main-go of the wrestling match at the City Hall arena.

Jan. 15, 2009: Science Hill survived Dobyns-Bennett’s top wrestlers without getting pinned, then picked up some pins of its own along the way. That made all the difference as the Hilltopper grapplers collected a 38-24 victory over the Tribe.

Sources: Tennessee Encyclopedia, The Comet, Johnson City Press

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