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Today in Johnson City History: June 3

June 3, 1886: The Comet reported the death of Johnson City’s Fred H. Austin in Cranberry, North Carolina. He had been hauling lumber on a tram car when the break pin came out, rendering the brake useless on a steep grade. Fearing that men at the end of the track would be injured, he used a knife to make a wooden pin, but the car was already running at high speed. Just as he went to place the pin, a long piece of lumber fell from the car and struck him, throwing him from the tram car.

Today in Johnson City History: June 1

June 1, 1893: The Comet’s editors questioned whether Dr. C. Wheeler, a prominent physician who worked in several area counties, had been poisoned to death in Greeneville. The doctor’s son, a surgeon in Denver, Colorado, had arrived in Johnson City with suspicions of foul play. A post-mortem examination was planned for the disinterred remains, which had been hastily buried after the father’s death on May 14. A week later, The Comet reported that the doctor had not been poisoned but died from an enlarged heart.

Today in Johnson City History: May 30

May 30, 1885: The Comet issued an opinion that King Springs was one of the most delightful summer resorts in the South. W.T. Rucker’s resort was just 2 miles from downtown. The water was described as “chalybeate, full of magnesia and sulphur.”