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Today in Johnson City History: July 29

July 29, 1897: The Comet warned against the hazards of smoking cigarettes and employment. It quoted the Morristown Gazette, “The time may come, and may not be a long way off either, when business men and corporations will refuse to employee a cigarette smoker.” The same issue of The Comet told of an annular eclipse of the sun on that day; it would be “visible only as a partial eclipse in Johnson City.”

Today in Johnson City History: July 27

July 27, 1893: The Comet advised, “One reason large fish are not sold net is that they cannot be weighted without the scales.” The same issue of The Comet also carried several articles about the World’s Fair, which was running during that time in Chicago.

Today in Johnson City History: July 25

July 25, 1889: The Johnson City Tin & Stove Co. advertised that it had taken over the business of Pierce & Mann to sell the most complete line of stoves and tinware ever displayed in Johnson City. The company boasted a stock of refrigerators, ice cream freezers, water coolers, water sets, bath tubs, ranges and gasoline and coal oil stoves.

Today in Johnson City History: July 22

July 22, 1897: The Comet reported that the 11-month-old child of Will Long, at Austin Springs, got hold of a large kidney bean and attempted to swallow it, but the bean lodged in its throat. The little sufferer was brought to the city and taken to Dr. V.M. Fuqua for treatment, but the doctor told the grieving parents he could do nothing as the object had gotten beyond his reach. The little child was carried back home and died in great agony the following morning.

Today in Johnson City History: July 19

July 19, 1894: The Comet noted that Henry Wilder, the street car man, was not only a good motorman, but also a great blackberry picker. The previous week, he gathered the empty vessels about his place and went up the Three C’s Railroad to fill them. On his way back, he found a man with enough to fill the vessels and bought them on the spot. He came into town with a great flourish and everybody who saw the berries thought Henry was a great berry picker.