Throwback Thursday: The No-Tobacco League

Willennar Genealogy Center’s collection is full of Throwback Thursday potential, so let’s get our #TBT on!

You may be familiar with Prohibition and its various supporting organizations, but similar efforts protesting tobacco usage are perhaps not as well-known. However, the anti-tobacco movement had ties to this area, as we found after coming across a certain book in the Indiana Imprints section of  the John Martin Smith Collection.

The book, entitled A Smoker’s Vision, or Story of Fumigator’s Journey to the No-Tobacco City, was written by an English author named A. A. Williams, and was published here in Butler, Indiana, by the No-Tobacco League of America. A Smoker's Vision

Perhaps taking a bit of an unusual approach to promoting the anti-tobacco position, A Smoker’s Vision is not simply an informational pamphlet or handout, but is an allegorical story, essentially a parody of The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan.

The story follows the character of Fumigator, as he leaves his home in the city of Smokedom to seek a new life in the legendary No-Tobacco City. Chapter titles include “Fumigator, the Seer and Moderate,” “The Hill of Resolution,” “The Road Called Duty,” “Sister Ruth and Patience,” and “The No-Tobacco City and Free Will Road.”

The book was likely printed by Higley Press, which was managed by L. H. Higley, the editor and publisher of The No-Tobacco Journal in Butler, which was published from 1918 on through the 1920s as the “official organ of the No-Tobacco League of America.” In addition, Higley was the owner of the Butler Weekly Record from September of 1894 to November 29, 1928.

Want to see more local history? Feel free to search our online photo database, or head on over to the Genealogy Center’s official Facebook page.


About Chelsea

I've been working at Willennar Genealogy Center for over two years now, and I've loved every minute of getting to learn more about the stories of DeKalb County and the surrounding area. I'm interested in all kinds of history, but I'm especially fond of the early film industry, old letters and journals, the DeKalb County Fair, and the Interurban line.
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