Sunday, February 5, 2023


Hartford, Vermont, USA (White River Junction) (Quechee) (Wilder)

The writer was personally cognizant of the history of this horrible railway disaster. He visited the scent of the wreck about day light on the morning of the accident; visited and conversed with the... Read MORE...

February 5, 1887

Carson City, Nevada, USA

1870 - California Roughs. By Mark Twain.
...Sam Brown, of Nevada, killed sixteen men in his time, and was journeying toward Esmeralda to kill a seventeenth, who had stopped the breath of a friend of his, when a party of law-abiding citizens ... Read MORE...

St Joseph Herald -  Saint Joseph, Michigan -  February 5, 1870

 1800s Cooking Tips and Recipes


Pound 20 crackers fine, add 5 cups milk and let swell.
Beat well 14...

from an 1880 cookbook

"The Woodbury Soap Company is an American manufacturer of personal care products such as cold cream, facial cream, facial powder, after-shave talc and ear swabs. Founded in Albany, New York in 1870, the company was sponsor to popular radio programs in the 1930s and 1940s.

The John H. Woodbury company was established in 1870 in Albany, New York by a dermatologist. The company was still in New York in 1901, making and retailing soap, when the Andrew Jergens Company (now a subsidiary of Kao) purchased the company which owned the soap brand, and moved the headquarters to Cincinnati, Ohio." wikipedia

Found at Old Drugstore, St Augustine, Florida

Visit Albany, New York, USA (Fort Orange)!

 1800s Advice and Etiquette for Men

Having made your choice, and obtained the object of your desire, let it be your ambition that both...Read MORE...

The Young Husband’s Book, 1837
1952  February 5 - The first “Don’t Walk” sign was installed in New York City. The installation of this sign was inspired by the growing number of deaths resulting from pedestrian accidents.

Visit Manhattan, New York, USA (New York City) (New Amsterdam) (Washington Heights)!

1870  A cable dispatch on the 28th says the Pope has issued a special elimination against the Fenians, both in America and Ireland.

St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan

Visit , Ireland!

1870  A great demand is springing up in Hungary for Protestant Bibles and tracts.

St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan

Visit , Hungary (Austria-Hungary)!

1887  The great international bridge to be erected next summer of the rapids of Sault Ste. Marie will be 2,500 feet in length with 350 feet spans. It is to be ready for trains to pass over Jan. 1, 1888.

St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan

Visit Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan, USA!

1870  Mrs. George Smith, of Townsend, Vt., has braided and sold the past year 1,000 straw hats.

St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan

Visit Townshend, Vermont, USA!

1870  Iowa plants every year a forest of 5,000,000 trees. Within considerably less than half a dozen years, 25,000,000 forest trees have been planted, and are now growing in the Northwest.

St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan

Visit , Iowa, USA!

1870  It is stated on high authority, of actual statistics, that the people of Vermont - a State almost exclusively devoted to agriculture -
hold more money and other property per capita than the people of any other State in the Union.

St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan

Visit , Vermont, USA!

1870  Samuel Richmond, of Randolph, Vt., gathered six hundred bushels of apples from his orchard last fall, and one tree of natural fruit yielded seventy-bushels. The same tree has averaged thirty-two bushels for the past three years.

St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan

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 America - Did you know? February 22, 1819 - Spain agrees to cede Florida to the United States.

 Quebec - Did you know? It is the old custom in French Canada (originating in Europe) to bury the dead in the church...Read MORE...
 Picture of the Day

Visit Billerica, Massachusetts, USA (North Billerica)!

Discover the people who lived there, the places they visited and the stories they shared.

The Mitchell Military Boys School

The Mitchell Military Boys School was opened in Billerica in 1879 by Professor Moses C. Mitchell, an 1862 graduate of Waterville College, now Colby, in Waterville, Maine. Professor Mitchell had taught at a number of academies in Maine before becoming proprietor of a private boy’s school in Edgartown, MA. After eleven years on Martha’s Vineyard, he moved his school to its impressive location on the corner of Andover Road and Boston Road in Billerica. Initial enrollment was limited to twenty-four residential students but that number soon grew. Tuition was $400 per year at this time and thirty years later, in 1909, it was $600 plus approximately $75 in mandatory expenses. By 1929 the cost of the school had climbed to about $1300.

A fire on January 11, 1888 demolished this grand building...

Professor M.C. Mitchell had previously bought a large tract of land on “the Bedford road” (Concord Road) just outside the town’s center. It was on this acreage that he rebuilt his school. This new location boasted handsome buildings and over 60 beautiful acres of gardens, riding trails and athletic fields. It is believed to have been a first in New England; a private property expressly planned and erected as a home school for boys. Other such schools utilized pre-existing buildings that were remodeled to act as schools. Due to a lot of drive and hard work, on October 8, 1888 the new term began at this glorious, new, fully modern, Mitchell Boys School...

A. K. Hawkes Company glasses
found at Old Drugstore, St Augustine, Florida

Visit Atlanta, Georgia, USA!

Died February 5