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Monday, November 1, 2010

August 18 News - American Girl is Queen - 1910

Welcome to our blog, where we embark on a captivating journey through time, exploring the rich tapestry of history and genealogy.  In this edition, we'll delve into the treasure trove of historical news articles dated August 18, unearthing stories that resonate with genealogists and history enthusiasts alike.  From local happenings to global events, we'll uncover the stories that shaped the lives of our ancestors, providing valuable insights for those on a quest to discover their roots.  So, grab your magnifying glass and step into the past as we unravel the August 18 historical headlines that may hold the missing pieces of your family's history puzzle.

    American Girl is Queen - 1910

    New York, Aug. 18 - 'If Venus de Milo should appear on earth today, she couldn't hold a candle to our American girls!'

    So exclaimed George Clinton Batcheller, corset maker, after studying professionally and innocently, the forms of foreign women in his annual tour.

    'The American girl is tall, and yet not too tall; slender, and yet well-developed. She has beautifully sloping shoulders and a long waist. She has hips, though she is trying to conceal them at present. She has beautifully long, ... Read MORE...

    Saginaw News -  Saginaw, Michigan -  August 18, 1910

    Brooms, Dusters & Brushes
    Cass & Smurr Stove Co.
    224 & 226 Sou. Spring St.
    Los Angeles, Cal.

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    Les Éboulements, Québec, Canada (Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption-des-Eboulements)

    1907 - Where the Horse Is Considered.

    From the Travel Magazine.
    The Canadian country on the north shore of the St. Lawrence is very hilly indeed in some places. The country "gets a move on" occasionally, if the people do not. We can readily believe it to be an earthquake region, so jumbled up did the hills appear. We were told that the first church of Les Eboulements, our well-named village, slid into the St. Lawrence, and that is why the second was built on the top of a mountain a couple of miles back from the shore. Our farm... Read MORE...

    The Washington Post -  Washington, D.C. -  August 18, 1907

    Woodstock, Connecticut, USA

    1888 - Specifications Called For. Gen. Clinton B. Fisk, the Prohibition nominee for President is accredited with the following three sentences in his Fourth of July address at Woodstock, Conn.:

    "He (the saloon keeper) sits supreme in the National Congress and makes laws in the country's capital.

    He governs courts of justice and makes ministers of the law and legislatures his lackeys.

    He silences the preacher in his pulpit and muzzles the editor at his desk."

    This is a serious indictment. We call for specifications. This campaign is to be carried out by cold facts, not by fiery rhetoric. We have great respect for General Fisk, but we are afraid he has set a bad example to the... Read MORE...

    St Joseph Herald -  Saint Joseph, Michigan -  August 18, 1888


    1800s Cooking Tips and Recipes

    Digestibility of Raisins - Yes, raisins are excellent, and quite digestible providing they are well cooked and thoroughly masticated; the seeds, of course, must be rejected. Soak the raisins in cold water over night; next morning bring to...Read MORE...

    The Ladies' Home Journal, May 1898
    Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA


    Atlantic City, N. J., Aug. 17. - The business portion of Atlantic City narrowly escaped destruction by fire at an early hour today. The fire destroyed $75,000 worth of property. One life is supposed to have been lost. The fire started before daylight in the wooden Grand Opera House. All the fire engines in the city worked in vain to keep the flames from spreading from the playhouse.

    Hundreds of volunteer firemen helped the uniformed force in a fight to save the City Hall from destruction,... Read MORE...

    The New York Times -  New York, New York -  August 18, 1893

    Ayer's Cherry Pectoral,
    for the cure of coughs, colds, asthma, croup, bronchitis, whooping-cough, and consumption
    Prepared by Dr. J. C. Ayer & Co., Lowell, Mass., U.S.A.

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    Beverly, Massachusetts, USA


    BEVERLY, Mass., Aug. 17. - At 5:40 this afternoon Passenger Train No. 112, Rockport to Boston, met an extra freight at Paradise Crossing, on the Boston and Maine, Railroad at Beverly and a collision ensued. The passenger train was going thirty miles an hour and the freight twelve miles. Both engines were totally demolished, and with their coal and water tanks were piled in one heap.

    Engineer Jones of the freight engine, with Acting Conductor Fred Macomber and six other trainmen were injured, ... Read MORE...

    The New York Times -  New York, New York -  August 18, 1892

    Norfolk, Virginia, USA

    1905 - NUMBER OF DEAD MAY BE NEAR A HUNDRED. Twelve Bodies Recovered and 75 or 80 Persons Missing in Virginia Wreck.

    Norfolk, Va., Aug 18 - So far only twelve known dead have been taken from the wreck of the Atlantic Coast Line railway's Kingston and Greenville, N. C., excursion train which went through an open draw yesterday, though there are some eighty of the colored excursionists yet missing and the probabilities are that the bodies of many of those will be found in the bottom of the river after all dragging has been completed.

    A wrecking company raised the two submerged cars but as they did so the... Read MORE...

    The Fort Wayne Sentinel  -  Fort Wayne, Indiana -  August 18, 1905

    Stamford, Connecticut, USA (Springdale)

    1900 - LIGHTNING IN A MANSION Bolt Tears Two Great Holes In Roof of the Edifice

    Guests and Servants Unconscious of All Danger While the Electric Fluid
    Was Ripping Things Up--Damage Amounts to [ineligible].

    Stamford, Aug. 18. - Lightning struck H. L. Camman's handsome mansion in Palmer's Hill early yesterday morning causing considerable damage. The bolt struck the house in the height of a heavy thunder storm. Mr. and Mrs. N. C. Melten and Mr. and Mrs. Ayres of New York and several servant girls were in the house at the time. They were... Read MORE...

    New Haven Evening Register -  New Haven, Connecticut -  August 18, 1900


    1800s Advice and Etiquette for Men

    A gentleman always attends to the choice of his amusements. If at cards, he will not play at cribbage, all-fours, or putt; or, in sports of exercise, be seen at skittles, foot-ball, leap- frog , cricket, driving of coaches, & c. for he knows that...Read MORE...

    Practical Morality, Or, A Guide to Men and Manners... (1813). United Kingdom: J. Walker.
    Pawtucket, Rhode Island, USA


    PAWTUCKET, R. I. Aug. 16. - The Dunnell Print Works were destroyed by fire to-day. The loss is roughly estimated at from $150,000 to $200,000, and is fully covered by insurance in Manufacturer's Mutual companies. The companies, with the amounts of the policies and the names of the commission houses owning the goods, are as follows:
    Attawaugan Company, loss small; Enterprise,$10,000; American,$10,000; Sotokett Mills, loss small; Enterprise,$10,000; American, $10,000; Austin, Bates & Wellington, ... Read MORE...

    The New York Times -  New York, New York -  August 18, 1890

    La Pocatière, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pocatiere)

    1866 - Bad Check

    The Journal de Quebec states that a poor farmer of St. Anne de la Pocatiere, who had heard that a relative of this father in Europe had died, leaving a large fortune, and who had sent papers to claim his share of the inheritance, received the other day from Frankfort a draft on the British North American Bank for $109,500 as a first installment. Elated with joy, he had promised to pay off the debt of the Parish Church and to build a convent at his own expense. He came to Quebec with the Notary... Read MORE...

    Macon Telegraph -  Macon, Georgia -  August 18, 1866

    Albany, New York, USA (Fort Orange)

    1848 - APPALLING CONFLAGRATION! 500 BUILDINGS BURNED!! $3,000,000 Property Lost!!

    Fire, though a good servant, is indeed a fearful master! And fearfully did this mad element rage yesterday! Our city is desolate! The ruin is appalling! The spirit sinks and the heart sickens, in contemplating such frightful losses – such side-spread ruin. Painful, most painful, is the task of gathering up the afflicting details.

    Most of the commercial portion of the city, with fifteen or twenty densely populated squares, is a black and smouldering (sic) ruin. From Herkimer st., where the... Read MORE...

    Albany Evening Journal -  Albany, New York -  August 18, 1848

    Bethlehem, Connecticut, USA (Bethlem)

    1910 - He Voted Wrong in '56; Has Never Shaved Again

    Bethlehem, Ct., Aug. 18. - Cornelius C. Parmelee, who is dead at the age of 80, was a staunch supporter of of John C. Fremont for president back in '56.

    At that time Cornelius was a handsome young man, with a smooth, whiskerless complexion. He made a solemn vow that if Fremont wasn't elected he would never shave again. Fremont lost and Parmelee threw away his razor. The result was that he took to the grave with him one of the flowingest crop of whiskers in the state.

    However, Connecticut...
    Saginaw News -  Saginaw, Michigan -  August 18, 1910

    1735  August 18 - Evening Post begins publishing (Boston, Mass)

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    1904  Button Saved His Life
    Special to The Inquirer READING, Pa., Aug. 17 - A button saved the life of Allen R. Dunkelberger when he and several friends were engaged in target practice with a .32-calibre revolver. As one of his companions pulled the trigger, Dunkelberger, who had his back turned, faced about and happened to step in the way. The bullet hit him in the stomach, but encountered a metal button, which broke its force. The bullet penetrated Dunkelberger's flesh, but he extracted it himself and walked home.

    Philadelphia Inquirer
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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    1848  SAD ACCIDENT
    As the passengers by the noon train were about landing from the Boston on the bridge at the foot of Maiden lane, it gave way, by which several persons were more or less injured. GEORGE EUGAN, a hand on board of the Boston was seriously if not dangerously injured. The accident was caused by the crowding of the bridge by runners and hackmen, by which the timbers through which the chain passed, were broken off, which cause the bridge to full to the water's edge.

    Albany Evening Journal
    Albany, New York

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    1879  Strange Wedding
    The New England girl certainly carries off the palm for originality. A young woman of Wallingford, Conn., was married the other evening, and while the festivities that followed the ceremony were at their height the bride eloped with one of her old admirers who was amongst the guests.
    Wheeling Register
    Wheeling, West Virginia

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    America - Did you know?

     January 1, 1863 - Homestead Act becomes law, allowing settlers to claim land (160 acres) after they have lived on it for five years.


    Quebec - Did you know?

     The Montmorency Falls is located on the Montmorency River in Montmorency Park. It is roughly 7.5 miles from Old Quebec. Here is the fun fact: the falls are about 270 feet tall which makes it about 100 feet taller than Niagara Falls.

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    Hood's Sarsaparilla
    C. I. Hood Co.
    Lowell, Mass., U.S.A.

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    Died August 18


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