Friday, December 28, 2018

1910 - Governor Ablaze As Santa. Bystanders’ Promptness Saves Dickerson, of Nevada, at Christmas Tree.


Rid-A-Pain
S. Pfeiffer Mfg. Co.
St. Louis, Mo.
Found at The Way It Was Museum, Virginia City, Nevada
Wallingford, Connecticut, USA

1853  Large Fire in Wallingford.

NEW-HAVEN, Tuesday, Dec. 27. The Button Factory of the Pomeroy Manufacturing Company at Wallingford, about 12 miles from this city, took fire early this morning, and was destroyed, together with its contents. The loss was over $5,000, most of which is covered by insurance.

The New York Times -  New York, New York -  December 28, 1853
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Charlotte, North Carolina, USA

1880 - KILLED IN RAILROAD COLLISION. THREE LIVES LOST IN A FREIGHT-TRAIN CABOOSE -- ENGINEERS AND BRAKEMEN KILLED ON THE MOBILE AND OHIO ROAD.
Charlotte, N. C., Dec. 27. - Information of another frightful railroad disaster reached the city this morning about 8 o'clock. It occurred on the Air Line Railroad, 500 yards beyond Paw Creek trestle, 9 miles from the city, about 7 o'clock. Two freight trains of the usual size left Charlotte yesterday morning in sections -- that is, the one about 15 minutes behind the other. On the up-grade just... Read MORE...

The New York Times -  New York, New York -  December 28, 1880
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Chicago, Illinois, USA

1884 - First metal-framed skyscraper - The Home Insurance Building is generally noted as the first tall building to be supported, both inside and outside, by a fireproof metal frame.
...The most expensive and probably the most substantial of the structures that can be included in this year's list in the new office section is the ten-story building being erected at the northeast corner of La Salle and Adams streets, for the Home Fire-Insurance Company of New York, after plans drawn by Architect W. L. B. Jenney. It has a frontage of 138 feet on La Salle street and ninety-six... Read MORE...

Chicago Daily Tribune -  Chicago, Illinois -  December 28, 1884
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1800s Cooking Tips and Recipes

Cream of Artichoke Soup - Take four medium-sized fresh artichokes; wash, boil until tender, and remove the skins; chop the artichokes very fine, then mash them through a colander. Put two tablespoonfuls of butter into a saucepan; add one sliced onion, shake and stir without browning until the onion is soft and tender. Add a bay leaf. Moisten two tablespoonfuls of flour in a little cold milk, then add this to one quart of milk; strain into the saucepan with the butter and onion. Add the artichoke that has been pressed through a colander, and stir constantly until it reaches the boiling point. Strain through a fine sieve; add a teaspoonful of salt, a dash of red pepper, and serve.

The Ladies" Home Journal, June 1898
Oneonta, New York, USA

1908 - FLAMES RAGE IN ONEONTA. ARLINGTON HOTEL AND SEVEN OTHER BUILDINGS BURNED.
Loss Is Estimated at $100,000 – Several Persons Had Narrow Escapes and Lost All Their Personal Property.

ONEONTA, Dec. 28 – Fire which for a time early yesterday threatened the whole business section of Oneonta destroyed the Arlington Hotel and seven other buildings in the heart of the city, causing a loss of fully $100,000. Many of the occupants of the hotel and the living apartments in the... Read MORE...

Syracuse Herald -  Syracuse, New York -  December 28, 1908
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Hood's Sarsaparilla
C. I. Hood Co.
Lowell, Mass., U.S.A.
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA

1909 - Blizzard bound in Bethlehems
Special to The Inquirer.

BETHLEHEM, Pa., Dec. 27. - The Bethlehems were today still blizzard-bound, with business conditions thoroughly paralyzed. Along the lines of the Lehigh Valley Transit Company more than twenty-five cars are hopelessly snowed in. The Blue Ridge, Slate Belt, South Bethlehem and Saucon trolley companies are totally tied up. The Lehigh Valley Railroad finds it necessary to... Read MORE...

The Philadelphia Inquirer -  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania -  December 28, 1909
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Reno, Nevada, USA

1910 - Governor Ablaze As Santa. Bystanders’ Promptness Saves Dickerson, of Nevada, at Christmas Tree.
Special to The Washington Post.
Reno, Nev. Dec. 27.-Had it not been for prompt action by bystanders, the governor of Nevada would have been one of the victims of the Christmas tree. As it was Gov. Dickerson, in the temporary role of Santa Claus, at Carson City, on Saturday night, was slightly burned.

The governor, at the executive mansion, was robed in the conventional Santa Claus suit, with... Read MORE...

The Washington Post -  Washington, D.C. -  December 28, 1910
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Lansing, Michigan, USA

1920 - PRUDEN BUILDING DESTROYED BY FIRE. BIG OFFICE BUILDING IN LANSING BURNED TODAY - ONLY WALLS LEFT.
Lansing, Mich., Dec. 28. - Fire here today destroyed the Pradden office building, owned by former state fuel director W. K. PRADDEN and one of the largest and most prominent buildings in the business district. Only the walls were left standing as the result of the fire which was discovered at 5:00 o'clock.

The first floor of the building was occupied by the American Savings bank and postal... Read MORE...

Evening Chronicle -  Marshall, Michigan -  December 28, 1920
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1800s Advice and Etiquette for Ladies

When in the car if you find the exertion of talking painful, say so frankly; your escort cannot be offended.

The Ladies" Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness: A Complete Handbook for the Use of the Lady in Polite Society... by Florence Hartley, January 1, 1872
1850  George Downes, of Cheshire, Ct. discovered that a young lady whom he loved was receiving the attentions of another, went to her house, sat in a melancholy mood for hours, and then drew a pistol and shot himself.
Though seriously wounded, it is thought the will recover from the pistol shot. As to the other wound, we presume he has already gotten over that.
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Boston Evening Transcript
Boston, Massachusetts

1895  December 28 – Auguste and Louis Lumière display their first moving picture film in Paris.

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1981  December 28 - Elizabeth Jordan Carr born in Norfolk. She was the 1st American test tube baby.

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America - Did you know? February 3, 1870 - Fifteenth Amendment to the Constitution is ratified, giving blacks the right to vote.

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Quebec - Did you know? Behind each habitant"s house was a small addition used as a storeroom. Not far away were the barn and the stable, built always of untrimmed logs, the intervening chinks securely filled with clay or mortar. There was also a root-house, half-sunk in the ground or burrowed into the slope of a hill, where the habitant kept his potatoes and vegetables secure from the frost through the winter. Most of the habitants likewise had their own bake-ovens, set a convenient distance behind the house and rising four or five feet from the ground. These they built roughly of boulders and plastered with clay. With an abundance of wood from the virgin forests they would build a roaring fire in these ovens and finish the whole week"s baking at one time. The habitant would often enclose a small plot of ground surrounding the house and outbuildings with a fence of piled stones or split rails, and in one corner he would plant his kitchen-garden.

Daily Life in New France (www.chroniclesofamerica.com/ french/ daily_life_in_new_france.htm)
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Suredone Pure Medicated Powder
Made in Norwich, NY

Found at Old Drugstore, St Augustine, Florida
Died December 28

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Thursday, December 27, 2018

1898 - Christmas in East Lyme ALL THE CHILDREN AND THEIR ELDERS CELEBRATE THE DAY.


The A-86 Ajax Drill Sharpener
T. H. Proske, Denver, Colorado

Found at The Way It Was Museum, Virginia City, Nevada
North Grosvenordale, Connecticut, USA

1896  Fire

Fire in North Grosvenordale, Conn., totally destroyed the two largest business blocks in the town, together with two barns and adjoining sheds. Loss, $15,000.

The Times -  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania -  December 27, 1896
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East Lyme, Connecticut, USA

1898 Christmas in East Lyme
ALL THE CHILDREN AND THEIR ELDERS CELEBRATE THE DAY.

Saturday night was a red letter time for East Lyme children and their friends. A fine Christmas tree was provided in the hall and loaded down with presents and decorations. At 5 o'clock the juveniles gathered in great force and were all supplied with as much cake and coffee, etc., as they could accommodate. After the hunger of the multitude... Read MORE...

The Day -  New London, Connecticut -  December 27, 1898
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Camden, New Jersey, USA

1907 - BAD ACCIDENT NEAR CAMDEN. THREE ARE KILLED AND SEVENTEEN INJURED. DUE LARGELY TO A FOG. WRECKAGE ON FIRE, BUT THE LOCAL FIREMEN RENDER EFFICIENT AID.
(By Associated Press.)
Camden, N. J., Dec. 27. - Three persons were killed and seventeen injured in a collision on the elevated tracks of the Pennsylvania Railroad just outside the station here today, with a Pemberton accommodation train ran into the rear of an Atlantic City express. A heavy fog was the principal cause of the accident.

The dead are:
C. H. BROWN, Moorestown.
J. L. GARBARINI, ... Read MORE...

Middletown Daily Times-Press -  Middletown, New York -  December 27, 1907
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Detroit, Michigan, USA

1913 - OLD DEPOT BURNS; NEW ONE IS READY
Detroit Has Spectacular Fire Which Does $250,000 Damage to Michigan Central Railway.

Detroit, Mich., Dec. 26.- A spectacular fire, starting from a cause undetermined, swept through the main depot of the Michigan Central Railway here this afternoon. The blaze, which started in one of the office rooms in an upper story, gained great headway before an employe discovered it, and although several... Read MORE...

The Indianapolis Star -  Indianapolis, Indiana -  December 27, 1913
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1800s Cooking Tips and Recipes

Cream of Potato Soup - Pare three good-sized potatoes; cover them in boiling water; boil five minutes, drain and trhow away the water. Cover them with one pint of boiling water, add a slice of onion, a bit of celery cut into small pieces, or a quarter of a teaspooonful of celery seed, and a bay leaf. Cover, and cook slowly until potatoes are tender. press the whole through a colander. Add one quart of milk; pour into a double boiler. Rub together two tablespoonfuls of butter and two of flour. Add to the mixture, cook carefully until smooth; add a teaspoonful of salt, a dash of pepper, and press through a very fine sieve. Reheat and serve at once. Sweet potato, pumpkin and Hubbard squash may be used, following the same rule.

The Ladies" Home Journal, June 1898
Key West, Florida, USA

1928 - Explosion Kills One Lighthouse Tender Off Key West Catches Fire When Cook Strikes Matches.
(By United Press.)
Key West, Fla., Dec. 27. - The lighthouse tender, Poinsettia, caught fire and exploded at her berth in the navy yard Thursday, killing one and injuring three others.

Kris Knutsen, 32, a seaman, a native of Norway, was killed and Leon Carey and Y. Lesia, seamen, and J.C. Brown, a cook, were injured.

The explosion occurred when Brown struck a match in the galley to start... Read MORE...

Decatur Evening Herald -  Decatur, Illinois -  December 27, 1928
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Dewitt's D & C Expectorant
For Coughs Due to Colds
E. C. Dewitt & Co., Chicago, Illinois
Found at The Way It Was Museum, Virginia City, Nevada
Manhattan, New York, USA (New York City) (New Amsterdam)

1947  December 26-27 - New York City received a record 26.4 inches of snow in 24 hours, with as much as 32 inches reported in the suburbs.

The heavy snow brought traffic to a standstill, and snow removal cost eight million dollars. Thirty thousand persons were called upon to remove the 100 million tons of snow. The storm claimed 27 lives.

WeatherForYou.com
December 27, 1947
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Fayetteville, North Carolina, USA

1964 - TORNADO IS REPORTED IN FAYETTEVILLE.
Fayetteville, N.C. (AP) - A tornado struck near Fayetteville, N. C., Saturday and the Weather Bureau issued a severe weather warning that included North Carolina and South Carolina, Georgia and Virginia.
The severe weather warning included the possibility of tornadoes, thunderstorms, hail and locally damaging winds from 1 to 7 p.m. along a 60-mile swath extending from Atlanta to 30 miles north... Read MORE...

Gastonia Gazette -  North Carolina -  December 27, 1964
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1879  The Hornell (N. Y.) Times records the marriage of a man in Le Roy to his sixth wife,
four of them being sisters, and the last one being the youngest. He says: "When you get into a good family stick to it."

St. Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan

1932  December 27 - Radio City Music Hall opens in New York City.

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America - Did you know? Observation of foreign travelers to America: "Why is bread in the USA so sweet? Sandwich bread, hamburger buns, taste like cake but Americans have no idea what you"re talking about because they"re used to it... American bread is awful. I swear, all the bread was full of sugar."

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Quebec - Did you know? To occupy their free time, the inhabitants of New France held soirées, when they would gather to tell stories, or to share in celebrations. In town, many people would go to inns and taverns. There, they would drink spirits and play cards, billiards, backgammon or dice. Gambling, already popular in the 1600s, became even more so during the following century.

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"The Durham Fair, held in Durham, Connecticut, is one of the largest agricultural fairs in New England and was first held in 1916. The four-day event takes place during the last full weekend of September. Activities include livestock and competitive exhibits, pulling contests, craft and commercial tents, various forms of entertainment and a carnival midway. The fairgrounds accommodate both permanent buildings for commercial and agricultural exhibits and space for tents and other non-permanent structures to be brought in each year..." wikipedia

Putnam Nail Co., Boston, Mass.
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Wednesday, December 26, 2018

1897 - While Preparing a Christmas Tree for Her Children Mrs. Rice Fell Dead - A CLOCK'S SUPPOSED WARNING


C. H. Foote,
Jobber and Wholesale Dealer in
Groceries and Provisions,
35 Bridge Street
Plattsburgh, N.Y.
Trenton, New Jersey, USA

1776 - December 26 - Washington crosses the Delaware
Famous American victory that began with "Washington Crossing the Delaware." Actually, the whole army crossed the Delaware River, which was frozen in places, on Christmas night, 1776, from Pennsylvania to the outskirts of Trenton, New Jersey. There, the Americans surprised a drunken Hessian force that celebrated the holiday a little too much. The battle lasted about 45 minutes and resulted in 900... Read MORE...

www.socialstudiesforkids.com/wwww/us/trentondef.htm
December 26, 1776
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Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

1884  ACADEMY OF MUSIC DESTROYED.

Minneapolis, Minn., Dec. 26. - The old Academy of Music building in Minneapolis was destroyed by fire Christmas afternoon. The building contained the Minneapolis law library which was lost. The loss to building and contents, including merchants occupying ground floors, is about $200,000.

Oshkosh Daily Northwestern -  Oshkosh, Wisconsin -  December 26, 1884
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Southbridge, Massachusetts, USA

1889 - Early to Bed
Southbridge goes to bed early as a rule. A stranger in town always notices how quiet the streets are after 9 p.m. Ten o'clock usually finds scarcely any one on the streets except the night watchmen, unless there happens to be entertainment at one of the opera houses. There are a number of reasons for this. The early closing of the stores on several evenings of the week may have something to do... Read MORE...

The Southbridge Journal -  Southbridge, Massachusetts -  December 26, 1889
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1800s Cooking Tips and Recipes

Doughnuts - Heat one quart of new milk, but do not let it boil; add two teacupfuls of lard and three cupfuls the same size of sugar, either white or a light brown; when well melted, stir in one cupful of yeast and enough flour to form a thick sponge. Beat long and well, and when the mass seems light and full of bubbles stir into it the well-beaten yolk and white of one egg. When light, work well and let it rise again; then roll and cut into shape; boil in hot lard until brown.

The Willimantic Chronicle, Willimantic, Conn., October 27, 1880
Manhattan, New York, USA (New York City) (New Amsterdam)

1897 - While Preparing a Christmas Tree for Her Children Mrs. Rice Fell Dead - A CLOCK'S SUPPOSED WARNING
Father Had Saved His Earnings for Six Months to Give His Children the First Tree They Had Ever Had.

"Mamma, the clock has stopped between 12 and 1 o'clock. Something is going to happen sure between now and New Year's," said little Frieda Rice to her mother on Christmas morning, just as Mrs. Rice was hanging a few holiday treasures on a small Christmas tree. Barely ten minutes later the mother... Read MORE...

The New York Times -  New York, New York -  December 26, 1897
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So-N-Mor
The Dress-Shield Retainers
A. R. Reese, Davenport, Iowa

The Ladies' Home Journal
July 1898
Middletown, New York, USA

1901 - FATAL WRECK ON THE ERIE.
MIDDLETOWN, N. Y., Dec. 15. - Several large landslides on the Erie Railroad between this city and Pondeddy were caused by last night's storm. In a collision between two trains one man was killed and several injured. The wreck occurred at Black Rock Cut, near Port Jervis, and was caused by a broken journal. A car of the east-bound freight was thrown to the west-bound track just as a freight going... Read MORE...

The New York Times -  New York, New York -  December 26, 1901
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Somerville, Massachusetts, USA

1910 - FIREMAN KILLED IN WRECK.
Passenger in Collision Near Boston.

BOSTON, Dec. 25. - One death resulted to-night from a Christmas morning railroad wreck in the Somerville yard of the Boston & Maine Railroad. A freight train, a shifting engine, and a Haverhill bound passenger train met in collision. William J. Noyes, the fireman of the passenger locomotive, died at the Relief Hospital of a broken neck, and seven passengers... Read MORE...

The New York Times -  New York, New York -  December 26, 1910
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Richmond, Virginia, USA

1910  Students Have Narrow Escapes in College Fire

Richmond, Va., Dec. 25 - The north wing of Ryland Hall, the main building of Richmond College, erected in 1854, was ruined by fire of unknown origin at an early hour today. The estimated loss is $60,000, covered by insurance. Many students had narrow escapes but none was hurt.

Boston Journal -  Boston, Massachusetts -  December 26, 1910
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1800s Advice and Etiquette for Ladies

Morning Dress — The most suitable dress for breakfast, is a wrapper made to fit the figure loosely, and tho material, excepting when the winter weather requires woolen goods, should be of chintz, gingham, brilliante, or muslin. A lady who has children, or one accustomed to perform for herself light household duties, will soon find the advantage of wearing materials that will wash.

The Ladies" Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness: A Complete Handbook for the Use of the Lady in Polite Society... by Florence Hartley, January 1, 1872
Rockland, Maine, USA

1910  Maine Man Killed by Falling Down Stairs

Rockland, Me., Dec. 25 - Milkmen found the body of Charles A. Arnold lying at the foot of the stairs leading to his boarding place this morning. Arnold is supposed to have been killed by falling down the stairs. Alvin Arnold, a brother of the dead man was found apparently in a stupor in the room occupied by the brothers. An inquest will be held to determine the exact cause of death.

Boston Journal -  Boston, Massachusetts -  December 26, 1910
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Greensburg, Pennsylvania, USA

1910 - POWDER EXPLOSION KILLS 3, HURTS 18 - Miners' Christmas Merry-Making Has a Tragic Ending. DANCER'S CLOTHES ARE SET AFLAME.
Many Saved From Death by Blankets - Cause Unknown, But Vengeance is Hinted.

Greensburg, Penn., Dec. 25. - Three persons were killed in an explosion, eight are in danger of death from their injuries and ten more are in the West Moreland Hospital tonight, either as victims of somebody's vengeance or in penalty of somebody's carelessness.

While miners were holding a Christmas celebration at... Read MORE...

The Boston Journal -  Boston, Massachusetts -  December 26, 1910
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Topeka, Kansas, USA

1925 - TWO KILLED, SIX HURT IN EXPLOSION.
Topeka, Kan., Dec. 26. - (UP) - When a five-room bungalow was hurled into the air and scattered into bits by a gas explosion here Christmas day, two persons were killed and six injured.

MR. and MRS. WILLIAM SHAFFER, who had gone with a friend, CHARLES FLORA, to inspect the latter's new bungalow, were killed. FLORA was seriously injured. Others in the party were less seriously hurt.
Cause of... Read MORE...

San Mateo Times -  San Mateo, California -  December 26, 1925
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Asheville, North Carolina, USA

1936 - THREE KILLED IN FIREWORKS BLAST. OTHERS BELIEVED DEAD AS CHARCOAL FIRE CAUSES EXPLOSION.
Asheville, N.C., Dec. 25. - An explosion in a downtown fireworks store tonight killed at least three persons and injured an undetermined number.

An hour after the explosion firemen, backing their way through the wreckage, had brought out three bodies, and expressed fear several others had been killed.

At that time the firemen had not penetrated to the basement of the building, which caved... Read MORE...

Galveston Daily News -  Galveston, Texas -  December 26, 1936
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Altoona, Pennsylvania, USA

1945 - YARD ACCIDENT TAKES LIFE OF RAIL FIREMAN. LUKE A BOYLAN OF LILLY IS STRUCK BY EAST BOUND PASSENGER LOCOMOTIVE.
Altoona, Pa., (AP) - LUKE A BOYLAN, aged 48, of 142 Portage Street, Lilly, a Pittsburgh division locomotive fireman, was killed instantly this morning at 7:18 o'clock when struck by an eastbound passenger train in the Altoona Yard near the Fourth Street Bridge.

Dr. Daniel M. Replogle, Blair County Coroner, and his deputy, Edgar M. Walls, who investigated the fatal accident, reported that the... Read MORE...

Altoona Mirror -  Altoona, Pennsylvania -  December 26, 1945
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1773  December 26 - Expulsion of tea ships from Philadelphia

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1885  Two young women school-teachers at Kingston, N.Y., are sharpshooters, and can snuff a candle at twenty yards.


St. Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan

America - Did you know? January 12, 1932 - Hattie Wyatt Caraway of Arkansas is the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate, to fill a vacancy caused by the death of her husband.

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Quebec - Did you know? People of New France were rewarded for having large families - 10 children - 300 pounds per year; 12 children - 400 pounds.

Canada: A People"s History (www.cbc.ca/ history/)
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1908 ad

Fords Sensational Car
3000 Ford Model T Touring Cars Sold in 48 Hours
Price only $850.00 F.O.B. Factory
Conrad Bros.
No. 245 Wyoing Ave.
No. 318-20 Linden Street.
Scranton

The Scranton Truth
Scranton, Pennsylvania
September 15, 1908
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Tuesday, December 25, 2018

1910 - Germany Enjoys a "Fat" Christmas


Mellwood Whisky
Kentucky Distilleries & Warehouse Co., Louisville, Kentucky

Found at The Way It Was Museum, Virginia City, Nevada
1849 - The safety pin is invented (Walter Hunt, United States)
THE SAFETY PIN.
Interesting Story of Its Inventor, Walter Hunt.

Buffalo Commercial.
John R. Chapin, now of Buffalo, gives some interesting reminiscences of Walter Hunt, who, in the opinion of may, including Mr. Chapin, was the real inventor of the sewing machine. "Let me close," he says "with an anecdote of his talent in the line of invention. He came inot my office on Nassau street one day... Read MORE...

The Saint Paul Globe -  Saint Paul, Minnesota -  December 25, 1895
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

1854 - DREADFUL ACCIDENT ON THE READING RAILROAD.
On Friday afternoon week, the locomotive Wisconsin life Richmond for Pottsville, with a train of empty coal cars. When the train was approaching the Manayunk tunnel the boiler of the locomotive exploded, blowing out the end over the firebox, and rendering the engine a complete wreck. GEORGE LONG, formerly an engineer on the road, but recently living in Baltimore, where he leaves a family, was on... Read MORE...

The Republican Compiler -  Pennsylvania -  December 25, 1854
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Cleveland, Ohio, USA

1874  3 Votes Not Enough

An enterprising voter of Cleveland, Ohio, voted three times for a sheriff of Cuyahoga county in the late election. Of course, a candidate so ably voted fro was elected, and the voter, having been convicted of voting, was sent to the penitentiary for three years. One good turn deserves another, and the sheriff for whom the voter voted saw him safely to the prison.

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New Orleans Times -  New Orleans, Louisiana -  December 25, 1874
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1800s Cooking Tips and Recipes

Old-Fashioned Molasses Candy - First secure old-fashioned New Orleans molasses. This is far the most important and the most difficult part of the recipe. Then boil, allowing have an ounce of butter to each pint of molasses until it becomes brittle when dropped into cold water; add at the last about ten grains of soda, then turn out to cool. When partly cool it may be "pulled" if so desired, or it may have hickory nuts or black walnuts stirred in.

The Ladies" Home Journal, June 1898
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, USA

1896 - GRIEF TURNED TO JOY. Mine Disaster Not So Serious as First Supposed MANY OF THE VICTIMS RESCUED
A Score or More of the Miners Entombed by an Explosion of Gas near Wilkes-Barre, but Fourteen Are Found to be Alive

Wilkes-Barre, PA., Dec 22-Fully a score of miners have perished by an explosion of gas in Baltimore No. 2 Shaft of the Delaware and Hudson Coal Company. Fifty or 60 others barely escaped with their lives.

The mine, when in full operation, employs in the neighborhood of 350 men ... Read MORE...

Hornellsville Weekly Tribune -  Hornellsville, New York -  December 25, 1896
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It Bears the Brunt of Wash-Day work
The Peoria Washer
Clark, Quien & Morse
401 Commercial Street
Peoria, Ill.

The Ladies' Home Journal
May 1898
1910 - Germany Enjoys a "Fat" Christmas
Year of Immense Prosperity Ending, and People are Spending Lavishly.

BUT WEATHER IS ABNORMAL

April-Like Drizzle in Berlin and Hardly a Flake of Snow in All the Empire - Bad for Hotels.
Special Cable to THE NEW YORK TIMES.
BERLIN, Dec. 24. - Germany is celebrating a "fat" Christmas. The Fatherland has rounded out another year of very great prosperity, and the Yuletide is characterized by... Read MORE...

The New York Times -  New York, New York -  December 25, 1910
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Lexington, Kentucky, USA

1917 - Auto Damaged in Collision
An automobile driven by George Calvin, of this city, collided with a horse and buggy driven by James Ecton, colored, at the corner of Main and Washington streets Sunday. The machine was considerably damaged by the impact. The windshield was broken and glass was scattered over Mr. Calvin, who suffered several slight cuts on the face. The other The other occupants of the car, his wife and three... Read MORE...

The Lexington Herald -  Lexington, Kentucky -  December 25, 1917
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1717  December 25 - Floods ravage Dutch coast provinces, thousands killed

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1869  Lead
Lead of the best quality has been found near York, Pa.

St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan

1896  December 25 - John Philip Sousa composes his magnum opus, the Stars and Stripes Forever.

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America - Did you know? 1838 - More than 15,000 Cherokee Indians are forced to march from Georgia to Indian Territory in present-day Oklahoma. Approximately 4,000 die from starvation and disease along the "Trail of Tears."

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Quebec - Did you know? It is the old custom in French Canada (originating in Europe) to bury the dead in the church cemetery. After a period of time, if donations stop coming from the family, the stone is removed to make room for a new burial. This is why you will almost never see a headstone older than 100 years in Québec, unless it was from a non-catholic denomination.

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St. Andrews Wine of Life Root, Female Regulator for Women
Made in Bristol, TN

Found at Old Drugstore, St Augustine, Florida
Died December 25

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Sunday, December 23, 2018

1905 - PANIC FOLLOWS EXPLOSION. All Providence Scared Over Prediction of Christmas Disaster.

Port Jervis, New York, USA

1876 - Christmas
THE POST OFFICE ON CHRISTMAS.
The postoffice will be opened on Christmas day from 9 to 10 a.m. and 12 to 1 p.m.

...Many of our villagers were busily engaged in removing the snow and ice from their sidewalks this morning.

...The snow fell all Friday afternoon and until late in the evening. The quantity is sufficient to make good sleighing, and every owner of a pair of runners and a piece of ... Read MORE...

The Evening Gazette -  Port Jervis, New York -  Saturday, December 23, 1876
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Gold Medal Cough Medicine
Blackberry Root, Ginger, Cinnamon, Clove, Anise Compound
Pfeiffer Mfg. Co.
St. Louis, Mo.
Found at The Way It Was Museum, Virginia City, Nevada
Lebanon, Pennsylvania, USA

1900 - BABE TRAMPLED UPON BY FRANTIC PASSENGERS Cars Collide on Lebanon Trolley Line, Twenty Injured in the Crash.
Special to The Inquirer.

LEBANON, Pa., Dec. 22. - Two cars filled with Christmas shoppers collided this afternoon on the Lebanon Valley Street Railway, a short distance west of this city, with disastrous results. About twenty persons were injured, some of them seriously. The 18 months' old baby of Mrs. J. W. Walter, of Annville, was trampled on by the panic-stricken passengers and injured so... Read MORE...

The Philadelphia Inquirer -  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania -  December 23, 1900
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Providence, Rhode Island, USA

1905 - PANIC FOLLOWS EXPLOSION. All Providence Scared Over Prediction of Christmas Disaster.
Special to The New York Times.

PROVIDENCE, R. I., Dec. 22. - A slight explosion in a jewelry factory, within a short block of the shopping district caused by a panic to-day among the several hundred employes[sic] in the building, two men being painfully injured and a dozen women fainting before any attempt was made to ascertain the nature of the trouble.

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The New York Times -  New York, New York -  December 23, 1905
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1913  December 23 – The Federal Reserve System is created as the central banking system of the United States by Woodrow Wilson's signature of the Federal Reserve Act.

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America - Did you know? May 30, 1854 - Congress passes the Kansas-Nebraska Act, establishing the territories of Kansas and Nebraska.

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Quebec - Did you know? Among Catholics, It is said that reciting one thousand Hail Marys on December 24 would ensure obtaining a special favour. While preparing the réveillon for Christmas Eve, therefore, mothers would recite their one thousand Hail Marys without fail for they always had a small favour to ask the Virgin Mary on behalf of one of their children or their husband.

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Hemaboloids Arseniated
Made by The Palisade Manufacturing Company, Yonkers, NY

Hemaboloids arseniated (with strychnia) was a patent medicine used to treat people with anaemia (low red blood cell count). It contained 17% alcohol, and small amounts of arsenious acid (which contained arsenic) and strychnia (also known as strychnine), both of which were highly toxic in larger doses.
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Thursday, December 20, 2018

1958 - Santa Answers Appeal of Girl

Pawtucket, Rhode Island, USA

1790 - December 20 - 1st successful US cotton mill to spin yarn (Pawtucket, RI)


Reinvent Rhode Island: The Industrial Revolution started in Rhode Island
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The first American cotton mill began operation on December 20, 1790. The mill in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, had water-powered machinery for carding and spinning... Read MORE...

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December 20, 1790
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Wa-Hoo Blood and Nerve Tonic
Made in Detroit, MI

The label boasts it to be "a positive cure for blood rheumatism, blood disorders, stomach troubles, liver and kidney complaint, sick headache, malaria, indigestion, dyspepsia, constipation, catarrah of the stomach, nervousness, skin diseases, salt rheum, scrofula and neuralgia."

The label also says, "Also female weakness and irregularities are promptly relieved and permanently cured." http://newsok.com/article/2134619


Found at Old Drugstore, St Augustine, Florida
Augusta, Maine, USA

1867  Destructive Fire in Augusta, Me.

AUGUSTA, Me., Thursday, Dec. 19. A large building, the property of the A & W Sprague Manufacturing Company, of Providence, R. I., and occupied by several firms for the manufacture of sash, blinds and doors, furniture and other wood works, a grist-mill, salt manufactory, machinist, &c., was totally destroyed by fire this afternoon. The total loss is about $80,000, with no insurance.

The New York Times -  New York, New York -  December 20, 1867
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1884  Photographic film is invented (George Eastman, United States)

Photographic. A certificate was filed yesterday in the county clerk's office showing that the capital stock of the Eastman Dry Plate and Film company $200,000, has been fully paid up. The trustees are Henry A. Strong, Edwin O. Sage, J. H. Kent, George Eastman and William H. Walker. The company is preparing to introduce its new discovery, paper dry plates.

Democrat and Chronicle -  Rochester, New York -  December 20, 1884
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Caraquet, Gloucester, New Brunswick, Canada

1887 - PLUNGED OFF A BRIDGE. EIGHT MEN PERISH UNDER AN ENGINE.
Moncton, N.B., Dec. 19. - A fearful disaster occurred last night near Caraquette Station, on the northern division of the Intercolonial Railroad. It is reported that a train went through a bridge and that ten men were killed. No particulars have yet been received.

Later - The disaster occurred at a point about forty miles from Bathurst, the capital of Gloucester County, one of the northern... Read MORE...

Logansport Journal -  Logansport, Indiana -  December 20, 1887
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1800s Cooking Tips and Recipes

Adding Fruit to Cake - Currants, raisins and citrus will not settle to the bottom of either cake or pudding if they are thorougly floured and the batters are of proper consistency. When the batters are too thin, of course they will settle.

The Ladies" Home Journal, June 1898
St Louis, Missouri, USA

1897 - VAULTS SAVE. St. Louis' Largest Jewelry Firm From Being Wiped Out by Fire. BUILDING AND ALL GO. But Half of the Stock Was Saved by Being in Fire Proof Vaults. FAMILY'S NARROW ESCAPE.
St. Louis, Dec. 19. - Fire started in the basement of the building occupied by the Mermod & Jaccard Jewelry Company, at the corner of Locust street and Broadway, early this morning. The five story building is a total loss, $335,000, fully insured. It is thought the fire started in the boiler room.

W. A. Rutledge, the engineer, and his family lived on the fourth floor. The fireman dragged them... Read MORE...

The Morning Herald -  Lexington, Kentucky -  December 20, 1897
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G. G. Whittaker
Huntington, West Virginia, USA

1904 - ALL FIREMEN CALLED OUT To Fight a Bad Blaze Back of the C & O Hospital
High Wind Was Blowing and the Fire Destroyed Three Buildings
A fire alarm from box twenty-eight called the department to the corner of Eighteenth street and Sixth avenue, where just back of the C & O hospital, fire was discovered in the barn belonging to Mrs. L. Buffington.

The department was soon on the scene, but the blaze had gained such headway that it was thought best to sound the second ... Read MORE...

The Huntington Advertiser -  Huntington, West Virginia -  December 20, 1904
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Lavaltrie, Québec, Canada (Saint-Antoine)

1913 - Counterfeit Money Source - Canadian Authorities Raid Shack in Little Village of Lavaltrie
Six Men are Captured
Complete Plant: Press. Plates and Paper: Building Resembles Arsenal.
MAKE NIGHT ATTACK
Officers Smash Door, Rush in Upon Occupants While They Sleep.

MONTREAL - By a raid on a shack in the woods five miles from the village of Lavaltrie, Friday, the police unearthed what is believe to be the source of one of the most important counterfeiting schemes discovered in this... Read MORE...

Idaho Statesman -  Idaho -  December 20, 1913
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1800s Advice and Etiquette for Ladies

Remember that a lady-like deportment is always modest and quiet. If you meet a friend at table, and converse, let it be in a tone of voice sufficiently loud for him to hear, but not loud enough to reach ears for which the remarks are not intended. A boisterous, loud voice, loud laughter, and bold deportment, at a hotel, are sure signs of vulgar breeding.

The Ladies" Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness: A Complete Handbook for the Use of the Lady in Polite Society... by Florence Hartley, January 1, 1872
Tracadie, New Brunswick, Canada (Tracadie-Sheila)

1958 - Santa Answers Appeal of Girl
TAMPA, Fla., Dec 20. (AP) - Note to Viola S. McGraw of Tracadie, New Brunswick, Canada: A Christmas package containing a doll, pajamas, socks, pencils, crayons and coloring books is on its way from Tampa.

Mrs Ida Hernandez fixed up the package after finding a note tied to the Christmas tree she purchased. Viola wrote:

"I am a very poor little girl 6 years old. Will you pleas send me some... Read MORE...

Spokane Daily Chronicle -  Spokane, Washington -  December 20, 1958
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Warren, Michigan, USA

1964 - SIX PERISH IN HOUSE FIRE.
Warren, Mich. - Six of the nine children of ELBERT TURNER COX, 40, a steel-worker and part-time cab driver of Warren, Mich., a Detroit suburb, perished in a fire that destroyed their two-story frame home.
"Six of my babies are gone ... "

"I've lost six of my babies," COX cried on learning of the tragedy as he returned from work. His wife, MARIE, 35, was reported in critical condition.

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Waterloo Daily Courier -  Iowa -  December 20, 1964
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1860  Civil War - On December 20, 1860, a little over a month after Abraham Lincoln had been elected President, South Carolina seceded from the Union. Six more states followed by the spring of 1861.

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1946  December 20 - Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life, featuring James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Henry Travers, and Thomas Mitchell, is released in New York.

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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.

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Quebec - Did you know? A typical French-Canadian building is the farmhouse. It is based on structures in the French provinces of Normandy, Maine, and Anjou, where most of the French settlers in the St Lawrence valley originated. The typical house was made of wood and had low walls, a steep roof, small windows, and few interior divisions. It was adapted to the northern climate by raising the ground floor to accommodate heavy snow accumulation and by adding multiple chimneys and dormers. The farmhouse also came to be characterized by a verandah, extended belcast eaves supported by a row of narrow columns, and a roof covered in sheet metal.

Mutlicultural Canada: Quebec to 1800 (www.multiculturalcanada.ca)
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Highest Price For Eggs
Mann's New Bone Cutter
F. W. Mann Company, Milford, Mass.

The Ladies' Home Journal
November 1898
Died December 20

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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

1903 - December 17 – Orville Wright flies an aircraft with a petrol engine at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina in the first documented, successful, controlled, powered, heavier-than-air flight.


1868 advertisement

Herring & Leyden
Clothing House

The Atlanta Constitution
Atlanta, Georgia
July 5, 1868
Charlestown, Massachusetts, USA

1866  Fire at Charlestown

BOSTON, Monday, Dec. 17. A fire in Charlestown last night destroyed the wooden building at the corner of High and Pearl streets, formerly occupied as a Methodist Church. Loss, $10,000. The Armory of the Prescott Light Horse Guard, a school-room and several offices in the building were burned out.

The New York Times -  New York, New York -  December 18, 1866
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Munich, Bavaria, Germany

1869  Not long ago a merchant in Munich bought from a peasant a wagon load of hay, paying for it by weight.

When the wagon was about to be unloaded the head of the seller's son appeared on top. The buyer cried out that he had bought the young scamp too, and therefore could do as he liked with him, and began to beat him. The father of the boy came to the rescue, and the fight grew to such proportions that the police took the peasant, his son, the buyer and the wagon load of hay into custody.

St Joseph Herald -  Saint Joseph, Michigan -  December 18, 1869
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1800s Cooking Tips and Recipes

Bachelor"s Pudding - Beat up three eggs, flavor with essence of lemon and grated nutmeg, and add them to four ounces each of finely-minced apples, currents, grated breadcrumbs and two ounces of sugar; mix thoroughly and boil in a buttered mold nearly three hours. Serve with sauces.

The Willimantic Chronicle, Willimantic, Conn., May 3, 1882
1903 - December 17 – Orville Wright flies an aircraft with a petrol engine at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina in the first documented, successful, controlled, powered, heavier-than-air flight.
THE MACHINE ACTUALLY FLIES
Successful Trial of Kitty Hawk, N.C., of Wright Brother's Invention.

NORFOLK, Va., Dec. 18. - A successful trial of a flying machine was made yesterday near Kitty Hawk, N. C., by Wilbur and Orville Wright, of Dayton, Ohio. The machine flew for three miles in the face of a wind blowing at the registered velocity of 21 miles and hour and then gracefully descended to... Read MORE...

Lewiston Evening Journal -  Lewiston, Maine -  December 18, 1903
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1882 ad
J. & W. Booth
Furniture & Coffin Warerooms
Paints of all kinds
paper Hangings, Curtain Fixtures, Frames, &c.
Alden's Block, Globe Village

1882 Massachusetts City Directory - Webster and Southbridge (MA)
Spokane, Washington, USA

1915 - STREET CAR GOES THROUGH BRIDGE. SEVEN KILLED AND TEN INJURED HEN DIVISION STREET, SPOKANE, STRUCTURE COLLAPSES AND PEOPLE FALL INTO RIVER.
Spokane, Wash., Dec. 18 - Seven persons were killed and ten were injured today when a street car went through the Division Street bridge over the Spokane River. The killed were in the car more than an hour after it went into the river. The injured were removed to a hospital.

Two street cars were on the bridge at the time of the accident. They were owned by the Washington Water Power Company.... Read MORE...

Ogden Standard -  Ogden, Utah -  December 18, 1915
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1796  December 18 - 1st US newspaper to appear on Sunday (Baltimore Monitor)

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1869  In Tiffin, Ohio, the other day a little boy placed his mouth over a teakettle of boiling water, tipped it up and filled his mouth with the hot water, a portion of which he swallowed. His death resulted in a few days after the occurrence.


St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan

1892  December 18 – The Nutcracker ballet with music by Tchaikovsky is premiered at the Imperial Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg, Russia.

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America - Did you know? During Alaska"s statehood celebration, Fairbanks attempted to turn the Chena River into gold, as a symbol of this source of wealth. However, through some chemical mistake, the river turned a lovely green.

The World Almanac of the U.S.A, by Allan Carpenter and Carl Provorse, 1996


Quebec - Did you know? Behind each habitant"s house was a small addition used as a storeroom. Not far away were the barn and the stable, built always of untrimmed logs, the intervening chinks securely filled with clay or mortar. There was also a root-house, half-sunk in the ground or burrowed into the slope of a hill, where the habitant kept his potatoes and vegetables secure from the frost through the winter. Most of the habitants likewise had their own bake-ovens, set a convenient distance behind the house and rising four or five feet from the ground. These they built roughly of boulders and plastered with clay. With an abundance of wood from the virgin forests they would build a roaring fire in these ovens and finish the whole week"s baking at one time. The habitant would often enclose a small plot of ground surrounding the house and outbuildings with a fence of piled stones or split rails, and in one corner he would plant his kitchen-garden.

Daily Life in New France (www.chroniclesofamerica.com/ french/ daily_life_in_new_france.htm)
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Vaseline Petroleum Jelly
Made in New York, NY

Found at Old Drugstore, St Augustine, Florida
Died December 18

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