Sunday, September 30, 2018


Canaan, Connecticut, USA

1858  Accident

At Canaan, Ct., on the 17th, a bright little boy of eight years, son of Edwin Ives, while playing about his father's factory, was caught in a belt, and instantly carried over a shaft revolving with great velocity, horribly mangling his body. He lived but two hours after the accident.
Sun -  Massachusetts -  September 30, 1858

"1847 Rogers Bros."
The Meriden Britannia Co., Meriden, Conn.

The Ladies' Home Journal
March 1898
Sorel, Québec, Canada

Frightful Casualty in Canada - Eleven Persons Killed and Twenty-five Wounded.

SOREL, Quebec, September 29 - About 7 o'clock last night a train coming from Yamaska run over an obstruction supposed to have been maliciously placed across the track. Six platform cars, upon which there were about seventy laborers, were in front and the engine in the rear and running at a fair speed. Two or three... Read MORE...

The Times -  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania -  September 30, 1875

La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA (LaCrosse)

LaCrosse, Wis., Sept. 21. - Early Thursday morning fire was discovered in the roof of the brew house of the John Gund Brewing company's plant.
The malt house contained several car loads of malt and about 5,000 bushels of barley, which was totally destroyed, and the office building, which stands across the street, was not burned, and a part of the engine-room was also saved. The cold storage... Read MORE...

Iowa State Reporter -  Waterloo, Iowa -  September 30, 1897

1800s Cooking Tips and Recipes

Cream Cheese - Put three pints of milk to a half pint of cream, warm and put in a little rennett; keep it covered in a warm place till it is curdled, then put it in a mould with holes in it and drain about an hour. Serve with cream and sugar.

The Willimantic Chronicle, Willimantic, Conn., July 12, 1882
Meriden, Connecticut, USA

1903 - Silver Workers Make Demands
Meriden, Conn., Sept. 30. - A demand for a nine hour day with ten hours' pay has been presented at all the factories of the International Silver company in this city and elsewhere, and it is understood that a similar demand has been made or will be made on every silver shop in the United States and Canada. In addition to the nine hour demand an allowance of "time and a half" for overtime work is... Read MORE...

Pittston Gazette -  Pittston, Pennsylvania -  September 30, 1903

Murray & Lanman's Florida Water

To the rich and to the poor,
To all people of taste,
at home,
on ship board,
at the seaside,
in the mountains.

No article will afford so much pleasure or contribute so largely to comfort as Murray & Lanman's Florida Water...
Melrose, Massachusetts, USA

1904 - KILLED IN TROLLEY CRASH Half a Score Dead and Many More Injured by Explosion.

Car Runs Into Box of High Explosive in Boston Which Had Dropped From a Truck Onto the Track - Concussion Felt at Great Distance - Crowd of Three Thousand Gathers at Spot.

Boston, Mass. - By the explosion of a fifty-pound box of dynamite under a crowded trolley car in Melrose, a suburb of this city, six persons were killed outright - among them a woman and her child... Read MORE...

The Cranbury Press -  New Jersey -  September 30, 1904

Pensacola, Florida, USA

Pensacola, Fla., (via Flomaton, Ala., by courier)
Sept. 29. - Flood followed hurricane wind, and rain this morning, and the city tonight is nearly submerged. Seven and one-half inches of rain fell in a little over three hours and the main streets of the city were turned into veritable rivers by this tremendous downpour. In some instances the water is shoulder deep. First floor cellars and many... Read MORE...

Washington Times -  Washington, D.C. -  September 30, 1906

1935 - September 30 - Roosevelt Dedicates Boulder Dam (later to be known as Hoover Dam)
Government Spending Is To Be Ended
Private Industry Mus Now Maintain Recovery Pay Says F.R.

by Frederick A. Storm
United Press White House Correspondent

BOULDER DAM, Nev., Sept. 30 (U.P.) - Government spending has created the purchasing power - now it is up to private industry to maintain the recovery pace set by the New Deal, President Roosevelt told the nation today.

The 108,000,000...

The Daily Herald -  Provo, Utah -  September 30, 1935

1800s Advice and Etiquette for Ladies

Avoid making any noise in eating, even if each meal is eaten in solitary state. It is a disgusting habit, and one not easily cured if once contracted, to make any noise with the lips when eating.

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
1970 - September 30 - A nineteen month drought in southern California came to a climax.
The drought, which made brush and buildings tinder dry, set up the worst fire conditions in California history as hot Santa Anna winds sent the temperature soaring to 105 degrees at Los Angeles, and to 97 degrees at San Diego. During that last week of September whole communities of interior San Diego County were consumed by fire. Half a million acres were burned, and the fires caused fifty... Read MORE...
September 30, 1970

1876  Earthquake
A distinct shock of earthquake was felt on the 22d at New Bedford, Fairhaven and Dartmouth, Massachusetts.

Arizona Weekly Citizen
Tucson, Arizona

1882  In order to provide electricity to the paper industry, the nation's first hydro-electric central station, the Vulcan Street Plant on the Fox River, began operation on September 30, 1882. (Appleton, Wisconsin)

America - Did you know? December 15, 1791 - First ten amendments to the Constitution, known as the Bill of Rights, are ratified.

Quebec - Did you know? In New France, the habitant"s homes were commonly built of felled timber or of rough-hewn stone, solid, low, stocky buildings, usually about twenty by forty feet or thereabouts in size, with a single doorway and very few windows. The roofs were steep-pitched, with a dormer window or two thrust out on either side, the eaves projecting well over the walls in such manner as to give the structures a half-bungalow appearance. With almost religious punctuality the habitants whitewashed the outside of their walls every spring, so that from the river the country houses looked trim and neat at all seasons.

Daily Life in New France ( french/ daily_life_in_new_france.htm)

Rhea, Smalley & Co.,
Wholesale Dealers in All Kinds of Farm Machinery
226 S. Washington and 120 Liberty Sts., Peoria, Ill.
Died September 30


Saturday, September 29, 2018

1888 - Marriage by the Glove

1789 - September 29 - Congress Officially Created the U.S. Military
In its very first session, the United States Congress had a lot of decisions to make. One important topic the first representatives and senators needed to address was establishing the U.S. military. There already was a colonial army - the Continental Army - that had fought the British in the American Revolution and won under General George Washington. But this army was not the official army of... Read MORE...
September 29, 1789

Androscoggin One Price Clothing Co.
Blue Store
88 Lisbon St.
Lewiston, Me.
Altona, New York, USA

1873 - September 29 - A Sad and Fatal Casualty
A man named John W. Brennan, of Altona, N.Y., a brakeman in the employ of the Central Vermont Railroad for a short time past, was run over by a freight train at East Alburgh, on Friday morning, while uncoupling the engine from the train when in motion. We understand that nineteen cars passed over one of his legs and side, but he survived his terrible injuries about two hours. He leaves a young... Read MORE...

The Rutland Daily Globe -  Rutland, Vermont -  September 29, 1873

Woonsocket, Rhode Island, USA

1883 - LOSSES BY FIRE. The Woonsocket Hotel Partly Burned, The Escape of the Guests.
WOONSOCKET, R. I., Sept. 29. - The Woonsocket hotel, owned by Cook, Mason & Co., was damaged to the amount of $10,000 by fire from a defective flue this morning. The night clerk notified the inmates, who escaped. The hotel was insured for $14,180 and the furniture for $5,000. P. W. Houghton loses $1,000, insured for $2,000 in the Union of Philadelphia; Sharon Brothers, dry goods, lose $3,500,... Read MORE...

The New Haven Evening Register -  New Haven, Connecticut -  September 29, 1883

1888 - Marriage by the Glove.
A marriage by proxy, or as it is called, "marriage by the glove," is prevalent in Holland, and is brought about by the fact that many of the eligible young men, after having finished their education, depart for Dutch India. A friend selects a willing young lady, generally one with a substantial dot and otherwise conforming closely to specifications of the letter. A photograph of the favored one... Read MORE...

St Joseph Herald -  Saint Joseph, Michigan -  September 29, 1888

Weymouth, Massachusetts, USA

1898 - Big Fire in Weymouth, Mass.
Weymouth, Mass., Sept. 29. - The factory buildings of the Bradley Fertilizer works in North Weymouth were burned shortly before 11 o'clock last night, causing a loss of about $200,000 to the buildings and stock. The loss is practically covered by insurance. The plant was chiefly under one roof and covered much ground, so that when the fire broke out it spread to all parts, making it impossible to ... Read MORE...

Naugatuck Daily News -  Naugatuck, Connecticut -  September 29, 1898

1800s Cooking Tips and Recipes

Brown Bread Biscuit - One pound of coarse brown flour or oatmeal flour, two ounces of butter, a little water. Make the butter and water boiling hot and add both to the flour, keeping the paste firm; roll it out, cut it into biscuits and bake it for ten minutes in a quick oven.

The Willimantic Chronicle, Willimantic, Conn., May 3, 1882
Madison, Indiana, USA

1898 - FOUND DROWNED. SAD FATE OF JAMES THACKER. Lost His Life In A Shanty Boat.
A day or so ago James THACKER, a well-known young man of the West End, purchased for himself a small shanty-boat, anchored on this side of the river near the foot of Plum Street.

This morning early some one living near by entered the boat and was horrified to find Mr. THACKER lying dead inside.

Coroner Lewis was immediately summoned and an examination was held, resulting in the conclusion... Read MORE...

Madison Courier -  Madison, Indiana -  September 29, 1898

Use Webb's Flavoring Extracts.
This picture is given to each purchaser of Spurlock's No. 5 Bluing
Ask for No. 5
Beware of Imitiation
1927 - The Jazz Singer debuts as first talking film
Al Jolson's Film Debut in "Jazz Singer" Oct. 6

Warner Brothers will present Al Jolson in "The Jazz Singer" at the Warner Theater a week from tonight. The long-awaited presentation of the picturization of Samson Raphaelson's comedy drama, which continues to be a potent attraction on the legitimate stage, will be made a gala event by the Warners and will be attended by Jolson and a number of... Read MORE...

The Brooklyn Daily Eagle -  Brooklyn, New York -  September 29, 1927

1800s Advice and Etiquette for Ladies

An Afternoon Tea - A card should be left for or sent to each lady receiving. No after call is necessary, as one"s appearance at the tea is a call. IF there is quite a crowd it is perfectly proper to depart without saying good-by to the hostess or the leadies receiving at any formal function. It is not customary to annouce guests at an afternoon tea. The ladies receiving shake hands with each guest.

The Ladies" Home Journal, May 1898
Detroit, Michigan, USA

1930 - 2 KILLED AS FREIGHT ENGINE JUMPS TRACK - Open Switch Causes Wreck at Detroit
DETROIT, Sept 28 (AP) - The brakeman and fireman of a Michigan Central freight train were killed instantly, and the engineer escaped injury by jumping as the engine and four cars left the track and turned over after striking an open switch at the outskirts of Detroit late today.

The dead were William Feilman, brakeman, and Frank McLaughlin, fireman. They were riding in the cab and were... Read MORE...

Boston Herald -  Boston, Massachusetts -  September 29, 1930

Charleston, South Carolina, USA

Damage Estimated At $2,000,000 As Tornado Strikes Historic City Unawares; Vast Scenes Of Wreckage; St. Michael's Church Battered; Fine Trees Uprooted in Battery; City Hall Roof Blown Off; Colleges Not Hit.

CHARLESTON, S. C., Sept. 29 - (AP) - A destructive tornado whipped through Charleston early today, killing at least 25 persons, injuring an estimated 340, and doing property damage... Read MORE...

Gastonia Daily Gazette -  North Carolina -  September 29, 1938

1903  September 29 – Prussia becomes the first locality to require mandatory driver's licenses for operators of motor vehicles.

1927  September 29 - A tornado (possibly two tornadoes) cut an eight-mile long path across Saint Louis MO, to Granite City IL, killing 79 persons. The damage path at times was a mile and a quarter in width.

The Weather Channel

America - Did you know? January 24, 1848 - Gold is discovered at Sutter"s Mill in California.

Quebec - Did you know? Have you ever wondered why there are often no very old tombstones in the cemteries of Canada/New France? There is a good reason. Up until the mid to late 1800s, the deceased were buried around the church. It was the customary practice to do this as a way of showing the close relationship between the living and the dead, as God is master of life and death. In time, space ran out and new cemeteries were created. At that point, the bodies near the church were often exhumed and transfered to a common area of the new cemetery. The gravestones of the old cemetery were eventually removed to create space around the church for parking.

La Nativité de Notre-Dame du Vieux-Beauport (

Women Know the vital importance of pure food and drink. That accounts for the success of

Blanke's Kofeko
The original malted grain coffee

C. F. Blanke & Co., St. Louis, U.S.A.

The Ladies' Home Journal
February 1898
Died September 29


Friday, September 28, 2018


Bristol, Connecticut, USA

1878  The Rev. J. D. Gillihand, the Rector of Trinity Church (Protestant Episcopal) at Bristol, Conn., the other day, astonished his congregation

by sending them a letter announcing his resignation of his pastorate and his intention of joining the Roman Catholic Church. Not the slightest intimation of such a step had previously been given to the church or even to his family.

St Joseph Herald -  Saint Joseph, Michigan -  September 28, 1878

Men's "Holeproof" Sox
Kalamazoo Knitting Co., Milwaukee, Wis.

The Ladies' Home Journal
August 1898
Somers, Connecticut, USA

1878  The Hartford Religious Herald says the Town of Somers, Conn., has for twenty years taken the responsibility of all burials within its limits,

and has supplied to all, rich and poor, high and low alike, a sexton, hearse and grave for the cost of four dollars. The Herald inquires if it would not be well to have all burials in towns and cities conducted "on this considerate and Christian principle of equality and economy."

St Joseph Herald -  Saint Joseph, Michigan -  September 28, 1878

Ansonia, Connecticut, USA

Main Line Rails of Naugatuck Division Twisted Out of Place.
Ansonia, Sept. 27. - In making a flying switch on the Naugatuck division, in Ansonia this morning, five gondola cars loaded with coal were derailed and the siding was torn up for a distance of 100 feet, while the main line was twisted from its bed. The road was effectually blocked for the remaineer of the day. The trains, both passenger ... Read MORE...

The New Haven Evening Register -  New Haven, Connecticut -  September 28, 1889

Norwalk, Connecticut, USA

Special to The New York Times.

NORWALK, Conn., Sept. 27.--Word reached here today of a tornado, which raged in the Norwalk River Valley last night, and did great damage to buildings, orchards, and timber land.

The storm came up from the southwest out of an apparently cloudless sky, and passed to the northeast with terrific force. The villages most affected are West Norwalk, Winnipauk,... Read MORE...

The New York Times -  New York, New York -  September 28, 1899

1800s Cooking Tips and Recipes

Rice Waffles - Beat together a pint of milk, the yolks of three eggs, two ounces of butter and half a teacup of thoroughly boiled rice, sprinkle a little salt and a half teaspoonful of soda into a pint of flour, and then sift it in. Beat thoroughly and bake in waffle irons.

The Willimantic Chronicle, Willimantic, Conn., January 5, 1881
Hempstead, New York, USA

Hempstead, N.Y., Sept. 28 - JOHN L. LONGSTAFF, a former English army officer, was mortally injured this evening while flying in a "Farman" biplane with his mechanic, PIERRE CHAVELLIER. When only seventy feet in the air, a wire became tangled and the machine instantly overturned and fell.

LONGSTAFF was caught in the debris. He has a fractured skull and internal injuries. CHAVELLIER, who was... Read MORE...

Salt Lake Tribune -  Salt Lake City, Utah -  September 28, 1912

Home of Helb's Pilsner Beer
Helb's Keystone Brewery
York, Pennsylvania
Worcester, Massachusetts, USA

Professor Robert Goddard's Rocket, Which is Expected to Travel 70 Miles in Air, is Ready

WORCHESTER, Mass., - An actual test of Professor Robert Goddard's rocket, which it is claimed, can travel vertically seventy miles into the air will be made here shortly. The time and place have not yet been definitely decided upon.

The rocket, it is said, is practically ready to be tried out. It weighs ... Read MORE...

The Ogden Standard-Examiner -  Ogden, Utah -  September 28, 1920

Arcadia, California, USA

1922  Dirigible Z-2 Arrived At Arcadia, Cal., Today

(Special to News by United Press.) Pacedonia, Cal., Today. - The Dirigible Z-2 arrived safely at Rose Field at Arcadia, Cal. at 9:25 a.m. to-day. The flight from San Francisco was without incident. Landing was perfect.

Lebanon Daily News -  Lebanon, Pennsylvania -  September 28, 1922

1800s Advice and Etiquette for Ladies

If you expect a friend to meet you at the end of your journey, sit near the door of the steam-boat saloon, or in the ladies" room at the car depot, that he may find you easily.

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
Flint, Michigan, USA

Flint, Mich., Sept. 28 - (AP) - At least two persons were killed and 10 injured seriously today by an explosion which demolished the General Tire Company's service station in downtown Flint.

The body of ALBERT W. HATTER, the office manager, was taken from the ruins. Firemen said they saw another body in the debris, but fire that followed the blast prevented them from reaching it or from... Read MORE...

Miami Daily News-Herald -  Oklahoma -  September 28, 1936

Riverside, California, USA

1970  Third youth dies

Riverside (AP) – David CRAWFORD, 13, died today of wounds suffered Thursday in a grenade explosion. Two playmates, Bobby Lee EWING and Ricky Lee LEAMON, also 13, were killed instantly. Police said the boys found the grenade buried beneath a bush in a neighbor’s backyard. An investigation uncovered 43 more grenades, police said.

Reno Evening Gazette -  Reno, Nevada -  September 28, 1970

1878  Many funny fancies have come from Danbury, Conn.
At least one funny fact comes from the same town. A Danbury man hired his divorced wife to attend to his present wife's child. - N. Y. Herald.

St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan

1924  September 28 – U.S. Army pilots John Harding and Erik Nelson complete the first round-the-world flight. It takes them 175 days and 74 stops before they finally returned to Seattle.

America - Did you know? The state of Rhode Island could fit into Alaska 425 times!

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

Quebec - Did you know? In Canada, there is a belief that on Christmas Eve, the dead rise up from their graves and kneel at the foot of the cemetery cross where they are awaited by the previous parish priest wearing a white surplice and golden stole. The priest says the prayers for the Nativity aloud and the departed respond reverently. Once the mass is finished, the dead rise, look longingly at the village and the house where they were born, then silently return to their coffins.

Stronger than the Law Shoe
Originated and Made Only By
Roberts, Johnson & Rand Shoe Co.
St. Louis, U.S.A.
Died September 28


Wednesday, September 26, 2018

1858 - The Dead Alive

Rich's Patent
Julia Marlowe Shoes
The Most Perfect Fitting Foot Wear Ever Made

The Rich Shoe Co., Milwaukee, Wis.

The Ladies' Home Journal
April 1898
Fall River, Massachusetts, USA

1834 - Fall River vs. Tiverton
The inhabitants of Fall River, Mass. and Tiverton, R. I. it appears are in a bit of a quarrel. A portion of the line between Massachusetts and Rhode Island, happens to run along within a clever stone's throw of the most populous part of Fall River, which town it also divides from Tiverton. The good people of Factory village refuse to license dram shops, while their Tiverton neighbors, agreeably... Read MORE...
Painesville Telegraph -  Ohio -  September 26, 1834

Baie-Saint-Paul, Québec, Canada (Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul-de-Baie-Saint-Paul)

1858 - The Dead Alive.
A few days ago, a respectable man in the employment of one of the largest mercantile houses in Quebec, took passage in a schooner for Baie St. Paul, on a visit to his relations. He carried with him a good stock of wearing apparel, and a check for the amount of his wages, a considerable sum.

On the voyage he fell sick, and apparently died, or what is more probable, became insensible, from some... Read MORE...

Newbern Daily Progress -  New Bern, North Carolina -  September 26, 1858

Great Falls, Montana, USA

1911 - FORMER RESIDENT OF CITY KILLED. J. M. McCoy Was Struck by Passenger Train at Great Falls Friday Evening.
J. M. McCoy, formerly a resident of Grand Forks, was struck by a Great Northern passenger train while walking across a railroad bridge at Great Falls, Mont., Friday evening and died Saturday morning. Miss Anna McCoy, who left the city a short time ago for Great Falls, but who was visiting in Grand Junction, Colo., at the time, is a daughter.

In the accident Mr. McCoy was thrown over the bridge ... Read MORE...

The Grand Forks Daily Herald -  Grand Forks, North Dakota -  September 26, 1911

Tallahassee, Florida, USA

Tallahassee, Fla., Sept. 25 (AP) - The death toll in the crash of two jet planes being evacuated from the path of Hurricane Flossy rose to five today with discovery of the body of CAPT. ROBERT D. WILLERFORD of Tyndall Field.

He died in the wreckage of his plane after it had collided in flight with a second jet which landed on an isolated house 12 miles east of here, killing an expectant mother ... Read MORE...

Panama City News-Herald -  Panama City, Florida -  September 26, 1956

1777  September 26 - British General William Howe occupies Philadelphia during American Revolution

America - Did you know? April 22, 1889 - Oklahoma is opened to settlers.

Quebec - Did you know? The seigneurial system was a form of land settlement modelled on the French feudal system. It began in New France in 1627 with the formation of the Compagnie des Cent-Associés that was initially responsible for handing out land grants and seigneurial rights. The land was divided into 5 by 15 kilometre plots, usually along major rivers like the St. Lawrence. They were then further subdivided into narrow, but long lots for settlement. These lots were usually long enough to be suitable for faming, and they provided everyone who lived on them with equal access to neighbouring farms and the river. 2010/ 10/ seigneurial-system-and-settlement.html

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.
Died September 26


Tuesday, September 25, 2018

1871 - Circus Riot

Turnpike Dairy bottle cap
Weston, Connecticut, USA

1827 - Lightning.
The meeting house in Weston was struck with Lightning on the afternoon of the 15th inst. The fluid left the conductor about midway from the top to the ground, and did considerable damage to the interior of the house. The manner in which the conductor was constructed; probably owing to its not extending sufficiently deep in the earth and not communicating with water or some other conducting... Read MORE...

Connecticut Courant -  Hartford, Connecticut -  September 25, 1827

Pawling, New York, USA

1871 - Circus Riot
The hitherto quiet village of Pawling, New York, has been the recipient of an excitement that had more pain than pleasure. A circus company that was appropriately named O'Brien's menagerie visited the village and announced a performance. Somehow, contrary to all precedent, the amusement did not take. A beggarly account of empty benches rewarded the performer's exertions. Irritated by this neglect ... Read MORE...
Galveston Tri-Weekly News -  Galveston, Texas -  September 25, 1871

Derby, Connecticut, USA

1882 - HIGH WATER AT DERBY. The Scene at the Ousatonic Dam - Freshets of Past Years.
BIRMINGHAM, Sept. 25.- The steady down pour of rain during Saturday, both day and night, caused the Ousatonic and Naugatuck rivers to rise to the height of 11 feet 6 ½ inches above low water mark making the third freshet at this season in twenty-five years, the other two having occurred October 4th, 1869, when the water was at the height of 16 feet, and August 19th, 1875, the water rising 11 feet ... Read MORE...

The New Haven Evening Register -  New Haven, Connecticut -  September 25, 1882

1800s Cooking Tips and Recipes

Lemon Cream Pie - One teacup of pulverized sugar, one tablespoonful butter, one egg, one lemon (remove the seeds), one teacup of boiling water, one tablespoonful of corn starch dissolved in cold water; stir the corn starch into the water.

The Willimantic Chronicle, Willimantic, Conn., March 3, 1880
Greenfield, New York, USA

1890  Lamp Catches Woman on Fire

Mrs Elihua Wing, wife of a wealthy farmer of Greenfield, N. Y., and mother of Daniel E. Wing, a prominent Saratoga lawyer, was burned to death, on the 20th, by her clothing catching fire from a lamp.

Muskogee Phoenix -  Muskogee, Oklahoma -  September 25, 1890

Smith Bros. Cough Drops

"William Wallace Smith I (1830–1913) and Andrew Smith (1836–1895) were the sons of James Smith (c1800-1866) of Poughkeepsie, New York. James' family had emigrated from Fife, Scotland, to Canada in 1831, and James from St. Armand, Quebec, to the U.S. in 1847.

In New York, James opened an ice cream shop called "James Smith and Son." James Smith bought a cough drop recipe from a journeyman peddler named Sly Hawkins and in 1852 made his first batch of "Smith Brothers Cough Drops"." wikipedia

Found at Old Drugstore, St Augustine, Florida
Arcadia, California, USA

1892 - A SPLENDID RESIDENCE BURNED. J. W. McClelland's House at Arcadia Laid in Ashes.
Mrs. McClelland Narrowly Escaped Perishing in the Flames.

One of Her Rescuers Badly Burned - A Gasoline Stove Was the Cause of the Fire - Loss $6000. Partly Insured.

By the Associated Press.
ARCADIA, Cal., Sept. 24. - The fine two story frame building of J. W. McClelland, of this place, was burned to the ground about 2 o'clock this afternoon. It was valued at about $6000; partially... Read MORE...

Los Angeles Herald -  Los Angeles, California -  September 25, 1892

Missoula County, Montana, USA (Missoula)

Missoula, Sept. 24. - (AP) - Crumbling, smoking walls and blackened piles of brick are all that remain of the Florence hotel block as weary firemen struggle to speed mopup work on the blaze which early this morning destroyed the block with loss estimated ranging as high as $400,000.

The building, in the heart of the business district, housed Missoula's biggest hostelry and a half score of... Read MORE...

The Helena Independent -  Helena, Montana -  September 25, 1936

Los Angeles, California, USA

1939  September 25 - A west coast hurricane moved onshore south of Los Angeles bringing unprecedented rains along the southern coast of California.

Nearly five and a half inches of rain drenched Los Angeles during a 24 hour period. The hurricane caused two million dollars damage, mostly to structures along the coast and to crops, and claimed 45 lives at sea. "El Cordonazo" produced 5.66 inches of rain at Los Angeles and 11.6 inches of rain at Mount Wilson, both records for the month of September.
September 25, 1939

1780  September 25 - Benedict Arnold's plans to cede West Point to the British discovered.

1879  September 25 – Fire in Deadwood, South Dakota: Two thousand people left homeless; three hundred buildings destroyed. Total loss of property is estimated at $3 million.

America - Did you know? In 1607, Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in America, was established by the London Company in southeast Virginia.

Quebec - Did you know? A common belief in old Quebec was that lutins [spirits] had the power to do many things for people. They could procure good weather for the crops. They could watch over favorite animals. They could intercede for the recovery of a sick member of the household. Some have even been known to, "during the night, shave the face of his master and black his boots for Sunday morning"

The Journal of American Folklore, Vol. 5, No. 19, Oct. - Dec., 1892, Lutins in the Province of Quebec

1918 advertisement

Bridgeport Horse Auction

The Bridgeport Telegram
Bridgeport, Connecticut
June 27, 1918
Died September 25


Monday, September 24, 2018

1800s Cooking Tips and Recipes - Pancakes

Ange-Gardien, Québec, Canada (Saint-Ange-Gardien)

1818  Body Floats Ashore

The body of a female, enclosed in a coffin, with a rope twisted three times round it, and caulked, to appearance, with oakum, floated ashore at the Parish of L'Ange Gardien, Lower Canada, on the 1st inst.

Berkshire Star -  Massachusetts -  September 24, 1818

1927 advertisement

A Bit of New England in New York
Prince George Hotel
Fifth Ave. & 28th St.
A. M. Gutterson, Mgr.
1000 Rooms with Bath $3.0 and up
A Home in the Heart of Things
Buckland, Massachusetts, USA

[Yes, this sad story was actually in the newspaper in 1866 - unbelievable!]

There is a maniac now living in Buckland, Mass, named Josiah Spaulding, who, the Springfield Republican says, has been confined in an iron cage for over fifty years, and for more than thirty years has not stood erect. He has become so deformed that it is impossible to straighten his limbs by natural force. he refuses... Read MORE...
Albany Evening Journal -  Albany, New York -  September 24, 1866

Detroit, Michigan, USA

1892 - A Millionaire Killed by a Fall.
DETROIT, Mich., Sept. 23,- J. H. Wicks, a millionaire of New York city, and president of the Wick's Refrigerator Company, with headquarters at Rochester, N. Y., fell out of the second-story window of a house tonight and was instantly killed. He was entirely nude, and it was supposed was intoxicated. He fell sixteen feet to the stone sidewalk, striking on the back of his head, breaking his neck... Read MORE...

The Sun -  Baltimore, Maryland -  September 24, 1892

1800s Cooking Tips and Recipes

Pancakes - Beat up three eggs and a quart of milk; make it up into a batter with flour, a little salt, a spoonful of ground ginger, and a little grated lemon peel; let it be of a fine thickness and perfectly smooth. Clean your frying pan thoroughly, and put into it a good lump of dripping or butter; when it is hot pour in a cupful of batter,and let it run all over of an equal thickness; shake the pan frequently that the batter may not stick, and when you think it is done on one side, toss it over; if you cannot, turn it with a slice, and when both are of a nice light brown, lay it on a dish before the fire; stew sugar over it, and so do the rest. They should be eaten directly, or they will become heavy.

The Willimantic Chronicle, Willimantic, Conn., September 7, 1881
Battle Creek, Michigan, USA

1892  Fire at Battle Creek

BATTLE CREEK, Mich., September 23. - A fire last night in the plant of the union school furniture company, destroyed the factory, office and four other buildings. Loss aggregated $100,000.

The Daily Journal and Tribune -  Knoxville, Tennessee -  September 24, 1892

Hurlbut's High Grade Papers
Hurlbut Stationery Co., Pittsfield, Mass.

The Ladies' Home Journal
February 1898
Saint-Luc, Québec, Canada

1895 Buried in a Landslide
Five Members of a Family Swept into the Champlain River

Quebec, Sept. 23. - A report comes from St. Luc, Champlain county, of a disastrous landslide on the Champlain river Saturday night. Zephirim Normandin's house was carried away and five members of the family were buried in the debris. Three children escaped by jumping through windows, one of whom has since become insane as the result of... Read MORE...

Sioux City Journal -  Sioux City, Iowa -  September 24, 1895

Brookfield, Massachusetts, USA

Special Train Strikes an Engine, but No One Is Injured.

East Brookfield, Mass., Sept 23. - The special train conveying the Archbishop of Canterbury from Bar Harbor, Me., to Washington was wrecked on the Boston and Albany division of the New York Central Railroad near the station here today. The archbishop was not injured, although considerably shaken up. J. Pierpont Morgan, of New York, who... Read MORE...

The Washington Post -  Washington, D.C. -  September 24, 1904

Oswego, New York, USA

Oswego, N. Y., Sept. 23. - Fire in the Welland, a four-story wooden and stone building used as a dormitory by young women students at the Oswego State Normal School, caused 100 girls to flee from their rooms in haste early today. The fire was discovered in the laundry, in the basement of the building. Soon the first and second floors were filled with smoke. The preceptress, MISS ELIZABETH HATMER, ... Read MORE...

The New York Times -  New York, New York -  September 24, 1907

1800s Advice and Etiquette for Ladies

Avoid affectation; it is the sure test of a deceitful, vulgar mind. The best cure is to try to have those virtues which you would affect, and then they will appear naturally.

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
Hampton, New Hampshire, USA

1915 - FIRE SWEEPS COAST RESORT. $200,000 Blaze at Hampton Beach, N. H., Destroys 45 Buildings
Hampton Beach, N. H. Sept 23 - A fire starting in a box of rubbish tonight destroyed 45 buildings and caused a loss estimated at $250,000 in the most crowded part of this summer resort before the flames were checked by dynamite. Five hotels, two theaters, business blocks, and scores of cottages were leveled over a compactly built area of two acres.

The hotels destroyed were the Ashworth House, ...

Washington Post -  Washington, D.C. -  September 24, 1915

1870  A fox in Randolph, Vt., is credited with taking two hundred and fifty turkeys, twenty goslings, and a number of lambs.

St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan

1887  Switzerland has recently adopted by popular vote a new law placing the the entire control of the manufacture and sale of intoxicating liquors in the hands of the government...

St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan

1935  September 24 – Earl W. Bascom and his brother Weldon produce the first night rodeo held outdoors under electric lights at Columbia, Mississippi.

America - Did you know? March 3, 1931 - The Star-Spangled Banner is adopted as the national anthem.

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 (

I come in sizes
large and small,
I hold in calm
or bluster weather.
I fasten fabrics
canvas tough
And hook the finest
lace together.
See that hump?

The DeLong Hook and Eye

Richardson & DeLong Bros., Mfgs.
Philadelphia, Pa., U.S.A.

The Ladies' Home Journal
July 1898
Died September 24


Sunday, September 23, 2018


Oberne Hosick & Cos
White Velvet Soap
Chicago, Ill.
Racine, Wisconsin, USA

Racine, Wis., Sept. 23. - A heavy hail storm prevailed here yesterday afternoon. Little damage was done, as there was no wind at the time. Some of the hail stones measured an inch and a half in diameter. The glass in the skylight of MRS. HART'S store was badly broken. Sixteen lights of glass were broken out of GUENTHER'S factory on Sixth Street.
Racine, Wis., Sept. 23. - The storm yesterday...

Oshkosh Daily Northwestern -  Oshkosh, Wisconsin -  September 23, 1886

Southbridge, Massachusetts, USA

1913 - REVIVE GRAND TRUNK WORK. Construction of Southern New England Line to be Resumed.
Special to the New York Times.

SOUTHBRIDGE, Mass., Sept. 22 - Work is to be resumed immediately on the Southern New England Railway, the Grand Trunk subsidiary planned to connect the Canadian system with tidewater at Providence.

The construction stopped ten months ago, and it was charged that this was due to an agreement between C. S. Mellen, then President of the New Haven, and E. J.... Read MORE...

The New York Times -  New York, New York -  September 23, 1913

Ithaca, New York, USA

Ithaca, Sept. 23. - Knocked from the running board of his engine while the train was running through the Lehigh Valley yards at a rate of about twenty miles an hour, DAVID E. WALLACE, engineer on train No. 301, which leaves this city for Auburn at 7:30 A. M., sustained a compound fracture of his left arm and narrowly escaped death under the wheels of his own train.

The accident happened as the ...

The Syracuse Herald -  Syracuse, New York -  September 23, 1913

1800s Cooking Tips and Recipes

Digestibility of Raisins - Yes, raisins are excellent,a nd 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 boiling point, lift them from the water with a strainer, reduce the water to a syrup and pour over the raisins.

The Ladies" Home Journal, May 1898
Norwich, New York, USA (White Store)

Norwich, Sept. 23. - Walter Tansey, aged 17 years, who was almost fatally injured while at work at the W. R. C. Home near his home at Oxford, just below here during the afternoon of July 10th, when he was struck on the head by a 200-pound cake of ice, is now seriously [ineligible] at his home with lock-jaw. His illness is a result of the accident in July, it is said.

Young Tansey was at work...

Syracuse Herald -  Syracuse, New York -  September 23, 1913

1815  September 23 - One of the greatest hurricanes to strike New England made landfall at Long Island and crossed Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
It was the worst tempest in nearly two hundred years.

America - Did you know? June 25, 1876 - Lt. Col. George A. Custer"s regiment is wiped out by Sioux Indians under Sitting Bull at the Little Big Horn River, Montana.

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.

The Dress-Shield Retainers
A. R. Reese, Davenport, Iowa

The Ladies' Home Journal
July 1898
Died September 23


Friday, September 21, 2018

1878 - How a Hat Saved a Life

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

1784 - September 21 - The Nation's First Daily Newspaper Began Publication
The nation's first daily newspaper, the Pennsylvania Packet and Daily Advertiser, began publication on September 21, 1784. Many independent newspapers ran before that on a weekly or monthly basis. America's first independent newspaper, the New England Courant, was published by Benjamin Franklin's older brother in 1721. By the start of the Revolutionary War in 1775, there were 37 independent... Read MORE...
September 21, 1784

"BUHACH" The Great California Insect Powder
Marlborough, Massachusetts, USA (Marlboro)

1827 - ACCIDENT.
In Marlborough on Wednesday last, as the workmen were raising the frame of a building designed for an Academy and Masonic Hall, an accident occurred of very painful consequences. When the whole frame except the roof had been raised, there were eleven persons standing on the roof. In this situation, the support of the beam gave way, and the beam broke and fell, precipitating the whole eleven into... Read MORE...

Salem Gazette -  Salem, Massachusetts -  September 21, 1827

Belchertown, Massachusetts, USA

1843 - Giant Cow
Ira Fenton, of Belchertown, Mass., has raised a Durham cow, which is now eight years old, and weighs 1740 pounds. On the 29th of May she brought a calf, and the owner had the curiosity to measure her bag, it was two feet in depth, two feet in length, and eighteen inches in width! The calf was then put upon one side, and 90 pounds of milk taken from the other side at the same time. After the calf... Read MORE...
Emancipator -  New York -  September 21, 1843

Auburn, New York, USA

1870 - Boiler Explosion at Auburn - A Building Demolished and One Man Killed
AUBURN, N. Y., Sept. 20. - The steam boiler in T. R. STALKER's planing-mill exploded at 6 o'clock this morning completely demolishing the large brick building in which it was located, and badly damaging other buildings in the immediate vicinity. The foreman having charge of the engine was buried in the ruins, and taken out dead, being scalded from head to foot. His name was JAMES HAMILTON. The... Read MORE...

The New York Times -  New York, New York -  September 21, 1870

1800s Cooking Tips and Recipes

Rice Waffles - Beat together a pint of milk, the yolks of three eggs, two ounces of butter and half a teacup of thoroughly boiled rice, sprinkle a little salt and a half teaspoonful of soda into a pint of flour, and then sift it in. Beat thoroughly and bake in waffle irons.

The Willimantic Chronicle, Willimantic, Conn., January 5, 1881
Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada

1878 - A Little Traveler
The passengers by the through Intercolonial train from St. John, N.B. to Montreal, which arrived at Bonaventure Station this morning, was very much interested in a little girl about seven years of age, who was traveling alone, friends having placed her aboard the train at St. John on Tuesday night, and left her to the tender mercies of passengers. She was very neatly dressed, and had a white... Read MORE...

St Joseph Herald -  Saint Joseph, Michigan -  September 21, 1878

Utica, New York, USA

1878 - How a Hat Saved a Life
MAJ. RUBE ALLEN, Com. Vanderbilt's favorite veteran engineer of the Central Road, a man of giant stature, with a brave heart, which is as tender as a woman's, had a new hat for one of the freight brakeman of the road when he can find the right man. One day last week he was coming to Utica, drawing an express train. Just as he approached one of the small stations he saw the foreman of a section... Read MORE...

St Joseph Herald -  Saint Joseph, Michigan -  September 21, 1878

New Vineyard, Maine, USA

1886  September 21 - Three Deaths at New Vineyard

FARMINGTON, Sept. 20. Capt. Leonard Hackett, eighty-five years old, Hannah Wilcox, sixty-five, and Jonathan Look, jr., aged forty-four, all died Saturday in the neighboring town of New Vineyard, suddenly. The first named was one of the oldest citizens in town and had been a member of the Legislature at one time.

Bangor Daily Whig and Courier -  Bangor, Maine -  September 21, 1886

Springfield, Massachusetts, USA (Indian Orchard)

1893  September 21 - First Gasoline-Powered Automobile

The first successful gasoline-powered automobile was perfected by Charles and Frank Duryea in Springfield. September 21 – Brothers Charles and Frank Duryea drive the first gasoline-powered motorcar in America on public roads in Springfield, Massachusetts. resources/state-history-timeline/ massachusetts.html
September 21, 1893

1800s Advice and Etiquette for Ladies

Dress for Morning Visits — A lady should never receive her morning callers in a wrapper, unless they call at an unusually early hour, or some unexpected demand upon her time makes it impossible to change her dress after breakfast. On the other hand, an elaborate costume before dinner is in excessively bad taste.

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
Berlin, New Hampshire, USA (Maynesborough)

1896 - Big Plant is Burned
Berlin, N. H. Sept. 21 - The lumber mills, cabinet factory, grist mills and considerable lumber, owned by the Berlin Manufacturing company, were destroyed by fire Saturday night. The burned buildings covered a large area the railroad depot. A large number of men will be thrown out of employment. The loss is about $50,000, and is partially covered by insurance. The fire caught near the engine... Read MORE...

The Fitchburg Sentinel -  Fitchburg, Massachusetts -  September 21, 1896

Oswego, New York, USA

1896  Big Blaze at Oswego.

OSWEGO, N. Y., Sept. 21. - At an early hour yesterday morning fire destroyed the entire plants of the Silver Metal company and the Seliger Toothill Novelty company, together with the three-story block of Timoth Donovan and the houses of Patrick Murray and William Grant. The loss will probably aggregate $100,000. Two hundred and fifty hands are thrown out of employment.

North Adams Transcript -  North Adams, Massachusetts -  September 21, 1896

Clinton, Massachusetts, USA

1896 - Dynamite Exploded in Water-Works Aqueduct at Clinton
Dynamite Exploded in Water-Works Aquaduct at Clinton.

Four men were killed and one was fatally injured by an explosion of dynamite in the tunnel of shaft No. 2. Metropolitan water-works aqueduct, at Clinton, Saturday afternoon. The dead are ANDREW KELLY, 35, of Jersey City; JAMES PERRY, colored, 30, of North Carolina; SPENCER BURDEN, colored, 30, of... Read MORE...

The Fitchburg Sentinel -  Fitchburg, Massachusetts -  September 21, 1896

Manhattan, New York, USA (New York City) (New Amsterdam)

1897 - September 21 – Francis P. Church responds to a letter to the editor that is known as the famous "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus" letter. (wikipedia)
"DEAR EDITOR: I am 8 years old.
"Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus.
"Papa says, 'If you see it in THE SUN it's so.'
"Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus?


VIRGINIA, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except they see. They... Read MORE...

The Sun -  New York, New York -  September 21, 1897

1938 - Sept. 21 - The Great Hurricane brought terror to large parts of New England and Long Island
A great hurricane smashed into Long Island and bisected New England causing a massive forest blow down and widespread flooding. Winds gusted to 186 mph at Blue Hill MA, and a storm surge of nearly thirty feet caused extensive flooding along the coast of Rhode Island. The hurricane killed 600 persons and caused 500 million dollars damage. The hurricane, which lasted twelve days, destroyed 275... Read MORE...
September 21, 1938

1938 - Sept. 21 - The Great Hurricane brought terror to large parts of New England.
A great hurricane smashed into Long Island and bisected New England causing a massive forest blow down and widespread flooding. Winds gusted to 186 mph at Blue Hill MA, and a storm surge of nearly thirty feet caused extensive flooding along the coast of Rhode Island. The hurricane killed 600 persons and caused 500 million dollars damage. The hurricane, which lasted twelve days, destroyed 275... Read MORE...
September 21, 1938

1875  September - Twelve inches of snow fell Friday, at Riviere du Loup, P. Q., doing great damage to fruit and shade trees.

St. Albans Daily Messenger
St. Albans, Vermont

1947  September 17–September 21 – The 1947 Fort Lauderdale Hurricane in southeastern Florida, and also in Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana causes widespread damage and kills 51 people.

America - Did you know? Inches, Teaspoons and a Ton of Bricks: It"s perfectly acceptable to use the metric system in the United States - Congress originally authorized it in 1866 and has repeated those sentiments in the years since - but tradition tells a whole other tale. Although the government now requires metric use in some public sectors and strongly encourages it in many private industries, the American public never really took to the system and largely dismissed it, making the United States the only industrialized nation where that"s the case. In an effort to move the matter along, Congress even passed a Metric Conversion Act of 1975 and set up a U.S. Metric Board to take care of all the planning for the desired transition, but they apparently didn"t empower the board with enough authority, and the American people essentially said, "meh" to adopting metric and continued on with their miles, pounds, ounces and all the rest. Similarly lackluster efforts since then have done little to get Americans to change their ways.

Quebec - Did you know? In New France, a seigneur"s home was sometimes built of timber but more often of stone, with dimensions rarely exceeding twenty feet by forty, it was not much more pretentious than the homes of the more prosperous and thrifty among the seigneur"s dependents. Its three or four spacious rooms were, however, more comfortably equipped with furniture which in many cases had been brought from France.

Daily Life in New France ( french/ daily_life_in_new_france.htm)

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Kensington, New Hampshire, sketches and reminiscences by Mace, Ida M Published 1909
Died September 21