Saturday, December 1, 2018

1898 - Letter to Santa

Charlton, Massachusetts, USA

1875 - A Fast Train Accident.
A remarkable accident occurred to a passenger on the fast train from Boston on Monday. The Springfield Union says that soon after the train passed Charlton, he attempted to go from one car to another, and the terrible wind actually blew him from the platform. The horrified brakeman who saw the man go overboard like a leaf in the gale, immediately pulled the signal cord and the train was stopped,... Read MORE...

Hartford Daily Courant -  Hartford, Connecticut -  December 1, 1875

Kid Gloves Cost Money

Hudson Rubber Company, Dayton, Ohio

Ladies' Home Journal
September 1898
Beaumont, Québec, Canada (Saint-Étienne-de-Beaumont)

1883  105 Year-old Wrestler?

Beaumont, Quebec, has an athlete 105 years old, who wants to engage in a wrestling match. Old Time will soon give him a tussle. - [New Bedford Mercury]

St. Albans Daily Messenger -  St. Albans, Vermont -  December 1, 1883

1888  President of Switzerland Dead.

BERNE, Nov. 28. - M. Hertenstein, President of Switzerland, who underwent the amputation of his right leg last week because of disease of the arteries, is dead.

St Joseph Herald -  Saint Joseph, Michigan -  December 1, 1888

1800s Cooking Tips and Recipes

Sallie"s Biscuits - Three good-sized potatoes, boiled and mashed fine, one tablespoon sugar, one-half pint boiling water. When cool add one cup yeast, let it rise till light, then add one quart water and flour to knead; knead half an hour and set it to rise light again before baking.

The Willimantic Chronicle, Willimantic, Conn., June 2, 1880

A Merry Meal Makes Good Digestion
There's delight and health in a dish of Van Camp's Boston Baked Pork and Beans

Van Camp Packing Co., Indianapolis, Ind.

The Ladies' Home Journal
January 1898
Oil City, Pennsylvania, USA

Oil City, Pa., Nov. 30. - An explosion of nitro-glycerine occurred in a suburb at two o'clock this afternoon in which two brothers, sons of a widow named FISHER -- JAMES, aged eighteen, and CHARLES, aged sixteen -- and ED HOFFMAN, aged twenty-six, were killed. Five tons of glycerine owned by the Torpedo Company was being unloaded from a boat and placed in the magazine. While the men were away the ... Read MORE...

Burlington Hawk-Eye -  Iowa -  December 1, 1889

Denver, Colorado, USA

1901 - DENVER CITY HALL BURNS. Large Number of Valuable Records Supposed to Have Been Consumed.
Denver, Col., Nov. 30. - Fire, tonight destroyed the Denver city hall, including, probably, a large amount of valuable records. The fire is supposed to have been caused by defective electric wiring. The building contained all the city offices except the police department, including the central fire station and city jail. It was built in 1880, at a cost of nearly $500,000. The insurance is... Read MORE...

Davenport Daily Republican -  Davenport, Iowa -  December 1, 1901

1800s Advice and Etiquette for Ladies

Aged People Should Eat Very Little Meat

The Ladies" Home Journal, January 1898
Lincoln, Massachusetts, USA


Montreal Express, on Boston and Maine, Hits Local Train.

Of the Dead a Dozen Were Passengers in Two Rear Cars of the Local Train -- Heavy Weather Hid Lights of the Standing Train
Quick Rescue by Survivors -- Only Few of Dead Identified.

Lincoln, Mass. - Sixteen persons were killed, twenty-five were badly injured, and probably a score of others received minor hurts... Read MORE...

The Cranbury Press -  New Jersey -  December 1, 1905

Portland, Oregon, USA

Portland, Oregon, Dec. 1. - Four men lost their lives in a fire today in the Ben Hur Hotel formerly known as the Oak Hotel in the business district here. None of the dead had been identified several hours after the fire. All the other guests were reported to have escaped, most of them in their night clothing. The building was destroyed.

The number of injured had not been determined at... Read MORE...

The Newark Advocate -  Newark, Ohio -  December 1, 1922

1888  On the 24th John Roche and Patrick Cavanaugh, while at work on the chimney of the new Pacific mills at Lawrence, Mass., fell 120 feet with the elevator. Neither was killed but both are seriously injured.

St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan

1888  The wire works of Morse & Whyte at Brookline, Mass., burned on the 24th. Loss $50,000; covered by insurance.

St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan

1888  Jewet Dargenton, proprietor of a boarding house at Amesbury, Mass., shot his wife on the 27th and then killed himself. Jealousy prompted the act.

St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan

1898  Letter to Santa
Letter to Santa

The Ladies' Home Journal

1909  December 1 - 1st Christmas Club payment made, to Carlisle Trust Co, Pa

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."

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.

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