Monday, December 17, 2018

1937 - December 12 - Mae West makes a risque guest appearance on NBC's Chase and Sanborn Hour, which eventually results in her being banned from radio.

A. M. Parker
Wholesale & Retail Dealer in
Boots, Shoes & Rubbers
Houghton's Block
Putnam, Conn.
Eden, Vermont, USA

1839  December 17 - Singular Coincidence

A man named Cain Able, keeps the Adam and Eve tavern in Eden, Vermont. Yes, and no doubt the Serpent can be found there too, as busy as ever in destroying Adam and Eve's children.

The Greensboro Patriot -  Greensboro, North Carolina -  December 17, 1839

1800s Cooking Tips and Recipes

Ginger Drops - One half cup of butter, one cup of molasses, one cup of sugar, one cup of cold water, one heaping teaspoonful of soda, ginger and salt to taste. Drop in tins and bake in quick oven.

The Willimantic Chronicle, Willimantic, Conn., December 10, 1879
Albany, New York, USA (Fort Orange)

The Atlantic express of the West Shore Road is due at Jersey City at 7 o’clock in the morning. It lost a few minutes south of Albany yesterday morning, and a little before 5 o’clock was booming along to make up time when it crashed into landslide at a bend in the road about a quarter of a mile above Highland Station. The engine mounted the pile of dirt and rocks and swerving to the left fell flat ... Read MORE...

The New York Times -  New York, New York -  December 17, 1884

Perry Davis' cough medicine
New York, New York
Found at The Way It Was Museum, Virginia City, Nevada
Château-Richer, Québec, Canada (La Visitation-de-Notre-Dame de Chateau-Richer)

1884 - An Aerolite Falls in Canada
Quebec, P. Q., Dec. 16, 1884. - An aerolite fell on the farm of C. Francois, at Chateau Richer, below Montmorency Falls, a short distance from Quebec, at three o'clock Saturday morning. It was dug up from the ground, in which it had imbedded itself, and was found to measure about a foot in diameter. The people at Chateau Richer were so startled by the intense light that many rushed out of their... Read MORE...

The New York Herald -  New York, New York -  December 17, 1884

Elmira, New York, USA

1886 - FOUR MEN KILLED - Victims of the Explosion of a Locomotive Boiler
A few minutes after 3 o'clock the other afternoon an engine of the Beech Creek Railroad blew up with tremendous force near Elmira, N. Y. Five men were on the engine at the time, and all were instantly killed but one.

The killed are: PHILIP KNIGHT, engineer; ALLEN RAMSEY, fireman; JAMES WARREN, engineer; and JOSEPH FIELDS, machinist. JOHN STAPLETON, machinist who was on the engine at the time,... Read MORE...

The Cranbury Press -  New Jersey -  December 17, 1886

Bismarck, North Dakota, USA

Mrs. Kooyer, wife of Engineer Kooyer of the 300 road, was the victim Sunday evening of an accident which came near being the cause of her death. She was going down into the cellar with a lighted lamp in her hand when she stumbled and fell, breaking the lamp and scattering the oil over her clothing, which took fire. Crazed with fear she ran upstairs and out into the street with her clothes and... Read MORE...

Bismarck Daily Tribune -  Bismarck, North Dakota -  December 17, 1907

1800s Advice and Etiquette for Ladies

At a funeral, enter the church quietly, and, unless you belong to the mourners, wait until they leave the church before you rise from your seat. Never attempt to speak to any of the afflicted family. However heartfelt your sympathy, it will not be welcome at that time.

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
Windsor Locks, Connecticut, USA

1910 - WINDSOR LOCKS. Tobacco Shed and Contents Burn.
A tobacco shed and a small barn close by belonging to the estate of P. J. McMahon on Spring street were burned to the ground Thursday morning. In the barn was a quantity of tobacco and some laths, all of, which were consumed. The cause of the fire is unknown. Nobody, had been a the barn during the day and combustion is suspected. Henry McMahon had three acres of tobacco bundled up ready for... Read MORE...

Springfield Republican -  Springfield, Massachusetts -  December 17, 1910

1937 - December 12 - Mae West makes a risque guest appearance on NBC's Chase and Sanborn Hour, which eventually results in her being banned from radio.
Their "Adam and Eve" Rankles
It was innocent fun in the script, and innocuous enough for N.B.C. officials in the final rehearsals, but the actual broadcast of "Adam and Eve," as done last Sunday by Miss West (particularly) and Don Ameche, Sunday, drew shouts of protest from all over the continent.

Mae As Eve Rouses Flood of Protests
Script, Rehearsals Harmless, But Actress "Pepped Up"...

The Winnipeg Evening Tribune -  Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada -  December 17, 1937

1728  December 17 - Congregation Shearith Israel of New York purchases a lot on Mill Street in lower Manhattan to build the city's first synagogue

1843  December 17 – Charles Dickens' novella A Christmas Carol is first published, in London. Released on December 19 it sells out by Christmas Eve.

1870  The oldest office-holder in the United States is probably the Town Clerk of Southbury, Conn., who is 95 years old.

St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan

1884  December 17 - A three week blockade of snow began at Portland, OR. A record December total of 34 inches was received.

1927  December 17 – The U.S. submarine S-4 is accidentally rammed and sunk by the United States Coast Guard cutter John Paulding off Provincetown, Massachusetts, killing everyone aboard despite several unsuccessful attempts to raise the submarine.

America - Did you know? June 15, 1846 - Oregon Treaty fixes U.S.-Canadian border at 49th parallel; U.S. acquires Oregon territory.

Quebec - Did you know? The habitant was inordinately fond of sour milk. Tea was scarce and costly. Brandy was imported in huge quantities. Every parish in the colony had its grog-shop; in 1725 the King ordered that no parish should have more than two. Quebec had a dozen or more, and complaint was made that the people flocked to these resorts early in the morning, thus rendering themselves unfit for work during most of the day, and soon ruining their health into the bargain.

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