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Monday, November 6, 2023


Welcome to our blog, where we embark on a captivating journey through time, exploring the rich tapestry of history and genealogy.  In this edition, we'll delve into the treasure trove of historical news articles dated December 16, unearthing stories that resonate with genealogists and history enthusiasts alike.  From local happenings to global events, we'll uncover the stories that shaped the lives of our ancestors, providing valuable insights for those on a quest to discover their roots.  So, grab your magnifying glass and step into the past as we unravel the December 16 historical headlines that may hold the missing pieces of your family's history puzzle.
    Point Pleasant, West Virginia, USA

    December 15, 1967 - The Silver Bridge connecting West Virginia and Ohio collapsed, resulting in the death of 46 people.


    Point Pleasant, W. Va., (UPI) - A depression-era bridge, groaning under the weight of rush hour traffic, collapsed with a roar at dusk Friday hurtling dozens of vehicles into the icy water and frozen banks of the Ohio River. There were fears the death toll would reach 60.

    Only six bodies were recovered but sheriff DENVER WALKER of Gallia County, who was directing rescue operations on the Ohio side of the river, said:

    "This is just...

    The Lima Daily News -  Ohio -  December 16, 1967

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    Mary A. Tilton, Kensington, N.H.

    Maple Grove Farm
    Kensington, N.H.

    F. A. Mace, Dealer in Milk, Cream and Farm Produce
    Kensington, N.H.

    Maple Shade Farm
    Kensington, N.H.

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

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    Miami, Florida, USA

    1930 - Check Shows Six Killed in Boat Blast. 135 Survive Explosion That Sunk Glass Bottomed Eureka II.

    Miami Beach, Fla., Dec. 15 (AP).-A check Monday accounted for 135 survivors of a fire and explosion that sank the excursion boat Eureka II., Fifteen miles south of here late Sunday.

    Three bodies had been recovered and it was said possibly three persons were missing.

    Uncertainty as to the exact number of persons aboard the glass-bottomed boat at the time of the disaster made it virtually impossible for authorities to determine if all had been accounted for. First reports had said 135... Read MORE...

    Dallas Morning News -  Dallas, Texas -  December 16, 1930

    1884  December 16 – The World Cotton Centennial World's Fair opens in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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    1884  Bridge Blown Down
    St. Hyacinthe, Quebec., Dec. 15. - The first span of the new bridge, being erected across the river at Yamaska, was blown down to-day. A man named Allard and several others were injured. Later - Allard is dead. A man named St. Germain and another are dying and fifteen others are seriously, though not fatally, injured.

    The Inter Ocean
    Chicago, Illinois

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    1773  December 16 - Boston Tea Party
    Angry and frustrated at a new tax on tea, American colonists calling themselves the Sons of Liberty and disguised as Mohawk Native Americans boarded three British ships (the Dartmouth, the Eleanor, and the Beaver) and dumped 342 whole crates of British tea into Boston harbor on December 16, 1773. Similar incidents occurred in Maryland, New York, and New Jersey in the next few months, and tea was eventually boycotted throughout the colonies.

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    America - Did you know?

     The National anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner, was written by Francis Scott Key during the War of 1812. The song was adopted as the national anthem in 1931.


    Quebec - Did you know?

     The life of the French-Canadians in Quebec was largely agrarian. It was a system where each household grew, produced or bartered for everything the family needed to survive. By the mid-1800s, as the population grew and family farms could no longer...Read MORE...

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    Discover the people who lived there, the places they visited and the stories they shared.

    A piece of Main Street, 1919

    Androscoggin One Price Clothing Co.
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    Lewiston, Me.

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    Died December 16


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