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Monday, November 6, 2023

December 26 News - 1889 - Early to Bed

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 26, 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 26 historical headlines that may hold the missing pieces of your family's history puzzle.
    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 Hessian prisoners. The Americans then marched on Princeton and won there, too. They were smashing... Read MORE...
    December 26, 1776

    1880s Wm. H. Zinn
    Boston, Mass.

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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 Keystone shaft near here last night twenty-five pounds of blasting powder was set off under the... Read MORE...

    The Boston Journal -  Boston, Massachusetts -  December 26, 1910

    Altoona, Pennsylvania, USA


    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 body was found between the No. 3 and No. 4 tracks. Injuries included the mangling of both feet, a... Read MORE...

    Altoona Mirror -  Altoona, Pennsylvania -  December 26, 1945


    1800s Cooking Tips and Recipes

    Queen's cake

    Whip half pound butter to a cream, add one pound sugar, ten eggs, one glass wine, half gill rose water, and spices to your taste, all worked into one and a quarter pound flour, put into pans, cover with paper, and bake in a quick...Read MORE...

    Amelia Simmons’ American Cookery, 1814
    Asheville, North Carolina, USA


    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 in.

    It was said a number of persons were in the store.

    Christmas is observed throughout this...

    Galveston Daily News -  Galveston, Texas -  December 26, 1936

    1890s C. G. Conn
    Wonder Band Instruments
    Worcester, Mass.
    Elkhart, Ind.

    C.G. Conn Ltd., sometimes called Conn Instruments or commonly just Conn, is a former American manufacturer of musical instruments incorporated in 1915. It bought the production facilities owned by Charles Gerard Conn, a major figure in early manufacture of brasswinds and saxophones in the USA. Its early business was based primarily on brass instruments, which were manufactured in Elkhart, Indiana. wikipedia

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    Middletown, New York, USA


    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 west came along.

    Martin Ryan, head brakeman of the west-bound train, was instantly killed, and... Read MORE...

    The New York Times -  New York, New York -  December 26, 1901


    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...Read MORE...

    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
    Somerville, Massachusetts, USA


    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 of the Haverhill train were slightly injured but were able to get to their homes.

    The shifting...

    The New York Times -  New York, New York -  December 26, 1910

    Southbridge, Massachusetts, USA (Globe) (Lensdale) (Saundersdale) (Shuttleville)

    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 with this. There are no evening trains to arrive and depart and no strangers to arrive at midnight and ... Read MORE...

    The Southbridge Journal -  Southbridge, Massachusetts -  December 26, 1889

    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

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    1773  December 26 - Expulsion of tea ships from Philadelphia

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    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

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    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

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    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 the blast in unknown. Witnesses said the house shot into the air and exploded like a bomb.

    San Mateo Times
    San Mateo, California

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    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

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    America - Did you know?

     Thanksgiving Myth: Thanksgiving had religious origins.


    People confuse Pilgrims (original settlers of Plymouth who came over on the Mayflower) and Puritans (a group of people who came to Boston under an official charter from the King...Read MORE...


    Quebec - Did you know?

     Throughout the 17th century, France tamed and populated its new colonies across the ocean with the firm hand of seigneurs, aristocrats to whom the king distributed land. In turn, the seigneuers swore loyalty to the king, served in the military,...Read MORE...


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    Verbeck Hall, Dodge Gymnasium, Hospital, Manlius Schools, Manlius, N.Y.

    1890s C. G. Conn
    Wonder Band Instruments
    Worcester, Mass.
    Elkhart, Ind.

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