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Thursday, July 4, 2024

July 5 News - 1911 - Breaks His Neck Diving. Dared Fate in Same Place His Brother Was Killed Three Years Ago.

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 July 5, 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 July 5 historical headlines that may hold the missing pieces of your family's history puzzle.

    1777 - July 5 - St. Clair surrenders Fort Ticonderoga to the British

    In July 1777, during the American Revolutionary War, the surrender of Fort Ticonderoga to the British forces under General John Burgoyne was a significant event. The fort, located in present-day New York, was a key strategic stronghold guarding the southern access route to Canada. General Arthur St. Clair, commanding the American forces, faced mounting pressure as Burgoyne's army advanced southward from Canada.

    St. Clair's position at Fort Ticonderoga was precarious due to its vulnerability... Read MORE...

    July 5, 1777

    Murray & Lanmans 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.
    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...

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    1937 - July 5 - The canned precooked meat product Spam is introduced by the Hormel company in the United States

    Spam was introduced by the Hormel Foods Corporation during the Great Depression as an affordable and convenient meat product. It was initially marketed as a way to provide a high-quality protein source at a lower cost. The name "Spam" is a portmanteau of "spiced ham," although the product contains a blend of pork shoulder meat with ham.

    During World War II, Spam became a staple in the diets of soldiers due to its long shelf life and easy transportability. It was included in military rations... Read MORE...

    July 5, 1937


    1800s Cooking Tips and Recipes

    Corn Breakfast Cake

    A housekeeper contributes the following to the American Agriculturist, with a sample of the result for the editor, which he pronounced "not bad to take:" The writer says: 'My cook, Kate, is to be credited with the mixture if...Read MORE...

    The Willimantic Journal, Willimantic, Connecticut, December 19, 1862

    Nicoll the Tailor 9 South Illinois St. Indianapolis, Ind.
    Nicoll the Tailor
    9 South Illinois St.
    Indianapolis, Ind.

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    Chester, Pennsylvania, USA


    Chester, Pa. - The wagonload of fireworks accidentally exploded and a flying missile does terrible work among the spectators, a horrible death.

    The Fourth of July celebration which began yesterday morning so auspiciously, ended last night with a tragedy that has thrown a gloom over the entire city.

    The sad accident happened while the fireworks were being displayed in J. P. Eyre's field, just north of his residence on Seventh Street. A large number of people gathered near the ridge on... Read MORE...

    Chester Times -  Chester, Pennsylvania -  July 5, 1887

    Saranac Lake, New York, USA


    By The Associated Press.
    Saranac Lake, N. Y., July 4. - Seven persons lost their lives in a fire which swept a three-story wooden apartment house here early today, either trapping the victims in their rooms or cutting off their escape. The origin of the fire was undetermined. The flames started in the rear of the building, either in the basement or on the first floor.

    The dead:
    GEORGE MARTIN, 65 years old, of Chateaugay.
    GEORGE DUCKETT, 21, of Saranac Lake, and his infant,... Read MORE...

    The Davenport Democrat and Leader -  Davenport, Iowa -  July 5, 1925

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    1800s Advice and Etiquette for Ladies

    If you are ever caught in a shower, and meet a gentleman friend who offers an umbrella, accept it, if he will accompany you to your destination; but do not deprive him of it, if he is not able to join you. Should he insist, return it to his house or ...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

    Newburgh, New York, USA

    1894 - ACCIDENTS ON TROLLEY ROADS. - Five Persons Hurt at Newburg

    NEWBURG, July 4. - A trolley care here to-night struck a wagon containing five persons, only one of whom escaped injury.

    The injured are:

    BERFE, Lionel, 53 Walker Street, New-York, cut about the head.

    FIFER, William, of Mountainville, cut about the head.

    MOSES, Miss Emily, twelve years old, thigh fractured.

    MOSES, Mrs. Pauline, seriously hurt, recovery doubtful.

    The party had been at Mountainville during the day and and were returning to the home of Mrs. Moses when the... Read MORE...

    The New York Times -  New York, New York -  July 5, 1894

    New Rochelle, New York, USA

    1911 - Breaks His Neck Diving. Dared Fate in Same Place His Brother Was Killed Three Years Ago.

    Special to The New York Times.
    New Rochelle, N.Y., July 4.-At the same spot where his brother, Fred was killed in a similar manner three years ago, Waldorf Miller, 21 years old, of Clinton Avenue, broke his neck by diving from the rocks near the bathing beach at Hudson Park, New Rochelle, last night. Miller and a dozen other members of the Iroquois Social Club of New Rochelle attended a beach party last night, and at his suggestion the young men started for a midnight swim, leaving the young... Read MORE...

    The New York Times -  New York, New York -  July 5, 1911

    Newark, New Jersey, USA

    1911 - Killed At Top Of A Pole. Newark Lineman’s Body Tumbles to Street In View of Hundreds.

    Floyd Sexton, 36 years old, a telegraph lineman of Newark, was instantly killed yesterday afternoon by contact with a live electric light wire on a pole at the corner of Mulberry and Green Streets, that city. Hundreds of persons saw Sexton’s body fall from the pole.

    Sexton had been employed for nearly twenty years by the Newark District Telegraph. About 4:30 o’clock yesterday afternoon there were several loud thunderclaps that put some of the company’s lines out of order. On the pole at... Read MORE...

    The New York Times -  New York, New York -  July 5, 1911

    East Orange, New Jersey, USA

    1934 - Must Face Court For Stunt Flying. Baltimore Aviator Hurt When Plane Removes East Orange Roof.

    East Orange, July 5 (AP). - Francis R. Gresham, 27-year-old Baltimore Flier, was to go from a hospital to a courtroom here today, to answer a charge of stunting and flying low over the city’s roofs-one of which no longer is attached to a house.

    His fate was thought to have been much worse by the scores of citizens who watched his biplane pancake into Rutledge Avenue last night. Gresham, his forehead bleeding, stepped from the plane with an apologetic glance at the annoyed Joseph Catlett,... Read MORE...

    Trenton Evening Times -  Trenton, New Jersey -  July 5, 1934

    Kansas City, Missouri, USA


    Kansas City, July 5. AP - Dropped 18 feet into the mud at Winnwood Beach, approximately 50 persons were injured, none seriously, when a section of an amusement pier collapsed last night.

    Panic caused by release of a box full of snakes being exhibited on the pier accounted for injury of several persons trampled in the scramble to safety, police said after a check of injured in the various city hospitals.

    One victim, eight-year-old ROBERT LOUDERMILK, was treated for snake... Read MORE...

    Moberly Monitor-Index -  Missouri -  July 5, 1935

    Topeka, Kansas, USA


    Topeka, Kan., July 4. - Two men, one an involuntary passenger, had a narrow escape from death when they fell from a burning balloon here Tuesday. As Bert Curry, a Kansas City balloonist, was rising in his hot-air balloon, at a Fourth of July celebration this evening, Walter Taylor, a spectator, became entangled in one of the ropes of the balloon and was jerked aloft. As the balloon rose it was seen that the gas bag was on fire, and the crowd was horror-struck as the flames rapidly ate into the... Read MORE...

    The Daily Oklahoman -  Oklahoma City, Oklahoma -  July 5, 1911

    Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

    1911 - SEIDEL BURNED BY HEATER. Flames Scorch His Face on Lighting One in Bathroom.

    MILWAUKEE, Wis., July 4. - Mayor Emil Seidel was burned about the head and face today when a puff of flame burst from a gas heater which he lighted in his bathroom.

    Mr. Seidel had just returned from the East, where he had made several speeches. He had intended visiting the several parks throughout the city to see how the sane celebration of the Fourth was being carried out, but prior to his outing prepared for a bath.

    In lighting the heater the flames burst forth in his face, singeing his ... Read MORE...

    The New York Times -  New York, New York -  July 5, 1911

    Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA (Coltsville)

    1871 - Escaped from Jail

    A burglar escaped from the jail at Pittsfield, Massachusetts, last week, in an ingenious manner. He began by digging into the wall of his cell, intending to make a hole large enough for him to pass through, but before he got through the wall he discovered that the keys of his cell were hanging on the wall about six feet from the door. He then tore the castings from the window, spliced them together, and then putting them between the grates, grappled for the keys. He was successful in getting... Read MORE...

    Elyria Independent Democrat -  Elyria, Ohio -  July 5, 1871

    Ashburnham, Massachusetts, USA (South Ashburnham) (North Ashburnham) (Ashburnham Depot)


    Fire Also Destroys Houses and Buildings in North Ashburnham, Mass.

    NORTH ASHBURNHAM, Mass., July 4. - Boys celebrating the Fourth are thought to have started a fire which burned the Old Congregational Church, five dwelling houses, and other buildings today. The loss is estimated at $20,000.

    The church building was 70 years old. It was formerly owned by the Congregational Society, but lately has been used as a general place of worship. Boys who climbed the old belfry to ring the Fourth of... Read MORE...

    The New York Times -  New York, New York -  July 5, 1911

    Glens Falls, New York, USA (Glenn's Falls)


    Spaulding Hurt When Biplane Is Wrecked at Glens Falls
    Special to The New York Times.

    GLENS FALLS, July 4. - Ira D. Spaulding, an aviator of Brattleboro, Vt., while giving an exhibition for the Clawson & Hamilton Aviation Company at League Park at Glens Falls this afternoon, was badly hurt when the wind carried his Curtiss biplane out of its course through the side of a barn just beyond the park. The machine was wrecked and Spaulding, who is 19 years old, was thrown head first into the barn, ... Read MORE...

    The New York Times -  New York, New York -  July 5, 1912

    Corning, New York, USA

    1912 - 41 DEAD, 50 HURT AS EXPRESS HITS EXCURSION TRAIN. At 65-Mile Speed Lackawanna Flier Crashers Into Crowded Cars Near Corning, N. Y.


    Two Day Coaches Split in Two and a Pullman Crumpled Up by the Onrushing Locomotive.


    A Few Passengers Who Rise to Learn Cause of Delay Witnesses of Tragedy.


    Injured Are Hurried to Corning Hospitals While Dead Are Laid Out for Identification.


    Officials Blame Disaster on Express Engineer, Who, They Say, Ran By Warning Semaphore.

    Special to The New York Times.

    CORNING, N. Y.,...

    The New York Times -  New York, New York -  July 5, 1912

    Hudson, Massachusetts, USA (Feltonville)


    It Causes a Half-Million Dollar Fire in Hudson, Mass.

    HUDSON, Mass., July 4 - Hudson was visited today by the most serious fire in the history of the town. It originated about 3 P. M. in a small building near F. H. Chamberlin's shoe factory, and, fanned by a strong breeze, spread very rapidly in an easterly direction. The following buildings were burned:

    Assabet factory, occupied by F. H. Chamberlin; S. Wood & Co.'s block; A. K. Grave's block; Lewis Block and tenement building; Atkinson's ... Read MORE...

    The New York Times -  New York, New York -  July 5, 1894

    Warwick, Rhode Island, USA (Hillsgrove) (Pontiac) (Apponaug) (Warwick Neck) (Nausauket)

    1911 - CAR KILLS THREE IN AUTO. Bushes Prevented Menzel Seeing Trolley Going Forty Miles an Hour.

    WARWICK, R. I., July 4.- His view cut off by dense bushes growing on both sides of the crossing, Gustav Menzel of Riverside drove his automobile directly in front of an open trolley car moving at the rate of forty miles an hour this afternoon, and as a result three of the occupants of the automobile are dead and Menzel and the fifth occupant are badly injured. The dead are:

    BIDWELL, Miss ELLA M., 25, of Providence.
    HARTLEY, Mrs. EVA, 50, of Providence.
    HARTLEY, Miss MILLIE J., 18, Mrs....

    The New York Times -  New York, New York -  July 5, 1911

    Complaints to be Made to Rome About the Conduct of Mgr. Lafleche. QUEBEC, July 5. - LeCanadian says complaints are to be made to Rome against Mgr. Lafleche, Bishop of Three Rivers, who is accused of meddling in politics; and that the elections for Three Rivers, Champlain and Maskinonge are to be contested on grounds of undue clerical influence. It also says Mgr. Guay, a priest in Rimouski, is to be cited before his diocesan for interfering in politics.

    The Winnipeg Tribune
    Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
    July 5, 1890

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    1865  July 5 - The U.S. Secret Service is founded.
    On July 5, 1865, the U.S. Secret Service was founded by Secretary of the Treasury Hugh McCulloch. Its creation was a direct response to the rampant counterfeiting crisis during that time, with an estimated one-third to one-half of all currency in circulation being counterfeit. The agency aimed to restore public confidence in U.S. currency by arresting counterfeiters and safeguarding financial integrity.

    July 5, 1865

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    1900  July 5 - A spectacular three day fire began when a bolt of lightning struck a refinery in Bayonne NJ.
    July 5, 1900

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    1891  July 5 - Sixteen horses were killed by hail, and many more have to be put to death due to injuries from a hailstorm at Rapid City, SD.

    The Weather Channel
    July 5, 1891

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    1872  Railroad Accident in Tennessee
    Knoxville, Tenn., July 4. - The eastern-bound passenger train due at Knoxville at noon to-day, met with an accident fifteen miles from this city. The engine ran over a cow, throwing it from the track, and wrecking two baggage and mail cars. The passenger-cars remained on the track. None of the passengers were injured except one negro who was standing in the platform of the forward car, and had both feet crushed. Charles Harvey, the engineer, had a leg and should broken, and was otherwise...

    The New York Times
    New York, New York
    July 5, 1872

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    1894  PROBABLY FATAL RUNAWAY. Dr. E. C. Cross thrown from his Carriage and Seriously Hurt.
    Yesterday morning as the result of a small boy throwing a lighted firecracker in front of a team of colts driven by Dr. E. C. Cross, occurred an accident which had a terrible and perhaps fatal termination. He was driving near the brewery owned by Sebuster Bros., when the team became frightened by the explosion of the fire-cracker near them, and started to run. The doctor would have been perfectly able to hold them had not a bit broken in the mouth of one of the animals, causing them to veer...

    Rochester Daily Post
    Rochester, Minnesota
    July 5, 1894

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    PUTNAM, July 4. - (By Associated Press) The Fourth of July celebration of Paul Aucoin of North Grosvenordale ended disastrously today, when a firecracker he was lighting from his cigarette exploded prematurely. He is in the local hospital with bandages over his yeas, and until these can be removed he can not tell whether or not he will lose his sight.

    The Bridgeport Telegram
    Bridgeport, Connecticut
    July 5, 1927

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    1883  All Trains Suspended
    C. N. Armstrong, ex-President of the Montreal and Sorel Railway Company, owing to some disagreement with the Southeastern railroad, took possession of the Montreal and Sorel road during the night. All trains have been withdrawn and traffic will be suspended until some arrangements can be made.

    The Courier-Journal
    Louisville, Kentucky
    July 5, 1883

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    1896  Explosion
    ROCKVILLE, Conn., July 4. - George Weber may lose his sight through the premature discharge of a bottle of powder. The boy had this morning filled the bottle with powder and attached a fuse, which he lighted. He received the entire charge in the face and was shockingly wounded.

    The New York Times
    New York, New York
    July 5, 1896

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    1930  Trousers Save Life
    BETHLEHEM, Conn., July 25. - Homer Somers owes his life to two pairs of pants. Homer wore double trousers when he went wood-chopping to protect his limbs from the brush. Hearing a rattle, he glanced behind him just in time to see a rattlesnake strike his leg. The fangs failed to penetrate both thicknesses and Homer killed the snake.

    Painesville Telegraph
    Painesville, Ohio
    July 5, 1930

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    1894  KILLED BY EXPLOSIONS. Man in Vermont Has His Head Blown Off - Several Maimed.
    MIDDLEBURY, Vt., July 4. - Perley Smith, son of Daniel Smith of Ripton, had his head blown off by a bursting cannon last night. He stood seventy feet away with a crowd. The others escaped injury. Smith was sixteen years old.

    The New York Times
    New York, New York
    July 5, 1894

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     To occupy their free time, the inhabitants of New France held soirées, when they would gather to tell stories, or to share in celebrations. In town, many people would go to inns and taverns. There, they would drink spirits and play cards, billiards, ...Read MORE...

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