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Thursday, November 16, 2023

November 16 News - 1883 - U.S. and Canadian railroads institute 5 standard continental time zones, ending the confusion of thousands of local times.

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 November 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 November 16 historical headlines that may hold the missing pieces of your family's history puzzle.
    Catskill, New York, USA


    Hudson, N.Y., Nov. 15, 1869.
    A terrible boiler explosion occurred in Storms' paper mill at Catskill Village at half-past eleven o'clock this morning. The building was completely demolished, and several lives were lost. It is impossible to tell at present the full extent of the disaster. It is known that MRS. GEORGE BRANDOW, the wife of the engineer, was instantly killed. The engineer and firemen cannot be found, and it is believed they have met an instantaneous death and are buried in the... Read MORE...

    New York Herald -  New York, New York -  November 16, 1869

    1880s The Goshen Sweeper Co. Easiest Operated Carpet Sweepers Made
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    1883 - November 18 – U.S. and Canadian railroads institute 5 standard continental time zones, ending the confusion of thousands of local times.


    Exactly at noon on Sunday, as has been announced, the new system of uniform time will be put into effect by the leading railroad companies; and, instead of fifty different standards, there will be four corresponding to the four meridians adopted by the Chicago convention of railroad men. There is, indeed, a fifth standard meridian adopted, but, as it passes near St. Johns, New Brunswick, we are not concerned with it in the United States.

    The five meridians are computed west...

    The Courier-Journal -  Louisville, Kentucky -  November 16, 1883


    1800s Cooking Tips and Recipes

    Delicious Strawberry Dumplings - Put one pint of flour into a bowl; add to it half a teaspoonful of salt and a teaspoonful of baking powder; rub in carefully a tablespoon of butter, and add sufficient milk to just moisten. Knead lightly, ad...Read MORE...

    The Ladies' Home Journal, May 1898
    Wellesley, Massachusetts, USA

    1959 - 2 Boys Perish In Gravel Pit

    WELLESLEY, Mass. (AP) - Two young playmates perished yesterday when they were accidentally buried in a gravel pit opposite Wellesley College.

    The victims were MARK KETCHUM, 12, one of three children in his family, and HAROLD ADAMS, JR., also 12, an only child.

    Police Chief Robert P. MacBEY, summoned by a playmate of the two victims, said that when he arrived at the scene three small, weeping boys were trying to reach the pair by digging frantically with their hands.

    The bodies of the...

    The Corpus Christi Times -  Corpus Christi, Texas -  November 16, 1959

    1880s Allens Root Beer Extract Charles E. Carter Lowell, Mass.
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    Lowell, Mass.

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    1932  November 16 – New York City's Palace Theatre fully converts to a cinema, which is considered the final death knell of vaudeville as a popular entertainment in the United States.

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    At San Bernardino, Cal., the Stewart Hotel block, the finest in the city, including the San Bernardino National bank, was burned. Losses aggregate $200,000, partly insured. The cause is as of yet unknown.

    The Indiana Progress
    Indiana, Pennsylvania

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    1884  Aged 112 Years, and Never Rode in a Railroad Car in Her Life
    Rochester, N. Y., Nov. 16. - Mrs. Phoebe Brockway, who, on account of her extreme age, has of late enjoyed the distinction of being, next to Courtney, the oarsman, the greatest natural curiosity of Union Springs, N. Y., has just died, aged nearly 112 years. It was claimed that she was the oldest woman in the state. The date of her birth is given as Sept. 12, 1772. Gray haired, venerable residents remember her as an old woman even when they were in their prime...

    The Kansas City Star
    Kansas City, Missouri

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    DURHAM, Nov. 16. (UP) Stanley Soule, 4, drowned yesterday in a freak accident near his farm home. State police said the boy was playing with two other youngsters near a shallow well when he fell into it. A boulder near the lip of the spring-fed well fell on top of Soule pinning him in eight inches of water. Two men were unable to move the boulder, and by the time additional help arrived, the boy was dead. The medical examiner said death was caused by drowning.

    The Bridgeport Post
    Bridgeport, Connecticut

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    America - Did you know?

     The Founding Fathers penned the first couple of drafts of the Declaration of Independence on hemp paper since, at the time, at least 75 percent of all the world’s paper was made from cannabis hemp fiber.

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    Quebec - Did you know?

     During the 17th century, Irish inhabitants of France were sent to Quebec to help populate the area. Historians estimate that about 40% of the population in Quebec is of Irish descent.

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    Connecticut Literary Institute, 1909
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    Hoyts German Cologne E. W. Hoyt & Co. Lowell, Mass.
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    Lowell, Mass.

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