5 Unexpected Genealogy Goldmines You Can Find in Newspapers

27 Sep 1919, Sat The Star Press (Muncie, Indiana) Newspapers.com


Birth announcements, marriage announcements, and obituaries are invaluable in family history research, but those certainly aren’t the only places in the newspaper to find your ancestors! Here are 5 of our favorite genealogy goldmines.

1. Family Reunion Summaries

Many small-town papers carried news about family reunions held in the area, and they are often full of details that can be crucial to building your family tree. These family reunion summaries frequently listed the names (or first initials) of the family members in attendance. This can be especially helpful in figuring out the married surnames of women in the family and sometimes their unmarried (maiden) names as well. Some of these lists of names can be quite lengthy and include grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and more. 

In other instances, names of those in attendance might not be mentioned, but often the number of people is. So if the article says 5 children and 15 grandchildren were at the reunion, check your family tree and see if everyone is accounted for! These summaries sometimes also remark on absences or deaths in the family.

Family reunion summaries also may mention where family members were visiting from, providing inspiration for localities to continue your search in. And if it’s mentioned that this was the 5th annual family reunion, you know to go back to see if there were newspaper reports on the previous 4!

Especially wonderful about family reunion news is that they sometimes include group photos of the whole family, or even a 4- or 5- “generation” photo!

21 Oct 1923, Sun The Anaconda Standard (Anaconda, Montana) Newspapers.com


2. Anniversary Announcements

When a couple celebrated a major wedding anniversary, such as their 25th or 50th, an announcement was sometimes placed in the paper to celebrate—and depending on the time period, they were frequently accompanied by a photo of the couple!

Types of information you can learn may include the couple’s birthdates, marriage date and marriage location, the woman’s unmarried (maiden) name, and how many children and grandchildren they have. You may find out where they were employed, what organizations or church they were members of, and their current and past places of residence.

But it doesn’t always stop there. Some of these announcements are quite lengthy and can read almost like a biography, complete with detailed life stories!

26 Aug 1923, Sun The Miami Herald (Miami, Florida) Newspapers.com


3. Local News-In-Brief Columns

A staple of small- and mid-sized towns starting around the 1880s, these columns went by a variety of names and descriptions, such as “local happenings,” “personal paragraphs,” “society notes,” “items of interest,” and “brevities”—just to name a few.

They were essentially the social media of their day and captured the doings of local residents—including illnesses and injuries, anniversaries, birthdays, business ventures, local anecdotes and events, and more! They are chock full of the details of residents’ day-to-day lives, both big and small. 

And not only did these columns provide news of what people in town were up to, they also sometimes included updates on people who had moved out of town!

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4. Travel & Visitor Updates

Accompanying (or sometimes mixed in with) the news-in-brief columns were updates on the vacations and travels of residents, as well as news of what visitors were currently in town.

Although these updates are usually just a sentence or two long, there is so much that can be learned from them! This includes the locations various family members were living, who was related to who and how, dates of weddings or funerals in the family, the married surnames of daughters, the names of sons-in-law, and so on.

24 Dec 1927, Sat Honolulu Star-Bulletin (Honolulu, Hawaii) Newspapers.com


But keep in mind that newspapers didn’t always mention visitors by name, sometimes merely saying that so-and-so’s brother was in town for the week. But if you’re paying attention, you might catch that the nameless brother mentioned in the article is actually the ancestor you’ve been looking for!

Travel news can also give you clues to more locations to search for your ancestor in. For example, if a brief piece of travel news mentions that your ancestor from Indiana is visiting a cousin in New York for the summer, you now know to search for that ancestor in New York papers as well!

5. Soldier News & Letters

Many of us have ancestors who served in one of the two World Wars or another conflict. Newspapers published during wartime often published news about locals who had recently enlisted, been discharged, or been wounded or killed.

Papers can also provide information on which unit your family member served in. And once you know that, you can use those details to expand your search and potentially learn where your soldier was deployed and what battles they participated in.

30 May 1942, Sat Southeast Air Corps Training Center News (Montgomery, Alabama) Newspapers.com


Newspapers also often printed letters that soldiers had sent home, and these are an incredible treasure if you find one written by a veteran in your family. But even if you don’t, a letter written by someone serving in the same unit as your family member can reveal what your own ancestor’s experience may have been like.

And remember: When searching for information on a person’s military service in newspapers, don’t limit your search to the wartime years. Many veterans didn’t share their stories until long after they served.    

READ MORE about using newspapers to research soldiers

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Indiana’s Most Famous Landmark Disappears

In the late 1800s, people flocked to the shores of Lake Michigan to play in the sand. Visitors loved to climb a 200-foot landmark dune known as Hoosier Slide in LaPorte County, Indiana. The view from the top provided an enticing vantage point, and the trip back down was even better. Thrill-seekers loved to slide down the steep hill. Glassmakers soon discovered the sand produced a blue-colored glass and began to mine it – one shovel full at a time. By 1920, the sand from Hoosier Slide was all gone, and all that remains now are memories.

Hoosier Slide before the sand was all carted away

In the 1890s, Hoosier Slide was a destination for locals and tourists. Railroad cars packed with people came to the dunes to admire the panoramic views. An Indiana State Prison official, hoping to attract visitors from southern Indiana, offered a free marriage license, minister, and excursion to any couple willing to exchange vows on the summit of Hoosier Slide.

People enjoy sliding down Hoosier Slide in 1906

Around the same time, glass manufacturers discovered the sand was perfect for making glass and began to chip away at the dune. One manufacturer, the Ball Brothers Glass Manufacturing Company, had recently moved from New York to Indiana to take advantage of newly-discovered natural gas deposits. They believed the aqua glass made from Hoosier Slide sand produced canning jars that helped preserve fruit even longer because of their light-blocking properties. Other blue glass products, including Hemingray glass insulators, also came from Hoosier Slide.

Ball glass jar made with sand from Hoosier Slide

During the next 30 years, commercial enterprises removed nearly 14 million tons of sand from Hoosier Slide and leveled the dune. Concerns about the shrinking dune were published as early as 1894 when a paper reported that a nearby grocery store owner kept track of the shrinking dune by cutting a series of notches in the front door that coincided with the height of the dune. The Michigan City Dispatch warned that soon the dune would be nothing more than a memory. By 1920 the prediction proved correct. The disappearance of Hoosier Slide brought calls for the preservation of the rest of the dunes. In 1966, Congress authorized the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Subsequent acts have increased the size to more than 15,000 acres, and in 2019, the government redesignated the area as Indiana Dunes National Park.

The blue-colored glass objects from Hoosier Slide are all that remain from the landmark dune. They are prized by collectors across the country. Learn more about Indiana’s famous Hoosier Slide by searching Newspapers.com™ today!

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2021 Year in Review!

It’s time to jump into a new year, but before we do, let’s take a moment to reflect on all we’ve accomplished together in 2021. Our customers are among the most dedicated and passionate around! Your love of history is evident in the nearly 25 million clippings you created in 2021. Your support helps us to continue to grow and improve the world’s largest online newspaper archive. Despite another challenging year worldwide, we’re proud of what we’ve accomplished together. Here are a few of the highlights:

  • Added 66 million new pages of content
  • Our archive now contains 700 million pages of newspapers, dating back to the 1690s.
  • Added nearly 2,000 new newspaper titles
  • Updated more than 3,400 newspapers with new content
  • Added nearly 14 million obituaries and 3.5 million marriage indexed records

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  • New U.S. Newspapers
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We promise to keep working hard to bring new content and a better user experience, so your subscription will continue to increase in value. Search Newspapers.com™ today to make 2022 a year full of personal discoveries!

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Christmas Cheer Club Lives Up to Its Name

The holiday season seems to bring out the best in people. Acts of service, kindness, and generosity are contagious and tend to envelop everyone around in a wave of goodwill. Such was the case in Louisville, Kentucky, in 1917. With the world embroiled in war, editors at The Courier-Journal decided to start a club named the “Christmas Cheer Club.” They wanted to raise money to buy gifts for soldiers training at nearby Camp Zachary Taylor. The Christmas Cheer Club blossomed into something bigger than anyone could have imagined. For just a moment, in December 1917, a spirit of magic filled Louisville. This is their story.

When the United States entered WWI in April 1917, military officials constructed 16 national army training camps. One of them, Camp Zachary Taylor, opened in Louisville in June 1917. At any given time, some 40,000 soldiers trained in the camp. Citizens of Louisville were honored to host the camp and sought ways to contribute to the war effort.

In October 1917, editors at The Courier-Journal had an idea. They organized a club and began planning a Christmas celebration for soldiers. They figured it was not only their privilege but a patriotic duty. Much to their delight, the community embraced the idea. The excitement began to spread and soon people across Kentucky and from as far away as Indiana and Southern Illinois joined the Christmas Cheer Club. The spirit of giving filled the city as citizens donated money, supplies and hosted fundraisers. Even children got involved. The shared cause and shared sacrifice brought a sense of unity and joy.

The Cheer Club established an ambitious goal to ensure that every soldier received a gift. They also planned to donate 229 decorated Christmas trees for soldiers’ barracks and 36 miniature trees for the base hospital. To accomplish the planned celebration, volunteers wrote each soldier’s family, suggesting they send gifts to the Christmas Cheer Club for distribution. This would allow organizers to purchase gifts for those that didn’t receive any from home. Finally, they planned a Christmas dinner and party for the whole camp.

Donations poured in. Busy volunteers worked long hours decorating trees, collecting gifts, and organizing the celebration. When the Secretary of War announced in mid-December that soldiers in training camps would not be allowed furloughs for Christmas, the mission of the Cheer Club became more critical than ever. Gen. H. E. Wilder from Camp Zachary Taylor realized the importance of morale and appointed a committee of 15 military officials to assist the Cheer Club with all arrangements.

As Christmas approached, volunteers worked frantically to complete the preparations. The offices at The Courier-Journal turned into a makeshift Santa’s workshop with hundreds of busy elves wrapping some 20,000 gifts. The soldiers awaited the celebration with the eagerness of children.

On Christmas Eve, volunteers filled delivery trucks with gifts and Christmas trimmings. Even though a cold rain fell, it couldn’t dampen the feeling of warmth and joy. The holiday convoy drove to the base, where volunteers joined the soldiers in a Christmas feast. Following dinner, soldiers returned to their barracks and gathered around their brightly lit Christmas trees to sing carols. Finally, with anticipation building, volunteers distributed gifts to each soldier. The feeling of joy was so profound that many soldiers choked back tears.  

For all involved in the Christmas Cheer Club of 1917, ‘Christmas Cheer’ took on a whole new meaning. Camp Zachary Taylor was the only military camp in the country to participate in this type of Christmas celebration. Following Christmas, The Courier-Journal printed dozens of heartfelt thank-you notes from soldiers in the camp. Military officials and the War Department effused praise on the club, and citizens of Louisville discovered the joy of giving.

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15 Vintage Home Hacks That Still Come in Handy

15 Dec 1922, Fri The Nebraska Farm Journal (Topeka, Kansas) Newspapers.com


Looking for household tips and tricks? It’s not a new phenomenon! Historical newspapers reveal that folks in past decades struggled with some of the same conundrums around the house that we do today—and wanted easy solutions just like us.

So we searched Newspapers.com™ to find 15 vintage hacks that claim to solve some common household predicaments that still give us grief!

1. How to avoid crying while chopping onions (1935)

Tip: Avoid crying while chopping onions (1935)Tip: Avoid crying while chopping onions (1935) 13 Apr 1935, Sat The North Adams Transcript (North Adams, Massachusetts) Newspapers.com


2. How to cool baked goods (1940)

Tip: Use oven rack to cool baked goods (1940)Tip: Use oven rack to cool baked goods (1940) 10 Mar 1940, Sun The Times Herald (Port Huron, Michigan) Newspapers.com

 
3. How to keep cut flowers fresh (1959)

Tip: Keep cut flowers fresh (1959)Tip: Keep cut flowers fresh (1959) 13 Aug 1959, Thu The Gazette (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) Newspapers.com


4. How to easily measure shortening (1947)

Tip: Easy way to measure shortening (1947)Tip: Easy way to measure shortening (1947) 12 Jun 1947, Thu Harrisburg Telegraph (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) Newspapers.com


5. How to remove air from a plastic freezer bag (1959)

Tip: Use a straw to remove air from plastic bags (1959)Tip: Use a straw to remove air from plastic bags (1959) 30 Nov 1959, Mon Valley Times (North Hollywood, California) Newspapers.com


6. How to prevent meat grease from spattering (1950)

Tip: Use a colander to prevent meat grease from spattering (1950)Tip: Use a colander to prevent meat grease from spattering (1950) 23 Nov 1950, Thu Greensboro Watchman (Greensboro, Alabama) Newspapers.com


7. How get wrinkles out of pants without ironing (1958)

Tip: Avoid wrinkles in pants by hanging them by the legs to dry (1958)Tip: Avoid wrinkles in pants by hanging them by the legs to dry (1958) 30 Jan 1958, Thu Star-Phoenix (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada) Newspapers.com


8. How to easily wash bowls used for dough (1941)

Tip: Soak bowls used for dough in cold water before washing (1941)Tip: Soak bowls used for dough in cold water before washing (1941) 03 Oct 1941, Fri Chattanooga Daily Times (Chattanooga, Tennessee) Newspapers.com


9. How to clean windows lint-free (1955)

Tip: Use tissue paper for cleaning windows (1955)Tip: Use tissue paper for cleaning windows (1955) 23 Mar 1955, Wed Okemah News Leader (Okemah, Oklahoma) Newspapers.com


10. How to prevent nuts and dried fruit from sinking in baked goods (1958)

Tip: Shake nuts and dried fruit with flour before baking (1958)Tip: Shake nuts and dried fruit with flour before baking (1958) 30 Jan 1958, Thu The Journal Times (Racine, Wisconsin) Newspapers.com


11. How to separate egg whites and yolks (1941)

Tip: Use a small funnel to separate eggs (1941)Tip: Use a small funnel to separate eggs (1941) 15 Apr 1941, Tue The Wagoner Tribuner (Wagoner, Oklahoma) Newspapers.com


12. How to water house plants without a fuss (1956)

Tip: Water plants with ice cubes (1956)Tip: Water plants with ice cubes (1956) 02 Dec 1956, Sun The Wichita Eagle (Wichita, Kansas) Newspapers.com


13. How to lightly season soup (1943)

Tip: Use a tea ball to season soups (1943)Tip: Use a tea ball to season soups (1943) 07 Jan 1943, Thu Geneva County Reaper (Geneva, Alabama) Newspapers.com


14. How to remove grease from gravy (1949)

Tip: Remove extra grease from gravy (1949)Tip: Remove extra grease from gravy (1949) 10 Jun 1949, Fri The Akron Beacon Journal (Akron, Ohio) Newspapers.com


15. How to re-use empty egg cartons (1958)

Tip: Use empty egg cartons as storage (1958)Tip: Use empty egg cartons as storage (1958) 08 May 1958, Thu The Decatur Daily Review (Decatur, Illinois) Newspapers.com


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Classic Holiday Film Celebrates Its 75th Anniversary

In 1946, It’s a Wonderful Life debuted in theaters across the country. This iconic family Christmas film was based on the short story and booklet The Greatest Gift. Initial tickets sales were disappointing, and reviews mixed. Though it received five Academy Award nominations, it did not win any Oscars. The film did not even come close to breaking even. Years later, the movie lapsed into the public domain, which allowed it to be broadcast without royalty fees. Television audiences rediscovered the film, and its popularity grew. It’s a Wonderful Life is now considered one of the greatest films of all time. It is No. 1 on the American Film Institute’s list of most inspirational movies. In 1990, the Library of Congress added it to the National Film Registry.

The Austin American 12.8.1946

When author Philip Van Doren Stern began writing The Greatest Gift in 1939, he could have never dreamed that his story would one day become one of the most beloved holiday films of all time. Stern was a respected historian and best known for his books on the Civil War. This story was his first attempt at fiction. He finished the story, loosely based on the Charles Dickens novel, A Christmas Carol, in 1943. Unable to find a publisher, Stern printed 200 copies and sent them to friends as Christmas cards. One copy went to a producer at RKO Pictures, who then bought the motion picture rights. He showed the story to actor Cary Grant, who became interested in playing the lead role. Before anything concrete materialized, RKO sold the rights to director Frank Capra’s production company, Liberty Films, for $10,000. Capra adapted the story for the big screen.  

The Baltimore Sun 5.12.1946

Jimmy Stewart played the lead character, George Bailey. Initially, Stewart was hesitant to accept the part. He was still recovering from his traumatic experiences during the war and considered giving up acting altogether, seeing it as frivolous and unimportant. However, when Stewart read the script, he was touched and signed on to do the film. The plot centered on Bailey, a discouraged man who was contemplating suicide and wished he had never been born. Bailey then meets his guardian angel, who grants him his wish. Bailey soon realized that his absence left a gaping hole in the lives of his family and friends. The realization brought a renewed zest for life and joy in living.

The Pantagraph 12.20.1987

The film debuted the first Christmas after WWII ended. The nation was in a celebratory mood, and though It’s a Wonderful Life ended on a joyful note, the film didn’t immediately resonate with audiences. “Our movie just got lost,” said Stewart. In 1974, the copyright for the movie lapsed, allowing television stations to broadcast it at no cost. A whole new generation discovered the film, and its popularity soared. More than 80,000 people purchased a videocassette copy of the movie in 1986. In 1987, that number nearly doubled. Watching the film became a Christmas tradition for many American families. Later in his life, Jimmy Stewart said that It’s a Wonderful Life was his favorite film.

Seventy-five years later, audiences continue to cherish It’s a Wonderful Life. Do your holiday plans include this Christmas classic? To see more newspaper clippings related to this iconic holiday movie, search Newspapers.com™ today.

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New South Carolina Paper!

We’ve added another South Carolina paper to our archives! The Herald is published in Rock Hill, South Carolina, and includes news from York, Chester, and Lancaster counties. If you are interested in South Carolina history or have ancestors from Rock Hill, you will love searching through the pages in this archive.

The Herald – Sept. 17, 1985

Rock Hill was named when the Charlotte/Columbia/Augusta Railroad was constructed through the area in 1852. Crews encountered a small, flinty knoll and named the spot Rock Hill. The town was a transfer point for Confederate troops and supplies during the Civil War. Following the war, a local Confederate soldier named James Morrow Ivy returned to Rock Hill and started the town’s first newspaper. He called it the Lantern, and it began publication in 1872. In 1874, the paper’s name was changed to The Herald and would be known as The Evening Herald until 1986, when a Sunday edition was added.

The Friendship Nine – 50 Years Later

Ivy had a flair for businesses and is credited with championing the growth of Rock Hill. Our archives for The Herald date back to 1880, when the town’s population was 809. With the establishment of cotton mills, including the first steam-powered cotton factory in South Carolina, Rock Hill’s population increased three-fold in just ten years. When Ivy died in 1885, all the prominent businesses in town closed shop. Residents draped the buildings along Main Street in mourning fabric as a tribute to Ivy.

The Herald has chronicled important history in the region, including the civil rights movement. In February 1961, nine Black students from the now-closed Friendship College in Rock Hill were jailed following a sit-in at the segregated McCrory’s lunch counter. The men became known as the Friendship Nine, and their case garnered national attention. They were eventually released, and in 2015, a Circuit Court judge vacated their convictions saying, “We cannot rewrite history, but we can right history.”

If you have ancestors from Rock Hill, explore society columns like Local and Personal or In Society to read news about residents. You can also search for your ancestor’s birth announcements, wedding announcements, and obituaries.

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8 Easy Thanksgiving Desserts That Aren’t Pie

28 Nov 1923, Wed Chattanooga Daily Times (Chattanooga, Tennessee) Newspapers.com


Want something other than pie for Thanksgiving dessert? We searched the historical papers on Newspapers.com™ to find 8 vintage recipes for easy Thanksgiving desserts that aren’t pie!

(But if you want pie too, be sure to check out these fun pumpkin pie recipes!)

Note: We’ve included transcriptions of the recipes so they’re easier to follow. Click on any of the images to see the original newspaper recipe on our site.

1. Pumpkin Spice Cake (1936)

Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Cake (1936)Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Cake (1936) 30 Oct 1936, Fri The World (Coos Bay, Oregon) Newspapers.com


Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • 3/4 cup canned or cooked pumpkin
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 cups cake flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon  
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 1 teaspoon mace
  • 1/2 cup seedless raisins

Directions:

  1. Cream shortening, add sugar slowly, and beat well. Add beaten egg.
  2. Combine pumpkin and milk and add alternately with the dry ingredients sifted together. Add raisins and mix thoroughly.
  3. Pour in greased loaf pan and place in cold electric oven. Set temperature control to 350°. Turn switch to bake. Bake approximately 1 hour.

2. Baked Cranberry and Walnut Dessert (1949)

Recipe: Baked Cranberry and Walnut Dessert (1949)Recipe: Baked Cranberry and Walnut Dessert (1949) 06 Oct 1949, Thu The Edmonton Bulletin (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada) Newspapers.com


Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnut meats
  • 1/3 cup melted butter or fortified margarine
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange rind
  • 3 cups cranberry sauce
  • 1/2 cup cream, whipped

Directions:

  1. Mix together sugar, graham cracker crumbs, cinnamon, walnut meats, and melted butter or margarine.
  2. Pat 2/3 of this mixture into well-greased large yellow dish of heat-resistant glass refrigerator-oven set.
  3. Add grated orange rind to cranberry sauce; pour on top of crumb mixture in dish. Place remaining crumb mixture on top of cranberry sauce.
  4. Bake in moderate oven (350 degrees F) for 30 minutes.
  5. Cool and decorate top with whipped cream.

3. Apple Crisp (1948)

Recipe: Apple Crisp (1948)Recipe: Apple Crisp (1948) 04 Nov 1948, Thu Honolulu Star-Bulletin (Honolulu, Hawaii) Newspapers.com


Ingredients:

  • 4 cups chopped or sliced apples
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup sifted flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter

Directions:

  1. Place in shallow 6×10 inch baking dish sliced or chopped apples and sprinkle with water, cinnamon, and salt.
  2. Work together the flour, sugar, and butter until crumbly. Spread crumb mixture over apples.
  3. Bake uncovered about 40 minutes in moderate oven (350 degrees).
  4. Serve warm with plain or whipped cream. Serves 6 to 8.


4. Top-of-Stove Carmel Dumpling Dessert (1937)

Recipe: Top-of-Stove Carmel Dumpling Dessert (1937)Recipe: Top-of-Stove Carmel Dumpling Dessert (1937) 13 Nov 1937, Sat The North Adams Transcript (North Adams, Massachusetts) Newspapers.com


Dumpling ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Dumpling directions:

  1. Sift dry ingredients, cut in butter, and add milk and vanilla.
  2. Drop by rounding teaspoon into the boiling carmel sauce. Cover, cook.
  3. Cook slowly for 20 minutes without removing cover. (Serves 5).

Carmel sauce for above dumplings:

  1. Combine 2 tablespoons butter, 1 ½ cups dark brown sugar, 1 ½ cups boiling water, and 1/8 teaspoon salt. Simmer 5 minutes.
  2. Drop in dumpling batter.

5. Ginger Snaps (1908)

Recipe: Ginger Snaps (1908)Recipe: Ginger Snaps (1908) 15 Nov 1908, Sun The Boston Globe (Boston, Massachusetts) Newspapers.com


Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1/2 cup lard
  • 3 tablespoons hot water
  • 1 teaspoon soda
  • 3 teaspoons ginger
  • 3 cups flour

Directions:

  1. Roll thin.

(*Estimated bake temperature & time: 350–375°F for 8–10 minutes. Shortening can be substituted for lard, if desired.)

6. Apple Tapioca Pudding (1923)

Recipe: Apple Tapioca Pudding (1923)Recipe: Apple Tapioca Pudding (1923) 24 Nov 1923, Sat Pawhuska Daily Journal (Pawhuska, Oklahoma) Newspapers.com


Ingredients:

  • 1 quart peeled apples
  • 1 cup tapioca
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract

Directions:

  • Quarter apples and fill bake dish. Sprinkle half sugar over apples.
  • Soak tapioca in quart hot water, 1 hour. Add salt, lemon extract, and rest of sugar. Pour over apples.
  • Bake until apples are tender. Serve with hard sauce.

7. Cheese and Fruit Tray (1936)

Recipe: Cheese and fruit tray (1936)Recipe: Cheese and fruit tray (1936) 20 Nov 1936, Fri Chicago Tribune (Chicago, Illinois) Newspapers.com


Cheeses:

  • Swiss
  • Mild American
  • Sharp American
  • Pimiento cheese
  • Genuine imported Roquefort
  • Cream cheese

Fruits:

  • Kumquat clusters
  • Pears
  • White grapes

Directions:

  1. On the cheese board in the center of the large tray, arrange the cheeses.
  2. Border this array with fruits.

8. Pumpkin Honey Milk (1942)

Recipe: Pumpkin Honey Milk (1942)Recipe: Pumpkin Honey Milk (1942) 21 Apr 1942, Tue The Dayton Herald (Dayton, Ohio) Newspapers.com


Ingredients:

  • 1 cup pumpkin
  • 1 ½ cups evaporated milk
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • Few grains cloves
  • Few grains salt

Directions:

  1. Stir to thoroughly blend pumpkin into evaporated milk and water.
  2. Stir in remaining ingredients; chill and serve. 4 servings.

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The Cocoanut Grove Fire: November 28, 1942

On November 28, 1942, a crowd of about a thousand people crammed into the Cocoanut Grove supper club in Boston, Massachusetts. The swanky club, known as “The Grove,” was a popular attraction in the city. It contained elaborate decorations, including artificial palm trees, bamboo and rattan accents, and fabric draped ceilings. The club filled up to twice its legal capacity that night, and some of the emergency exits were blocked. About 10:15 p.m., a fire broke out in the basement. It spread quickly, fueled by the flammable decorations. Patrons became trapped inside and nearly 500 died. The fire ranks as the deadliest nightclub fire in American history. It also spurred new fire safety laws to prevent a similar tragedy from occurring again.

The Cocoanut Grove supper club was a single-story building with a basement that contained a bar known as the Melody Lounge. It was owned by Barnet Welansky, a lawyer with ties to the mafia. The club had become a popular place and often entertained celebrities.

On the evening of the fire, 16-year-old busboy Stanley F. Tomaszewski was working in the basement bar when the bartender asked him to replace a missing light bulb. The lightbulb was in the corner of the room and was purportedly unscrewed by a young man seeking more privacy while kissing his date.

Tomaszewski lit a match until he spotted the empty socket. He screwed in the missing light bulb and blew out the match. Moments later, patrons noticed a small fire near the ceiling over the palm tree. Initially, Tomaszewski attempted to extinguish the fire, burning his hands and face in the process. Other employees joined the effort to douse the flames but were unsuccessful. Tomaszewski noticed crowds pressing towards a staircase already blocked by panic-stricken patrons. He flung open a camouflaged door that led to the kitchen and guided several patrons to safety in a walk-in refrigerator. By now, the fabric-draped ceiling caught fire as well, creating a toxic gas that filled the room. 

Upstairs, patrons ran for the revolving door as flames and smoke quickly filled the room. The revolving door was the only source of egress in the room and became jammed with a pile of bodies as smoke overcame patrons. Some guests dropped to their knees and crawled through the darkness, looking for a way out.

The fire raged and ultimately claimed the lives of 491 victims. In the days following the fire, Tomaszewski was held for questioning. Friends and teachers rallied to his defense, defending his character as a bright, capable young man who excelled in school and was captain of his high school military battalion. Eventually, authorities cleared Tomaszewski of any charges, and owner Barnet Welansky was charged with manslaughter because three exits were locked and impassable. The tragedy led to improved building codes. Revolving doors would now be required to be flanked by stationary doors. The new laws also banned flammable materials for decorations and required well-marked exits in public buildings. The cause of the fire remains a mystery to this day.

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New Papers from Mississippi and South Carolina

We are pleased to announce that we have added new papers from Mississippi and South Carolina to our archives.

Sun Herald 8.30.2005

Mississippi: The Sun Herald based in Biloxi, Mississippi, celebrates its 137th birthday this month. It began as The Biloxi Herald in 1884 and was later known as The Daily Herald. In 1985, The Daily Herald merged with The Sun to form The Sun Herald. Our archives date back to 1888 and have chronicled the history of the Mississippi Gulf Coast since that time.

In the late 1800s, the rise of commercial fishing made Biloxi the Seafood Capital of the World, bringing seafood canneries and factory workers to town. Among the workers were exploited immigrant children, some as young as 3-years-old. They worked long days and had little opportunity to attend school. From 1908-1916, photographer Lewis Wickes Hine photographed these workers. His images helped spur action that changed child labor laws in the South.

Biloxi has felt the brunt of many hurricanes over the years. Two of the most notorious were Hurricane Camille in 1969 and Hurricane Katrina in 2005. As Katrina approached the shore, some of the Sun Herald’s staff evacuated to Columbus, Georgia, where they continued to publish daily editions of the Sun Herald for 11 days until workers restored power to Biloxi. The paper earned the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for coverage of the storm and its aftermath.

South Carolina: We have new papers from the Palmetto State, including the Cities of Columbia and Greenville. The State began publication in 1891 and later purchased its rival, The Columbia Record. This archive also contains issues of The Sunday Record dated 1918-1932.

The State 4.18.1968

Throughout its history, The State has maintained a progressive editorial policy, championing issues like suffrage and civil rights. One legal case brought the legal rights of women to center stage in South Carolina. Benjamin Ryan Tillman, Jr., was the son of a popular U.S. senator from South Carolina. When he and his wife and Lucy Tillman divorced in 1910, they engaged in a bitter custody battle over their two children. Lucy wanted custody, but Benjamin argued that his parents should raise the children. Benjamin “deeded” the children to them, igniting women around the country. They demanded that Lucy (and all women) should have equal rights. The state Supreme Court eventually sided with Lucy, saying children could not be deeded without the consent of both parents.

About 100 miles northwest of Columbia is Greenville, South Carolina, and home of The Greenville News. Our archives date back to 1881 when Greenville was on the cusp of becoming a major mill town and textile center. The Greenville News chronicled the population surge in the early 1900s and the new trolley linking the mills to downtown. Greenville’s prosperity took a hit when the boll weevil decimated crops in 1926. Banks failed, and the ensuing depression impacted the city in an economic downturn that lasted until WWII ended. If you have ancestors from Greenville, be sure to check out the society page, birth announcements, wedding announcements, and obituaries.

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