Saturday, July 18, 2020

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- The Day Your Maternal Grandmother Was Born

It's Saturday Night - 

Time for more Genealogy Fun! 

Your mission, should you decide to accept it (cue the Mission Impossible! music) is to:

1) What happened in the world on the day your maternal grandmother was born?  Tell us the date, the place, and find a newspaper page for that date, ideally from the place she was born.  What are some of the headlines?  What was the weather?  

2) Tell us in your own blog post, or in comments to this post, or in comments on Facebook.  As always, please leave a link to your work in Comments.

Here is mine:

My maternal grandmother was Emily Kemp Auble (1899-1977).  She was born on Saturday, 19 August 1899 in Chicago, Illinois, to Charles and Georgianna (Kemp) Auble, and was an only child. 

The Chicago Tribune front page for 19 August 1899 has this on the top of the front page:

Further down the page is a list of highlighted articles:

The major front page articles are:

*  Dreyfus Party Grows Uneasy [France politics]
*  Jiminez is Under Arrest [Dominican Republic]
*  Envoys in Mexico City [Spanish-American War?]
*  Shamrock in New York Harbor [Yacht racing]

The major sports articles are:

*  "Kid" McCoy is Knocked Out [Boxing]
*  Chicago Splits Even With Baltimore [Baseball, with a fan riot!]
*  Killing With Hagedon [Horse-racing]
*  McCawley Wins Ravenoaks Cup [Golf]

The weather was expected to be fair and continued warm.

The most intriguing story is on page 2, "Closing In On Assassin."  This is from Rennes, Frances, and concerns the killer of M. Labori in the Dreyfus Affair.  Another man, a vagrant, confessed to the crime, but is thought to be insane.  

In other news on page 2, a safe-cracker in Kansas, Harry Howard, was arrested in Chicago.  There are no photos of scantily clad females in this newspaper of 12 pages, densely packed with small type.

I took the opportunity to see if the birth of my grandmother was announced in this newspaper in all of 1899, and it was not.  I don't have a birth certificate for her.


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Lisa S. Gorrell said...

Here's mine, from Anaconda, Montana.

Liz said...

It is very difficult to find the front page of a historical newspaper without a membership to I had to sign up for a free 7 day trial to get the one I found from Detroit.

Here's my blog post:

Lois Willis said...

Here's mine

Lacie Madison said...

I chose a newspaper article from Florence, Alabama. There weren't any digitized newspapers from Gadsden in 1939 that I could find. ---> My post

Linda Stufflebean said...

Here's my link, but it wasn't a very exciting day!

Storm Safety Blog said...

I'm kind of disappointed in the lack of local news in some early newspapers. My date was January 13, 1909.

Nancy said...

A day late.... The nearest local newspaper in 1893 was published about 26 miles away. Thanks for the fun, Randy.