Stories from Yesterday's Headlines
Since their inception, newspapers have always been a good source of useful information. Among the countless stories to appear in newsprint over the years, however, there are some that seem to stand out from the rest. Ranging from comical to tragic, the accounts contained in this book have been selected to provide the reader with a thought provoking experience.
Examples of the tales in this book include the husband forced by his wife to sleep in the barn with the cows after refusing to bathe and the highly praised pastor that left his wife and children to elope with the church organist. Other accounts involve the almost unbelievable disregard towards the dangers posed by the deadly combination of explosives and ignorance. Read about the antics of a stray cat that had a Texas city in uproar and the hunter that found it impossible to decide which end of a stuck rifle he should be pulling on.
Janesville Daily Gazette, March 28, 1921 - August Eller claims that for more than two years he has been obliged to sleep with the cows in the barn or on a kitchen chair, being prohibited by his wife from entering her bed chamber. This story was related in court when his wife, Minnie, applied for a divorce. Mrs. Eller told the court that Eller had not bathed for two years. The husband admitted that he does not bathe during the winter, but maintained during the summer he occasionally washed in a nearby stream.
The Daily Gazette, October 23, 1900 - After working industriously for many years Ignatz Bella, a miner in the Hurd iron mine at Port Oram, managed to lay by $5,000. Bella had no faith in savings banks. Placing $2,750 in one package and $2,200 in another he hid them in his shanty. He thought to add to his hidden hoard and took out the packages. To his horror mice had chewed up the bills. He hurried to the First National Bank of Dover, where he was told that bills in the larger package were useless.
The Post-Standard, December 25, 1899 - While Beltmer Weitzel, a farmer living up in Tuipehocken Creek, was working in his sawmill, a circular saw flew off with terrific force, passing directly over his head and cutting off several locks of his hair. The saw passed through a rail fence 150 feet away and was only stopped in its flight by a large boulder thirty feet beyond the fence.
Possessing a strong attraction to collecting antique newspaper articles and American history in general, this is Kate R. Gillett's collection of favorite antique newspaper articles transcribed for Inland Expressions.