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Revised list of topics
Revised list of topics

Revised Jan. 10, 2009

Welcome to the list of topics. You can call them subject headings or tags - they offer you another method of searching the Franklin County Publication Archive site. Interested in accident victims in Athol? Click on the tag below for Accident Victims and find a list of articles dating from Jan. 1, 1870 to August , 1875. Once on the page of articles, then use your Find command to  pull up all articles mentioning Athol.

The search engine is being revamped by the wonderful and highly overworked Mik Muller. Once it is completed, you will be able to search for multiple subjects or terms by simply dividing terms with a comma in the search box. Example: Jones, Deerfield, Births   That should give you a nice listing of all Joneses born in Deerfield during the time period mentioned above. Another way to search it will be to choose the terms Deerfield and Births from the drop down box and add Jones to the search box. Voila!

ACCIDENT VICTIMS     Here reside the fatalities, not the regular every day deaths. Industrial accidents, drownings, death by fire, train, loose circus animals, accidental shootings, and freak accidents.

     Much more run of the mill stuff here, and not even fatal, at least in most cases. Many of these articles concern runaway horses, falls and narrow escapes.

   One of my favorite sections. Classified ads are also included here.

   Everything is covered here. Articles deal with slavery, racism, lynchings, and the like, but it is noteworthy to see that many articles are not racist in content.

AMUSEMENTS  is kind of a catch-all, but primarily concerns fun stuff done for amusement - picnics, parades, croquet games, tableaux, taffy pulling, sleigh rides, masquerade parties, sociables, shadow pantomimes - you get the idea.

ANIMALS / REPTILES  From the barnyard to the circus, to the hunted, to cats and dogs. Horses have their own category. I regret now that I did not create a subject heading for cruelty to animals, but those articles are also included here.

ARABS  Exotic stuff here. Turkey, Palestine, harems, whirling dervishes, reflecting the fascination for the Middle East and all its customs and traditions in the 1870s.

  is a mixed bag of accidental findings - like the dinosaur footprints in the Connecticut River bed in Turners Falls, to old burial sites of Native Americans [which were treated with appalling lack of respect]. "Humbugs" like the Cardiff giant are also included here, as well as accidental finding of treasure.

ARCHITECTURE / CONSTRUCTION  Styles of buildings, as well as the building of houses, larger buildings, bridges, train tracks, etc.

ART    contains the sublime, and the mundane. Famous statues and portraits are always being commissioned. It was also during this time period that art classes began to be required in the schools.


    Post Lincoln.

ASTRONOMY   Rare astronomical events, aurora borealis, miracles, meteors, solar eclipses - and the more mundane, references to the sun, moon, stars, planets, etc.


   includes not only the establishment itself, but also all references to hair, wigs, bald heads, medicine to grow hair, hair dyes, etc.

   Pretty much portrayed as den of iniquities. The Gazette & Courier is very much pro temperance.



   Anything drinkable. Includes water, milk, soda, coffee, tea, cider, as well as beer, liquor, etc.

BICYCLES AND BICYCLING - The craze hasn’t hit yet.  When it does, though, we’re on top of it!

BIRDS   All kinds of birds, many articles related to hunting. Hen stories abound as well, with some hens laying eggs that are 8 inches wide! [I pity the poor bird].

   A really sad section, since birth control in this time period only relates to mothers killing their newborns, to botched illegal abortions, etc.

   Are prolific. Many names, usually only of the proud father, are repeated each year. Of course the matching obituaries contain many of these infants as well. All cases of multiple births worldwide are listed.


   Free bridges, toll bridges, railroad bridges, etc.

   Any new business, old business, capitalist venture, etc. is covered.

    Women are people too!


CANALS - past their heydey (1830’s and 40’s) but still around and of interest.

CARICATURES AND CARTOONS - Haven’t started yet but I am awaiting them with great anticipation.


CHARITY   One of the main reasons fraternal clubs and organizations came into being.


  Only the very worst cases ever make it into print.

CHILDREN - They’re everywhere of course - families are huge, 15 children being a normal size. But the youth culture has not taken hold - one mostly hears about children having accidents or dying, or around Christmas time, or in school.

CHINA AND CHINESE   None locally as yet, but plenty of interest in the national news.

CIRCUS - One of my favorite sections. The hype, the sound, the fun! The ads are exceptional.

CLUBS   There are clubs for everything; they serve a major community function. Remember, no TV’s, no radios, etc.




CONNECTICUT RIVER - The important one. All others are in one section entitled RIVERS.

CONSERVATION OF NATURAL RESOURCES - Hasn’t dawned on them too much, even though they are familiar with Thoreau’s work.

   Base ball games (we call ’em baseball) becoming popular. Bets and wagers always a part of our society. We’ve got walking contests, horse races, tobacco stripping contests, girls splitting hard wood slabs, which hen can lay the biggest egg, who can grow the tallest corn stalk, etc.


- Soaps, hairdyes, perfumes, face creams, etc.

COURTS  One of the largest sections. Look here for all criminal activity.

- The path of true love did not run smoothly, even in the old days. Poems and stories abound, even personal ads (very high-toned ones, of course). Murders and scandals are not uncommon, as well.

- Ah crime! There’s some of everything here, some of it salacious, much of it fines for drunkenness.

- Not everyone who commits a crime is a criminal. I reserved this area for people like serial poisoners, bank robbers, desperados, outlaws [like Red-Handed Dick and Henry Berry Lowery].

CULTS - Oh yes, they existed back then, and were just as troublesome. Read about Adventists, proponents of Free Loveism, Millerism, the Shakers, the Christian Israelites, the Nazarites, and the Howling Dervishes [Hmm, great name for a rock band].

is a great catchall section, and one of my favorites [of course]. Here you will read about human and animal abnormalities - a youth with three legs and four feet, a lizard living in a man’s stomach, a three horned and three eyed ox, a living skeleton, a four legged chicken - well, you get the idea ;-).

- Very important to Greenfield and Turners Falls history.

DANCE - Many kinds of dancing available for the young and the old. From Balls to Belly Dancers.


- We always have them. However, they don’t have the immediacy that they do nowadays in today’s news. Read about the great Chicago fire of 1871, the great Boston fire of 1872, shipwrecks, earthquakes, floods and explosions.

DISEASES - We’ve got a million of ’em.

- the Court makes you jump through hoops, wait years, etc., but divorces do happen.

DREAMS AND SLEEP - Sleep and sleep disorders also included here.

- From sulphuric ether, to tobacco, chloral, opium and laudanum.



ECONOMICS - Not one of my favorite subjects, but you will find here any articles about money, banks, every day economics, etc.

- a special place for UMass, then the Agricultural College.

ELECTIONS - only the major ones.

EMIGRATION AND IMMIGRATION - New England still pretty unhomogenous, but there are sections about German, Chinese and Irish migrations.

- Still a strong connection to the homeland.


ETIQUETTE - Always a topic of interest for the Victorians.


EXECUTIONS AND EXECUTIONERS - A morbid but interesting section.

EXPLORERS - A great time period for exploration. We have Dr. Livingston, Arctic explorers, and more.

EYE - Blindness, accidents, eyeglasses, sore eyes, etc.

FAIRS - held bout once a week - the favorite moneymaker of the women’s church groups. Then there’s the County Fairs, which are covered as thoroughly as possible.

FAMILY - Family reunions, loving families, insane families, incest, and more. Very useful for genealogists.

FARMERS AND FARMING - A hot topic in the 19th century. Also covers tobacco and fertilizers.

- A fun section. Sunbonnets, French kid gloves, waterproof dress goods, garters, corsets, wigs, demi-trains, false insteps, shawls, plaid poplins, striped stockings, chignons, Chinese grass cloth, kilting, etc.

FIRES - There are so many, and so few ways to put them out, that it’s a wonder that any buildings survived the 19th century at all. I had to be very exclusive, and only cover those fires of local and international interest.

FISHES AND FISHING - You can get a barrel of oysters delivered right to your door, andthey are "the" Sunday breakfast.

FLOODS - Also quite prevalent.

FOOD - For the gourmet and the every day eater. This section is large and all inclusive. Includes some recipes and all restaurant ads.

FREEMASONRY - A group deserving of their own section.

- Many influences here, from the Mansard or "French" roofs, stationary, corsets, pottery, jewelry, the Franco-Prussian War, etc.

- Wooden items, [and what wood! Black walnut, solid ash, walnut, chestnut] beds and sofas [occasionally covered with haircloth], and some interesting articles about Gardner, Mass., the "chair capital of the world".

GAMBLING - One of the oldest vices. Chinese gambling houses, dog-pits, bets, every day chance taking.

GANGS - Not the Bloods and the Crips, but the homegrown Tough End boys, roughs and rowdies, brigands and juvenile delinquents.

GARBAGE - Remember that this is pre-plastic (in most respects) and that the necessity for community trash dumps is not an issue yet. Most, or all farmers, keep an iron and glass scrap heap somewhere in the back forty - a practice which still occurs today. Some articles do concern garbage - rubbish littering the streets, a city without sewers, ash barrels, etc.

GAYS - ah, this is a tough but rewarding section, where I’ve had to "read between the lines" quite a bit. Included here are men who dressed as women, and women who dressed as men [with the understanding that, especially in women’s cases, this could have been done for economic and other reasons]. Famous figures like Oscar Wilde, Susan B. Anthony and Anna Dickinson are the meat and potatoes of this section.

- one of the more recent additions, includes topographical surveys, maps, tourist type articles, etc.

GERMANS - Nice to see this ethnic group portrayed in such a positive light. Local Germans are hard working, athletic, happy, beer drinkers who do not get drunk, like to compete in gymnastic contests, love to dance, etc.


GLASS - a particular favorite of mine, since I dig for, and collect old glass embossed bottles. Bottles, window glass, demi-johns, looking glasses, etc. As time allows, I will scan in some of my "dug" antique bottles for your viewing pleasure.

- usually Presidents, Congress, and taxes, new states and territories. Many other government related articles will be found under POLITICS.



GYPSIES - always a few passing through, telling fortunes, trading horses, stealing chickens, and kidnapping local children.

HAMPSHIRE & HAMPDEN COUNTIES (MA)    A catch all section for all those towns not privileged to be in Franklin County, and yet covered fairly thoroughly here. So look for articles on Amherst, Northampton, and the Massachusetts Agricultural College (the earlier name of the University of Massachusetts).

HANDICAPPED - the blind, the deaf, the lame, the insane - all find a home here. Cork legs, poor houses and alms-houses, deformed infants, hunchbacks, etc.



HERITAGE ACTIVITIES - will come into their own a little later. For now, centennial celebrations are included here.

HISPANICS - another catchall heading. Latin American activities, as well as Spanish Peninsular items. This subject heading will probably be combined with LATIN AMERICA eventually.

HISTORY - well, it’s all history to us, right? But included here are items which were of historic interest to the inhabitants of the 1870’s - the early days of Greenfield, Deerfield, and Montague; the founding of historical organizations, like the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association, and genealogical family histories.

HOLIDAYS - not much different from today’s celebrations. Of course the 4th of July was a maelstrom of fireworks and severed limbs, and Christmas advertising did not occur untilthe two issues before Dec. 25th. Sabbath Schools all had their holiday celebrations, complete with Christmas trees and a song fest, and Valentine’s Day had already started its decline into ignorant and joke cards. Washington’s birthday, All Fool’s Day, May Day, Thanksgiving, New Year’s Day, and Memorial Day are all represented. No sign of Halloween yet.

is rapidly nearing completion. Read about the 19th century version of the "Big Dig".

- I find this section absolutely fascinating. The vital importance of horses for all transportation needs is clearly shown, especially during the "Horse Disease"(Epizootic) of 1872. You either rassled up an oxen or goat, or you walked - in those places not accessible by train, of course.

HOTELS - There’s not that many of them, but they know how to do it up in style, and are a vital part of the town’s culture. This is the era when enormous resort hotels are springing up, and the concept of vacations are taking hold in the middle and upper classes.

is a broad subject; I mainly went by the rule of thumb of what occurred inside a dwelling. Houses were the domain of women, and so items made specifically for women, like sewing machines, find a home here. Hints on cookery and thrift, as well as kitchen appliances also find a home here ;-). Ah yes, the world of washing, ironing, canning, and child rearing.

HUNGARIANS - Why the Hungarians, you say? Well, this is one of those personal interest type headings, since I am half Hungarian.

ICE - a big business, back in the days of pre-refrigeration. Ice was "harvested" from local lakes, and kept cool in warehouses, to be sold in blocks throughout the warm months. Also included here are frozen over rivers and ponds, ice skating, and ice used for drinks and preserving food.




















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Posted by stew - Mon, Jan 18, 2010

Gazette & Courier - Monday, September 20, 1875
News of the week

Still another aeronaut has had a narrow escape. He made an ascension at Augusta, Ky. recently, and the balloon fell into the river, he became entangled in the ropes, and was rescued by a passing boat just as he was sinking for the third time.

Subjects: Accidents, Amusements, Rivers / Lakes / Oceans, Sports, Transportation, Stunt performers, Water

Posted by stew - Mon, Jan 18, 2010

Gazette & Courier - Monday, September 20, 1875
News of the week

Weston succeeded Friday the 10th on his second attempt at the New Haven ball grounds, to walk 100 miles inside of 22 hours, and had half an hour, lacking only 15 seconds to spare.

Subjects: Connecticut, Contests, Sports, Stunt performers

Posted by stew - Wed, Feb 11, 2009

Gazette & Courier - Monday, September 6, 1875
The horrors of idolatry

The horrors of idolatry - Miss Harriet Brittan is writing some interesting letters depicting life in India, to the "Christian at Work". From a recent one we make the following extract in which she describes a religious gathering: "And now to turn to a sad sight witnessed during my visit to Allahabad...".

[Long article discusses diseased beggars, religious pilgrims who come once a year to bathe and shave at this spot. She describes one street "which appeared to be entirely devoted to who are supposed by self-inflicted tortures to have become very holy...They were about the vilest creatures that it is possible to describe; it made you shudder to think that humanity could be so degraded...These men were almost all of them almost entirely nude - none of them had any covering but one filthy little piece of rag, not more than a fig leaf...

Their hair and beards were all long and matted with filth, their bodies smeared with a mixture of cow dung and ashes; some of them had a thick mixture of whitewash or white plaster, with 1, 2 or 3 broad stripes, like, blood, down the forehead...One man...sat in a bed of ashes, with 4 fires built around him on either side; not of course close enough to burn him, but close enough to scorch him and cause great suffering...

There was another, a miserable looking creature, who for many years had held his arms up over his head with his hands crossed. At first when he began to do this, he was obliged to have his hands bound to poles, to keep them up until they stiffened in that position...

[Check out Fakir in Wikipedia].

Subjects: Animals / Reptiles, Barber / Hair, Charity, Cults, Diseases, Fires, Food, Garbage, Literature / Web Pages, Magic and Magicians, Outhouses, Religion, Rivers / Lakes / Oceans, Women, Stunt performers, Geography, Clothing, Water

Posted by stew - Sun, Jan 18, 2009

Gazette & Courier - Monday, August 30, 1875

Victoria Anderson, a rope dancer [tightrope walker], 23 years old, who once performed in Barnum's hippodrome, fell from a velocipede on a rope 80 ft. high during a performance at Berlin recently, and was killed.

Subjects: Bicycles & Bicycling, Circus, Dance, Germans, Obituaries, Show Business, Women, Stunt performers

Posted by stew - Mon, Jan 12, 2009

Gazette & Courier - Monday, August 23, 1875
A balloon in a thunder storm

A balloon in a thunder storm - Prof. Samuel A. King, the Cleveland aeronaut, who succeeded Donaldson as the balloonist of Barnum's hippodrome, made an ascension alone in the Cloud Nymph at Burlington, Ia. the other day, and had quite an exciting time up in the clouds....[Long article follows].

[See Google Books' "The balloon: noteworthy aerial voyages, with a narrative by Samuel A. King" for a description of this voyage.

Subjects: Astronomy, Circus, Literature / Web Pages, Transportation, Weather, Stunt performers

Posted by stew - Sat, Jan 3, 2009

Gazette & Courier - Monday, August 16, 1875
News of the week

They have a successor to Sam Patch in Shelbyville, Ind., John Berry by name. A few days ago, he jumped from the top of the Shelbyville railroad bridge into the river, a distance of 75 ft., for a $10 purse made up among the admiring spectators, and he offered for $20 to make the same leap with a double back somersault, but the money was not forthcoming.

Subjects: Bridges, Contests, Economics, Rivers / Lakes / Oceans, Sports, Trains, Stunt performers

Posted by stew - Fri, Jan 2, 2009

Gazette & Courier - Monday, August 9, 1875
A swim of 20 miles at sea

[See Wikipedia for the story of Captain Matthew Webb. He turned out to be one of those unfortunate souls who lost their lives performing stunts at Niagara Falls].

Subjects: Literature / Web Pages, Rivers / Lakes / Oceans, Sports, Stunt performers

Posted by stew - Sun, Dec 21, 2008

Gazette & Courier - Monday, August 9, 1875
News of the week

A bottle has been found on the shore of Lake Michigan containing a card purporting to have been written by Donaldson. The card states that the gas is rapidly escaping and the balloon will not stay up over an hour.

Subjects: Accident Victims, Astronomy, Glass / Windows, Lost and Found, Rivers / Lakes / Oceans, Words, Stunt performers

Posted by stew - Mon, Dec 15, 2008

Gazette & Courier - Monday, July 26, 1875
Swimming match

The great swimming match for $1000 a side and the championship of the world, between the English champion, Johnson, and the American, Coyle, came off Thurs. on the Delaware River between Chester, Pa. and Gloucester, N.J., and resulted in a victory for the Englishman, and may result in the death of Coyle.

Subjects: Contests, English (and England), Rivers / Lakes / Oceans, Sports, Stunt performers

Posted by stew - Sun, Dec 14, 2008

Gazette & Courier - Monday, July 26, 1875
News about home: Greenfield items

The committee to provide amusements for our coming fair have before them a proposition from James Allen, an aeronaut of Providence, R.I., to make a balloon ascension, using a balloon containing 35,000 cubic feet of gas, and capable of taking up 3 persons. His price is $200; that of the Kings last year, was $300. there is no doubt but it would be a good investment for the society, as there is nothing else that will draw out so many people, and the proposition is likely to be favorably entertained.

[Read about James Allen in Wikipedia's "Union Army Balloon Corps"].

Subjects: Amusements, Astronomy, Economics, Fairs, Greenfield (MA), Literature / Web Pages, War / Weaponry, Stunt performers

Posted by stew - Sat, Dec 13, 2008

Gazette & Courier - Monday, July 26, 1875
News of the week

William H. Dutcher, [possibly William Henry Dutcher], who began on his attempt to walk 500 miles in 6 consecutive days in Martin’s Hall at North Adams, the 12th, accomplished the feat, and found on Sat. the 17th that he had 35 minutes to spare; and he must have been brighter than the pedestrian usually is after such feats, for he walked the last mile in 10 minutes.

Subjects: Sports, Stunt performers, Berkshire County (MA)

Posted by stew - Fri, Dec 12, 2008

Gazette & Courier - Monday, July 19, 1875
Centennnial circus

[Illustration of a daredevil lying atop the back of a racing horse under a bigtop tent]. A genuine, old-fashioned circus is coming! Melville, Maginley & Cooke’s Centennial Circus and Thespian Company, will give 2 of their unique and pleasing entertainments at Greenfield, Wed., July 28. Doors open at 1 and at 7. Performances 2 and 8. A galaxy of stars will appear at each entertainment, among whom will be many artists well known to the amusement loving public. For description of entertainment see posters and small bills.

At 10 a.m. the elegant Band Chariot, drawn by 10 beautiful dappled gray horses, magnificently caparisoned, and bearing thereon Joseph Wither’s Celebrated Brass Band, followed by the Ring, Trick and Manege Horses, ponys [sic] and mules, will enter the town, passing through the principle streets, and discoursing the popular airs of the day.

In the eve. will be produced the Grand Military and Historic drama of "Putnam, the Iron Son of ’76". In this great equestrian drama there will appear 100 men, women, Indians and horses. The battlefield will be a most exciting scene, and the Sword Combats on Horseback, the hand-to-hand fights, the escape of Putnam, the rescue of Kate Putnam, and Grand Tableaux, brilliantly illuminated by colored fires, will be the grandest scene ever beheld in this country.

Admission 50 cents; children under 10 years of age, 25 cents.

Remember the dates: Greenfield, July 28; Shelburne Falls, July 27; Northampton, July 29. A.M. Nathans, General Agent.

Subjects: Amusements, Animals / Reptiles, Art, Business Enterprises, Circus, Economics, Fires, Greenfield (MA), Hampshire / Hampden Counties, History, Horses, Light, Music, Native Americans, Sales, Shelburne and Shelburne Falls (MA), Show Business, War / Weaponry, Women, Stunt performers

Posted by stew - Fri, Dec 12, 2008

Gazette & Courier - Monday, July 19, 1875
Centennial Circus

Melville, Maginley & Cooke’s Circus [James Melville, Ben Maginley and James M. Cooke] is to exhibit in Greenfield on the 28th. We clip the following from the Ogdensburg Daily Journal: "Everything about it as clean and trim as can be, and the ring-show is the best that can be presented in a given time. the stars are the Melvilles, Kate Keys, Mr. Rowland, Mr. Donald, Mr. Robinson, and Messrs. Cooke and [Tec-valla?] the clown...Miss Keys is the most dashing and fearless lady rider in the profession. But the stupendous feats of all are performed by Rowland on the flying trapeze... http://www.circusina...dies/public_show/747

Subjects: Advertising, Amusements, Animals / Reptiles, Business Enterprises, Circus, Greenfield (MA), Horses, Jokes, Literature / Web Pages, Women, Words, Stunt performers

Posted by stew - Wed, Dec 10, 2008

Gazette & Courier - Monday, July 19, 1875
News about home: Greenfield items

Donaldson the aeronaut, who came down in our village a few weeks since, after a successful journey from Springfield, ascended in his balloon from Chicago on Thurs., accompanied by a journalist, and it is feared has been lost in Lake Michigan.

Subjects: Accident Victims, Astronomy, Greenfield (MA), Hampshire / Hampden Counties, Literature / Web Pages, Missing Persons, Rivers / Lakes / Oceans, Stunt performers

Posted by stew - Mon, Dec 8, 2008

Gazette & Courier - Monday, July 19, 1875
Dragged in a balloon through a night on Lake Ontario

This article has it that Prof. Donaldson had a harrowing experience with his balloon and was rescued. The truth, though, is that Washington If. Donaldson, the famous aeronaut, drowned in Lake Michigan on July 15, 1875. See the whole story at http://www.famousame...shingtonifdonaldson/


Subjects: Astronomy, Obituaries, Rivers / Lakes / Oceans, Show Business, Stunt performers

Posted by stew - Thu, Dec 4, 2008

Gazette & Courier - Monday, July 5, 1875
News of the week

Alfred Elson, the New Bedford pedestrian, has succeeded in walking 18 times between New Bedford and Taunton, 381 miles, in 6 days.

Subjects: Contests, Massachusetts, Sports, Stunt performers

Posted by stew - Mon, Dec 1, 2008

Gazette & Courier - Monday, June 21, 1875
News of the week

The couple married in a balloon to advertise Barnum's show didn't live together 3 weeks.

Subjects: Advertising, Astronomy, Circus, Divorce, Drunkenness, Marriage and Elopement, Show Business, Transportation, Stunt performers

Posted by stew - Mon, Dec 1, 2008

Gazette & Courier - Monday, June 7, 1875
News about home: Greenfield items

There was a smart runaway on School Street Tues. Joseph D. Newman stopped at Wait's livery stable to leave some meal, and while carrying it into the barn, left his four years old boy sitting in the wagon, with the horse unhitched. The horse was young and spirited, and two ladies driving up behind startled him. Mr. Newton sprung for him, caught his bridle, but could not hold the horse, who soon got into a smart run.

/ Things looked desperate, but Mr. Newton clung to the bridle, sometimes keeping his feet and at others dragged along. After running 20 or 30 rods, the horse stumbled and fell, throwing Mr. Newton and the boy into the road, but no one was found to be hurt, and no damage done beyond badly breaking the harness. Mr. Newton will not probably leave that horse unhitched again with his little son in the wagon.

Subjects: Accidents, Animals / Reptiles, Business Enterprises, Children, Greenfield (MA), Horses, Roads, Transportation, Women, Work, Stunt performers

Posted by stew - Mon, Dec 1, 2008

Gazette & Courier - Monday, June 7, 1875

Paul Boynton [also known as the Fearless Frogman. See Wikipedia] succeeded in swimming or floating across the English Channel in his patent life saving dress during Friday and Sat. night, after being in the water 23 hours and 38 minutes.

Subjects: Animals / Reptiles, Contests, English (and England), Inventions, Literature / Web Pages, Names, Pittsburgh (PA), Rivers / Lakes / Oceans, Sports, Stunt performers, Clothing

Posted by stew - Mon, Dec 1, 2008

Gazette & Courier - Monday, May 24, 1875
Murray's Circus

John H. Murray's Great Railroad Circus will perform in this town on Mon. aft. and eve. Mr. Murray, who always brings us a good show, seems to have outdone himself this time. His troupe is larger and better than ever before, and the performance embraces a multiplicity of attractions. Among the list of performers are enrolled the names of Hubert Cooke, who makes his first appearance in this country in his specialty of "The English Jockey"; Mlle.. Adelaide, equestrian; Whimsical Walker http://www.peoplepla...ct.php?object_id=471 trick clown; Mlle. Eva, tight rope performer; Professor Leon and his three sons, Edward, Alfred and Joseph; Horace and Fanny, Gymnasts; Wooda Cook, somersault rider; Mlle. Louise Cottrell, equestrian; Tom Barry, clown and vocalist; Mlle. Turnour, equestrian; Signor Cottrell, clown; James E. Cooke, rider of 6 horses; Eugene Leech and Clifford Leopold. Mentor's Band will furnish music at each entertainment.

Subjects: Advertising, Amusements, Animals / Reptiles, Circus, Greenfield (MA), Horses, Jokes, Music, Names, Show Business, Trains, Stunt performers

Posted by stew - Mon, Dec 1, 2008

Gazette & Courier - Monday, May 24, 1875
News of the week

The pedestrian Weston failed by 140 miles in his attempt last week to walk 515 miles in six consecutive days, but has performed the wonderful feat of walking 117 miles in 24 hours, and also of walking 100 miles without resting. [Darn tootin' that's amazing!].

Subjects: Contests, Sports, Stunt performers

Posted by stew - Mon, Dec 1, 2008

Gazette & Courier - Monday, May 10, 1875
News about home: Greenfield items

Prof. W.H. Donaldson's balloon, the "P.T. Barnum" went up from the Hippodrome in Springfield Sat. aft., made a landing in Greenfield about half past 5, just an hour from the start. The Professor was accompanied by two ladies and two little girls. They came down just in the rear of J.M. Munson's house, C.M. Munson being the man to catch the drag rope. The party spent Sat. night at the Mansion House, and took the Sun. morning train to Springfield.

Subjects: Amusements, Astronomy, Children, Circus, Greenfield (MA), Hampshire / Hampden Counties, Hotels, Names, Roads, Show Business, Trains, Transportation, Women, Stunt performers

Posted by stew - Mon, Dec 1, 2008

Gazette & Courier - Monday, May 10, 1875
A horrible experience high above the clouds

Recounts the adventures and death of M. Croce Spinelli and M. Sivel, Frenchmen who recently lost their lives in the balloon Zenith. They suffocated from lack of oxygen. See the New York Times article for May 2, 1975]. http://farm4.static....5_27bdb1d1a1.jpg?v=0 .

Subjects: Astronomy, French, Literature / Web Pages, Obituaries, Transportation, Stunt performers

Posted by stew - Mon, Dec 1, 2008

Gazette & Courier - Monday, May 3, 1875
News of the week

Weston is outdone in the feat of walking 100 miles in 24 hours. Daniel O'Leary , the Chicago pedestrian, walked 116 miles in 23 hours 8 minutes at Philadelphia Sat., the best time for the distance on record. [And both were still at it 10 years later. Check out the New York Times article of Dec. 8, 1885].

Subjects: Contests, Irish, Literature / Web Pages, Sports, Stunt performers

Posted by stew - Mon, Dec 1, 2008

Gazette & Courier - Monday, April 19, 1875

Paul Boynton, who attempted the feat of swimming and paddling across the English Channel in his patent rubber life saving dress [;-)] got within 5 miles of the French coast when he was obliged to give up on account of the darkness and was taken on board the accompanying steamer. He was 15 hours in the water and emerged in excellent health and spirits, and apparently by no means exhausted. Boynton has determined to repeat his attempt.

Subjects: English (and England), French, Inventions, Sports, Transportation, Stunt performers, Clothing

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