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It appears Google will no longer digitize newspapers.

The ones they have will remain at their news archive search, but they are not accepting more content.

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I was searching old newspapers again, on one of my favorite sources, Chronicling America. Even though they have a limited number of states, the wesbite is a real treasure.

The Iola (KS) Register reported about the blizzard, which affected Dakota Territory, Minnesota and Nebraska, in its 27 Jan 1888 issue. Some of the scenes described reminded me of reading the Laura Ingalls Wilder series of Little House books.

It was a sobering reminder that Wilder was truly writing about real life events. Historians call it the Schoolhouse Blizzard.

St. Paul, Minn., Jan 18 - Sarah Dolan, a school teacher of Goodwin, near Clear Lake, Dak., and Hugo Scheff, a farmer of Altamont, Dak., have been found frozen to death, and so far, four deaths have been reported in that section, but it is feared there were many more.

News reached Jamestown, Dak., of the freezing to death of M. A. Ryan, a farmer living near Windsor, where he had a claim. His body was found by a searching party near a haystack, about eight miles from Windsor. He had been in the stack and had come out, unbuttoned his coat and laid down on top of a snowdrift near the stack...His horse was found alive. He had matches in his pockets when found, and friends wonder why he did not set fire to the stack and warm up. Mrs. Ryan is nearly crazed...

It is reported that thirty-one schoolchildren are missing in Turner County [Minnesota]...

The death of Edwin Kylling, a farm boy of seventeen years, has just been reported from Canton, Dak. He went after hay and was caught by the blizzard.

Sioux Falls, Dak., Jan 18 - Henry V Bliss, a farmer near Montrose, next county, went to the barn to do chores. His wife put a light in the window to guide him back, but he never came.

G Grandstrom's body was found last night. He was driving home from this city and being overtaken by the storm unhitched the horses and then abandoned them. He finally fell in the snow and perished within twenty-five yards of his house.

Neligh, Neb., Jan 18 - A schoolteacher and eight children, names unknown, were lost in the storm in the northern part of Holt County.

Miss Louie Royce, teaching school near Foster, Neb., attempted to go from the schoolhouse to a farm house twenty rods away, with three children but lost her way in the storm and all laid down in the snow. The three children died during the night, but Miss Royce reached the house in the morning with both feet frozen, and they will have to be amputated.

Henry Keichhafer and son also lost their lives in the same place while trying to find some cattle. Their bodies were found within ten rods of a farmhouse lying side by side.
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Although I do not enjoy scrolling through microfilm in search of historic bits about the family, occasionally I find some stuff in old newspapers. I print off the pages, and bring it home to enter on the record of the family member in my genealogy software.

And some of the other stuff is pretty entertaining.

Some recent finds:

About one of my grand uncles, from the 2 Jul 1896 edition of the Russellville Democrat:

A number of Russelville's juveniles were entertained at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J D Williams last Monday afternoon, by their son, Master Cedric, in honor of his fourth birthday. Refreshments were served at 6 o'clock.

From the same newspaper, all under the heading of "Local Generalities."

Until July 10th we will receive new subscribers to The Democrat at the rate of 25 cents for the paper until November 5th. This means cash.

Corsets! Corsets! All shapes, grades, styles and sizes. The world renowned Featherbone corsets at 45 cents, at the Racket only.

Okay, that got me to wondering...what did it look like?

Forty-five cents was a bargain in 1896, because that was an 1895 ad...

More tidbits...

If you bought your shoes at Wilson's store, get 'em shined free July 4th.

Dr. Alvin Quinn came down from Wagoner, I T [Indian Territory], last week on a visit to his parents for a few days. He is captivated with the Territory.

Henry Bingham was arrested at Paducah for housebreaking. Bingham's wife is in jail for stealing money from a dead man.

To Get Married: Marriage licenses were issued by County Clerk Mourning to the following parties last week: James Motebean to Mary Redden, Riley Hopson to Laura Rackley, O F Herrin to Amanda Stevenson, R S Adams to Kate Strickland, W R Sweeten to Mollie Akin, J B Chronister to Lon Duvall.


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