Monday, June 27, 2011

The Arizona Republican, Apr 19, 1901


"Miscellaneous Items"

- In very clear water, sunlight penetrates to a depth of over 1500 ft.

- At banquets during Elizabeth's time, every guest came with his spoon in his pocket.

- There is no truth whatever in the belief that anyone falling into the sea necessarily rises and sinks three times before drowning.

- An extremely useful clock has been invented by Thomas W. Hunt, of Macon, GA. At any moment at which the alarm is set - say at 5 am - it arouses the sleeper, lights a candle and kindles a fire in the range.

- A society for the education of cats has been organized in Pittsburgh. The president of this society declares: "We feel assured that under our process of culture, many hidden and unsuspected good qualities in the nature of the cat will be brought to the surface."

- Two athletic young men in Passaic, NJ fought a duel with pillows. It lasted 37 minutes, when a vigorous swing across the neck with the five pound pillow floored one of the contestants, and for five minutes he lay senseless.

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Just some useful facts printed for the edification of the Victorian Phoenix forebears. I like that they refer to Elizabeth I by first name only. She needs no introduction or explanation, even in a dusty arm of the Sonoran desert.

Speaking of the Arizona Territory, my research ( = reading the one page biography provided by the Rosson) has revealed that Aaron Goldberg, the man whose family I am interpreting through 1915, was greatly responsible for and wrote the bill that moved the capital from Prescott to Phoenix.

To that I say, thanks guy. No, thanks. No thanks. Wouldn't our lives be so much easier if the sprawl was located two hours north? There would have been sacrifices, and I can just imagine Prescott Valley turning into Paradise Valley, but we would be able to step outdoors between the hours of 11 am and 7 pm without immediately being plagued by dehydration and death, and wouldn't that be nice?

Good job, Aaron.

AG circa 1900, from the Phoenix Public Library's Arizona Collection.

Not to be too much of a bitch, though, as he was rather philanthropic and dedicated his time and efforts to make this city more habitable to the miserable bastards who saw fit to stay year round in the days before swamp coolers, such as providing the first unemployment service for men finding themselves unable to work the mines or whatever was the greatest employer here at the time.

www.chroniclingamerica.com has provided decent scans of newspapers across the country from the 1860s to 1920s. They have lots of Arizona papers.

1 comment:

Jason said...

Normally those that could afford to during this time period would send their children and wives to Prescott via the Peavine railroad, it was a practice that allowed these men to have secret "summer wives". Just a small useless bit of trivia

I'm up north in Prescott and its still really hot, just saying