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Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: Today at 04:42:34 AM »
The Tacoma Times, March 30, 1917.

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: Today at 04:41:55 AM »
The New York Tribune, March 30, 1917.

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: Today at 04:41:07 AM »
The Chicago Day Book, March 30, 1917.

Police think maniac slew Katherine Koller. Girl found near home with bullet in head.

Victor Reseler, janitor, 4754 Sheridan rd., found dying with fractured skull. Mystery. 

Richard Knippers, Dolton grocer, run over and killed after he cranked auto truck.
Rob't Sherman, 4064 S. Dearborn, shot and killed by Mrs. Lulu Franklin, 4119 S. Dearborn, when he knocked on her door by mistake.

Mrs. Amelia Gross, 3806 Grand blvd., died of heart disease on way home from funeral.
W. S. Denham, 60, real estate dealer, Hopkins Park, found dead from gas at 710 N. Clark. Accidental.

David Selcer, 18, son of dep't manager for Gage Hat Works, testified in father's divorce suit that mother made dates over phone.

Mrs. Anna Quattrocki, 17, 2615 Shields av., granted annulment of marriage when she told judge husband forced her to wed at gunpoint.

Dr. Raymond Sweany, 1614 Carmen av., granted annulment of marriage on plea that he did not remember getting hitched.

Mrs. Hattie Trude, 1635 Farwellav., got divorce. Accused her next door neighbor.
Ben Scheilowski, 3522 W. 12th, and two other druggists fined $20 for hiring unregistered pharmacists.

Ray Noland, arrested for love letters to Mildred McCormick, 660 Rush st, promised not to do it again. Freed.
Patrolman Frank Farrell, New City station, up before trial board on the complaints of girls.

John Obiale, 4849 S. Elizabeth, called police when he thought he heard ghosts. They found nothing.


  New York, March 30. American flag, which Capt Nordberg of American steamer Algonquin left flying when with his crew he abandoned the ship, was pulled down by the crew of the submarine which sank her, he said on his arrival here today. Nordberg had hoped to see the flag flying until his ship disappeared beneath the waves, he said.


  First Deputy Westbrook thinks he has solved the mystery of the missing Henrietta, the kidnapped police auto that was snatched away last night. Gamblers did it, says Westbrook. Henrietta has been the most feared of all the autos. For weeks a dark plot is believed to have existed against this flivver, "$395, f. o. b."


  Meredith is the famous runner and holder of the half and quarter mile records. He has declared his intention to join the United States aviation corps and will organize a University of Pennsylvania flying squadron.

Ted Meredith US olympic champion.  By Unknown - Taken from The Official Report of the Olympic Games of Stockholm 1912. - [1], Public Domain,

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: Today at 04:34:38 AM »
Everett True, March 30, 1917.

Random Topics / Re: The BellGab Classic Movie Playhouse
« on: Yesterday at 07:26:29 PM »
I got to see 2001 in one of those Cinerama theaters and it was quite a visual treat, I must say.  I did notice though that the edge of the screen was distorted.  One of the Russian, lady scientists in that room with the chairs and couches looked somewhat blurry and pin-heady.

Speaking of treats, one of my favorite scenes is where Floyd and the other astronauts are aboard a shuttle, heading for the moon.  They break out some ham and chicken sandwiches and start munching away.  Always makes me want a sandwich.

Lots of eating in the movie.  Even astronaut Dave, in one of his old age phases can be seen busily chowing down on something, shortly before he breaks that glass.

Random Topics / Re: Hardest questions to answer
« on: Yesterday at 04:04:38 PM »
Which career was Jethro Bodine (Beverly Hillbillies) best suited for?

  1. Brain Surgeon
  2. Hollywood Producer
  3. Double-Naught Spy.

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: Yesterday at 03:30:37 PM »
Man o' War was born 100 years ago.'_War

Man O' War in 1920. By User Handicapper on en.wikipedia, Public Domain,


Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: Yesterday at 04:40:09 AM »
The Tacoma Times, March 29, 1917.

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: Yesterday at 04:39:34 AM »
The Richmond Palladium and Sun-Telegram, March 29, 1917.

(By Associated Press)

  WASHINGTON, March 29. The British bark Neach with a cargo of sugar was torpedoed without warning at 8:45 a. m. Tuesday twenty-eight miles southeast of Fastnet, according to a state department report today from Consul Frost at Queenstown. Two Americans, Clarence Bloom, of San Francisco and Peter Webster, negro seaman of Pensacola, Fla., escaped together with other members of the crew.     

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: Yesterday at 04:37:27 AM »
The Tonopah Daily Bonanza, March 29, 1917.

  WASHINGTON. D. C. Mar. 29. Egg rolling within the White House grounds on Easter morning. April 8, a custom almost as old as the White House itself, will be abandoned this year because of the international situation, and the grounds around the Washington monument will be used. Under the present rule policemen keep all unauthorized persons at a distance from the White House.

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: Yesterday at 04:35:33 AM »
The Chicago Day Book, March 29, 1917.

Anton Carpiel wants divorce. Says wife tried to poison him.

Wm. Selver, dep't mgr. Gage Hat Works, wants divorce. Charges unfaithfulness. Says wife shot him in the leg.

Oswald C. Tracy, son of S. W. Tracy, vice pres. Chicago Tunnel Co., says he was drunk when he married Florence Pivic in June, 1915. Wants annulment.
Tony Falkenberg, 906 N. Marshfield av., tried suicide with gun after doctors told him he had only two months to live. Probably will die.

E. F. Rogers, 4357 Indiana av., hit by street car, died.

Richard Knipers, 27, 10555 Wallace, fell from moving auto. Died in doctor's office.

John Mahon, 9020 Burley av., may die; fell while trying to board car.
Mrs. Peter Douvres, 17 W. Harrison, went shopping with $83; failed to return.

Loraine Antanick, Newcastle, Pa., left home for "bright lights of Chicago." Sought by police.

Julius Scheffler, 1801 Fulton, shot and wounded by police in Panhandle freight yards. Suspected as freight thief.


  New York, March 29. Police ferrets are at work in the tearoom hot houses of Broadway's Gay White Way today seeking out and cataloguing "tango-lizards."
  Thus far they have found 76 sleek, slender, immaculately tailored, pasty faced, effeminate and ennuied youths, who leech a luxurious livelihood from "dance-crazy, middle-aged married women who dupe their husbands as Mrs. Elsie Hilar duped hers. Mrs. Hilar was found strangled in a downtown hotel.
  These devils of the dance are new type, distinctively the product of the big city's hothouse gaiety. Hundreds of them are employed by hotels and cafes to cater to the passion for excitement of married women past the bloom of youth.
  Anyone with a mind to may see them at work. In the big, Oriental and tropical, garden-like tearooms they "snare" their prey, the "tango bugs" who jump out of bed in the morning, get their husband's breakfast, kiss them good bye, put the house in order and hurry away afoot, in street cars and in limousines, to spend the afternoon dancing and hurry home before dinner in the evening.
  "The lizards" are not to be arrested. But they are known to the police; and some of them are said to have most unsavory former records. Many of them, the police say, were recruited to "lizardy" from the ranks of poolroom hangers-on, race track touts and petty criminals.
  So perfect has become the "system" between the married' women and the tea dansant boys that they have evolved a secret code. Any woman who hasn't definitely chosen her favorite "lizard" has only to appear at any White Way tearoom wearing a gardenia to be assured the attention of legions of them.
  Regularly employed "lizards" are forbidden to remain and talk to their "bug" after the dance is concluded unless she indicates a desire for conversation.

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: March 28, 2017, 11:49:54 PM »
I was suspect of the "gorilla faced" man story from the outset.

Me too.  Though I was kind of hoping it had been a real gorilla.  One that would have also knocked out the doctor and the motorcycle policeman.  It shot the poor girl though, so better make that a man wearing a gorilla suit.  I guess that's kind of pushing things though, even for Chicago.

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: March 28, 2017, 06:52:49 PM »
Albert Pinkham Ryder (March 19, 1847 -- March 28, 1917.) 

Random Topics / Re: Music
« on: March 28, 2017, 04:01:07 AM »

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: March 28, 2017, 03:35:40 AM »
The Seattle Star, March 28, 1917.

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: March 28, 2017, 03:35:10 AM »
The Chicago Day Book, March 28, 1917.

John Thorpe admitted his story of seeing slayer of Kathryn Koller was lie.

Eight-year old boy sent to Parental School on charge of robbing drunken man.
Teddea Bernardi and two companions arrested on charge of plotting to kidnap his sweetheart from Detroit.

Walter Pennigsdorff, 13, 1922 Orchard, missing.

Maud Gear and Helen Butler, Western Electric employees, missing.

Hugh Gibbons, 13, 2129 N. Racine av., who disappeared March 16, is home. Wanted to be an engineer.

Gottlieb Seuffer, 58, married Minnie Marten, 18, his daughter's chum.

Dr. Nance received letter urging ordinance to authorize sale of horse meat.

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: March 28, 2017, 03:33:29 AM »
The Evening Star, March 28, 1917.

Random Topics / Re: Hardest questions to answer
« on: March 27, 2017, 04:21:52 AM »
Whoever's on the right side.  Wait .. I mean the "right" side.  Um ... never mind.  ???

Haha, yup, I know what you mean.  I'd like to see four self-driving Ubers arrive at the intersection at the same time.

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: March 27, 2017, 04:08:27 AM »
The Tacoma Times, March 27, 1917.

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: March 27, 2017, 04:05:35 AM »
The Tonopah Daily Bonanza, March 27, 1917.


  Frank Hammond, a prison alias, whose right name is Frank Bartley and who was recently paroled from prison and immediately began his livelihood of issuing bogus checks. He succeeded in cashing checks to the amount of $173.60 and then came to Tonopah and started his "paper hanging" profession, but got no clients. Jack Grant, chief of police, was asked yesterday to take Bartley into safe keeping by Sheriff Neil McLeod, of Lyon county, who arrived on train No. 24 this morning and returned with his prisoners on train 23.


  The town board this morning met to consider the appointment of a chief of the fire department and concluded by the selection of Frank Henderson, who has been employed by the Lothrop-Davls company. The other applicants were Clarence Mays, Al Vincent, King Pierce, J. A. McCabe and Louis Gregovlch.
  Henderson is well known as a former resident of Eureka, who has been in Tonopah for several years. He succeeds Henry Kelly, whose resignation was accepted three weeks ago. The position carries a salary of $150 a month and free house rent and free water.
  The town board realized that the appointment was one of the most important coming under their jurisdiction and gave special attention to the qualifications of the several applicants as it was felt that the town had suffered on several occasions through the incompetence of the fire department, which is held responsible for the destruction of some of the best buildings in the camp.
  Should Mr. Henderson be the right man in the right place, the Bonanza will give due credit, and should Mr. Henderson fail in his duty the Bonanza will be the first to criticize, as the taxpayers are entitled to the best that can be procured in the way of a fire chief. (Ed. A year or so ago (1916) there was a story in the Bonanza that reported on a fire occurring in town. The fire chief rode along with the firemen and overruled the driver's choice to get there the quickest way.  So they went the chief's way and got lost.  They arrived at the fire late and it had already been put out.  The chief yelled at one of the firemen, who quit in disgust.) 

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: March 27, 2017, 04:01:49 AM »
The Evening Star, March 27, 1917.

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: March 27, 2017, 04:00:31 AM »
The Chicago Day Book, March 27, 1917.


   Dr. T. M. Doyle, 9230 Cottage Grove av., discovered an unidentified man lying unconscious last night at 87th st. and Cottage Grove av. At St Bernard's hospital the man's skull was found fractured and his right arm broken.
  Police Serg'ts Egan and Burns, while investigating the accident, found Motorcycle Policeman John W. Harms of 13th precinct unconscious near the spot. As yet, owing to unconsciousness of victims, accident is a mystery.


  A city-wide search was begun today for the "gorilla-faced man" who is believed to have been the slayer of Kathryn Kohler, 933 N. Monticello av., murdered Sunday night.
  The search for this man was begun on the description of him given the police by John Thorpe, 18, son of Det. Serg's Geo. Thorpe, 842 N. Lawndale av. Thorpe said he was a block away when the girl was shot, that he ran to the spot and the man shoved a gun to his ribs, telling him to keep quiet. He believes he can identify the man. At the same time, police are puzzled at the doubts thrown on Thorpe's story by August Noel, 835 Monticello av., who said he was the first to reach the girl after she was shot. He said the boy's story was not true in detail.
  The police are also seeking the hysterical man who appeared at the Hotel Marion, Canal and Madison, and asked for "Kathryn Kaler" about two hours after the shooting. He told a weird story about hunting his lost sister. Between sobs he asked what could be done to him if he shot her. At the Hotel Berlin, where he registered, he could not be found a few hours later.


Samuel E. Hussey lectures on "Cephalic Altitudes" (Ed. Attitudes?) at Hobo college, 917 W. Washington blvd., 8 p. m.

Prof. Fred W. Merrifield, Univ. of Chicago lectures before Lawndale Civic center on "The Art of Being Human," at Herzl school, Lawndale av. and Douglas blvd., 8 p. m.

Painters' union, Local 194, holds special meeting to vote on "Shall the assembly convene this year?" 8 p.m.

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: March 27, 2017, 03:55:33 AM »
The New York Tribune, March 27, 1917.

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: March 27, 2017, 03:54:48 AM »
Thanks for keeping up the interesting posts! I think that fruit and flowers thing was an interesting tid-bit. And slice of history, sort of like how mustaches were for a certain set, even in adversarial countries, and also how, especially the "kiss" scars were for Germans, but that idea of "fair play" in what will be one of the worst wars ever, between actual cousins, makes it more bizarre.

And thank you for your fun comments and for contributing to this thread.

Random Topics / Re: Hardest questions to answer
« on: March 27, 2017, 12:46:11 AM »
If four autos arrive at a four way stop sign intersection at the exact same time, then who gets to go first? 

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: March 26, 2017, 08:54:17 PM »
This is so cool, in Prussian way.

"Gilbert was taken to a hospital after being captured and Richthofen sent him flowers and fruit."

Yeah, I liked that part too. 

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: March 26, 2017, 08:26:01 PM »
On March 25, 1917, Lieutenant Christopher Guy Gilbert and Lieutenant T.J. Owen took off in their new Nieuport Scouts and headed across the lines to provide cover for a larger FE2b plane that would be taking pictures.

Unbeknownst to them, a German ground observation base spotted them and quickly notified Baron Manfred Von Richthofen's squadron of their presence.  Manfred himself took off to investigate and after a bit of flying, came up behind Gilbert, and Gilbert alone.  (Lt. Owen's Scout had developed carburetor problems and he was forced to return to the base at Le Hameau.)

Lt. Gilbert was still trying to get the feel of the new Scout (it had less than 9 hours of recorded flight time) so he wasn't much of a match for Richthofen, who had actually thought that Gilbert was the last pilot in a group of enemy aircraft.  He didn't know that Gilbert was out and about by his own little lonesome self.

Richthofen's combat report notes that, "An enemy squadron had passed our lines.  I went up, overtaking their last machine.  After only a very few shots, the enemy's propeller stopped turning.  The adversary landed near Tilloy, upsetting his plane.  I observed that some moments later the plane began to burn."

Indeed, the downed craft did burn to a crisp but Gilbert Christopher Guy was able to thank his lucky stars that there were some German soldiers nearby who pulled him out of the flames.

In their book "Under The Guns of The Red Baron" authors Norman Franks, Hal Giblin and Nigel McCrery noted that Gilbert had been taken prisoner wearing a greatcoat and pajamas.  He had thought that the mission would be a short one and that he would return to base for breakfast.  Gilbert was taken to a hospital after being captured and Richthofen sent him flowers and fruit.

After a year and nine months of imprisonment in various German POW camps, Christopher Gilbert returned to England and, with his wife, ran a hotel near the Ascot racecourse.  When World War Two rolled around, he was once again in the service, as an 'Officer Commanding Troopships.'  Mr. Gilbert lived to the ripe old age of 80 years, having died in 1973.

Info and (photocopied) pics of Christopher Guy Gilbert:

Nieuport biplane fighter. (Haut-Rhin, France 1917) by Paul Castelnau. This image has been digitally manipulated. The factual accuracy of this description or the file name is disputed. Reason: Attributed to Fernand Cuville by Réunion des musées nationaux [1] - Source BNF Available at (bad link), Public Domain,

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: March 26, 2017, 03:17:16 PM »
Mississippi singer Rufus Thomas was born on March 26, 1917.

Random Topics / Re: Music
« on: March 26, 2017, 05:23:27 AM »

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: March 26, 2017, 04:59:03 AM »
The Tacoma Times, March 26, 1917.

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