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Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: Today at 03:25:01 AM »
The Tacoma Times, April 27, 1917.

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: Today at 03:23:11 AM »
The Chicago Day Book, April 27, 1917.

Three auto bandits got $22 from Edw. Miller, grocer, 3201 Calumet av.

Three men arrested on charge of stealing iron from ruins of 14th pl. gas explosion and selling it to S. Schultz, 831 16th.

Lena Dallas, 3, 703 S. Marshfield av., fell from third floor. Not even bruised.

Randolph Beresford, 20, son of Richard Beresford, rich man, suicide in Evanston Y. M. C. A. Poison. Love affair believed cause.

91 "down-and-outs" arrested in Schuettler's cleanup campaign in lodging house district.

Mrs. Grace Arnold, actress, wants divorce. Says Richard Arnold tried to killl her April 10, 1916.

Harvey R. Griffiths, sued for divorce by Mrs. Viva Wennebrenner Griffiths, actress known as Viva Ethelia. Non-support charge.

Hazel Olsen, 2807 Cottage Grove av., actress, got divorce. Another woman.

Body of, man, about 45, skull crushed, found by railroad tracks in Aurora.

Adam Roelick, 2246 Blue Island av., died of fractured skull. Police hunting John Schomer, 1910 W. 22d.

Burglars got $300 loot from home of Mrs. H. W. Nelson, 2836 Cambridge av.

Burglars got $400 silverware from home of Max V. Kohnstamm, 5312 Greenwood av.
Genealogical experts have discovered that Jas. Whitcomb Riley was of Pennsylvania Dutch ancestry.

Stanley Trinkhouse, 8944 Houston, quizzed by federal agents as spy suspect after he was fined $100 for carrying gun.


800 jackies left for Atlantic coast.

Wilson cheered for five minutes at meeting of Woodlawn Business Men's ass'n.

Chas. T. Meckler, Edison Park, who sent threat to Wilson, confined in Elgin State asylum.

Corporal Hoonaby, Third infantry, injured in fight with Mexicans in East Chicago who insulted flag.

Miss Laurentia Molloy, clerk in election commissioners' office, has agreed to "mother" homeless army "rookie."

Anthony Schram, who lost job at American Hide & Leather Co. because he put U. S. flag on workbench, taken back to work.

Col. Roosevelt will arrive at the Union station at 9:40 a. m. tomorrow. Will be escorted by marines and militia to Blackstone hotel.

C. Drzewski and John Woodridgei Wilmette, local members of Canadian army, killed "somewhere in France." A. M. Black  3425 W. 63d, wounded.


  Strain 1 cup of apple sauce through a sieve, add to it a tablespoon of lemon juice, a little grated lemon rind, a pinch of salt, sugar to taste and the unbeaten whites of three eggs. Beat with a whisk until stiff enough to hold its shape. Chill thoroughly and serve with whipped cream.


Friday. Anarchist forum, 1006 S. Ashland blvd., J. Billow speaks on "Are We Going to Be Suppressed?" 8 p. m.

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: Today at 03:20:59 AM »
Everett True, April 27, 1917.

My God you are right, Rix!  I have taken the liberty of highlighting the creature.  Given its apparent pentameric symmetry, may we not guess at a member of Echinodermata?

Oh, that looks great, K.  Thank you.  By all means, we could be looking at a fossilized sea star, or one that is de-hydrated and is waiting for the return of one of those ancient Martian oceans that Richard used to speak of.

Sunflower star regenerating several arms.  By Brocken Inaglory, CC BY-SA 3.0, 

We'll show him he is not the only game in town once we have our own imaging panel. Mutiny on the bridge.

Time waits for no man, including Richard.  Here is one I found earlier today.  Look to the far right, between the two broken rocks.  Kind of looks like a Martian crab, possibly a spider or even a plant, like a lotus flower.  As far as I know, you saw it here first.  Another photo from Curiosity.   

Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech.

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: Yesterday at 03:41:03 PM »
The American Architect I.M. Pei was born on April 26, 1917 and he is still alive today.

American Architect I.M. Pei.  By original work: Unknown derivative work: Yekrats - Pei US embassy Luxembourg.jpg, Public Domain,

Random Topics / Re: Music
« on: Yesterday at 04:14:27 AM »

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: Yesterday at 03:46:43 AM »
The Tacoma Times, April 26, 1917.

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« on: Yesterday at 03:45:57 AM »
The Tonopah Daily Bonanza, April 26, 1917.


  The sheriffs office has received notice that three men are engaged visiting homes and places of business in Tonopah offering for sale what they represent are smuggled goods, which they pretend to offer at a fraction of their actual cost. These goods are mostly dress patterns for women and shoddy imitations of tweeds which, as a matter of fact, are the cheapest kind of stuff made at Napa, California and sold at double the actual value. The system is to prevail on men who seldom know the difference between woolen and shoddy goods, that they are getting material which will enable them to have a suit made up at a local tailor for a total outlay of $20 or $25. When the dupe calls at the tailor, he finds the cloth is the cheapest fabric that will not hold its shape for a week after worn and that the expense of linings and trimmings will bring the price up to $40 or $45. When these solicitors call hold them until you can phone the sheriffs office. They are waiting to make the arrest.


  The chief of police requests that he be kept informed of any thefts of flags from autos. It is not known if the work is due to thoughtless boys, but the chief feels that if the outrages go on the culprits should be punished. If it should develop that the thefts are by grown ups then more serious punishment will be meted out. Any one knowing of such cases are urged to communicate with Chief of Police Jack Grant.

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: Yesterday at 03:44:16 AM »
The Chicago Day Book, April 26, 1917.

Health Com'r Robertson blames overeating for pneumonia spread.

Charlotte George, Lutheran, wants divorce from Mohammedan hubby, Edw.

Wm. A. Hayward, 4616 Lake Park av. in answer to wife's divorce bill, said she threw her dog at him.

Mrs. Jerome M. Krege, wife of Glencoe printer, wants divorce. '"He made me  feed the children, the chickens and the Gordon press." she said.

Mrs. Elizabeth Torn, 1641 N. Rockwell, died of illegal operation. Said midwife was responsible.

Anthony Gentile, 19, freed of charge of killing brother Pasquale, when latter attacked mother.
Chas. Vetter, Jr., 12 pounds, 1617 N. Crawford av., born in taxi while mother was on way to hospital.

Rose Pimple, 3, 5238 Loomis, fell into Sherman Park swimming pool. Rescued by Policeman J. Martin.

Policeman Dennis Heffernan saved pedestrians from injury by stopping runaway horse at Jackson and Clark.
4,000 photos of Sarahet, dancer, brought only $170 when sold at auction of late Fritz von Frantzlus' effects.

Jas. Melville, 2908 S. 5th av., and Michael, 2841 S. 5th av., arrested while taking barber pole from 2973 Wentworth av.

Harold Townsend, colored, 4320 Langley av., drowned when he lost control of motorcycle and it dashed into lake off Adams st.

Body of Emil Lehmann, 4650 Winthrop av., watchman, believed slain by river thieves, taken from river at Pine st. Missing since Feb. 22.

Bomb exploded under home of Thos. Rinella, 35 W. 25th. Small damage. Jealous suitor for hand of daughter, Mary; believed responsible.

John McWilliams, 4940 Wabash av., armed with gun tried to hold up Lelewer's hat store, 75 W. Washington. Fired shot and ran. Caught by five members Co. D, First infantry.
Jas. Smith, 6208 S. Ada, colored, member of Negro Baptist church, accused of stealing box of soap, got freedom by singing "Jesus, Lover of My Soul" for Judge Graham.


  Dep't store and loop building owners are bracing themselves to fight an ordinance introduced in the city council by Ald. John Kennedy for the purposes of making elevators safer.
  Alarmed at the increasing number of fatal accidents from elevator drops, Kennedy has asked the passage of an ordinance requiring each elevator operator to pass an examination, those qualified to be given city license.
  Big Biz is fighting it hard. The license committee of the council has made the ordinance a special order of business two weeks from today. Its  passage would eventually mean a higher class and better paid operators. 


  Dissolve one quarter yeast cake, broken in pieces, in one quarter cup of lukewarm water, and add 1 egg well beaten, 1 tablespoon of melted butter, 1 tablespoon of melted lard, 1 tablespoon salt, 2 tablespoons sugar, grated rind of 2 oranges and three quarter cup of orange juice. Beat thoroughly, using a Dover eggbeater. Add flour to make the right consistency, the amount required being about 3 cups, and beat until smooth. Turn on a slightly floured board and knead until elastic. Cover and let rise overnight. In the morning shape into loaves, put in buttered bread tins, cover and again let rise. Bake in a hot oven 45 minutes.

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: Yesterday at 03:42:21 AM »
Everett True, April 26, 1917.

that's clearly Doom in that attachment

I see Washington on the left and Lincoln on the right.

Note the ice pick at the foot of the stump.  Martian Big Foot probably threw it down in disgust because he couldn't find any ice.

Here is the photo of that Martian tree stump (plus close-up) that was in the news today.  The picture was taken by the rover Curiosity last March.  No sign of Big Foot but who knows.  Perhaps Martian Big Foot's dog paid the tree a visit, as Richard would say, "a...long...time...ago."

"Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech."

One of my favorite 'westerns' was the original Westworld.  Yul Brynner was absolutely great in the roll of the cold, calculating, gun-slinging robot.


Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: April 25, 2017, 10:17:35 PM »
April 23, 1917, around twelve noon.  Pilot Eric Arthur Welch and his observer Amos George Tollervey were returning from a photography shoot over the town of Mericourt when they...well...nobody knows what they saw or thought.  The Red Baron made sure of that.  In his words, "...approached him unnoticed, and shot at him from the closest range, until his left wing came off.  The machine broke to pieces and fell near Mericourt."

  The two British lads were flying in a BE2f.  Their bodies were recovered and they were buried together in Petit Vimy British Cemetery, Vimy, France. 

  I wish I could show you the photo of Eric Welch that is in the book "Under The Guns of The Red Baron"  by authors Norman Franks, Hal Giblin and Nigel McCrery.  It's a spooky, worn away photo of Eric, close up, wearing his military coat and hat.  The emulsion over his left eye has been rubbed off in the photo, making him look like some kind of zombie.  Amos Tollervey's photo is in the book too.  Quite the personable looking chap.

  I hardly ever come across the "Under The Guns" photos online.  The authors did a bang up job of securing the pics, because the book is full of them.  The book itself can be got on Amazon, used for $7.22 which includes postage, in case anybody would like to follow the course of Von Richthofen's victories.  It's a nice hardbound book. I have had my copy for 22 years and it still looks new.

Petit-Vimy British Cemetery.  By Wernervc - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,



Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: April 25, 2017, 09:28:17 PM »
Is it real? Or is it Memorex?

Ha, Walks, I had forgotten about those.  Lord knows I've got box fulls of those Memorex tapes in the shed.  (Art's shows, you know.) 

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: April 25, 2017, 05:51:55 PM »
Singer Ella Fitzgerald was born on April 25, 1917.

Fitzgerald performing with Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Brown, Milt Jackson and Timme Rosenkrantz in September 1947, New York.  By William P. Gottlieb - Public Domain,

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: April 25, 2017, 04:23:42 PM »
Google is lacking. Some references in musings and book but I can't identify where "Turner's Woods" was or if it still exists. But at one point it did, and despite Mr. Kaehler's best efforts the birds were still around:

I wanted to learn if Paul Kaehler found bigger game in hunting the Bosch.  I did locate a Paul J. Kaehler grave in nearby Wisconsin, dated from 1887 to 1969.  He would have been 29/30 years old during America's involvement in WWI.  He and his wife Laura didn't have Paul Jr. until 1928 when Paul Sr. would have been 41.  No other info and no obit.  (Kind of on the old side for having a first kid.)     

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: April 25, 2017, 03:34:54 AM »
The Tacoma Times, April 25, 1917.

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: April 25, 2017, 03:33:51 AM »
The Chicago Day Book, April 25, 1917.


Richard East, Evanston chauffeur, fell from second-story window. Landed on head. Never hurt him.

Con men got $814, his life's savings, from Mohammed Abed, Persian peddler, 24 E. 18th. Switching pocketbook game.

John Kulczyk, 847 N. Carpenter, who weighed 560 pounds, and Jos. Roulla, 6517 S. Halsted, who weighed 400, two of Chicago's "biggest men," died yesterday,

Paul J. Kaehler, Evanston, fined $40 and costs for shooting song birds in Turner's woods.

Bronze statue, "Butensky's Exile," valued at $800, stolen from Hebrew Institute, 1258 Taylor.

Two men held up 12th st. car at S. Hamilton av. Robbed conductor of $7. Police came. After running battle, Wm. Cosgrove, 2212 W. 13th, was arrested.

Late Fritz von Frantzius' photos of former wife, Sarahet, the dancer, to be auctioned off today.

Australian dancer Saharet.  By Bain News Service. Public Domain,

By Mark Shields

  During yesterday's game with Cleveland, during which the White Sox fielding was porous on numerous occasions, there were some cries from the stand for Zeb Terry when Swede Risberg, the new shortstop, was in difficulty.
  These, of course, were changed to yelps of adulation for the new short fielder when he opened the ninth inning with a screaming triple and scored the only run of the game on Eddie Collins' sacrifice fly. The hit made Swede a hero and his fielding mistakes were forgotten. Such is the humor of a baseball crowd.


  Johnny Harvey knocked out Joe Rivers in the seventh round at New York. Until the final blow, the fight had been an even affair, with Rivers giving as good as he took.

  Knockout Brown is training diligently for his bout in Gary Friday night with Joe Herrick. The Greek says he will be an easy winner.


Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: April 25, 2017, 03:23:43 AM »
Everett True, April 25, 1917.

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: April 24, 2017, 04:08:34 AM »
The Tacoma Times, April 24, 1917.

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: April 24, 2017, 04:07:50 AM »
The Tonopah Daily Bonanza, April 24, 1917.


  A carload of Chevrolet cars was received by Stewart & Sellstrom today and they are ready to make instant deliveries. This is one of the most popular and complete cars on the market and those in Tonopah who have had experience with the Chevrolet say there is nothing like the speedy youngster with all the latest devices in the way of electric starter, electric lights, three speeds and a reverse, giving the owner all the advantages of a big car without the cost. The same firm is agent for the Super-Six Hudson, the prince of all cars that cannot be surpassed by any in the upper class of automobiles. If you are contemplating buying either kind of car call on J. Wesley Stewart or John Sellstrom. See them today.

1917 Hudson Phaeton.  By Adrian Pingstone - Taken by Adrian Pingstone in June 2003 and released to the public domain., Public Domain,

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: April 24, 2017, 04:03:22 AM »
The Chicago Day Book, April 24, 1917.


Chief Schuettler plans to send hoboes to bone dry states.

Henry C. Lytton will auction off mementoes he collected for dead wife.

John F. McFadden, 5058 Sheridanrd., auditor for Montgomery Ward & Co., killed by street car.

Max Lurya, 2022 Erie, arrested as member of gang who have daubed several store windows with paint.

Jerome Katz, 16, 4223 Calumet av returned home after absence for several weeks. Wanted to make fortune, he said.

Wm. P. Whitaker, treas. Walker Vehicle Co., divorced by Hanna C Whitaker. Infidelity charged. Nettie Snell named.

Edw. Merriam, 22 E. 69th, suicide. Gas. Grieved because son had left to take out warrant charging him with disorderly conduct.

Sir Ernest H. Shackleton, ( famous British explorer, lectured at Orchestra hall. Favors universal service.

Alfred Van Duyn, Arne Mark and Mark Porter, arrested in Orchestra hall for refusal to stand while national anthem was played, discharged with lecture on patriotism by Judge Mahoney.

Geo. Lapata, 1160 Erie, trampled on U. S. flag. $25 fine.
Michael Strym fined $1 and costs for telling laborers seeking work at Sherwin-Williams Paint Co. they would die of lead poisoning if they worked there.


The winner of the John Olin "Strangler" Lewis wrestling match to be held at the Coliseum May 2 will have a chance at Earl Caddock and the championship. Caddock says he will be here with a check for $1,000 to bind a match for a date within two weeks of the Coliseum grapple. Joe Stecher will also be present to issue a challenge.

Lewis wrestles Ivan Linow in 1920. By Underwood & Underwood  Public Domain,


  Several men were in custody today after the police made an investigation of the death of Richard Secord of 753 N. Long av., a private detective with the Thiel agency, when he ventured into the wilds back of the yards and stopped in the saloon of M. Sullivan at 47th and Princeton av. Railroad workers and gang ruffians mistook him for a spotter who has been reporting the men when they visit saloons in the neighborhood. They beat him to death.


200 jackies left Great-Lakes station for east.

600 members First infantry were guests at Ringling circus.

Boys of 18 will now be accepted in national guard without consent of parents.

Enemy aliens barred as able seamen, steamboat inspectors announced. 

1,000 homes of aliens will be searched for weapons and explosives beginning today.

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: April 24, 2017, 03:55:43 AM »
Everett True, April 24, 1917.

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: April 23, 2017, 07:52:58 PM »
  The Red Baron got his 46th victory on April 22, 1917, a little after five o'clock in the afternoon.  Six allied planes (FE2s) from 11 Squadron had been up for an hour on a photo-op when Von Richthofen and his Staffel came upon them.

  All of the FE2s had observers posted at the front of the planes but their shooting must have been rather ineffective because only two of the machines made it back to base, each one with wounded observers.  Richthofen waited for his men to down three of the remaining planes and then he took care of the fourth one.  In his combat report, he wrote, "After 500 shots the plane plunged down and crashed to splinters on the ground.  The fight had begun above our side, but the prevailing east wind had drifted the planes to the west."  In other words, all of the downed FE2s were able to crash behind British lines.

  The FE2 that Von Richthofen shot down hit the ground hard and turned over three times.  The plane had literally turned to splinters as the Red Baron had noted.  If that weren't enough, the pilot, Lieutenant William Fred Fletcher had been shot in the head and an arm while his observer, Lieutenant Waldemar Franklin had been shot through the left leg. 

  Front line troops pulled the two airmen from their wreckage and got them to No.3 Casualty Clearing Station near the French town of Bapaume.  Not only did both men survive being shot down by Von Richthofen, but both survived the war. 

  Observer Franklin entered the oil business.  In their book, "Under The Guns of The Red Baron" authors Norman Franks, Hal Giblin and Nigel McCrery noted that Waldemar Franklin became a member of the Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland.  (  He worked as a geologist for Anglo Iranian Oil, Shell Oil and Burma oil.  After his retirement, he and his wife lived out their lives at 4 Great Quarry, Guilford, Surrey.

  The authors also went on to point out that despite his severe wounds, the pilot, William Fletcher, was able to recover from them and resume being a teacher, something that had been interrupted at the outset of The Great War.  Mr. Fletcher would enjoy a long teaching career until his death at the age of sixty seven.


Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: April 23, 2017, 03:30:09 AM »
The Tacoma Times, April 23, 1917.

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: April 23, 2017, 03:29:36 AM »
The Tonopah Daily Bonanza, April 23, 1917.


  The latest addition to the luxuries of everyday life is an advance in the cost of canned milk which circular advices state has been shoved up 55 cents a case, with instructions not to sell more than five cases to any customer. Hard wheat flour has advanced one dollar a barrel in the past week and sugar went up $1.65 in the course of 30 days. No attempt is made to fill orders for tomatoes, corn and other staple canned goods as the jobbers admit they have been cleaned out and see no way to replenish their stocks.

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: April 23, 2017, 03:28:11 AM »
The Evening Star, April 23, 1917.

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