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Hot weather and what they did about it
After surviving the first heat wave of the summer, I got to thinking about summertime in the 19th century, so let's set the scene. Houses for the most part had little insulation, window screens had not been invented, and without electricity not even simple fans were in existence.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Historic box office hits and flops
Listen to the evening news on any channel and I am betting that at least one of the news items mentioned is about the world of entertainment, movies, movies stars, "reality" shows or whatever. That is nothing new. Today we look at early entertainment and a few reviews on same.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Tempers rise over temperance, Elwood goes dry
There are great social and political movements that have swept our country from time to time. None was more far reaching than the temperance movement. It has been associated with the women's suffrage movement, but that is only because it was women who suffered the most when a man turned to alcohol. This movement hit the little village of Elwood just after the devastating fire that destroyed the main business district.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Up to their old tricks, the companies stall on pay back
A skunk can't change its' stripes, and the coal companies could not change their smell. As 1878 opened their promises were unfulfilled and their tricks were underhanded and low. Set the wayback machine for Feb. 1, 1878.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
The arrival of Elwood's greatest enemy, 1874
When last we met we were in the thriving village of Elwood. We saw a bird's-eye view of the little town on the prairie that showed a line of buildings down the main street like soldiers at attention. That is the location that we will visit today. Set the way back machine for the evening of May 28, 1874.
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
November 1877, rumors then proof, the strike is over
As winter of 1877 approached the will to remain on strike no matter what the cost was overruled by the need for food and shelter. Slowly, ever so slowly work was resumed. Set the way back for November 1877, and let's look for work.
Wednesday, June 8, 2016


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