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The company stooge, beware the bribe
The above term does not refer to a guy who does slapstick comedy, but rather a man being paid by the company to do their bidding, whatever that might be. As the winter of 1877 came on, the demand for coal started to rise. With little coal being dug in the Wilmington coal fields, the companies started to lose money in a big way. They needed the striking miners back at work and soon. The tactic this time was the company stooge.
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Two sides to every story, what really happened
Every newspaper tries to get it right the first time. That goes without saying. However, sometimes the take on the story depends on who you interview. In this case Ed Conley, editor of the Wilmington Advocate, took the high road when he got it wrong. Set the wayback machine for October 1873; place, the streets of Wilmington.
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Wild Wilton, looking at the other side
Last time we told of the peaceful life in Wilton Center, where playing croquet was the most exciting thing ever. But it wasn't. Today we tell a much more exciting story that took place in Wilton on Nov. 24, 1875.
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Taking sides, the fourth estate steps in
The above archaic term was used to describe what we would now call "the press." It comes from 18th century England, and it meant those who hold power, but are not openly recognized as powerful. During the black year of 1877, every newspaper within 100 miles reported the chaos that had become Braidwood. Almost all of them took sides, but some were more powerful than others.
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Twelve Mile Grove, and other mysteries of Wilton
Head east and then a bit north and you will come to the community of Twelve Mile Grove, now known as Wilton Center. It is perhaps, the most romantic spot in the county, historically speaking. The Native Americans that once lived there found it a perfect spot with endless wildlife, deep woods and open prairie. And there are a few mysteries concerning the place, let's explore them.
Wednesday, May 4, 2016


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