U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > History
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Reply Start New Thread
Old 11-27-2018, 11:20 PM
Location: StlNoco Mo
5,666 posts, read 4,327,401 times
Reputation: 6973



Kansas City Journal September 8, 1897


Newton, Kansas, Sept. 7.---Conductor O'Rourke, who runs between here and Dodge City, on train No. 32, reports that early this morning, just as he was leaving Ellinwood, his train was boarded by a man called " Gunnysack Red " and three other men. The men evidently intended to hold up the train, but " Gunnysack Red " fell under the train and his legs were cut off just below the knees.
This frightened the other men, and they ran, leaving their companion on the track. The man was picked up and taken to Ellinwood, where he died.
He was in jail there for several weeks on the charge of killing a negro. It was learned that the man was an old criminal, known all over western Kansas, and that his right name was Robert Brown. He and his companions were eluding the officers. The other men were captured later in the day and lodged in jail.

The number of US passenger train robberies from 1890-1894:


Doesn't look like many, especially compared to today's " Train Robber Capital of the World " Acultzingo.


Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

Old 12-23-2018, 07:06 PM
Location: StlNoco Mo
5,666 posts, read 4,327,401 times
Reputation: 6973
Reading about this girl was interesting.

Kansas City Journal December 6, 1897


A few weeks ago the papers contained an account of a demented Chickasaw Indian girl named Emily Waite, who was in Stockholm, Sweden. How she got there was not known, but she was found in that condition and caused quite an excitement by claiming she was the rightful Queen of Sweden.
Her relatives live at Paul's Valley and Purcell, in the Indian Territory, and a letter has been received by the parents of the former place, written by the American minister in Sweden, informing them of their daughter's pitiful condition. In accordance with his request, a draft for $200 has been forwarded there to bring the girl home.
She left home several years ago, but how she came to cross the waters and reach Sweden is not known.

Miss Emily Waite Back At Home


Emily Waite (1869-1929)


Emily lived until 1929, but did not marry and the 1900 census lists Emily as an inmate of the Oklahoma Sanitorium (a hospital for the insane).

I'm not sure how this guy was related to her but he lived an interesting life also.

Fred Tecumseh Waite (1853-1895)

Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-29-2018, 07:37 PM
11,230 posts, read 4,550,521 times
Reputation: 16314
Abraham Lincoln was given citizenship by the tiny Republic of San Marino shortly after his inauguration, so Lincoln technically had dual citizenship with a European country. The story is a fascinating one as well as is the letter sent to Lincoln by this tiny republic (the oldest in the world) and Lincoln's reply in return. The letter sent to Lincoln was written in Italian and translated rather poorly at that time into English.

"As we think not extention of territories but conformity of opinions to procure friendly relations, so we are sure you will be glad to shake hands with a people who in its smallness and poverty can exhibit to you an antiquity from fourteen centuries of its free government.
Now we must inform you, that to give to the United States of America a mark of high consideration and sincere fraternity the Sovereign Counsel on our motion decreed … that the citizenship of the Republic of San Marino was conferred for ever to the President pro tempore of the United States of America and we are very happy to send you the diploma of it.
We are acquainted from newspapers with political griefs, which you are now suffering therefore we pray to God to grant you a peaceful solution of your questions. Nevertheless we hope our letter will not reach you disagreeable, and we shall expect anxiously an answer which proves us your kind acceptance.”

Lincoln's response is still in the government palace in San Marino
""To the Regent Captains of the Republic of San Marino Great and Good Friends
"I have received and read with great sensibility the letter which as Regent Captains of the Republic of San Marino you addressed to me on the 29th of March last. I thank the Council of San Marino for the honor of citizenship they have conferred upon me.
Although your dominion is small, your State is nevertheless one of the most honored, in all history. It has by its experience demonstrated the truth, so full of encouragement to the friends of Humanity, that Government founded on Republican principles is capable of being so administered as to be secure and enduring.
You have kindly adverted to the trial through which this Republic is now passing. It is one of deep import. It involves the question whether a Representative republic, extended and aggrandized so much as to be safe against foreign enemies can save itself from the dangers of domestic faction. I have faith in a good result.
Wishing that your interesting State may endure and flourish forever, and that you may live long and enjoy the confidence and secure the gratitude of your fellow citizens, I pray God to have you in his holy keeping. Your Good Friend"

"Washington, May 7 1861

"By the President
"WILLIAM H. SEWARD Secretary of State"

Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-01-2019, 02:10 PM
Location: StlNoco Mo
5,666 posts, read 4,327,401 times
Reputation: 6973
Here's a strange story about a man's grave after he was killed by lightning.

How One Widow's Grief Turned a Small Town Into a Roadside Attraction | Mental Floss

Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-04-2019, 09:05 AM
Location: StlNoco Mo
5,666 posts, read 4,327,401 times
Reputation: 6973
Jesus Garcia Corona (1881-1907)
The " Casey Jones Of Mexico "

He was a 25-year-old brakeman for the railroad who was resting near the town of Nacozazi, Sonora, when he noticed a fire starting on top of one of the boxcars of a train carrying dynamite. He quickly jumped in the cab, threw it in reverse and highballed the train about 4 miles out of town until it blew up. His body was never found. He saved the town of about 5000 people and became a National hero. Streets are named after him, a stadium is named after him and a ballad was written about him.



Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-05-2019, 10:01 AM
Location: StlNoco Mo
5,666 posts, read 4,327,401 times
Reputation: 6973

Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan in Japan, is the oldest hotel in the world. It opened its doors to the public in 705 AD.

Dr. Sam Sheppard (1923-1970)
He was convicted of the 1954 murder of his wife. He became a professional wrestler under the name "Killer Sam Sheppard" when he got out of prison.
He married the half-sister of Magda Ritschel, the wife of Nazi propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels. The 1960s TV series The Fugitive was loosely based on him.

The world's oldest railway station is the Liverpool Road Railway Station located in Manchester, built in 1830.

There was a character in the 1960s TV series F-Troop called trooper Hoffenmueller. In real life he was John Mitchum, the younger brother of Robert Mitchum.

The watermelon is a flowering plant that originated in northeast Africa, where it is found growing wild. The earliest known cultivation of the watermelon was in Ancient Egypt, seeds were found in the tomb of pharaoh Tutankhamun. The most expensive watermelon ever sold was a Densuke watermelon. This black melon only grows on the island of Hokkaido, Japan. In 2008, one sold at auction for $6.300.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-06-2019, 07:37 AM
Location: StlNoco Mo
5,666 posts, read 4,327,401 times
Reputation: 6973
Eddie Klep (1918-1981)
First white man to play baseball in the Negro Leagues.
He ended up playing for a prison baseball team.

Eddie Klep: Jackie Robinson in reverse

Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-09-2019, 02:55 AM
Location: Cebu, Philippines
3,205 posts, read 1,173,805 times
Reputation: 6151
Mozart didn't write the words to his great operas --- A guy named Lorenzo da Ponte did, and 20 years later, he was bagging groceries at a store in Sunbury, Pennsylvania.

Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-09-2019, 04:56 AM
Location: Glasgow Scotland
14,715 posts, read 11,961,985 times
Reputation: 21292
The old British penny with Britannia on it was a real woman who modelled for her...
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-14-2019, 08:17 PM
Location: Northridge/Porter Ranch, Calif.
22,252 posts, read 27,078,170 times
Reputation: 6494
Originally Posted by aliasfinn View Post
The fire of 1906 ?
Actually, it was the earthquake and fire of 1906.

The earthquake had a estimated magnitude of 7.8 on the Richter scale.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Quick Reply

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > History
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6.

2005-2019, Advameg, Inc.

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top