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Turn of the Century Newspaper Articles

Concerning Husband and Wife...

-Source: Rising Sun Register
Friday, January 4, 1901 edition


"Baltimore American: An Indiana court has decided that husband and wife are two, and that, if the husband gives his note to his wife, he must pay her just as though she were a stranger. The domesticity of the twentieth century is evidently going to take on a serious aspect for the believer in the old theory that husband and wife are one, and that one is the husband. With courts ordering husbands to pay wives the money borrowed from them, a new terror is added to the perils of matrimony."

River and Steamboat items...

-Source: The Lawrenceburg Press
Thurs., Dec. 20, 1900 edition

"The steamer City of Cincinnati, when above Madison a week ago yesterday, broke a shaft, demolishing several staterooms. The engine then blew out a cylinder head. The boat will be laid up nearly a month for repairs. In the meanwhile the Indiana is making trips in its place."

-Source: The Lawrenceburg Press
Thurs., Jan. 4, 1900 edition


"Much ice in the river and navigation is suspended. The Workum was the last boat to touch at this landing."

-Source: The Recorder, Rising Sun
Fri., Jan. 5, 1900 edition


"The steamboat W. F. Nesbit was sunk some distance above Cincinnati--a large field of floating ice cut a hole forty feet long in her hull. No loss of life or freight. She will be raised when the river falls.


-Source: The Recorder, Rising Sun
Fri., Dec. 15, 1899 edition


"One hundred years ago--December 14, 1799--George Washington died--bled to death for a cold!"

-Source : The Lawrenceburg Press
Thurs., Jan. 4, 1900 edition


"Some of the thermometers in the neighborhood registered 2 below zero Sunday morning--the coldest of the winter so far."

"Over a week of decidedly wintry weather--part of the time near zero."

"This is the week of the Indiana Industrial Association meetings at Indianapolis. H.L. Nowlin goes to represent the Patrons' Mutual Fire Insurance Association of Dearborn county. He is also a hold over member of the state board of agriculture and president of the Indiana State Association of Fair Managers."

"School resumed Tuesday after a vacation of 10 days."

-Source : The Recorder, Rising Sun
Fri., Jan. 4, 1901 edition

'Dearborn County'


"The Lawrenceburg banks have $357,341.22 on deposit, and the Aurora banks $373,312.26."

"Wednesday, January 2, was the most noted day in the financial history of the United States, as about $175,000,000 was distributed on that day to the share and bondholders of the country. This was about $2.30 per capita, but the bast sum found its way to the pockets of only about 12,000,000 persons."

"There are 4,047 men and women in this country estimated to be worth a million dollars or more."

--Source : The Lawrenceburg Press
Thurs., Jan. 10, 1901 edition


"In 1896 Indiana cast 323,754 votes for McKinley: in 1900, 336,063."

"Now-a-days a man can go to the Philippines from New York in less time than it took to go from New York to New Orleans a hundred years ago. The ends of the earth are being brought together. Is not this a fulfillment of prophecy?"

"In Chicago 36 cranks have assembled for the purpose of awaiting the coming of Christ to earth.--Boone County Recorder."


-Source: The Lawrenceburg Press
Thurs., Dec. 20, 1900 edition


"The Business people of Lawrenceburg have holiday stocks surpassing all former years. There is nothing in the line of toys, fancy articles, jewerly, dry goods and furnishings that cannot be bought here as low, quality considered, as in Cincinnati. Read the advertising columns of The Press for further information."

"Those sterling silver mounted hat brushes, clothes brushes, military brushes, hand mirrors, etc., make nice Christmas presents for both ladies and gents. Get them at Hornberger's.&quo

-Source : The Lawrenceburg Press
Thurs., Jan. 4, 1900 edition


"Kiefer & Kirsch are the only first class photographers in Dearborn county without exception." BW

"Stuber & Son have sold 60 Moore's airtight heaters so far this season."


-Source: The Recorder, Rising Sun
Fri., Dec. 28, 1900 edition


"The population of Ohio county has decreased 321 in the past ten years. Switzerland county 674, Dearborn 1,170. Jefferson 1,594. Franklin 1,978"

Source: The Lawrenceburg Press
Thus., Jan. 3, 1901 edition


"Lawrenceburg's population by wards is officially announced as follows: First ward, 1,383; Second, 836; Third, 877; Fourth, 533; Fifth, 697; total, 4,326"

-Source The Lawrenceburg Press
Thurs., Jan. 10, 1901 edition


"In 1890 the census figures showed that 71 per cent of the population of Indiana was native born."

"Indiana has 35,210 square miles of territory, and there are 70 persons to the mile on an average."

"At the beginning of the Nineteenth century 21,000,000 people spoke the English tongue, while the number is now 130,000,000. The English tongue will yet rule the world and be the universal language."


-Source: The Recorder, Rising Sun
Fri., Dec. 15, 1899 edition

'Dearborn County'


"The electric railroad is using a steam plow to make its roadbed near Lawrenceburg. The time for the completion of the road to Lawrenceburg has been extended from January 1 to May 1, 1900--made necessary by the frequent stoppage of work on account of opposition."

"It is rumored that the Big Four railroad is trying to buy the Aurora and Laughery turnpike to build an electric road to North Vernon. The C.,L. and A. Electric Street Railroad Company offered $10,000 for the pike so it could extend its road to Friendship."

"A week ago today Cincinnati Street Railway Company stock sold at the highest point on record--$135 for a full share. Prosperity is here."

-Source: The Recorder, Rising Sun
Fri., Dec 1, 1899 edition

'Since Sixty Years Ago'

(Selected by a Friend of The Recorder)
How wonderous are the changes
Since sixty years ago!
When girls wore woolen dresses,
And boys wore pants of tow;
When shoes were made of cowhide,
And socks of homespun wool.
And children did a half day's work
Before they went to school.

The girls took music lessons
Upon the spinning wheel,
And practiced late and early
On spindle swift and reel;
The boys would go to mill on horseback
A dozen miles or so,
And hurry off before 'twas day
Some sixty years ago.

The people rode to meeting
In sleds instead of sleighs,
And wagons rode as easy
As buggies nowadays:
And oxen answered well for teams
Though now they'd be too slow,
For people lived not half so fast
Some sixty years ago.

Oh well do I remember
That patent Wilson stove,
That father bought and paid for
Of cloth our girls had wove;
And how the neighbors wondered
When we got the thing to go;
They said 'twould burst and kill us all
Some sixty years ago.

Yes, everything is different now
From what it used to be.
And men are tampering all the time
With God's great natural laws!
And what on earth we're coming to
Does anybody know?
For everything has changed so much
Since sixty years ago.
-Source: The Recorder, Rising Sun
Fri., Jan. 4, 1901 edition

'Old Sayings'

As blunt as a beetle,
As sharp as a lance,
As grave as a preacher,
As gay as a dance,
As late as the gloaming,
As like as two peas,
As crooked as a ram's horn,
As round as a cheese.

As flat as a flounder,
As sticky as gum,
As wide as a common,
As tight as a drum,
As white as a miller,
As black as a crow,
As lean as a greyhound,
As bent as a bow.

As frail as a bandbox,
As stout as an oak,
As queer as a quaker,
As game as a cock,
As cute as a lawyer,
As square as a die,
As keen as a razor,
As warm as a pie.

As drunk as a paper,
As sober as a judge,
As clean as a shaving,
As filthy as smudge,
As swift as an arrow,
As slow as a snail,
As blithe as a linnet,
As right as the mail.

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