Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Time Capsule Tuesday

 I liked the time capsule genealogy fun post so much that I have decided to make it a regular feature here on the blog!  So welcome to the first Time Capsule Tuesday post.

Today, I chose to travel back in time to the birth date of my great-grandmother, Bessie Alice Carter. 

Bessie was born February 9, 1883 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Bessie was adopted by Charles Kelso and Sarah Schoonover Carter shortly after her birth.  We have no information on her birth parents.  We have checked with the state of Wisconsin but their records do not go back that far.  Through DNA, my mother and I have discovered that she must have been from Swedish and/or Norwegian descent. I ended up with an Ethnicity Estimate of 7% Sweden and 5% Norway. No one else in the family came from either of those countries.

February 9, 1883 was a Friday.  

The top headlines that month:

Feb 8 -          Louis Waterman begins experiments to invent the fountain pen
Feb 10 -        Fire at uninsured New Hall Hotel in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, kills 71.
Feb 14 -        First state labor union legislation; New Jersey legalizes unions
Feb 16 -        "Ladies Home Journal" begins publication
Feb 23 -        Alabama becomes the first U.S. state to enact an antitrust law

The top songs for 1883:

Polly Wolly Doodle                                                      La Golondrina
Only a Pansy Blossom                                                There's a Tavern in the Town
A Handful of Earth from Mother's Grave                  The Farmer in the Dell
My Nellie's Blue Eyes                                                Strolling on the Brooklyn Bridge

The U.S. President was Chester A. Arthur.  However, there was no vice president in office on this date. 

1883 Prices:

Bread:                    2 cents/loaf
Milk:                     16 cents/gallon
House:                   $5,000
Average Income:   $500/year 

Famous people born on February 9th:

- Wilhelm Maybach,, German engineer, designer of first Mercedes - 1846
- Carmen Miranda, Portugal, vocalist/actress (Copacabana, Date with Judy) - 1909
- Alice Walker, U.S. novelist (Color Purple) - 1944

Here's a little diddy to get stuck in your head.  Shirley Temple singing Polly Wolly Doodle from the 1935 film, The Littlest Rebel:

Source:  dMarie Time Capsule

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