June 21, 2012
100 Years Ago
For the birds
Tips in the household section of the Times:
"Seasonable table linens: The all over tablecloth at luncheon is hopelessly old fashioned, the polished wood must show somewhere.
Putting away winter clothing:
Ostrich feathers for trimmings on cape ads and gloves small shawls and all the troublesome little things must be cleaned. Then orris and sandalwood powdered in sachets will keep out moths just as well as camphor and moth balls."
Especially during the late 19th century, the demand for plumes to adorn women's attire was so high that millions of birds were killed for their feathers, resulting in the extinction of some species, and bringing others to the verge of extinction.
By the early 20th century, the Audubon Society was calling women murderers of birds because of their predilection for adorning their wardrobes with feathers.
President Theodore Roosevelt, big game hunter and conservationist, wanted this wholesale slaughter stopped and so included in the 230 million acres of land set aside for all types of parks during his presidency, 51 of them were federal bird reservations.
After his presidency from 1901 to 1909, Teddy Roosevelt did run for president again in 1912, but a few months before the election he was shot while campaigning in Wisconsin. The assassination attempt failed because though the bullet entered his chest, it was slowed by a glass case and a thick, folded speech he was carrying. The bullet was never removed. The campaign was delayed and Roosevelt lost to Woodrow Wilson.
The Roosevelts and the Latrobe family were related. Decades before Roosevelt became president, Benjamin Henry Latrobe's daughter Lydia married Nicholas Roosevelt. She would be Teddy Roosevelt's great-grand aunt. Lydia's brother Benjamin lived in Elkridge, worked for the B&O and designed the Thomas Viaduct across the Patapsco. (The senior Latrobe designed the United States Capitol building.)
An interesting fact about Benjamin Latrobe Sr. is that he drew one of the few sketches there are of Patrick Henry. Though Henry is well known for his impassioned "Give me liberty or give me death" plea before the beginning of the Revolutionary War, after America obtained independence Patrick Henry was much responsible for having added to the Constitution our Bill of Rights.
But back to Teddy. As gun play may have lost an election for him, it also made him president in the first place. TR first became president because he was vice president to President McKinley who was assassinated in 1901 by Leon Czolgosz. After his trial, Czolgosz died in the electric chair, which was only a few weeks after the assassination.
After McKinley's death, Congress sought to have better protection for presidents. Thus, the Secret Service was created.
75 Years Ago
Strawberry festivals held in the county:
"Strawberry festival, Odd Fellows Hall, Lisbon, benefit church cemetery. Strawberry Festival, Supper, Mrs. Stanley Park's home, Benefit St. Joseph's Catholic Church. Lisbon-Eldersburg-Glenelg: Strawberry Festival, Supper to benefit St. Barnabas Guild, at the home of Mrs. Frank Brown."
Just an interesting tidbit about the local Oddfellows. In the 1840s the Baltimore chapter had a guest lecturer, a rather grim man dressed in black who was a writer of some renown — Edgar Allan Poe.
In some churches, the Barnabas Guild visits the sick and helps those who are homebound or in nursing homes. In other churches, Guild volunteers prepare meals and take care of the altar. (St. Barnabas was a Cypriot Jew who accompanied St. Paul on missions in the early days of the Christian church.)
50 Years Ago
A leg up
Caption for a photo of a calf which outdid his peers:
"James Hudson Jr. of Friendship, Md., had a five-legged bull calf born on his farm about three weeks ago. As you can see from the picture, the fifth leg is attached to the backbone in the middle of the back. The dam of the calf is a registered Holstein that was artificially bred to produce this calf."
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