at work we are attempting to index all of the old microfiches of the local newspaper to make them easier to find things in. we are only on 1909, which is ever so slightly discouraging, but i love reading through the news items. often they are things like:
“Miss Millie Titsbury entertained twenty ladies in her home on Thursday. A fine time was had by all.”
“Mrs. John Brigham of North Court has a fine recipe for Chicken Jelly that she is willing to share.”
or one time:
“Mr. and Mrs. Frank Weatherby traveled to the city in order to purchase a piano, but were obliged to return home without one due to indecision.”
But yesterday— this!
“As Mrs. George Payson was ascending the steps of a neighbor’s house on Tuesday evening, a big icicle fell from the roof of the porch, striking her on the head. She was knocked senseless and died from the effects of the injury at about midnight. It was a peculiar accident. Mrs. Payson was 60 years old and the wife of a prominent citizen.” 2.26.1909.
so be careful out there.