Posts in category "Historical Research"

Don't Like Your Family History? There's an App for That!

Don't Like Your Family History?  There's an App for That!
I don’t mean to pick on Ben Affleck but since it is out there what the heck?!  If you are not aware by now through some leaked emails it was recently released that Ben Affleck had requested that information concerning him having slave-holding ancestors be withheld from viewers of the PBS show, “Finding Your Roots”.... Read more »

Chicago Links to the Titanic - Annie Kate Kelly

Chicago Links to the Titanic - Annie Kate Kelly
Today, April 14, was the beginning of the end of the R.M.S. Titanic which started sinking on April 14, 1912 and became legend early on the morning of the 15th.  I have been writing a series of articles on Chicago’s links to the Titanic and this is the third in that series. Annie Kate Kelly,... Read more »

Columbia Susan Manak – First Baby Born at the World’s Columbian Exposition

Columbia Susan Manak – First Baby Born at the World’s Columbian Exposition
On October 17, 1892 a group of roughly 60 Inuits from Labrador arrived in Chicago to be part of the Esquimaux Village at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition. It was the first of the ethnological exhibits to arrive at the Expo and was given a location inside the Exposition proper rather than on the Midway... Read more »
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The Last Execution by Electric Chair in Chicago

The Last Execution by Electric Chair in Chicago
Today, February 18, 2015, is the 270th anniversary of Italian Physicist Alessandro Volta.  Volta is credited with inventing the first chemical battery and actually separated and identified the odorless gas, methane.  You can probably deduce by his name that the term to describe electric potential (the volt) is named in his honor.  Actually, since he... Read more »

Anniversary of the Chicago Iroquois Theater Fire and the Unknown Victim

Anniversary of the Chicago Iroquois Theater Fire and the Unknown Victim
Today, December 30, is the anniversary of the tragic fire at the Iroquois Theater that claimed the lives of 602 victims in Chicago in 1903, or was it 603? Most of the victims were women and children due to the show being a matinee and during the Holiday season. The Iroquois opened with “Mr. Bluebeard”... Read more »

The July 10, 1893 World's Columbian Expo Cold Storage Fire and its Unknown Victim

The July 10, 1893 World's Columbian Expo Cold Storage Fire and its Unknown Victim
On the afternoon of Monday, July 10, 1893, four Chicago firemen, eight firemen hired by the Columbian Exposition and three civilians lost their lives in a fiery inferno that was the cold storage building. It was the greatest loss of life in the Chicago Fire Department until the Chicago Stockyards fire of December 22, 1910... Read more »
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Happy Birthday to Nicola Tesla the Real Wizard of Oz

Happy Birthday to Nicola Tesla the Real Wizard of Oz
It would be difficult to find someone who hasn’t heard of the L. Frank Baum story The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.  While many may not have read the original book published by Baum in 1900 it is a fair bet that most of us have seen the MGM movie, The Wizard of Oz (1939) starring... Read more »

D-Day Tribute to my Grandfather - Finding James W. Case

D-Day Tribute to my Grandfather - Finding James W. Case
I knew my grandfather, James Wesley Case, was in the Army during WWII. I knew this because I spent time with him and my grandmother, Pauline, in their home in Fountain, MI. I was only about four or five years old and I remember seeing this picture of him and a few of the men... Read more »

Blood Moon lunar eclipse eerily marks the sinking of the R.M.S. Titanic

Blood Moon lunar eclipse eerily marks the sinking of the R.M.S. Titanic
Ah..yet another strange coincidence to point out to our Chicago strange history fans out there.  Late tonight into the wee hours of Tuesday the full moon will pass through the shadow of the Earth creating not a disappearing moon but rather a darker colored moon with deep red hues which has earned it the nickname... Read more »
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A World's Fair Viking Ship in Geneva, Illinois!

A World's Fair Viking Ship in Geneva, Illinois!
A Viking Ship in Geneva, Illinois!  Who would have thunk it?   I would be completely remiss if doing a series of articles on the relics of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition if I didn’t talk about what very well could be the largest remaining artifact of the Fair if you don’t count the Museum of... Read more »