Buried deep within the pages of America’s newspapers from a century ago are an untold number of amazing stories waiting to be discovered.
The Library of Congress has painstakingly digitized millions of pages from American newspapers published between 1789 and 1924 in a remarkable online collection called Chronicling America. In this third volume of The Yesteryear Gazette, we have collected twenty of the most compelling, moving, humorous and quirky stories from this treasure trove of American newspapers.
– The first newspaper account of the 1881 Gunfight at the OK Corral.
– A 1908 plan for a manned trip to the moon.
– The first report of the 1901 assassination of President William McKinley.
– The day in 1912 when Theodore Roosevelt managed to give 90-minute speech after he had just been shot.
– A woman in 1913 looks ahead to 1940 and tries to predict how giving the vote to women will change men.
– Enrico Caruso, the world’s most famous singer in 1906, is accused of molesting a woman at the zoo.
– Police raid a house and break up a big Hollywood “orgy” in 1921.
All of these stories have been carefully transcribed directly from the original newspaper stories. Some have been edited for length or clarity. Each story includes a link to the original newspaper, a link to a related video, and links to additional information. Each story also includes an introduction in order to provide some background and context.
So step into the past and discover what Americans were reading at the breakfast table a hundred years or more ago.