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 second 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 1901 White House dinner that caused shockwaves across the southern United States.
– In 1908, Americans are shocked when 11 bodies are discovered buried on an Indiana farm.
– H.H.Holmes built a Chicago hotel in 1893 and designed it for mass murder.
– In 1915, reefer madness takes hold.
– Eight Chicago White Sox players stand accused of fixing the 1919 World Series.
– Meet the doctor who offered to pay someone $5000 to slice off their right ear.
– Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes, believed in fairies. For real.
All of these stories have been carefully transcribed directly from the original newspaper stories. Some have been lightly edited for length or clarity. Each story includes a link to the original newspaper image, as well as additional links to provide further insight. Most of the stories also include links to related videos. Each story 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.