1857 - Unseasonable Weather On the 22d of December, the weather was so unseasonable in the neighborhood of New Bedford, Massachusetts, that the farmers employed their teams in ploughing. The Daily Milwaukee News - Milwaukee, Wisconsin - December 31, 1857
1863 - July 1–3 – American Civil War: Battle of Gettysburg – Union forces under George G. Meade turn back a Confederate invasion by Robert E. Lee in the largest battle of the war (28,000 Confederate casualties, 23,000 Union).
1866 - A New Sect. We see by our Eastern exchanges that a new religious sect has sprung up in New Bedford, Massachusetts. One of its most admirable peculiarities is the rule that when brethren and sisters meet, they...Read MORE...
1866 - Stole Money from Letters A lad seventeen years of age, employed as a clerk in the postoffice at New Bedford, Massachusetts, has been arrested for opening letters and purloining money from them. He confesses his guilt. Harrisburg Telegraph - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania - July 20, 1866
1867 - January 1 – The Covington–Cincinnati Suspension Bridge opens between Cincinnati, Ohio and Covington, Kentucky in the United States, becoming the longest single-span bridge in the world.
1869 - Strange Assault A man in Washington recently went to the house of a woman very sick with consumption, and beat her in a shocking manner. She had made her will in his favor, and disappointment at finding her alive...Read MORE...
"Having spent the past four years on whaling voyages in the ...Read MORE...
1870 - Babies Abandoned A pair of baby girls have been left at a house in New Bedford, Massachusetts, and it has been discovered that the father of them is seventeen years old and the mother fifteen, and that they belong to ...Read MORE...
1870 - France declares war on Prussia and Emperor Napoleon III is overthrown
1870 - A cable dispatch on the 28th says the Pope has issued a special elimination against the Fenians, both in America and Ireland.
St Joseph Herald - Saint Joseph, Michigan - February 5, 1870
1870 to 1871 - Franco-Prussian War, ending in French defeat, loss of Alsace-Lorraine and end of the Second Empire
1871 - February 21 – 41st United States Congress passes "An Act To Provide A Government For The District Of Columbia", also known as the Act of 1871, declaring the government of the District of Columbia a municipal corporation not inconsistent with the Constitution and laws of the United States and the provisions of this act.
1872 - 5 Drowned New Bedford, Mass., January 22. - A sad accident occurred here yesterday. Five boys, two named Wilkinson, two named Smith and one named Sharplier were drowned. The sad affair casts a gloom over the...Read MORE...
1872 - 'Yellowstone Wonderland' is established as first national park. March 1 – Yellowstone National Park (once dubbed "Colter's Hell" after John Colter, of the Lewis & Clark Expedition) is established as the world's first national park.
rootsweb.ancestry.com/ ~wygenweb/ timeline.htm - March 1, 1872
1875 - Measles The measles keep eight hundred children out of the public schools of New Bedford, Massachusetts. Harrisburg Telegraph - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania - May 31, 1875
1875 - Civil Rights Act of 1875 United States federal law enacted during the Reconstruction Era that guaranteed African Americans equal treatment in public accommodations, public transportation, and prohibited exclusion from jury...Read MORE...
1876 - Fell from Ship Topmast Robert H. Auld, a ship-rigger, fell from the topmast of a vessel at New Bedford, Massachusetts, on Saturday, and was instantly killed. The Times - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - November 20, 1876
1876 - July 31 - US Coast Guard officers' training school established (New Bedford MA)
1876 - June 25 – American Indian Wars – Battle of the Little Bighorn: 300 men of the U.S. 7th Cavalry Regiment under Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer are wiped out by 5,000 Lakota, Cheyenne and Arapaho led by Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse. www.wikipedia.org - June 25, 1876
1884 - May 1 – The eight-hour workday is first proclaimed by the Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions in the United States. This date, called May Day or Labour Day, becomes a holiday recognized in almost every industrialized country.
1884 - August 10 – A severe earthquake, magnitude 5.5, (intensity VII) occurs off the northeast Atlantic coast of the United States. The area affected extends from central Virginia to southern Maine, and west as far as Cleveland.
1894 - Pullman strike The Pullman Strike was a nationwide railroad strike in the United States in the summer of 1894. It pitted the American Railway Union (ARU) against the Pullman Company, the main railroads, and the...Read MORE...
1903 - June 16 - Ford Motor Company is incorporated in Detroit, Michigan
1903 - October - First World Series The 1903 World Series was the first modern World Series to be played in Major League Baseball. It matched the Boston Americans of the American League against the Pittsburgh Pirates of the National...Read MORE...
Death of Lewis H. Douglass, Journalist, Printer, and Soldier. A Brilliant Record
Lewis Henry Douglass, eldest son of the late Hon. Frederick Douglass, whose death occurred Saturday morning last at his late residence 2002 17th Street, N. W., was born in New Bedford, Mass, Oct 9, 1840. Several years later the family moved to Lynn Mass., and then to Rochester, N.Y., where Lewis entered the public school of that city. At the age of sixteen he entered his father's printing office, and began to learn the printing trade.
The foreman of the office was a Scotchman, but after completing his trade, Lewis became foreman.
At the time of the capture of old John Brown, his father having suddenly to flee to England, Lewis took full charge of his father's extensive business though only nineteen years of age.
In 1863, he was teaching a school New Jersey, but when he learned that his younger brother Charles had enlisted in the 54th Infantry, he immediately resigned from this school and enlisted in the same regiment, becoming its Sergeant Major. He took part in the famous assault on Fort Wagner, where his Colonel, Robt. G. Shaw, and several hundred of the enlisted men fell. He was disabled at that time, and a year later was discharged for disability.
After the war he went across the continent seeking his fortune, and finally located in Denver, Colorado. He was employed as a compositor on the Denver News, a Democratic paper. He was forced out of that job by the "Union." He then came to Washington, and was appointed the first of his race a compositor in the Government Printing Office, and was later promoted to proof reader, but during all this time the typographical Union No. 101, of this city, was making a spirited war upon the Public Printer, Hon. A. M. Clapp, for his (Douglass') removal. This was under the administration of President Grant, who visited the office during Douglass' employment there and urged him to "stick," and he did stick; the "Union" for its own safety being obliged to open its doors to colored membership, though Douglass was made the target for the bitterest and most cowardly kind of intimidation. Threats of death, cross bones and skulls, and every other means to force him out were employed, but he would not surrender. Thus he opened the way for many others of his race who have since found employment there.
He afterwards began the publication of the New National Era. He was Editor-in Chief. This paper was the largest enterprise in the printing business ever undertaken by colored men, and the paper itself was the largest colored weekly ever published by colored men. They had their own steam presses, and all the matter printed was original matter. The paper was ably edited and conducted, but the race at that time did not measure up to the importance of such a Journal, and for lack of support it had to be suspended. Over ten thousand dollars was sunk in this enterprise.
Douglass was also a member of the Upper House in the District of Columbia Territorial Government. He took a deep interest in the organization of our present Public School system. He made a steady fight for the best that was to be had for our schools, and up to the day of his death he took a deep interest in them.
He was at one time Deputy U. S. Marshal for the District of Columbia, and at another, inspector for the Post Office Department.
Before the war he was an able support to his father, and father-in-law, the late Bishop J. W. Loguen, in docuting fugitive slaves into Canada, via the Under-ground Railroad. In politics he was a straight out Republican. He had hosts of friends in every walk of life, and especially among the younger set.
He was passionately fond of children, and children took a great liking to him, though he had none of his own.
He leaves a widow, and brother Major Charles R Douglass who is the last survivor of Frederick Douglass' family.
During Mr. Douglass' long illness he had the devoted care and attention of a loving wife, ably assisted by her niece, Miss Kathryn Crummell, who from her early youth has been a member of her Uncle Lewis' family. Interment at Harmony Cemetery.
Washington Bee, Washington, DC Saturday, Sept 26, 1908
Harmony Cemetery, Washington, DC
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