It Takes A Village – VNV Tuesday: Tweeting the News (1917 Version) 8/1/17

Today, I’m taking a break from our platform, healthcare legislation, and all things Twitter. This choice is not because our resistance is over or because we can take our eyes off the ball, but because things in DC are still very fluid, making “current events” hard to cover, especially since I write these posts a day in advance. Instead, I’m asking you to join me in exploring newspaper stories from 31 July 1917; my commentary will be minimal since the stories speak for themselves. This post was prompted by this tweet from last week, and my awareness of how much of our history is lost or forgotten.

For those who want to do their own exploring, I’m using the site Chronicling America (Chronicling America), which is a site of the Library of Congress. I discovered this site while doing genealogical research, for which it is invaluable, but it’s a great resource even if you’re not a genealogy buff.

An overview of the major headlines of the day, as reported by the Washington Times (About The Washington Times):

A cartoon from the front page of The Washington Herald, a daily which published from 1906-1939:


Also from the front page of The Washington Herald:

From The Daily Ardmoreite (Ardmore OK) which started in 1893 and is still publishing today; it has a very interesting history (About The Daily Ardmoreite):

The Tacoma Times (About The Tacoma Times) which started in 1903 and ceased publishing around 1949:

An AP wire story from Waco, TX featured prominently on the front page of The Democratic Banner (Mt Vernon, OH – About The Democratic Banner):

Below the fold stories at The Harrisburg [PA; 1879-1948] Telegraph (About The Harrisburg Telegraph):

A local ordinance from The Daily Missourian, a University of Missouri publication (About The Daily Missourian):

Last, but not least, a little something from The Webster City Freeman (Webster City, IA – About The Webster City Freeman):

Your Tuesday Basset hound, 1899 version:

  21 comments for “It Takes A Village – VNV Tuesday: Tweeting the News (1917 Version) 8/1/17

  1. WYgalinCali
    August 1, 2017 at 10:28 am

    Good morning, Pond Dwellers and thanks for pulling double duty, DoReMi. I like the uniqueness you brought to the posts today. The “Bride 13 torn from husband 17” grabs the attention (no story but thankfully it wasn’t being condoned there) and the article about the black soldiers removing the sign of “whites only” from a restaurant that served both (ahead of the times). Of course, the bestest is the Bassett. That new specimen, if you will.

    66 right now may sound lovely but an expected high of 105? Not so much.

    • DoReMI
      August 1, 2017 at 11:22 am

      I had to downsize to fit things on here, but that bride story? The parents of the bride were fully supportive of the marriage and upset with the courts for interfering. If it were today, I’m sure they would have been complaining about activist judges and FREEDOM!!! ;)

  2. bfitzinAR
    August 1, 2017 at 11:08 am

    {{{DoReMI}}} – thanks for the double duty. Your “think pieces” are always good even if the information therein is not always encouraging. Sad that in some ways the more things change the more they stay the same. Racism is racism is racism. We’re making progress, but damn! it’s slow. The fact we can still see where we were a hundred years ago from where we are today is just wrong. But we’ll keep moving no matter how depressingly slow the progress is.

    Gotta get back to work. {{{HUGS to the Villagers}}}

    • DoReMI
      August 1, 2017 at 11:33 am

      No, not encouraging and probably preaching to the choir a bit. Most of us “progressive pragmatists” understand the value of incremental change and the ahistoricity of rapid, monumental change, absent violent revolution. Maybe this is a cautionary tale about the need to persist or the expectation that progress is permanent. But mostly I hope it’s a reminder that we have always had unsung s/heroes in our midst who recognize and stand for what is right and just…and we always will. They may even be us.

      • MomentaryGrace
        August 1, 2017 at 1:32 pm

        Beautiful comment, DoReMI.

      • bfitzinAR
        August 1, 2017 at 1:57 pm

        understanding that progress progresses at a walking pace and doesn’t miraculously get transported from concept to completion is what makes us pragmatic progressives who keep walking rather than Extremists who throw themselves on the ground at the starting point in a temper tantrum because Commander Scott hasn’t “beamed us up”. And we are this generation of heroes who keep walking, as those we praise are the heroes of previous generations who kept walking. moar {{{HUGS}}}

  3. Batch
    August 1, 2017 at 11:50 am

    Morning meese.. Morning Sher….Always interesting to read about history…Nice thread…Thank you

    It’s a day to be thankful, or I guess yesterday, as my grandson Judson Wyatt, 9lbs8ozs was born yesterday to my youngest in CO. Mother is doing fine. Proud of her as she did a great job the last 9 months.

    I don’t know if this is going to work. Uploaded 2 pics of Judson Wyatt to the library and tried to copy one. If you can add to the thread go ahead Sher…


    edit…Nope didn’t work…Can’t figure out how.

    • DoReMI
      August 1, 2017 at 12:18 pm

      Congratulations, Grandpa Batch!!! I’m on my phone at the moment; once I fire up my computer, I’ll see if I can find and post your photos. Phew…9 lbs+; I’m crossing my legs at the thought (TMI?!).

      • Batch
        August 1, 2017 at 1:14 pm

        LOL…My thought exactly, ouch…Wait till you see the pics…He’s a big one.

    • MomentaryGrace
      August 1, 2017 at 1:33 pm

      Congratulations, Pawpaw! :D

      • Batch
        August 1, 2017 at 2:09 pm

        Thank you Gracie…Thanks for putting the pics up sweetie…Wish i was in Colorado right now.

        • MomentaryGrace
          August 1, 2017 at 4:43 pm


          My pleasure, what a cute, adorable baby!

        • WYgalinCali
          August 1, 2017 at 5:20 pm

          I don’t know if you’re aware of this or not, but they have these things called planes that get you where you want to go…fast.

    • MomentaryGrace
      August 1, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    • MomentaryGrace
      August 1, 2017 at 1:37 pm

      • DoReMI
        August 1, 2017 at 5:19 pm

        Oh, Batch, he’s adorable! I’m not one of those baby people generally (I swoon over toddlers though), but this picture is giving me all the feelz. Thanks for sharing with us (and thanks, MG for making it viewable)!

    • MomentaryGrace
      August 1, 2017 at 1:41 pm

      Batch – once you have the pics in the Library, get the url – always starts with http://

      Then do this:

      <img src=”(url)”>

      Uh, no parenthesis, in case that isn’t obvious! ;)

    • bfitzinAR
      August 1, 2017 at 3:14 pm

      {{{Batch}}} – Congratulations! He’s a cutey. (OK, I think all healthy babies are cute. LOL) – and 9 pounds! Whoa! My biggest was 8 lb 6 oz and that was big enough! moar {{{{{HUGS}}}}} – and Healing Energy to your daughter.

  4. basket
    August 1, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    Thank you for the diary & hangout!

    • bfitzinAR
      August 1, 2017 at 3:21 pm

      {{{basket}}} – nice to have the quiet, contemplative Moose Pond Village to visit sometimes when life in general seems to chaotic to make sense of. moar {{{HUGS}}} and Healing Energy.

  5. kathy from pa
    August 1, 2017 at 5:12 pm

    Hi guys, this information was interesting to me. I really had no idea that protests like this went on that long ago. Was never taught anything about African American history , although my education did have me reading some of the literature of the times. Early memories of watching George Wallace and that era. Makes a person feel old. But nicely fine. Thanks

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