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Early Times Capsule

Saturday, July 31, 2010

By JIM ZBICK

jzbick@tnonline.com

The summer of 1910 did not mean a recess in education-related matters.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Ann Elliott of Canterbury reportedly found the collie pup on a rubbish dump. The dog worked among sheep and cattle for the next 20 years and survived until November 14, 1939, when he was put down. Bluey had lived for 29 years, five months and seven days, on a diet of kangaroos and emus.

One source names William Hall of Rochester as Bluey's first owner while another says Bluey's owner was named Esma Hall, who lived to be 103.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

By JIM ZBICK

jzbick@tnonline.com

The rapid increase in the obesity rate in our nation over the last several decades as well as other health concerns have led to an increase in the number of health clubs and fitness centers today.

The concentration on personal well-being is not new to our culture. A century ago, many turned to cure-all remedies like the famous Doan's Pills to cure their aching backs.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

By jim zbick

jzbick@tnonline.com

Some of the hot weather experienced this past week was similar to what people in our area had to endure a century ago during the summer of 1910. Just like today, as people flock to the beach or air conditioned malls to escape the heat, residents a century ago were trying to find relief from scorching temperatures which topped the 100-degree mark in many areas during mid-July.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

By JIM ZBICK

jzbick@tnonline.com

On the night of July 4, 1910, crowds of people took to the streets in towns and cities across America.

After all, it was Independence Day.

But that wasn't the only reason for the public demonstrations. Much of the congregating was to protest – or, in the case of the black population, to celebrate – the results of a boxing match held in Reno, Nevada.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

By jim zbick

jzbick@tnonline.com

@$: America's fascination with aerial flight was in a fast climb during the summer of 1910.

Leading the popularity surge were the pioneers of flight, Wilbur and Orville Wright, who had achieved rock-star-like status around the world. The brothers, however, shunned the hero worship, especially from the well-to-do in society who sought their company.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Whether it was going for speed at a big track like Indianapolis, or at an endurance event like the Weatherly Hill Climb, the competitions waged by man and machine have been with us from the time rubber began hitting the road during the late 1800s and early 20th century.

By 1910, automobile clubs were springing up across the country, fueling the interest in local towns that became pit stops for the endurance runs. That was the case when members of the Norristown Autmobile Club traveled through Tamaqua.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

At the June board meeting in 1910, Tamaqua's directors decided to formalize the school's commencement by giving the five graduates the "privilege" to wear caps and gowns.

In an opinion on June 17, the Tamaqua Courier said the action by the board was commendable, but could have gone even farther.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

During the early 20th century, amusement parks were a prime venue for company and family outings.

Coaldale's Manila Grove was already a summer hot spot for hard-working families when it was announced in the spring of 1910 that a new attraction was being added – a roller coaster.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

By JIM ZBICK

jzbick@tnonline.com

Honoring our war veterans has been a hallowed tradition since Memorial Day was officially proclaimed in 1868 by Gen. John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic.

By 1890, it was recognized by all of the northern states but southern states refused to acknowledge the day until after World War I when the holiday changed from honoring the Civil War soldiers to honoring Americans who died fighting in any war.