Saturday, August 19, 2017

Early Times Capsule

Saturday, June 9, 2012

At the dawn of the new century, tuberculosis or TB was the leading cause of death in the U.S., accounting for about one out of every nine deaths in 1900. Those who survived did not have an easy time as countless numbers were permanently crippled or lingered with pain.

Costs associated to TB were also huge, even by today's ballooning health care standards. Economist and health advocate Irving Fisher estimated the total cost of TB exceeded $1,100,000,000 annually.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

With Baccalaureate on a Sunday night, followed by class night Monday and then graduation on Tuesday, the 13-member Tamaqua graduating class was in a whirlwind of of activities for three days in 1912.

In giving the class history on Class Day, Frances Beard pointed out that when the class entered high school four years earlier, there were 67 members of the class. That eventually dwindled down to the six boys and seven girls that made up the 1912 graduation class.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Local residents were stunned to hear news of the death of Wilbur Wright after the aviation pioneer fell ill on a business trip to Boston in April, 1912.

After returning to Dayton, he was diagnosed with typhoid fever. He lingered in and out of consciousness for several weeks before his death in the Wright family home on May 30.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

As the 19th president from 1877-1881, Rutherford B. Hayes is known for overseeing the end of Reconstruction and guiding the nation into the Second Industrial Revolution. He became the Republican candidate in 1876 and his campaign against Samuel Tilden was a bitter and corrupt one.

No one was even certain who won that hotly disputed election in 1977 until, just days before the inauguration, Hayes and his party won a challenge in the Compromise of 1877 and was awarded the victory.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

By jim zbick

In the space of three days during the spring of 1912, Tamaqua residents celebrated two separate sports that had put the town on the statewide map high school basketball and prize fighting.

First, the basketball team, recognized as one of the best in the state, was honored with an "elegant chicken and waffle supper" at the American Hotel. Professor A.C. Lewis, in toasting the "athletics of the future," said that judging from its fine record, "Tamaqua has got the ball rolling in basket ball."

Saturday, May 5, 2012

By Jim Zbick

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it," said classical philosopher and poet George Santayana.

A simple paraphrase of this quote is that history often repeats itself.

With the primary elections looming a century ago, an editorial writer for the Tamaqua Courier wrote about several subjects that are remarkably similar to what we're seeing and hearing about in our government during this election year.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Days and even weeks after the sinking of the Titanic on its maiden voyage in the Atlantic, the story continued to captivate readers who quickly snapped up copies of their local newspaper to learn more about the disaster.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

The week after the sinking of the Titanic on April 15, 1912, a Tamaqua Courier writer sensed that the story would not only be remembered as a tragic news event, but that we would learn from the lessons the tragedy taught us that night

"Before the Titanic disaster drops out of the bulletin boards and the headlines, let us hope that it will have made some little impression on the American temperament," the writer stated. "The lessons to be learned relate not merely to life boats and wireless (communication) and steamship lanes."

Saturday, April 14, 2012


The sinking of the Titanic is a story that has captivated people around the world for 100 years.

A century ago, persons were not that shocked by grim casualty numbers. A decade before the Titanic perished beneath the waves of the Atlantic, Mt. Pelee, the volcano that looms on the French Caribbean Island of Martinique, erupted and over 40,000 were killed.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

One day in late March of 1912, a small girl walked into the newspaper office in Tamaqua, and asked if she could have a notice posted in the paper in behalf of all the small children in her school.

She handed the reporter a scrap of paper with this brief message: "The scholars of Miss Reif's room are on strike."

It was signed by nine other girls, all between the ages of 8 and 10.