Episodes Nearest to June 13, 1891: 1 through 25 of 25
- West Virginian ex-Confederate Soldiers
June 13, 1891 BERKELEY, West Virginia Arts/Leisure, War
More than one-quarter of a century after the civil war ended and the defeat of the Confederate Army, veterans still met quarterly to discuss important business and upcoming events. The business at hand on June 13th, 1891 for Ex-Confederate veterans of Berkley County, West Virginia was to find homes for ex-confederate veterans who were disabled and aged in need of special care. The need for care...
- Tennessee Miner Uprising
1891 ANDERSON, Tennessee tennessee, Convict Labor
In Tennessee, the abuse of the convict labor system was putting many coal miners out of work in the late 1800’s. If an employer was unsatisfied with wages or conduct of his workers, he could hire convicts as employees of the state. Thousands of Tennessee miners rose up against the use of convict labor by the state’s coal companies in 1891. This involved significant mountain communities...
- A Lonely Woman Outside Charleston
May, 1891 CHARLESTON, South Carolina Agriculture, Women
A woman identifying herself only as T.S. wrote a letter to the Ladies' Home Journal to express sympathy for another reader, Janet, who had complained of feelings of loneliness and desolation during the winter months in the Sea Islands off of South Carolina. The letter writer explains that she came to South Carolina by way of Vermont and Pennsylvania, and that the level salt marshes with the...
- Abandoned spouse writes to lawyer asking for help with divorce case
April 25, 1891 LOUISA, Virginia Government, Law, Women
A Lawyer from Louisa County, W.E. Bibb received a letter from Dealia Ann Smith, a woman from Mineral City requesting help with her divorce case. According to William Cooper, divorce had become more common at this time than in the earlier part of the nineteenth century, however; it was still an anomaly of society. Whether or not Dealia Ann Smith was granted a divorce was not determined in the letter's...
- Brothers embark on mill buying adventure
November 20, 1890 to September 11, 1891 LOUISA, Virginia Agriculture, Economy
Brothers James Bibb and W.E. Bibb decided to invest in building a cotton mill.
James was a real estate developer and W.E. Bibb was a lawyer. They corresponded by
mail over several months trying to get other investors involved and talked about financial
matters. James was the person who was mostly in charge of this deal although he always
was asking his brother for...
- A Confederate Monument is Dedicated
August 20, 1891 CHARLESTON, South Carolina Church/Religious-Activity, War
In August of 1891, the people of Charleston, South Carolina turned out to dedicate an Obelisk to the memory of the Washington Light Infantry Regiment, which fought in the defense of the Rebellion. The event featured a sermon by the popular preacher Reverend E.C. Edgerton, who praised the members of the regiment for doing their duty to their state despite the noble but ultimately hopeless cause for...
- The Future of Pacfic Trade Due to an Untimely Death
March, 1891 to 1891 Pacific, Outside US King Kalakana, Pacific Trade, Sandwich Islands, Hawaii
In march of 1891, King Kalakana had died from an unknown cause in San Francisco within the United States. This death had arroused the citizens of both the continental united states as well as Hawaiian natives who enjoyed visiting San Francisco. The worry that notes itself here comes from certain negotiations that were taking place at the time of his unfortunete death. These negotiations were based...
- Italo-American Incident
March 14, 1891 ORLEANS, Louisiana Crime/Violence, War
A mob comprised of 20,000 residents of New Orleans, angered at the failure of a jury to convict the alleged murderers of David C. Hennessy, superintendent of police, attacked the prison in which the accused were still held and lynched 11 of them. Three of the victims were Italian citizens. The Italian government demanded prosecution of the leaders of the mob. This was an example of the accepted...
- Cotton strike led by Ben Patterson
September 20, 1891 to September 30, 1891 LEE, Arkansas African-Americans, Agriculture, Crime/Violence, Race-Relations
Ben Patterson, a thirty-year old black man from Memphis led a cotton strike of twenty-five men, probably influenced by the call for strike by the Colored Farmer's Alliance. On September 25 a fight broke out between Patterson's men and workers on a plantation that refused to join the strike. Two pickers were killed. In the last week of September, local planters crushed the strike, killing...
- Grand Opening of the Greenville Tobacco Warehouse
October 1, 1891 PITT, North Carolina Agriculture, Economy
October 1, 1891 was a day to remember in the history of Greenville in Pitt County, North Carolina. The grand opening of the Greenville Tobacco Warehouse was the beginning of a new era in the prosperity of the town and community. The warehouse would allow the opportunity for farmers in Greenville to sell their tobacco close to home and by opening day, arrangements had already been made to bring in...
- Black Farmers' Strike
September 12, 1891 to November 1, 1891 HOUSTON, Texas African-Americans, Agriculture, Economy
The Colored Farmer's Alliance organized a Black Farmers' Strike to take place from September 12- November 1, 1891 across the Southern cotton states. Although calls to strike sent from Alliance headquarters in Houston claimed that The biggest agricultural strike in the history of the world is imminent' and that its organization has been perfected through colored alliances'...
- Norfolk Virginian reports on tobacco output
July 23, 1891 to 1891 NORFOLK CITY, Virginia Agriculture, Economy
The Norfolk Virginian reported the acres of farmland that grew tobacco and the
pounds of tobacco harvested as a result in 1891. There were various counties and big
producers included Amherst, Bedford, and Prince Edward. Many of these counties
resided in the Central Virginia region. 24,034 planters planted on 110,579 acres and
produced 48,522,655 pounds of tobacco...
- Advancement of Health and Sanitation in Central Virginia
July 23, 1891 to 1891 NORFOLK CITY, Virginia Health/Death, Law, Migration/Transportation, Urban-Life/Boosterism
In the city of Norfolk on July 21, 1891, Dr. Morgan Health officer of Norfolk
County, examined the dairies and livestock in the city. The Norfolk Virginian reported
on the results and also wrote about other issues the Board of Health addressed.
According to the newspaper, he examined 475 animals with an output of 768 gallons. Dr.
Morgan's examination yielded results...
- Marriage Roles and Rates
January 10, 1891 ACCOMACK, Virginia Church/Religious-Activity, Women
Marriage was very prominent in 1890 in Accomack, Virginia, and the people sustained well their reputation as marrying people. There were 267 marriages in that year alone, the most occurring in December with 63 marriages. April was the most unpopular month taking only 11 marriages. In 1891 a girl married at the age of 13, which showed that the year 1891 was starting off at a fast pace and that marriage...
- Democrats Continue to Oppose a Force Bill'
January 5, 1891 Washington City, District of Columbia African-Americans, Race-Relations
The Force Bill' was a name commonly given to legislation designed to protect black voting rights through federal supervision of congressional elections. Republicans generally supported these bills, but the Democrats fiercely resisted them. An Alabama editor charged that those in the north who were in support of a Force Bill were merely out for the blood of the South.<br /><br...
- A Local Hero
November 22, 1891 AUGUSTA, Virginia Arts/Leisure, Urban-Life/Boosterism, Women
In 1891, a little over one hundred years after the death of Staunton's founder, John Lewis, the city decided they should build a monument to their leader. The paper gave no description of the desired monument, but gave bountiful detail of the great deeds and history of John Lewis and his family. Lewis came from Ireland, and, according to tradition, brought red clover to the continent. The...
- Emancipation Celebration
January 1, 1891 Alexandria City, Virginia African-Americans, Law, Race-Relations
African Americans gathered in large numbers in Alexandria on New Year's night, January 1, 1891, to celebrate the twenty-eighth anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. Magnus L. Robinson, editor of the Weekly Leader noted with chivalry that in Lannon's Opera House every orchestra chair was filled with the fair sex--never have there been before such an array of Afro-American ladies at...
- Jim Crows to the Senate-a White Mississippians' Defense of Supremacy
December 31, 1890 Washington City, District of Columbia Government, Law, Politics, Race-Relations
On December 31, 1890, Senator James Z. George (D. Miss), a man Dunbar Rowland calls a life-long resident of Carroll County, began his overwhelmingly convincing speech on the Senate Floor defending the newly written Mississippi Constitution. The new constitution, according to Rowland's 1902 reflections, was drafted in order to eliminate ignorance at the ballot box, and Senator George's defense...
- Mary Emilie Holmes: On a Mission
November, 1891 to December, 1891 HINDS, Mississippi Church/Religious-Activity, Education, Race-Relations, Women
The white citizens of Jackson, Mississippi were less than happy. According to the Clarion Ledger Jackson had been selected as the site of the Mary Holmes school for the colored people, despite protests of many newspapers and citizens. They did not, however, formally attempt to stop the project, as it was, according to Samuel Rogal's account of Holmes' educational ministry, a only seminary...
- On Lynching
November 5, 1891 to 1891 HINDS, Mississippi African-Americans, Crime/Violence, Health/Death, Law, Race-Relations
On November 5, 1891, the Jackson Clarion Ledger accused Texas Governor James Stephen Hogg of being vain for offering a reward for the apprehension of parties engaged in a lynching bee, the subject being a negro. The lynchers, according to the newspaper, would never be prosecuted. On March 27 of the previous year, the same newspaper reported that levee cutters would be properly cared for by the citizens...
- Strange Encounter and Counterfeit Money
December 4, 1891 SMYTH, Virginia Economy, Government, Law
On December 4th, 1891, F. W. Leonard, the sheriff of Smyth County, Virginia received a letter from the sheriff of Barber County in Kansas. A man described by the Kansas sheriff as being 40 years old, 5 feet 8 inches in height and of dark complexion was seen wondering around Barber County, Kansas. The sheriff also described the man as being crazy. When questioned by the Kansas sheriff the stranger,...
- A Meeting of Staunton's Black Residents
December 9, 1891 AUGUSTA, Virginia African-Americans, Church/Religious-Activity, Law, Politics, Race-Relations
Early December, 1891 made the city of Staunton more aware of its racial makeup and power of black people in the city. In the evening, the colored people of the city met and formed a group called the Afro-American League. They wrote a preamble and resolutions against the laws requiring separate railroad cars and waiting rooms for blacks and whites. While demanding change in the law, they also wished...
- Segregation of Railroad Cars
December 11, 1891 Alexandria City, Virginia African-Americans, Race-Relations
Race relations between African-Americans and whites in Virginia were tense at the end of the nineteenth century, and whites tried to minimize interactions between themselves and blacks. To create greater distance between the two, the Virginia state government decided to segregate railroad cars based on race. In 1900, the state of Virginia passed a law that mandated all railroad companies to furnish...
- Political Party Divisions
December 22, 1891 HENRICO, Virginia Economy, Politics
"Cleveland is the man of the people and the leader of the hour; he provides justice to all without help or hindrance to any." This passage appeared in a "Letter to the Editor" in the December 22, 1891 edition of the Richmond Times. The author of the editorial aimed to inspire political support for the Democratic politician Grover Cleveland while describing the fundamental differences between...
- Navy Slams Army: The Beginning of a Rivalry
November 29, 1890 ORANGE, New York Arts/Leisure, Race-Relations, War
Cadet Walker of the Army football team races down the sideline in pursuit of the Naval Academy's captain Emerich. Walker finally catches his opponent, and leaps at his chest to try and bring him down. In the fall, Walker's chest is crushed by the Midshipman, and he is unable to rise. His comrades race to his side and pump his lungs until he regains consciousness, and the cadet eventually...