Historical Trivia, September 2018

‘Mind your ‘P’s and ‘Q’s’ At local taverns, pubs, and bars, people drank from pint and quart-sized containers. A bar maid’s job was to keep an eye on the customers and keep the drinks coming. She had to pay close attention and remember who was drinking in ‘pints’ and who was drinking in ‘quarts,’ hence […]

Historical Trivia, June 2018

Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence? Five signers were captured by the British as traitors, and tortured before they died. Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned. Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army; another had two sons captured. Nine of the 56 […]

Historical Trivia, May 2018

“Where the word ‘Gossip’ came from!” Early politicians required feedback from the public to determine what the people considered important. Since there were no telephones, TV’s or radios, the politicians sent their assistants to local taverns, pubs, and bars. They were told to ‘go sip some ale’ and listen to people’s conversations and political concerns. […]

Historical Trivia, April 2018

“Playing with a full deck!” Common entertainment included playing cards. However, there was a tax levied when purchasing playing cards but only applicable to the ‘Ace of Spades…’ To avoid paying the tax, people would purchase 51 cards instead. Yet, since most games required 52 cards, these people were thought to be stupid or dumb […]

Historical Trivia “Big Wig”

As incredible as it sounds, men and women took baths only twice a year (May and October). Women kept their hair covered, while men shaved their heads (because of lice and bugs) and wore wigs. Wealthy men could afford good wigs made from wool. They couldn’t wash the wigs, so to clean them they would […]

A Recollection from the Past

The following account was relayed to me by my mother; Myrtle Jackson as told to her by her mother-in-law; Melissa Thibodeau Jackson. They lived at the Jackson Homestead at the Head of the Rapids. This is on the St. John River above the Big Rapids. Myrtle married Aaron IV in 1941, and the following account […]