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How To Use This Site

This blog was updated on a daily basis for about two years, with those daily entries ceasing on December 31, 2013. The blog is still active, however, and we hope that people stopping in, who find something lacking, will add to the daily entries.

The blog still receives new posts as well, but now it receives them on items of Wyoming history. That has always been a feature of the blog, but Wyoming's history is rich and there are many items that are not fully covered here, if covered at all. Over time, we hope to remedy that.

You can obtain an entire month's listings by hitting on the appropriate month below, or an individual day by hitting on that calendar date.
Use 2013 for the search date, as that's the day regular dates were established and fixed.

Alternatively, the months are listed immediately below, with the individual days appearing backwards (oldest first).

We hope you enjoy this site.

Friday, January 18, 2013

January 18

1890  The editor of the Rawlins newspaper said unmarried men should be taxed $2.50.  Attribution. Wyoming State Historical Society.

1890  The U.S. Senate Committee on Territories recommended a bill to the Senate to make Wyoming a state.  Attribution:  Wyoming State Historical Society.

1903   President Theodore Roosevelt sends a radio message to King Edward VII: the first transatlantic radio transmission originating in the United States.

1910  The Casper newspaper reported on the relief of a stranded passenger train attempting to go from Lander Wyoming to Casper Wyoming.   The train became stranded for two days on the prairie where it remained until Saturday, January 16 when it was dug out and backed down the railway to Lander.

1916   Secretary of War Newton D. Baker informs Maj. Gen Frederick Funston that the US withdrawing from Mexico.
The caption says it all.

Newton D. Baker.
Frederick Funston.

Well, I suppose it might not if you don't know  who Frederick Funston was.  He was the commander of American forces in the Southwest and in overall  charge of the forces then in Mexico, contrary to it being John Pershing, whom people typically imagine to have been in overall charge.  Pershing was the commander in the field, and Funston was his superior.

1918   Industry Stopped. The Industry Vacation of 1918
This week in 1918 the United States was day one into an ordered five day industry work stoppage east of the Mississippi, where most American industry was in fact located, something absolutely phenomenal for a nation at war.

The phenomenal move was brought about by a coal shortage and what that meant for food transportation and heating homes.  As American industry was coal fired the thought and hope was that a few days off would give the government time to address the crisis, which was indeed becoming a crisis.

So, as the country started to see some of its first casualties in Europe, the news at home wasn't exactly cheery.

1919   The USS Wyoming becomes the flagship of Rear Admiral Robert Coontz, Commander Battleship Division 7, Battle Squadron 3.  Attribution:  On This Day.

1919     The World War I peace conference opened in Versailles, France.

January 18, 1919. The Paris Peace Conference Commenced.

The work of the war was over, although the peace wasn't very peaceful by a long measure in many places.  Be that as it may, on this day in 1919, the Paris Peace Conference opened to commence the work on arriving at a formal peace.

In addition to the momentous story of the opening of the Paris Peace Conference, some other news was circulating as well, including the start of the news on the uneven treatment the National Guard, which had shouldered a heavy burden in the war, had received from the Regular Army.  It truly did, and indeed it continued to be slighted even into the peace, where the Regular Army, in its memory of the war in France, managed to omit the Guard as much as possible.

1924  Douglas bank closes in failure, part of a waive of bank failures.  Attribution:  Wyoming State Historical Society. 

1943  The sale of sliced bread banned in the US.  This was done in order to keep a demand for steel replacement parts for slicers down and because officials with the government had determined that sliced bread required a heavier wrapping.  The ban only remained in effect until March 8, when the government announced the anticipated materials savings had not been realized.

 A World War One bread conservation poster.

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