Notes from the White County Historical Society

By Charlene Shields

Notes from the White County Historical Society as they appear in "The Carmi Times."

Copyright ©2001 by "The Carmi Times" Permission to reprint granted to Cindy Birk Conley and the ILGenWeb by Tammy Knox, editor, "The Carmi Times."

What was on the ark?

Did you know?

Before 1861, wrought iron was traditionally painted green in England. It
was painted black at the command of Queen Victoria, in mourning for the
death of Prince Albert.

It has been estimated the ark had 175,000 birds on it, 3,616 beasts,
1,300 reptiles and 2,000,000 insects--all being cared for by eight
uncommonly busy people.

Ounce for ounce, the silken strands of a spider's web are five times
stronger than steel.

In the early 1920s a popular song was written by a student of the
University of Kansas. The name of the song was "Daddy Stole Our Last
Clean Sheet and Joined the KKK."


Sounds we don't hear much anymore:
Parlor pump organs
Steam radiators knocking
Steam locomotives
Gas jets
The Good Humor man's horse snorting in the street
A telephone operator saying, "Number pleeaz."
Newsboys yelling "Extra! Extra! Read All About it!"
Railroad cars coupling and uncoupling in the freight yards
Coffee percolating
Empty milk bottles clinking in the milkman's carrier
Ice being chipped with an icepick
(By Ed Fischer)

A lot of us old-timers could add to this list.

The Genealogy Library is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays through
Address letters to Genealogy, White County Historical Society, PO Box
121, Carmi, IL 62821.

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