"Miscellaneous Trivia"

The lineage of Kung Chiu or Confucius (551-479 B.C.) can be traced further than any other family.  His GGGG Grandfather, Kung Chia is from the 8th century B.C.  Seven of Chia's 86th lineal descendants are still alive.

The female side of the family is called the DISTAFF side and the male side is the SPEAR side.  The distaff was considered a woman's tool, and the spear a man's.

At the time of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, only 7 percent of the people in the 13 colonies belonged to any church.

During the Civil War, both the North and the South had their favorite songs.  But the top favorite for both sides was "Home Sweet Home."

In England, a woman with the title "Lady," is the wife of a knight. A woman with the title "Dame" has been knighted for her own accomplishments.

Wearing the color black for mourning started in ancient times. People painted their bodies black to keep the spirits of the dead from entering their bodies. Later, people just wore black clothing.

Thomas Wedgwood took the world's first photograph in 1802.

The slit in the lower back of a man's suit coat originated for comfort while riding horseback.

It was the Civil War that led to the standardization of sizes in men's clothing, so that the uniforms could be mass produced.


Engagement Child

A child born in less than nine months from the time of the marriage of it's parents was referred to in old records as an "Engagement Child."


3-Cent Silver Coins

In 1851 to 1873, the government made the 3-cent coin because a post card cost 2-cents and the stamp was 1-cent.

By making the 3-cent coin a person only needed one coin to send his card. During this time period post cards were very popular.


CABBAGE - "Miracle Drug"

Cabbage was thought to be a cure-all in ancient Rome.  It could be taken by mouth or rubbed on wounds.

The general attitude among slave masters was:
If one cabbage treatment or another can't heal a sick or injured slave, get rid of the slave.


Train Fare To Los Angeles

Railroaders got into a rate war in the 1880's and the price of a ticket from Kansas City to Los Angeles dropped to $1.00.

It's a historical fact that a lot of people wound up in Los Angeles merely because it was a cheap ride.


Fraternal Organizations

About one hundred years ago, it is estimated that about 87% of adult males belonged to some fraternal organization, such as Freemasons, Odd Fellows, Knights of Pithias, Elks, Moose, and Owls, for example.

The reason these organizations were so popular is that they were something of an insurance policy as they all had an obligation to take care of widows and orphans of their members.


Alkaline Paper

Books printed before 1850 survive because they were printed on alkaline paper, later books were printed on paper with acid.

Preserving Newsprint

There is a home style "bleaching" process that will keep your newspaper articles from turning yellow. They say it works for up to 50 years.

Make a solution by mixing two tablespoons of milk of magnesia with one quart of club soda.  Refrigerate for eight hours.

Next, pour the mixture into a shallow pan wide enough to hold the largest clipping. Lay one clipping at a time into the liquid and let it soak for an hour. When the time is up, remove the clipping and place it between several layers of paper towels to remove the excess moisture. Then dry on a clean, flat surface.


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