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Upstairs, Downstairs: The Servants at the Watson-Curtze Mansion

Jeff Sherry

Friday Jun 4th, 2021

The Watsons and the Curtzes, like most well-to-do families, employed live-in and part-time servants, such as maids, cooks, gardeners and coachmen. According to census records and City Directories, the Watsons employed 3 – 5 servants at a given time.  The Curtzes employed fewer and by 1940 only two chauffeurs, Luther Hans and Hans Luthi who are likely the same person. 

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Happiness & Long Life for All its Residents #60

Becky Weiser

Wednesday Jun 2nd, 2021

In the mid-1800s, large groups of Jewish people emigrated from Germany to the United States.  Denied of owning land in Europe and overall treated differently, they came here with the hopes of a better life. Many assimilated to this country by Americanizing their names, did not work on Sundays and broke kosher laws to fit in.

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PROBLEM CHILD: Stephen Decatur Dobbins

Jeff Sherry

Friday May 28th, 2021

Most readers are familiar if not very knowledgeable of the achievements of Captain Daniel Dobbins and his cooperation with Oliver Hazard Perry in building the fleet that would defeat the British on Lake Erie. What many are not aware of is the problem child of Daniel and his wife Mary. 

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Long Life & Happiness for All its Residents #59

Becky Weiser

Wednesday May 26th, 2021

Located 27 miles Southeast of Erie, the borough of Union City was founded in 1796 by William Miles as Miles’ Mills. 

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Long Life & Happiness for All its Residents #58

Wednesday May 19th, 2021

The Erie man pictured below did many things, can you guess who he is?

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Long Life & Happiness for All its Residents #57

Becky Weiser

Wednesday May 12th, 2021

Prior to the early European explorers, tobacco use was mainly for tribal rituals in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and Cuba.  Boatloads of tobacco travelled from the New World to the Old and the habit of smoking cigars and pipes became extremely popular.  The word “cigar” comes from the Mayan word “sikar” which means to “smoke tobacco leaves”.  The first cigar factory in the world was built in Cuba, which eventually became the world’s most famous producer.

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Early Professional Baseball in Erie, Pennsylvania: Part 9

Barry J. Gray

Monday May 10th, 2021

Relegated to Interstate League, "Invaded" by Canadian League, 1913-1916

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Early Professional Baseball in Erie, Pennsylvania: Part 8

Barry J. Gray

Sunday May 9th, 2021

Central League, 1912

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Early Professional Baseball in Erie, Pennsylvania: Part 7

Barry J. Gray

Saturday May 8th, 2021

Sailors Replace Fishermen, 1908-1912

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George Washington Slept Here-His 1753 Mission to Northwestern Pennsylvania

Jeff Sherry

Friday May 7th, 2021

We think of George Washington, the father of our country, as the white-haired older first President of the United States, the face on a dollar bill. Try picturing him as a 21-year-old six-foot, three-inch-tall red head with piercing blue-gray eyes in his prime. That is the George Washington that ventured into the depths of the wilderness of western Pennsylvania in the winter of 1753.