Old News Extra – WAR!

On this day in 1917 the United States Congress officially declared war on Germany. President Wilson had at first been against entering the war. Escalation of submarine attacks over the previous years toward US ships heading to Great Britain was just one of the reasons that changed Wilson’s mind. He asked Congress for “a war …

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Old News – Preparations

In 1917 the people of Honeoye Falls were thinking that it was very possible that the US would enter the war in Europe. THE HONEOYE FALLS TIMES Thursday, April 5, 1917 CLUB MAY TAKE “FIRST AID” WORK A special meeting of the Honeoye Falls Rifle Club was held in the Village Hall on Monday evening. …

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Old News – WWI Update

I haven’t posted anything about World War I in a while. A hundred years ago it was still going strong but no one was make any significant progress in defeating the other side. Nieuport (now spelled Niewupoort) is a small port city in Belgium on the North Sea. Monastir is a city in Macedonian now …

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Old News – Zeppelin Shot Down

This is the story of the first Zeppelin dirigible being shot down. The pilot was actually born in India but his family was living in Canada at the start of WWI. What the news story doesn’t mention is that Warneford died on June 17th, before this story was published. He was ferrying an airplane with …

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Old News – Letters from the War

WWI still is going on a hundred years ago. These are excerpts from letters from men that were in the thick of the fighting. THE FAIRPORT HERALD Wednesday, February 10, 1915 WAR MAIL BAG BRINGS MANY VIVID LETTERS FROM THE FRONT The mail bag is just now a prolific source of interest. Vivid letters from …

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Old News – World War I Begins

Major news from the past. After a month of negotiations had broken down, on July 28th 1914 Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Russia mobilized on the 30th. Germany declared war on Russia on August 1st. Here some reports from the first couple of days when everyone thought that it might be possible to …

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Old News – Start of WWI

More news from the past. This time about the assassination that started World War I. It was within weeks after the assassination that most of Europe became involved in the War. Note that the assassin’s name is usually spelled Gavrilo Princip in English. THE MONROE COUNTY MAIL. Thursday, July 2, 1914 ARCHDUKE MURDERED Heir to …

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