Welcome to the first of what I hope will be a regular feature (at least for a while) here on the Mill Creek Hundred History Blog. For a while now I've had a random assortment of very short historical newspaper clippings, but I could never quite figure out what to do with them. Very rarely have I been able to find out much, if any, additional information about the stories, and, well, you know how I am. I don't usually like to post stuff unless I feel I have something to add, even if it's just pulling a few things together. Because of that, I've only ever posted a few of these clippings here and there, normally when they're somehow connected to a larger story.
A good number of these clippings have come to me from Donna Peters, and recently she sent me another good batch. Since I can't justify holding on to them any longer, here's what I've decided to do. For the foreseeable future, once a week (probably about Wednesday) I'll post one or two of these clippings as a Mid-Week Historical Newsbreak. Depending on the selection, there may or may not be much in the way of accompanying text. Even if so, it may be as simple as, "The farm mentioned was located here", along with a map snippet. I hope you enjoy these brief glimpses of the past.
We'll start out this week with a pair of articles highlighting odd animal behavior, separated by 50 years. The first one comes from the (Washington, DC) Evening Star, dated July 1, 1857. It reports on some strange goings-on regarding local flocks of pigeons in the area of a particular farm.
The trolley line the article references was the West Chester, Kennett, and Wilmington Electric Railway, better known as the Kennett Trolley. The line went into service in 1903, running from Kennett Square down to Brandywine Springs Amusement Park. A future post will someday go into more detail about this line, which despite its grandiose name, never got as far as either West Chester or Wilmington. It did, however, apparently succeed in scaring the pellets out of MCH rabbits. Would have made for some great You Tube videos, though.