I have been in the process of writing my first ancestor profile all week. I’m a first-time mama to a very busy toddler and a freelance journalist, so time to compose comes in bite-sized chunks of a few minutes here and there.
But it was a discovery of a newspaper article containing some bit of scandal that has really caused the delay. Because such a find, of course, always leads to more research.
I was double-checking a name of a saloon/restaurant my ancestor ran at the turn-of-last-century when I came across (via Google search) this clipping from an article in the Times of Philadelphia from 13 Oct 1888:
I was able to find a second article which noted that my ancestor, Peter Reuter, lost the case. Both of these articles have led to a fascinating discovery of another aspect of his life and times.
Besides finding previously unknown facts about my ancestor’s livelihood, I am understanding more about the neighborhood he and his young family resided in at that time and more about a long forgotten history of Philadelphia’s immigrant neighborhoods and the city’s theater culture.
The digging continues…
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