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New Year’s Day Flood

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December 31, 2018 was wet and windy from start to finish, producing temporary ponds in backyards and streets, but little serious damage.  That was not the case more than 180 years…

Christmas from Richmond’s Past

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This card dates from the late 1920s.  The Cut Rate Shoe Store opened in 1926 and changed its name to Brown-bilt Shoe Store in 1929.  One of its prime features…

Wilma Wallace, Army Nurse Corps, World War I

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Wilma Mae Wallace (1889-1972) was an early graduate of Reid Hospital’s Nurses’ Training School.  At that point it was a three-year course, and she and four others graduated in June 1914. …

Wartime Halloween

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Halloween around the turn of the century often involved youngsters playing pranks on their neighbors, heaving cabbage and other excess vegetables at houses, attending masquerade parties, and generally making merry…

Influenza Pandemic

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One hundred years ago Richmond was dealing with the so-called Spanish Flu.  The rest of the world was dealing with it as well, which made it a true pandemic. The…

July 4, 1918

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Richmond has always loved parades, and never more so than during the Great War.  One hundred years ago, the city put on possibly its largest in history. This parade had…

Commercial Club Training Detachment

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Richmond’s Commercial Club wanted the city to be involved in the war effort beyond buying war bonds and planting gardens.  A unique opportunity presented itself in May of 1918. Automobiles…

Major Raymond P. Salzarulo

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This week marks the anniversary of the Battle of Midway, which was the turning point of World War II in the Pacific theater.  One of Richmond’s earliest casualties in the…

War Gardens

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Many people are at least familiar with the Victory Gardens of World War II, but a generation earlier, the federal government, in a nearly identical program, urged citizens to plant…

Wayne County Service Flag

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 After several cancellations due to inclement weather, Richmond finally unfurled its Community Service Flag on February 4, 1918. The ceremony was part of a day-long war conference staged by the…