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A Short List No. 1

Often, on Monday I’ll post #MondayMoodArt with an artist on Instagram and usually a historical photo for #FlashbackFriday. I thought I’d start collecting those all together here, plus some other interesting articles and books I stumble across, because I do enjoy reading other’s linked/found articles posts. MONDAY MOOD You can see more #MondayMoodArt on my Instagram. Sydney Long...

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Murders

How Mrs. Botkin Murdered Two Women In Delaware Without Ever Going There

Cordelia Brown was born in Nebraska and married Welcome A. Botkin in 1872 (yes, that was his real name). They had a son, Beverly, the same year. Botkin was a bank teller who later became a successful grain broker and as his career changed he moved his family out to California. Cordelia, however, wasn’t built to be a docile housewife. Unhappy with her marriage, her husband paid her an allowance...

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Accidents

Moving (Light)Houses…Literally

By the sea in Delaware, it isn’t uncommon to move houses. To literally pack up an entire structure and move it to another street. There is even an entire square called “Shipcarpenter Square” in Lewes, Delaware dedicated to housing these relocated historic structures. But not everything there is just an old house. The Lifesaving Station That Needed Saving Itself The original Rehoboth Beach...

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Bad Behavior

Private Robert McCullough’s Unruly Break From The Union Army

Robert McCullough was a 21-year old private in the 1st Delaware Infantry when he received furlough in February of 1864. This was probably welcome news as he’d already survived being shot in the hip and head at Antietam (which was in 1862). After recovering from his wounds, Robert had re-enlisted in the Union Army. In early February, he and a friend were relaxing on their temporary leave at...

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