Today, in 2014, the day started on a bad note. A newspaper article about an accident in Baltimore, Maryland caught my attention. I send a Facebook message to a friend who I thought would be interested in the article.
Then, one of my Genea-Friends shared a link to an article from the Monocacy National Battlegrouind about a tragedy that occurred 100 years ago. The article was about a telegram what was received by Judge Glenn Howard Worthington and his wife. Julia Hays Alvey.
Worthington Farm House at Monocacy
News was sent by telegraph from Winter Haven, Florida to Julia that her brother, Harry C Alvey was killed in a fire in his home there. That fire took the lives of Mr. Alvey, his wife, Bertha Keyser, and their 3 small children.
I have found, so far, 5 newspaper articles around the country talking about this incident. I guess that only someone who does family history research would try to find details about a facebook posting.
Two things that caught my eye in the articles, from 1914, was the Mrs. Alvey was known as a “Belle of Baltimore”, know in Baltimore society. Mr. Alvey was the son of former Chief Justice Richard H Alvey of the Maryland Court of Appeals.
Now to find the connection between Judge Glenn Howard Worthington and the Alvey men also involved with the Maryland courts.
Husband, Wife and Three Children Die; Fire Burns Home
Date: Tuesday, December 29, 1914 Paper: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Volume: 46 Issue: 242 Page: 8
Date: Tuesday, December 29, 1914 Paper: Elkhart Daily Review (Elkhart, IN) Page: 4
Off The Wires From Home And Abroad For And About Women License To Wed At 15 – Date: Tuesday, December 29, 1914 Paper: Trenton Evening Times (Trenton, NJ) Page: 3
Date: Tuesday, December 29, 1914 Paper: Tampa Tribune (Tampa, FL) Page: 1
Mortuary Notice Date: Tuesday, December 29, 1914 Paper: Anaconda Standard (Anaconda, MT) Volume: XXVI Issue: 117 Page: 4