Tragedy 100 Years Ago–12/28/1914

December 29, 2014

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.

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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 


Video of the Civil War

March 22, 2014

Facebook strikes again.

I had an invite to Friend someone on Facebook. I didn’t know the name, but one of the surnames I knew, Worthington. The location was Mt Airy, Maryland. I know that place and already have a Facebook friend there.

Of course, I friended. What I saw was awesome, a link to a Video

Heart of the Civil War

Last summer I visited Frederick, Maryland for the celebration of Special Order 191. While watching this video, those orders were shown as well as one of the speakers in the video. I had met on that visit.

What was interesting about this visit and the video was my question about why Fredrick was “Union Friendly” while Baltimore, a mere 30-40 miles east was “not so much”. The video helped clarify that issue, including why Maryland was a “border state” and didn’t decide which side they were on.

This past fall, I had the chance to visit Monocacy with another cousin, DearMYRTLE. I didn’t take any pictures on my camera on that visit. My bad.

A book was written by Judge Glenn Howard Worthington that told the story of the battle that took place on his “front lawn”.

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Judge Glenn Howard Worthington’s grandson, David Reed and a National Park Service Ranger are in the place where the Judge watched that battle.

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The front of the house in 1999 when a gathering of Worthington’s supported David Reed as he opened the Worthington Walking Trail in the National Battlefield.

Another visit, but with a little snow on the ground, but the porch had been reattached.

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ca 1900

About 42 minutes  into the video, was the story of the Battle at Monocacy, the battle that “Saved Washington”. The video tells the story of Glenn Worthington. I have seen that basement. In fact the picture I have above, is that same place.

So cool to watch the story that has your “family” mentioned.

Oh, the new Facebook Friend, is a relative of Judge Glenn Howard Worthington as well.

Social Media at work (again). Thank you Paula


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