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A need to tell and hear stories is essential to the species Homo sapiens — second in necessity apparently after nourishment and before love and shelter. Millions survive without love or home, almost none in silence; the opposite of silence leads quickly to narrative and the sound of story is the dominant sound of our lives, from the small accounts of our day’s events to the vast incommunicable constructs of psychopaths.—Reynolds Price.

I have been an avid reader since childhood and since the early 1990s, I have been particularly drawn to the stories of everyday people found in 19th-century newspapers. Back then I read the news on microfilm just for fun. Today I am still having fun but read the newspapers online and share my favorite funny, sad, interesting, weird, amazing and scary stories in books so others can enjoy them, too.

Why read newspaper stories from over 100 years ago? Here are a few reasons:

  • It’s just plain fun and a welcome escape from current news.
  • You can read about history as it was actually happening.
  • You will learn what everyday life was like in the 19th century and will gain an appreciation for modern conveniences like indoor toilets, paved roads, etc.
  • You can shock your children by showing them that life existed before television, cell phones, and the internet.
  • You will “meet” amazing people who did amazing things.
  • You will be entertained by stories that are funny, sad, interesting, informative, scary, unbelievable, and sometimes horrible. Some of these stories went viral and were published in newspapers all across the country.
  • You will learn that even though times have changed quite a lot, people have not.