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Can You Guess the Year? 11-23-09

Dorothy Miller
Lochbuie, Colo.

Dorothy MillerPresident Lincoln became the first president to proclaim Thanksgiving Day.

This year Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation making the abolition of slavery in the confederate states an official war goal.

The first claim under the Homestead Act was made for a farm in Nebraska. Thousands of settlers, many with families, moved to the Nebraska Territory from the eastern regions of the United States. Smaller numbers came from foreign nations. The settlers traveled westward across the country onto the Great Plains and played a key role in the settlement of Nebraska.

Ground was broken in Sacramento, Calif., on the construction of the First Transcontinental Railroad in the United States.

The world-famous midgets General Tom Thumb and Lavinia Warren got married in New York City; P.T. Barnum charged an entrance fee to their wedding.

Alanson Crane patented the fire extinguisher.

Arizona was organized as a United States territory.

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The U.S. National Conscription Act was signed, leading to the week-long New York Draft Riots. Those riots were violent disturbances in New York City showing discontent with new laws passed by Congress to draft men to fight in the American Civil War.

Arizona was organized as a United States territory and West Virginia was admitted as the 35th U.S. state.

Chief Pocatello of the Shoshone tribe signed the Treaty of Box Elder, promising to stop harassing the emigrant trails in southern Idaho and northern Utah.

The Brooklyn, Bath and Coney Island Rail Road began operations in Brooklyn, N.Y. At first the cars were dummy tank engines.

The Football Association was formed.

Thomas Nast drew the modern Santa Claus for Harper’s Weekly.

Popular music that year were “All Quiet On The Potomac Tonight,” “Eton Boating Song,” “Just Before the Battle, Mother,” “Mother Would Comfort Me,” “My Darling Clementine,” “Polly Perkins of Paddington Green,” “Sweet and Low,” “Tenting on the Old Camp Ground,” “Weeping Sad and Lonely,” “When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again,” “You Are Going to the Wars, Willie Boy,” and “The Young Volunteer.”

The Atchison and Topeka Railroad officially changed its name to the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad to match the railroad’s goal of reaching Santa Fe, New Mexico, by rail.

The National Association of Base Ball Players champion was Brooklyn Eckfords.

The champion Eckford club of Brooklyn, N.Y., won all 10 matches against National Association members.

Joe Coburn defeated Mike McCoole after 67 rounds and was now recognized as American Champion.

Pres. Lincoln became the first president to proclaim Thanksgiving Day. The holiday has been a fixture of late November ever since.

Can you guess this year?

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Do you know what year these events happened? If you do, send your answer to the Fence Post Guess the Year Contest, P.O. Box 1690, Greeley, Colo., 80632.

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The answer to last month’s Guess the Year Quiz was 1977. Congratulations to Sharon Jeffery of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, for being selected our prize winner. You can expect to receive $10 by the 20th of next month.

This year Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation making the abolition of slavery in the confederate states an official war goal.

The first claim under the Homestead Act was made for a farm in Nebraska. Thousands of settlers, many with families, moved to the Nebraska Territory from the eastern regions of the United States. Smaller numbers came from foreign nations. The settlers traveled westward across the country onto the Great Plains and played a key role in the settlement of Nebraska.

Ground was broken in Sacramento, Calif., on the construction of the First Transcontinental Railroad in the United States.

The world-famous midgets General Tom Thumb and Lavinia Warren got married in New York City; P.T. Barnum charged an entrance fee to their wedding.

Alanson Crane patented the fire extinguisher.

Arizona was organized as a United States territory.

The U.S. National Conscription Act was signed, leading to the week-long New York Draft Riots. Those riots were violent disturbances in New York City showing discontent with new laws passed by Congress to draft men to fight in the American Civil War.

Arizona was organized as a United States territory and West Virginia was admitted as the 35th U.S. state.

Chief Pocatello of the Shoshone tribe signed the Treaty of Box Elder, promising to stop harassing the emigrant trails in southern Idaho and northern Utah.

The Brooklyn, Bath and Coney Island Rail Road began operations in Brooklyn, N.Y. At first the cars were dummy tank engines.

The Football Association was formed.

Thomas Nast drew the modern Santa Claus for Harper’s Weekly.

Popular music that year were “All Quiet On The Potomac Tonight,” “Eton Boating Song,” “Just Before the Battle, Mother,” “Mother Would Comfort Me,” “My Darling Clementine,” “Polly Perkins of Paddington Green,” “Sweet and Low,” “Tenting on the Old Camp Ground,” “Weeping Sad and Lonely,” “When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again,” “You Are Going to the Wars, Willie Boy,” and “The Young Volunteer.”

The Atchison and Topeka Railroad officially changed its name to the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad to match the railroad’s goal of reaching Santa Fe, New Mexico, by rail.

The National Association of Base Ball Players champion was Brooklyn Eckfords.

The champion Eckford club of Brooklyn, N.Y., won all 10 matches against National Association members.

Joe Coburn defeated Mike McCoole after 67 rounds and was now recognized as American Champion.

Pres. Lincoln became the first president to proclaim Thanksgiving Day. The holiday has been a fixture of late November ever since.

Can you guess this year?

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Do you know what year these events happened? If you do, send your answer to the Fence Post Guess the Year Contest, P.O. Box 1690, Greeley, Colo., 80632.

***

The answer to last month’s Guess the Year Quiz was 1977. Congratulations to Sharon Jeffery of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, for being selected our prize winner. You can expect to receive $10 by the 20th of next month.