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Can You Guess the Year?

Article and artwork by Dorothy Miller
Lochbuie, Colo.

Charles Wheatstone invented the stereoscope.

The Federal Republic of Central America began to break up following a cholera epidemic.

On July 4th of this year Sidney Rigdon declared a “war of extermination” on persecutors of the church of Mormon. The Mormon War is a name sometimes given to the conflict which occurred between Mormons and their neighbors in the northwestern region of Missouri. Vigilantes fired on the first Mormon settlers at DeWitt. As a result of the war, nearly all Mormons in Missouri, estimated at more than 10,000, were forced to leave the state. Most of these refugees settled in or near what would become the city of Nauvoo, Ill.

The Cherokee Tribe was forcibly relocated in the Trail of Tears. The “Trail of Tears” took more than 14,000 members of the Cherokee Nation from tribal lands in Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee westward to lands in Indian territory west of the Red River. Escorted with all of their horses and oxen by 7,000 troops under the command of General Winfield Scott, the Cherokee traveled up to 1,200 miles by wagon and keelboat. An estimated 4,000 died en route.

Houston’s Rice dry goods store opened in the Republic of Texas.

Charles Wheatstone invented the stereoscope.

The first U.S. beet-sugar refinery opened at Northampton, Massachusetts, using beets grown from seed imported from France.

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Grace Darling and her father rescued 13 survivors from the SS Forfarshire. In the early hours looking from an upstairs window of the Longstone Lighthouse on the Farne Islands, they spotted the wreck and survivors of the ship, SS Forfarshire on Big Harcar, a nearby low rocky island. Grace and her father, William Darling, took a rowing boat across to the survivors. Because of bad weather everyone had to remain at the lighthouse for three days before returning to shore.

Women in Pitcairn became the first in the world to obtain and maintain the right to vote.

Jenny Lind, the “Swedish Nightingale” debuted at the Stockholm Opera.

Popular songs this year were “Annie Laurie” and “‘Tis Home Where’er the Heart Is”

An act of the United States Congress officially designated all railroads in the United States as postal routes.

This year Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey was active. Frederick was a tireless fighter against slavery. Frederick never knew his father but suspected him to be his owner, Captain Aaron Anthony. After he escaped from slavery, he went to New York City and selected a new name: Frederick Douglass. Douglass was appointed a United States Marshal. He became the first African American to receive a vote for President of the United States in a major party’s roll call vote.

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 1954. Congratulations to Lowell Woodward of Snyder, Colo., for being selected our prize winner. You can expect to receive $10 by the 20th of next month.

The Federal Republic of Central America began to break up following a cholera epidemic.

On July 4th of this year Sidney Rigdon declared a “war of extermination” on persecutors of the church of Mormon. The Mormon War is a name sometimes given to the conflict which occurred between Mormons and their neighbors in the northwestern region of Missouri. Vigilantes fired on the first Mormon settlers at DeWitt. As a result of the war, nearly all Mormons in Missouri, estimated at more than 10,000, were forced to leave the state. Most of these refugees settled in or near what would become the city of Nauvoo, Ill.

The Cherokee Tribe was forcibly relocated in the Trail of Tears. The “Trail of Tears” took more than 14,000 members of the Cherokee Nation from tribal lands in Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee westward to lands in Indian territory west of the Red River. Escorted with all of their horses and oxen by 7,000 troops under the command of General Winfield Scott, the Cherokee traveled up to 1,200 miles by wagon and keelboat. An estimated 4,000 died en route.

Houston’s Rice dry goods store opened in the Republic of Texas.

Charles Wheatstone invented the stereoscope.

The first U.S. beet-sugar refinery opened at Northampton, Massachusetts, using beets grown from seed imported from France.

Grace Darling and her father rescued 13 survivors from the SS Forfarshire. In the early hours looking from an upstairs window of the Longstone Lighthouse on the Farne Islands, they spotted the wreck and survivors of the ship, SS Forfarshire on Big Harcar, a nearby low rocky island. Grace and her father, William Darling, took a rowing boat across to the survivors. Because of bad weather everyone had to remain at the lighthouse for three days before returning to shore.

Women in Pitcairn became the first in the world to obtain and maintain the right to vote.

Jenny Lind, the “Swedish Nightingale” debuted at the Stockholm Opera.

Popular songs this year were “Annie Laurie” and “‘Tis Home Where’er the Heart Is”

An act of the United States Congress officially designated all railroads in the United States as postal routes.

This year Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey was active. Frederick was a tireless fighter against slavery. Frederick never knew his father but suspected him to be his owner, Captain Aaron Anthony. After he escaped from slavery, he went to New York City and selected a new name: Frederick Douglass. Douglass was appointed a United States Marshal. He became the first African American to receive a vote for President of the United States in a major party’s roll call vote.

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 1954. Congratulations to Lowell Woodward of Snyder, Colo., for being selected our prize winner. You can expect to receive $10 by the 20th of next month.