Friday, June 10, 2011

Yellow Scrap of Paper

Old newpaper clippings. They are a history unto themselves. Yellowed paper folded and tearing from the years in storage. Fragile pieces of history clipped by the hands of a distant relative. The clipping cut. The cutter not thinking to add a date.

Widow, 86, FATALLY INJURED IN FALL
Darke County Woman Dies at Greenville Hospital

My great grandmother died after a fall at her sons home. She suffered a fractured hip. I'm not sure how she died from a fractured hip, but I'm assuming there might have been more. Seems like a good number of people died from falls way back when.

But this article isn't the reason I write. Nope. There are two other items I found on this clipping. Beneath my great grandmother's death notice is a tidbit of information:

In England, new-born baby boys have an average life expectation of 59 years, while girls have an average of 63 years. 

At my 64 years, I'm glad I live now and not then.

On the back of the yellowed, 6" piece of paper is a portion of an article:

The French army's methodical advance into German territory has straightened out their line and been 'completely successful'.


The government, meanwhile, is accelerating the calling of of British militia men. The ministry of information announced that while the order of calling these men of age, oldest first and youngest last...will be adhered to, they will now be called up more rapidly than originally contemplated.


The convoy system in which warships protect merchantmen is being put into effect more rapidly each day and government experts believe it will be successful as it is during the World War.

The British news seemed to share the paper along with local. Maybe it was because of the time. The paper then was, along with the radio, the only ways for the public to gain information.

My great grandma died and a world was at war. Life spans were shorter; however, my great grandmother lived to be 86. Good job, Grandma!

What will reside on our papers we save. The clips of weddings. The obituaries. Birth announcements. Or, will the information be saved by scanning them? Perhaps we would miss the unexpected history on a yellow scrap of paper.

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