It is Friday, September 7, and before the gathering of years can further tarnish our public recollection, the Easley Progress will shake off the red rust of time and open up the archives to September of 1906.
The front page of that 106 -year- old edition reported,
“A BRAVE ACT”
How brave fireman Poell saved the life of a TWO YEAR OLD BOY
But slipped under the wheels of the locomotive and is badly crippled for life.
The story detailed that fireman George Poell had pulled a baby from certain death under the wheels of a flying locomotive and was crippled.
The fireman was awarded the Medal of Honor from President, Theodore Roosevelt.
The Progress also reported,
“Old Soldiers Picnic at Easley”
The article recounted an annual Civil War reunion and picnic for the old soldiers of Camp Jasper Hawthorne.
Several excerpts from the article are offered.
“After dinner, they stood about in groups, recounting their experiences during the stormy days of the sixties.”
The Civil War took place from 1861-1865.
“There were several absent, kept away by business, and others who have answered the final roll call on earth and gone to again unite with comrades who have already crossed the river.”
The article concluded with this line,
“Their deeds of valor on the field of battle will be only a memory, and instead of hearing them recounted from the lips of the participants, pages of history will have to be consulted.”
Several Advertisements were also featured.
The Easley Mercantile Company opened for business and promoted staple and fancy groceries, dry goods, shoes, hats and notions.
Hagood’s Pharmacy announced,
“Our cigar and tobacco stock is the most complete in town. We can give you anything you want in this line.”
In world news, construction on the RMS Titanic would not begin for another three years where it would remain above water for three more until sinking to the bottom of the North Atlantic in April of 1912.
In national news, a mere 41 years had come and gone since the final shot of the American Civil War had been fired, and 63 more remained until American Astronaut, Neil Armstrong, would walk on the moon.
The Easley Progress was in its 4th year.