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The Great Throat Distemper of 1735

throat distemper of 1835

In Southern New Hampshire in 1735, a young child in Kingston came down with a cold and all of New England would get sick. The Great Throat Distemper of 1735 to 1740 was one of the greatest epidemics ever to ...

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The Jumping Frenchmen of Maine

In 1880, Dr. George Miller Beard boarded a train for Moosehead Lake in Maine to see for himself the strange lumberjacks known as Jumping Frenchmen. Many lumber camps had them. The jumping Frenchmen tended to be shy, ticklish French-Canadians who ...

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Married to a Murderer, H.W. Mudgett

Clara Lovering eloped with 17-year-old Herman Webster Mudgett before a New Hampshire justice of the peace in 1878. She didn’t expect him to abandon her and the son born two years later. Nor did she realize until later that she ...

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The Mad Hatters of Danbury, Conn.

The 19th-century hat factories of Danbury, Conn., made physical wrecks of thousands of workers, turning them into mad hatters with symptoms known as the Danbury shakes. The environmental mess left behind by the hat factories is still being cleaned up. ...

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