Author Archives: Mike Dixon

Family Genealogists Help Document Story of Brakeman Edwin Roach Killed in Railroad Explosion

I have been investigating a deadly Delaware tragedy, an explosion that occurred over one hundred years ago in Greenwood. In the midst of a blinding snowstorm two trains collided in the center of the town of 367 people, and one … Continue reading

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The Women and their Kitten, Scouty, Advance on Washington, D.C.

By the second decade of the 20th century woman had been fighting for the right to the ballot for over 60-years. Along the way, they had become experts at figuring out how to grab attention, and one of their well-honed … Continue reading

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Researching the Greenwood Delaware Disaster of 1903

Recently I have been doing research on a deadly Delaware tragedy that spurred a vice-president of the Pennsylvania Railroad to push for national safety transportation regulations.  Following a number of accidents involving powerful explosives, including a catastrophic one in Greenwood, … Continue reading

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A Day of Horror in Greenwood as Train With Deadly Cargo Explodes

In the little town of Greenwood a day and night of horror arrived abruptly while a blinding snowstorm pummeled Delaware on Dec. 2, 1903.  In those treacherous conditions, the brakes of a shifting engine failed, causing it to slide out on the … Continue reading

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Tri-State Marker Trail Dedication and Celebration of the 250th Anniversary of the Mason Dixon Survey

Press Release — Friends of White Clay Creek Preserve June 6, 2015 (National Trails Day) 9am to 1 pm Download a flyer here. It has all the hikes and details about the event! Join the Friends of White Clay Creek Preserve … Continue reading

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94-Year Old Relative of Officer Killed in Line of Duty in 1915 Attends Wilmington Police Ceremony

May 8, 2015, the Wilmington Police Department unveiled a memorial wall honoring the ten members of the Wilmington Police Force who have been killed in the line of duty .  A member of the current police academy, the 96th class, read … Continue reading

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Maryland Paper Money: An Illustrated History, 1864-1935 Released

A new regional title, Maryland Paper Money:  An Illustrated History, 1864-1935, by J Fred Maples has been released.  This 348-page hardcover book documents Maryland’s national currency era of banking from 1864 to 1935.  Among 300 photos of surviving notes are … Continue reading

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