This Day in History: August 30

This Day in History: August 30

In the Nineteenth Century, married men would often leave home in care of their wives (with children of various ages to look after) and go off in search of fortune. Men left the east coast for the gold fields of California. Men left crops in the field, businesses, home and hearth when wanderlust struck (their wives became known as “gold rush widows”)… and sometimes they actually came home.

A Domestic Romance; A married couple reunites by fate. Altoona Tribune of Altoona, Pennsylvania on August 30, 1860.

The article, for all the happiness it reveals, says nothing about whether the couple actually stayed together, or if either had “moved on” in the absence of the other.

The following article reveals a bit more callous turn of events regarding marriage and parting of ways.

Fort Scott Daily Monitor of Fort Scott, Kansas on August 30, 1876. Part 1 of 3.

Fort Scott Daily Monitor of Fort Scott, Kansas on August 30, 1876. Part 2 of 3.

Fort Scott Daily Monitor of Fort Scott, Kansas on August 30, 1876. Part 3 of 3.

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