The Long-Lived Hiram Bingham Newspaper Clipping

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Date: 25 Feb 2021 to 25 Feb 2021
Location: New York City, New York, United Statesmap
Surnames/tags: Bingham The New York Observer (1823)
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  • Profile Manager must have inherited a 1908 newspaper clipping (at the time, from an unknown source publication) from his mother. At first thought, he thought the person mentioned might have been someone who spoke nearby or otherwise came onto his Mom's radar. But, looking at the date again, HER mother was only ten years old when the newspaper was published.
So, going one generation further back in Mom's family, he speculates the original "clipping saver" was either Julia (Mitchell) Arnold, Mitchell-14330 or her husband, Robert L. Arnold, Arnold-7970. They resided in Keokuk, Lee, Iowa.
The minor mystery of "why" this particular clipping was saved will probably never be discerned
This is the WikiTree link to the person mentioned: Bingham-1282

Original source:

This clipping came from The New York Observer, published in New York City. (NOT a newspaper at all...). Profile Manager observed the paper looked "glossy," so started looking more broadly than newspaper indexes. Image made available by Google Books; accessed 28 February 2021.
This particular issue consisted of 28 pages of news, opinion, editorials, poetry, and advertisements. The magazine appears to have at least a slight "Presbyterian" bias, but much of the contents refer to other denominations, too.
Here is the publisher's statement from the masthead of this issue: Established in 1823 / Published weekly by The New York Observer Company at 156 Fifth Avenue, New York. President, Rev. John Bancroft Devins, D. D.; Treasurer and Secretary John A. Offord.
Interestingly, a section entitled "Financial" appears on the previous page (the reverse of this clipping). That article begins: The condition of the financial markets indicates that assured relief is near at hand. It continues with a wide array of statistical indicators. [The article is most likely referring to the "Panic of 1907," or The Knickerbocker Panic. Wikipedia has basic coverage for this economic downturn.]
Citation: Anonymous, "Hiram Bingham," The New York Observer, volume 86, number 44 ("Whole Number 4460"), page 574, column 2. (See Images.)

Research Notes

  • Do not confuse this publication with the tabloid newspaper of the same name, which was apparently owned by J. Kushner in 2006. According to WikiPedia, this title is now only available in an online format.
  • The WikiTree profile for Rev. John B. Devins, publisher of The New York Observer, is found here: Devins-162

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