Archive for February 20th, 2009

A Queer Old Maid

February 20, 2009
Fort Knox, Vincennes, Indiana

Fort Knox, Vincennes, Indiana

Death of a Queer Old Maid

A charitable old lady, named Rosa Dellahans, more familiarly known as “Aunt Rosa,” lately died in Vincennes, Indiana, in the 83d year of her age. She had such an antipathy to the male sex that she never held communication with males when she could avoid it. Even her will had to be written by her female friends, to whom she also entrusted the disposal of her property.

Republican Compiler (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania) Mar 22, 1852

On the 1830 census for Knox County, Rosanna Dolohan is listed living with two females, one under the age of 5, and another between 10 and 15. Rosanna is shown to be between 40 and 50 years of age.

On the 1840 census, Rosan Dollahan is shown living with two females between the ages of 5 and 10, in Knox County, Indiana.

In 1850, Vincennes, Knox County, Indiana, she is shown living with a Mary Gadlet, age 20, born Illinois. Rosan is listed as being about 76 years of age, and born in Ireland.

The Rigid College Professor

February 20, 2009


A college professor, who was very rigid to grammar, suspecting that a surreptitious game of cards was going on in one of the college rooms, knocked at the door.

“Who’s there?” was the response.

“It’s me — Professor Simpson,” was the reply.

“You lie!” roared one of the students. “Professor Simpson never’d say ‘It’s me!’  He’d say ‘It is I;’ so you be off, or I’ll break your head!”

The professor knew the boys had him, and quietly left.

Reno Evening Gazette (Reno, Nevada) Oct 26, 1876