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Portsmouth, Ohio Happenings – 1871 – What Goes Up, Must Come Down

October 14, 2009
Market Street - 1865 - Portsmouth, Ohio

Market Street - 1865 - Portsmouth, Ohio

Image from the Portsmouth Library photograph collection.

Chronology for the City of Portsmouth for 1871 by Weeks.

1st week. Mariner stole a pig.
2d week. A landlord was married and serenaded.
3d week. The Tribune don’t believe in spirits.
4th week. The town clock froze up.
5th week. The ground hog came and went.
6th week. Several want to be postmasters.
7th week. Some more fellows want to be P.M.’s.
8th week. Only one got to be P.M.
9th week. Wharf-boat moved further down town.
10th week. Big fire in town; mush and milk supper.
11th week. The TIMES got burned out last week by that big fire.
12th week. It rained Monday.
13th week. Sheriff outruns a jail-bird and catches him.
14th week. Cards are written freely, and the weather is delightful.
15th week. People get saw-dust for the queer. Sheriff takes that chap to Columbus. He won’t run much.
16th week. Irontonians drink about all the beer in this place.
17th week. Had an earthquake along about this time somewhere.
18th week. It is May-day this week.
19th week. The schools are going ahead now.
20th week. Several fellows had been taking it straight. In swapping off with the Mayor he got boot, also. Green cucumbers are ripe now.
21st week. The Ironton Journal man blew the end out of a six inch water pipe serenading these office.
22d week. A boy tried to crawl through that pipe this week.
23d week. Getting ready for the Fourth of July.
24th week. Some more getting ready, and five dog fights.
25th week. Two potato bugs captured.
26th week. More Fourth of July coming.
27th week. A colored deck hand wouldn’t own the baby.
28th week. Looking out for circuses.
29th week. Another circus coming.
30th week. A fellow went up in a balloon. He come down again.
31st week. Another circus coming.
32d week. Going to have a ni**er show.
33d week. Another circus coming.
34th week. Look out for water melons.
35th week. The Germans didn’t deify Horton.
36th week. Bad on mosquitoes.
37th week. Its New Year’s by brevet* this time.
38th week. Mail train comes in some times.
39th week. We’ve got a live peanut roaster.
40th week. Sol Smith Russell is coming.
41st week. If ever I cease to love.
42d week. Look out for water works.
43d week. Straw pile burned.
44th week. MAIL TRAIN ON TIME.
45th week. Col. Kurney has a buffaloss.
46th week. How are you musquito?
47th week. The martins have lit out.
48th week. An old delinquent, having recovered from a sick spell, paid his subscription.
49th week. The man will have good health now.
50th week. Christmas is coming.
51st week. The compiler of this chronology begins his labors.
52d week. He completes it, and the old year lights out.

The Portsmouth Times (Portsmouth, Ohio) Jan 13, 1872

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* From the legal dictionary at The Free Dictionary by FARLEX:

BREVET. In France, a brevet is a warrant granted by the government to authorize an individual to do something for his own benefit, as a brevet d’invention, is a patent to secure a man a right as inventor.

This definition seemed to make the most sense, given the context above.

portsmouth circus advert 1871c

The following news articles isn’t funny, but I ran across it looking for an advertisement for the Robinson Circus, and since it was mentioned in the year’s recap above, I thought I would include it here:

Balloon Ascension — The Balloon Goes Up and the Aeronaut Comes Down — A Spectator Injured.

THE balloon ascension which was announced to take place on Wednesday, in connection with Robinson’s circus, terminated in a serious accident. A large crowd was present to witness the ascension. Everything was pronounced ready and the aeronaut called out to “let go.” The balloon started with a rapid whirl, and the basket striking one of the poles used in supporting the balloon while filling, was torn from the balloon, and the aeronaut, Geo. Augenstall, was precipitated forty feet to the ground. A thrill of horror ran through the crowd, and alarm was depicted on every countenance.

He was immediately picked up and conveyed within the tent. Dr. Bing being called in, it was found that no bones were broken, though he was badly bruised.The extent of his injuries could not be ascertained, as the shock to his system was frightful, and no doubt resulted in internal injuries. He was removed to the Legler House and yesterday was taken down on the steamer Andes to Cincinnati, where he resides.

The balloon alighted near Mr. Bell’s residence, in the northeast limits of the city.

At the same time the above occurred on of the poles fell among the crowd. Several were more or less hurt, and one, a young man named George Brown, known as “Dad” Brown, was dangerously injured, the pole striking him upon the shoulder and back. He has been improving, however, and it is thought he will recover. It is a wonder several were not killed outright.

Aeronauts have an unpleasant experience at Portsmouth. Last year the one with De Haven’s circus, who made the ascension, alighted in the middle of the Ohio river and barely escaped drowning.

The Portsmouth Times (Portsmouth, Ohio) July 29, 1871