History at Home: This Day in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle

History at Home: This Day in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle

As we wander about our modern neighborhood, caught up in the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it’s easy to ignore the long and vibrant history of our community. Let’s remedy that. Every weekend, we’ll take a step back, with the help of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle archives, and explore what was happening around South Slope over a century ago.

On January 12, 1902, Brooklynites discovered the story of 13th Street’s Caroline Brett, whose tale sounds like something out of an American Jane Austen novel:

284 13th St - 1:12:02
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In the January 13, 1902 issue, a woman decided not to pay for her laundry, and then got her panties in a wad when the delivery man (who lived on 7th Avenue) refused to give the wash to her:

528 7th Ave - Laundry Prisoner

Also on January 13, 1902, a Brooklyn doctor found himself in front of the judge, for failing to report a case of smallpox on 8th Avenue:

smallpox 1634 8th ave 1:13:02

Have an interesting bit of South Slope history to share? Send it to editor@bklyner.com, and we’ll publish it in our weekly History at Home segment.

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