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Raid at the Dryden Hotel

Updated: Feb 2, 2019

Sometimes you can find things in newspapers that you're not expecting to find.

For example, while browsing through a 1948 newspaper, you wouldn't expect to find a story from 1913, yet here it is. While this is a story about prohibition, small town newspapers often commemorated major events in the personal lives of the locals, too. I remember finding one about my 2nd great-grandfather being struck by lightning in 1916. The story was mentioned again in 1917 and then again in 1936 under the "Twenty Years Ago" column. Normally I wouldn't have clicked on 1936 article among the hundreds of search results, since he died in 1927, but if I hadn't I would have missed that clipping.

Keep this in mind next time you're browsing through search results while researching your family's history. Click here for places to find free newspapers online. For more great genealogy tips and resources, click Free Genealogy Resources!

"Nineteen barrels of cider, aged in the wood, were destroyed in Ithaca upon order of the State Excise Dept. The cider was seized in a raid at the Dryden Hotel, in Sept. 1908, and had been stored in Ithaca awaiting the court decision. Town of Dryden was called on to pay $300 storage charges, but the town board considered it unreasonable and refused to pay it." - Cortland Democrat, Nov. 26, 1948.


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