Monday, November 7, 2016

Politics a Century Ago - Waynesburg, PA - 1916

(By Candice Buchanan, Greene Connections Archivist)

What politics looked like a century ago!

Preserved in the Helen Mae (Jacobs) Fonner Collection and shared courtesy of George & Anna (Fonner) Blystone, this photograph [1] comes complete with the following handwritten notation, capturing the details of the moment for us to enjoy.

"Float representing the American Emblem, Uncle Sam and Columbia. Designed and made by J. Warren Jacobs for the Democratic Election Demonstration, at Waynesburg, Pa., Nov. 20, 1916. The Eagle - a specimen killed near Rices Landing about the year 1897, and mounted by J. Warren Jacobs. The Boy (Uncle Sam) William Francis Jacobs, age 14, son of J. Warren Jacobs. The Girl (Columbia) Mildred King, age 13, daughter of Charles King, Attorney, Waynesburg, Pa. See the big one-half man on the left edge. That's Ben Jacobs, age 16, height 104 in. weighs 190 lbs. Picture taken on south-east corner First and Washington St., Waynesburg, Pa. Jacobs residence in background." is a free local history archival project. Sponsored by LOLA Energy.

[1] Item # JACB_AN001_0149, Jacobs-Kent Series, Helen Mae (Jacobs) Fonner Collection, Greene County, Pennsylvania Archives Project (

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