The old and the new
Cascade Montana Community Web Site
Born sometime around 1812, Mary began life as a slave in Hickman County, Tenn. When Mary heard that the United States Postal Service was looking for someone to deliver mail from the town of Cascade, Montana to families in the surrounding areas, she applied for the job. Mary proved herself the fastest applicant to hitch a team of six horses and was hired. Thus, Mary became the second woman and the first African American woman to work for the United States Postal Service.
Orli Wald - Wikipedia
Orli Wald was a member of the German Resistance in Nazi Germany. She was arrested in 1936 and charged with high treason, whereupon she served four and a half years in a women's prison, followed by "protective custody" in Nazi concentration camps until 1945, when she escaped. She was a prisoner functionary in the infirmary at Auschwitz-Birkenau and, because of her helpfulness to Jewish and other prisoners, was called the "Angel of Auschwitz."
Vintage Black Glamour by Nichelle Gainer
"Educator Charlotte Hawkins Brown on her wedding day, 1912. Founder of the Palmer Memorial Institute in North Carolina, Ms. Brown was also a suffragist who worked for black women to have the same rights black men and white women were fighting for in the early 20th century. She was also the great aunt of singer Natalie Cole. In fact, she raised Natalie’s mother Maria and her sisters (her brother’s children) when their mother died in childbirth."
Bill Pickett - known by the nicknames "The Dusky Demon" and "The Bull-Dogger," Pickett gave rodeo bull dogging exhibitions in Texas and throughout the West. His performance in 1904 at the Cheyenne Frontier Days (America's best-known rodeo) was considered extraordinary and spectacular. He later signed on with the 101 Ranch show in 1905. Dying in 1932, famed humorist Will Rogers announced the funeral of his friend on his radio show.
A forgotten profession: In the days before alarm clocks were widely affordable, people like Mary Smith of Brenton Street were employed to rouse sleeping people in the early hours of the morning. They were commonly known as ‘knocker-ups’ or ‘knocker-uppers’. Mrs. Smith was paid sixpence a week to shoot dried peas at market workers’ windows in Limehouse Fields, London. Photograph from Philip Davies’ Lost London: 1870-1945.