Grandpa Darling witnessed history when he lived in Chicago

112590335_1407743668While my great-great grandfather, often referred to as Grandpa Darling, lived in Chicago, he witnessed a few historical moments.

The city hosted the World’s Columbian Exposition, the mayor was assassinated, the Pullman workers went on strike, a serial killer murdered unsuspecting women, and William Jennings Bryan delivered his Cross of Gold speech.

And that’s just a few years of his life, in the 1890s.

1891: Chicago Symphony Orchestra plays its first concert.

1891: In midst of bicycle craze, a schoolteacher becomes first local woman to ride 100 miles in less than 16 hours.

1892: University of Chicago opens for class.

1893: World’s Columbian Exposition.

1893: Mayor Carter Harrison I is assassinated.

1893: Art Institute of Chicago moves into current building.

1894: Pullman workers go on strike.

1894: British writer William T. Stead publishes “If Christ Came to Chicago,” an expose about corruption.

1895: The nation’s first automobile race is held in Chicago and Evanston.

1896: William Jennings Bryan gives his Cross of Gold speech at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago.



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