This post copyright 2014 by Doris McCraw
“The minor events of history are valuable, although not always showy and picturesque.” Mark Twain.
I find the above quote by Mark Twain to be applicable. It is little things that add up to the rather amazing whole.
If Dr. Susan Anderson’s father had not moved to Cripple Creek, Colorado in the 1890’s, she would not have gone back there after medical school. When creating a practice in that town didn’t work out she eventually went to Frazier, Colorado where she met the woman who would write her story “DOC SUSIE”.
Winfield Scott Stratton, Cripple Creek, Colorado’s first millionaire, came up from the ranks of the prospectors. Through his influence and financial ‘support’, many miners and mine owners owed their livelihood to him. The Labor strike of 1893-94 ended with the miners having an eight-hour day and pay of $3.00 per day. After his death in 1902 the miner/labor union lost the strike in 1903-04. Were the two events tied together? Again Twain’s idea of ‘minor events’ holds some weight. For more information on the event: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cripple_Creek_miners’_strike_of_1894
In 1930 my father was born at home 3 months premature. He weighed 2 lbs. 9 oz. To keep him warm and alive they placed him in a shoebox on the oven door. They also gave him a shot of whiskey every hour. Those actions probably saved his life. Something so minor as a shoebox, whiskey and a warm oven made all the difference.
When Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman in the United States to graduate medical school, was accepted into Geneva College in New York, it was considered a joke. She chose not to see it that way and graduated in 1849. http://www.nwhm.org/education-resources/biography/biographies/elizabeth-blackwell/
The next time you look at history, be it personal or national, take a look at the minor events. See where their story leads you. You might be surprised.
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