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A death foretold

On June 23, 1912, Milwaukee resident Henry Hill was at his home on First Street when he experienced a powerful vision seemingly suggesting his brother, John Hill, a resident of Leicester, England, had died.

Troubled by the experience, Henry Hill immediately wrote a description of his vision on a sheet of paper, dated it, and sealed it in an envelope.

He then mailed an anxious letter to relatives in England. A reply was a long time coming and when it arrived it contained news of his brother’s death on July 20th – nearly a month after Henry had experienced his vision.

The letter from England noted on June 23rd, the date of the premonition, his sister had just arrived at the bedside of their brother who was slowly dying. His family in England, the letter added, had not wished to disturb him with the news of John’s terminal illness until it was all over.

A Milwaukee friend then opened Henry Hill’s sealed message of June 23rd. and read the following: “I believe I received about 4 p.m. American central time, or about 11 a.m. Greenwich time, a wireless message in the shape of an envelope bordered in black and a package containing some beautiful white lilies tied with a white silk ribbon, and the name of my brother, John Hill, on a card. It impressed me so deeply I had to speak about it and I am anxious for the next mail.”

A newspaper reporter added, “His friends are still puzzling over his uncanny experience.” – Source: Milwaukee Journal, Aug. 27, 1912

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2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 23,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 9 sold-out performances for that many people to see it. There were 384 pictures uploaded. That’s about a picture per day.

The top three posts were:

Secrets of Shorewood’s Hubbard Park

Amid the ruins of Gordon Park’s riverside bathhouse

In 1901, Riverwest residents battled on the frozen Milwaukee River

Thanks everyone for a great year! The first Milwaukee history post of 2105 arrives later today!Carl_sig

Enjoy Milwaukee this Labor Day

Sightseers enjoy all Milwaukee has to offer in this comic postcard from the early 1900s. The vehicle features coin-operated beer dispensers, as well as bins containing schweizer kane, pumpernickel, frankfurter, and sauerkraut. The person who mailed this card in 1907 advised the recipient to "Have a drink on us." Collection of Carl Swanson

Sightseers enjoy all Milwaukee has to offer in this comic postcard from the early 1900s. The vehicle features coin-operated beer dispensers, as well as bins containing schweizer kane, pumpernickel, frankfurter, and sauerkraut. The person who mailed this card in 1907 advised the recipient to “Have a drink on us.” Collection of Carl Swanson