A Personal Story

Personal stories about people who lived in Washington, D.C. before we did.

Pauline Floyd in 1922 (Shorpy)

Pauline Floyd: Youngest Woman to Practice Before the Supreme Court

Pauline Floyd was a pioneer and an excellent role model for women pursing a career in law. Not only did she enter the legal field at a time when female attorneys were rare, she was one...
Robert H. Muir's World War I Draft Registration Card (Ancestry.com)

Robert H. Muir: Manager of The Cairo

There were a couple of requests a short while back to do a post on The Cairo, the most famous residential building in the city. You can Google it or check it out on Wikipedia, so...
Popular Lieutenant Sprinkle of the 5th precinct (1914)

Officer Sprinkle: Captured Geronimo, Accused Bootlegger, and Bodyguard to President Wilson

A couple of reader comments about an Officer Sprinkle in this earlier post piqued my interest in finding out a little more about the guy who has the kind of name you’d give to a cat....
Henry Elphinstone

Henry Elphinstone Wins the 1911 Laurel to D.C. Marathon

Technically, it wasn’t a full marathon as it was only 20 miles, but young Henry Elphinstone from Baltimore finished first with a time of 2 hours 16 minutes and 40 seconds. This was a full two...
Nick Altrock

Nick Altrock: A Columbia Heights Major Leaguer

I love D.C. and I am also obsessed with baseball…so fittingly, my first post will merge the two. I was poking around Flickr, looking at photos from the Library of Congress and I came across this...
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