Archive for March, 2014

1887 Hopkins Real Estate Map – Uniontown (Anacostia P.O.) [Plat 41]

1887 Hopkins plat map

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“Fire in Uniontown” [Evening Star, 6 November, 1854, p. 3]

DC Public Library

DC Public Library

Local Intelligence.

FIRE IN UNIONTOWN. – Last night a row of three or four small frame dwellings located in Uniontown, were totally destroyed by fire. It is supposed to have been the work of an ordinary. There was no possible means of extinguishing the fire, and but few of the neighbors knew any thing of it until this morning. Uniontown is but commenced. The land formerly belonged to Enoch Tucker, Esq., is situated on the Maryland side of the Eastern branch, and was purchased by Messrs. Fox, Van Hook, and Dobbler, who divided it into building lots and sold to various persons, and some of them have commenced building. The finished buildings belong to Messrs. T. W. Perkins, H. Martin, and a gentlemen whose name we could not ascertain but who lives in the city, and owned the burnt row. There is a also a smithshop standing, belonging to Lloyd Jenkins. The rumor this morning that all of Uniontown, except two houses and a smithshop, was burned last night, startled those who did not know which town was referred to.

 

SOURCE:

Evening Star, 6 November, 1854, p. 3

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Village of Nacotchtank (NOVA VIRGINIA TABULA 1630 – 1645)

Courtesy of Historical Society of Washington, Kiplinger Collection

Courtesy of Historical Society of Washington, Kiplinger Collection

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Northwest corner of 13th & U Street in 1972

ACM-acma_mcgrath_slides_060 _  nw corner of 13th & U Street SE

Dorn McGrath, Jr (1972) — Anacostia Community Museum Archives

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2004 Washington Post election profile of Cardell Shelton

Cardell Shelton (R)
Age: 74
Residence: Congress Heights.
Education: Completed courses at various universities.
Occupation: Building trades instructor, building inspector, construction contractor.
Office Sought: D.C. City Council Ward 8 

Extra-curricular activities:
Commissioner, ANC 6C07, 1980-92; member, D.C. Republican Party, American Legion, National Association of Disabled Veterans, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, Southeast Business Merchants Association, D.C. Contractors Guild.

Why should voters elect you?
“I understand the needs of my people in Ward 8 and will work to make life better for all the residents of this ward.”

What do you think is the most urgent problem facing your jurisdiction?
“Education. A community center and a hands-on, earn-while-you-learn survival training school are needed. Teach our people to love and respect themselves, the community and their lives. Teach them the discipline of life, to respect their job, to have a good work attitude (such as reporting on time and performing). Teach them how to become law-abiding citizens. Also important are the functioning of the D.C. government, health care and rental housing for singles.”

Web site: None given.
Email address: None given.

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William Alston-El looking out of an Anacostia attic overlooking Washington City, February 2014.

William Alston-El looking out an Anacostia attic at Washington City, February 2014.William Alston-El has seen a lot in his life. He is a descendant of the Moors, which gave the world great engineers, mathematicians, explorers and survivors. Since 1967 William, which translates to “protector” in old English, has lived in old Anacostia. He is still in Anacostia today and is going nowhere anytime soon. It is time for him to write his story, his Anacostia story, for antiquity.

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Uniontown in Albert Boschke’s map of Washington (1861)

Boschke _ Uniontown _ 1861

* Special thanks to Brian Kraft.*

Source:

American Memory, http://1.usa.gov/1g8I0IB

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