Retro Charlotte

1890s: Swindles and death (and an elopement)

This swindler was last seen wearing a brown suit of clothes, 1896.
This swindler was last seen wearing a brown suit of clothes, 1896. The Charlotte Observer

Did you hear last week’s NPR story about the Last Seen: finding family after slavery project? It’s fascinating and got me thinking --- what “last seen” mentions could be found in the 1890s Observer? Although we had no Want Ads about families of slaves the phrase ran in some really interesting news stories. Check out the slideshow.

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