The Book, Cat, & Cat Book Lovers Almanac

of historical trivia regarding books, cats, and other animals. Actually this blog has evolved so that it is described better as a blog about cats in history and culture. And we take as a theme the advice of Aldous Huxley: If you want to be a writer, get some cats. Don't forget to see the archived articles linked at the bottom of the page.

July 19, 2013

July 19, 1860

Lizzie Borden  (July 19, 1860 to June 1, 1927) lived comfortably after being acquitted for murdering her father and stepmother. The jury said there was no evidence of her guilt. Her father had been a wealthy though parsimonious man. After his death Lizzie and her sister moved to the best neighborhood of their town, Fall River, Massachusetts. There too the townspeople continued to ostracize the sisters. Lizzie had taught Sunday school at the Congregational Church, and been a member of WCTU but after the trial one assumes such local activity ceased. Lizzie had pets, a dog and a cat, canaries, and squirrels in her new home, as well as indoor plumbing. She could afford to travel, but she never moved out of Fall River. She left the majority of her estate, 30,000 dollars, to the Fall River Animal Rescue League, or so I have read. 

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