Chas Drew (1835 - 1891)

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Chas Drew
1835 - 1891
c. 1835
June 4, 1891
Kings County, New York United States
Chas Drew was born c. 1835. He died on June 4, 1891 in New York United States at age 56.
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Chas Drew passed away on June 4, 1891 in New York United States at 56 years old. He was born c. 1835. We are unaware of information about Chas' surviving family.

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In 1835, in the year that Chas Drew was born, on June 2nd, P. T. Barnum and his "circus" began their first tour of the U.S. He had paid $1,000 for an elderly slave named Joice Heth, who he claimed was 161 years old and a former nurse for George Washington. Touring the northeast of the U.S., he made more than $1,000 per week. Joice died the next year - at about 80 years old.

In 1852, Chas was 17 years old when on March 2nd, an experimental steam fire engine was tested in the US. Great Britain had begun using "steam pumpers" after 1829, when they were invented.

In 1860, at the age of 25 years old, Chas was alive when on February 26th, near Eureka California, white settlers attacked a tribe of Wiyot Indians on Indian Island. Over 60 women, children and older people died. Bret Harte - a writer and friend of Mark Twain - reported the news about the massacre to the papers in San Francisco.

In 1880, at the age of 45 years old, Chas was alive when on August 26th, P. T. Barnum and James A. Bailey signed a contract in Bridgeport, CT, creating the Barnum & Bailey Circus. Twenty-seven years later, the Barnum and Bailey would merge with another circus, Ringling Brothers.

In 1891, in the year of Chas Drew's passing, on June 25th, in the July issue of The Strand Magazine in London, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's character Sherlock Holmes appeared in a series of short stories for the first time. Doyle eventually wrote 4 novels and 56 short stories with Holmes as the main character.

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