Then again: Political views got in the way of famed writers’ career

Sarah Cleghorn preferred to voice her opinions in writing. Doing so made her one of the leading activists, educators, authors and poets Vermont has ever produced.

Then Again: Faking money the old-fashioned way

All governments could do was threaten dire consequences. Some early currency bore the warning “Death to counterfeiters.”

Then Again: When water was the cure for what ailed you

Nearly every community seemed able to find a spring to charge people for using. Guests — who included Harriet Beecher Stowe — liked their water fetid. The smellier, the stronger the curative powers.

Then Again: Vermont helps launch an international incident

Attacking Canada might seem quixotic at best. But the Fenians had reasons to dream, and they could count on some Vermonters for support.

Then Again: Hetty Green and her money weren’t to be parted

The Vermonter was the richest woman on Earth at the time of her death in 1916; she was also arguably the stingiest.

Then Again: Free or enslaved? Vermont court would decide

A bill of sale showed that Vermonter Stephen Jacob had purchased the woman known as Dinah. But when she could no longer work, a squabble broke out over who was responsible for her.

Then Again: Cities rise thanks to a Vermonter

With a stunt that featured perhaps the most dramatic 2-inch fall in history, Elisha Otis set in motion the transformation of the world’s cities.

Then Again: A controversial voice for change

Anarchist Emma Goldman met support among many workers and women, but opposition from official quarters, when she spoke in Barre.

Then again: Sculptor’s death stunned Barre immigrant community

The hurly-burly of 19th century politics sometimes triggered violence. In December 1900, anarchists ambushed the Barre police chief shooting him in the abdomen, but he survived. In a similar attack the following year in Buffalo, an anarchist killed President McKinley.

Then Again: A use for Vermont’s leftover bits and pieces

Gores may have started as accidents, but they soon became useful to the Legislature, which doled them out almost like consolation prizes to people petitioning the state for land.

Then Again: A massive blizzard brings Vermont to a halt

Not a train ran for nearly three days. Montpelier didn’t have mail from the south for four days, and people in Rutland fought through drifts that ranged from 4 feet to over their heads to get about town.

Then Again: Klan crosses burned in Vermont, but not for long

What drew people to the group varied. Some were attracted by its message of hatred and exclusion, while others described it as a social club, akin to the Masons or Rotary.

Then Again: A winter wracked by scurvy and cold

Sixty French soldiers huddled inside a small fort on an island in the middle of Lake Champlain during the winter of 1666. Each must have wondered: “What am I doing here?”

Then Again: On and off the prohibition wagon

Lawmakers and the public have long shown their ambivalence about banning alcohol production and sales as a way to combat the social ills of its abuse.