Eckington Hotel Fire (1894)

The Washington Post covers the Eckington Hotel fire, June 20, 1894:


New Mail Delivery System in Eckington and Bloomingdale (1912)

The Washington Post reports on the implementation of the new mail delivery system, September 18, 1912 and September 25, 1912:

News clipping from The Washington Post

News clipping from The Washington Post

A new mail delivery system utilizes motorized mail carriers and “Cox Boxes”:


Keith Sutherland Fights To Save Cook-Shop and Hotel (1897, 1916)

The Washington Post covers Keith Sutherland’s fight to save his “cook-shop” on January 1, 1897, and then on September 3, 1916 – almost 20 years later – the Fairview, his one-room hotel:

On September 9 & 10, 1916, the Washington Post reports on efforts to make the city close the Fairview Hotel:

Eckington entrepreneur (Paul K. Williams) shows his support of the Fairview Hotel:

“Fairview Hotel” proprietor and philosopher Keith Sutherland, wife Hattie D., brother Webster, two children and other family members resided at 104 Seaton Place, NE in 1920, according to the census taken that year. He had been born enslaved in 1855. In 1920, they lived at 1112 R Street, NW, and in 1880 at 1643 Vermont Avenue, NW. Like many owners of crude eateries and mobile soup carts, public pressure and complaints ensured these essential gathering places to move around the city.

Beginning in 1897, Sutherland was used as an example by a city judge to pay $25 per year in a permit fee of sorts, for operating his eatery at 1111 R Street, NW, close to his home at 1112 R Street, NW. He apparently moved to 1st Street and Florida Avenue, NW, where his existence eventually led to complaints outlines in a series of Washington Post articles in 1916.

– Paul K. Williams

Keith Sutherland (1854-1933)

Keith Sutherland, who pronounced his name “Keitt.” He had been born enslaved in Charles County, Maryland about 1854, and escaped to Washington in 1862. (read more)

The Washington Post covers Keith Sutherland’s death, February 21, 1933:

WR&E electric railcar accident in Eckington (1919)

Intact Eckington & Soldier’s Home streetcar; wrecked Washington Railway & Electric Company streetcar:

Intact Eckington & Soldier's Home streetcar      wreck

The Washington Post describes a WR&E electric railcar accident in Eckington, August 2, 1919:


On August 3, 1919, the Washington Post states that WR&E holds the motorman and the conductor responsible:


Light Infantry Veterans’ Reunion and Festival (1886)

The Washington Post covers the Light Infantry Veterans’ Reunion and Festival at Schuetzen Park, July 23, 1886: