The following is excerpted from “200 Years of Richmond History” in today’s paper.
The June 29, 1874, Richmond Dailey Independent reports:
Richmond has grown deservedly, earning every stiver she owns. No bawling money lenders wallowed our way who would pasture a pig on his mother’s grave. This remark has a high falutin’ tinge but is too true to be wicked! We venture the assertion more men in Richmond own their own homes, earn more money weekly, live better, and are better satisfied when Saturday night comes than
I’m sure not going to pretend I understood the first couple of sentences, but I guess those Richmondites thought rather highly of themselves. So highly in fact that they, in order to become the count seat, nearly went to war with Centerville. Ah, but that’s a story for a different time.