Different Papers Mean Different Versions

A relative from New Mexico served with Teddy Roosevelt in his “rough riders.” In 1907 the relative was living in Indiana and met then-President Roosevelt while he was visiting Indianapolis for Memorial Day.

The relative’s hometown newspaper indicated that he spent an hour with President Roosevelt, remembering their service time together. No such reference to the meeting could be found in newspapers in Indianapolis and Roosevelt’s schedule seemed packed with activities with little time for a lengthy informal chat with my relative.

What’s more likely to have happened is that the relative went to an appearance Roosevelt had in Indianapolis.

What’s important for genealogists to remember is that different newspapers may often give different accounts of the same incident.