100 Years Ago Today

A History Of Events And Happenings From Exactly One Hundred Years Ago

Recorded January 22, 1915

Last week, President Wilson became a grandfather when his daughter Jesse Wilson Sayre gave birth to a grandson, Francis Sayre in the White House.


Margaret Woodrow Wilson is President Wilson’s first of three daughters by his first marriage. She was born in Georgia, attended Goucher College in Baltimore, and trained in voice and piano at the Peabody Institute of Music.

The Panama–Pacific International Exposition is a world’s fair that will be held in San Francisco between February 20 and December 4 in 1915. It will celebrate the completion of the Panama Canal and will be held in conjunction with the Panama-California Exposition in San Diego. It will give San Francisco a chance to show the world it has recovered from the devastating 1906 Earthquake. The fair will be constructed on a 635 acre site in San Francisco, along the northern shore near the entrance to the San Francisco Bay known as the Golden Gate.

On January 22, 1915 President Wilson daughter Margaret recorded the “Star Spangled Banner” as a benefit for the Red Cross in Europe. The record reads:

The Panama Pacific International Exposition Souvenir Record
Price $1.00
This Record of my voice if sold by the Columbia Graphophone Company shall yield to the American Red Cross the sum of 25 cents covering my entire royalty. (Signed) Margaret Woodrow Wilson

Wilson’s signature is also etched into the wax.



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