History: New light on Wilmington’s ‘Casket Lady’ | News

Cloudy skies with a few showers this afternoon. High 76F. Winds SSW at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 30%.. Rain early…then remaining cloudy with showers overnight. Low 57F. Winds NW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 90%. Rainfall near a half an inch. The light is at the first en­trance to Wildwood Ceme­te­ry, at a gate originally bought by Dr. Mrs. France Hiller in the 1890s. Dr. Hiller, Wilming­ton’s famed “Casket Woman” provided for many improvements and expansion at the cemetery. She had long had a fixation with death, and the money to make elaborate funeral prep­arations. In the 1880s, she hired a Scottish woodcarver to prepare elaborate mahogany coffins for her and her husband. Dr. Henry Hiller, though, died before his outer coffin was ready. The coffin maker worked in a building on Middlesex Ave­nue. Dr. Mrs. Hiller would go there in her funeral clothes and lie in her coffin, looking at herself in a mirror. The Hillers had moved to Wil­mington from Cape Cod about 1875. Dr. Henry Hiller sold a patent medicine and be­came quite wealthy. He served the town as auditor of ac­counts in 1877, and again in the mid 1880s. He was a li­brary trustee in the late 1870s. When the to...

Moon’s Unexplored South Pole –”What’s Hidden There?”

YPE html PUBLIC “-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN” “http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd”> The Moon’s south pole region is home to some of the most extreme environments in the solar system –NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has measured the coldest temperatures in the solar system inside the permanent darkness of lunar South Pole craters, which have become known as perfect environments for preserving material like water for eons. Or so we thought. It’s unimaginably cold, massively cratered, and has areas that are either constantly bathed in sunlight or in darkness. This is precisely why NASA wants to send astronauts to the South Pole in 2024 as part of its Artemis program. “We know the South Pole region contains ice and may be rich in other resources based on our observations from orbit, but, otherwise, it’s a completely unexplored world,” said Steven Clarke, deputy associate administrator of the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington. The most enticing feature of this southernmost region is the craters, some of which never see the light of day reach their floors. The reason for this is the l...