Finland grants universal suffrage in a move that also allows women to stand as candidates when it adopts universal suffrage. They are the first country to do so.
Although Theodore Roosevelt wins the Nobel Prize for Peace for his role in resolving conflicts between Russia and Japan, there is a diplomatic crisis with when San Francisco public schools want to racially segregate Japanese.
1906 is also the year of The Great San Francisco Earthquake toppling much of the city buildings and claiming the lives of 3,000 or more residents. Up to 300,000 people are homeless.
In New York State, Chenango County raised Grace Mae Brown, a pregnant unwed clothing factory worker, is murdered at Moose Lake her lover. This is news that shocks the Binghamton community.
The Barber family is saddened by the loss of both Daniel and Miranda Tripp. Daniel dies a few days after the New Year, January 10th. The Owego Record captures the sentiment of longtime friends and neighbors:
Owego Record, January 12, 1906
The Binghamton Republican of this morning says of the death of a former well known Owego man: “The funeral of Daniel Tripp, known as the veteran watchmaker, and who died on Wednesday, will be held this afternoon at two o’clock from the Clinton street M. E. church. Burial will be in Floral Park cemetery. Mr. Tripp, who was 82 years old, was one of the oldest actively engaged watchmakers in the state, as he followed his trade up to a short time before his death. He was widely known throughout the Southern Tier as ‘Tripp the veteran watchmaker.'”
Miranda passes away just a few months later.
Owego Record, April 26, 1906
Mrs. Miranda Tripp.
Mrs. Miranda Tripp, widow of Daniel Tripp, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J. C. Barber, 8 Berlin street, Binghamton, N. Y. , Wednesday, April 25, 1906, aged 77 years. She is survived by one son, H. E. Tripp, and two daughters, Mrs. S. D. Wilbur and Mrs. J. C. Barber of Binghamton. The funeral will be held Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the Clinton street M. E. church, Binghamton. Burial will be in Floral Park cemetery. Mrs. Tripp was for many years a resident of Owego, living on West avenue. Her husband’s death occurred but a comparatively short time ago.