Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Monday, December 14, 2009

Electricity Comes to Price Utah

Residents were alerted to the fact that electricity was coming to town on 13 Mar 1909 in Price, Utah.

“Get Ready to Throw Away Your Old Coal Oil Lamps” residents were told.  “There Will Be Little Delay in Furnishing the Public the Greatest Entertainment in the History of Price.”

Little did they dream that electrical service would be the key to incalculable economic and cultural change.

Electricity comes to Price Utah

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

USS Casablanca – Relief Party

WWII – Sailors returning to their ship after liberty pass during World War II.

Technorati Tags: ,

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Final Outfitting – WWII – Victory Ships

A row of Victory Ships lined up during their final outfitting in a west coast port in 1944 during World War II.

Victory cargo ships are lined up at a US west coast shipyard for final outfitting 1944

Technorati Tags: ,

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Plymouth Colony Boundaries

Over seventy-one years, Plymouth Colony growth required political subdivisions.  Boundary disputes have always existed and were found in the 1600’s between the Colony and Rhode Island.

Plymouth colony map

Technorati Tags: ,,

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Millions of Acres For Sale

Millions of acres of land in Iowa and Nebraska for sale.  Ten year contracts at six percent interest.



Technorati Tags: ,,

Friday, November 13, 2009

1863 Navy Recruiting Poster

Men Wanted For The Navy.   If you aren’t in the Army then the Navy is going to enlist you. 


Navy Recruiting Poster 1863


Technorati Tags: ,,

Monday, November 9, 2009

Kids – Stay In School

If you don’t stay in school, you’ll end up holding pylons for upside down speed racers.  Danger factor high.  Pay Low.

Inverse air race

Sunday, November 1, 2009

William Bradford’s Birthplace

William Bradford was born 19 Mar 1589 in Austerfield, Yorkshire, England.  We know him for his many years of being the governor of the Plymouth Colony and as a passenger on the ship Mayflower.

He was born in this home in Austerfield and later left it to eventually find religious freedom on the American Continent.


Thursday, October 29, 2009

Execution Order ~ Susanna Martin

The execution order for Susanna Martin who was convicted of being a witch in wicked Salem.


Technorati Tags: ,,

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Glass Workers Playing Baseball

Glass making is dangerous hard work, so manufactures hired young men with stamina and feelings of invincibility.  Since they had to be careful around all of the glass, a good way to work off frustration and free time energy was to play baseball.


Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Bingham Canyon Mine

The famous Kennecott Copper mine in Bingham Canyon, Utah.  The small Bingham Canyon company town was just part of the operation.


Thursday, October 15, 2009

Join The Sheep Club

Young folks were encouraged to raise sheep to provide wool for soldiers during the war.  Twenty sheep supported a soldier.


Thursday, October 8, 2009

San Francisco Is A Doomed City

First reports out of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.

400 Bodies gathered together.  $40,000,000 damage.

 San Francisco Earthquake 18Apr1906

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Cotton Farmers – Don’t Expect Much Out of Life

The life of a cotton farmer was extremely difficult in good times.  Even when a crop isn’t destroyed by bugs, it was frequently destroyed by drought.

Cotton famers learned not to expect much out of life.


Monday, September 14, 2009

Avoiding Catarrh

Nasty colds in the spring were always a problem in days gone by.  Fortunately, a tonic creation could protect you.

Women take pe-ru-na.jpg

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Building America

The Magic that is America was created by the hard work and determination of its inhabitants.  Let the building begin – again.


Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Panning For Gold

My great grandfather left Plymouth, Massachusetts to make is fortune in the California gold fields.  Not many of the men who followed this particular dream stuck it rich as witnessed in this image.  They made enough to survive until they could find other work.


Friday, August 21, 2009

The Old Tin Type

Found an old tin-type photo of my great grandmother.  Too bad the image continues to degrade, hence a hi-res scan to preserve it.



Saturday, August 15, 2009

The Women of Ingalls

The champion welders of Ingalls shipyards during Word War II.


Warship Diagram

The warships of days gone by weren’t made of metal, but we have to pity the folks that had to find and cut all of that wood.

_148, 6/13/05, 1:31 PM,  8C, 4440x4536 (60+1068), 75%, Default Settin,  1/40 s, R66.2, G49.3, B63.2

Monday, August 10, 2009

Almost Missing – Incredibly Strong

A four pound brick sits on top of a small block of aero gel; a compound so lightweight that it is almost appears to be invisible.

Aero gel block

The Notorious Albert Tirrell

Albert J. Tirrell just couldn’t stay out of trouble.  Acquitted in the murder trial of Maria Bickford by the loosest interpretation of the law, he was soon in trouble again. 

This time he robbed a group of sailors on the U.S. warship, “Constitution”.  He was lucky to have survived this encounter as well.

Tirrell Albert J Trial 2

Tirrell Albert J Trial 1

See the stories here.

Alfred Farrar Marries Emma Sawtill

Alfred Farrar who was born in England married Emma Sawtill who was born in Virginia on 7 Jun 1869 in Macon, Missouri.

Their marriage entry in the County Marriage book shows a unique hand drawing associated with it.


Saturday, August 8, 2009

Lusitania Sunk by German Torpedoes

Known as the “Queen of the Seas”, the ship Lusitania was sunk by German torpedoes on 7 May 1915 off the Irish coast, killing 1500 or more people.

The sinking was front page news in the Boston Journal the following day. 

Click to see the full image.

Lusitania sunk 8 May 1915 

Battle of Antietam on Ancestors Farm

The fury of the terrible Civil War Battle of Antietam in Maryland raged across my Anderson ancestors farm on the south side of the Potomac in Virginia (now West Virginia).

Battle of Antietam


Antietam Battle Map


Friday, August 7, 2009

Lincoln Visiting Civil War Staff

The tall President Lincoln visiting his senior officers in the field toward the end of the Civil War.  Note the Ghost on the far right side of the photo.  The legs are clearly visible, while the torso and head fade as you follow the body up. 

The effect was probably created by someone moving from their original position during the typical long-exposure required for photos in that era.



Brakeman Loses His Leg

Bernard Featherstone lost his leg in an unfortunate train accident in Wyoming.

Gold Nuggets Still Found in California

There is no reason to break your back looking for gold. Just use your chickens to do the work.

Farmers Feud

The Featherstones and Richardsons ended their water rights argument on Sept. 20th in Bonne Terre, Missouri.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...