The Dutch Slave Trade 1500-1850

It is interesting to see how one blog posting can cause other blog posting to be created, much like a comment in a conversation at a dinner party can cause a discussion about a seemingly unrelated topic. “I like the dress you are wearing; the color is so…” “Did you know that the first cloth… Continue reading The Dutch Slave Trade 1500-1850

The Mitchell and Patzke families

Family trees show “the Good, the Bad and the Ugly” of a family’s history. Some families have more than their share of the “Bad and Ugly” and can seem to be reliving the life of the bible story “Job”. The Mitchell and Patzke families of Oregon and Washington are connected not only by marriage but… Continue reading The Mitchell and Patzke families

The Secret Life of Plants – 1905

Back in the 1970’s our little community of organic gardeners; in Lansing, Michigan, was all a buzz about the new book called “The Secret Life of Plants”. [The following picture comes from Wikipedia web page referenced in this posting] We talked about the findings of the book and even did our own little experiments to… Continue reading The Secret Life of Plants – 1905

Civic Pride 1936

I was looking through some old newspapers articles and this one caught my eye. As I read this 1936 Wyoming article I was thinking how things haven’t changed much; we want to preserve our history. Then I read the list of things to remember… really? Civic Pride 1936 Page 8 Column 4 Article Title: Lest… Continue reading Civic Pride 1936

Tennessee or New Jersey in Newspaper Table?

Today Feb. 16 2013, I received a message from a Mark Aubrey: “Thanks for the work. A correction for you, though. The Sunday Chronicle of Knoxville, Tennessee is actually from Paterson, New Jersey.” I of course knew what he was talking about as I had run into the same problem with other newspapers. I didn’t… Continue reading Tennessee or New Jersey in Newspaper Table?

Georgia on My Mind

In August of 2012 I found a political ad in a 1988 Georgia newspaper and from that simple ad I was able to find more items for the person. The person was a sheriff of the county and had been in office for many years so there were lots of stories about him. He had… Continue reading Georgia on My Mind