Thursday, November 26, 2015

Thanksgiving Flashback

I am taking the easy way out again and posting a Thanksgiving Flashback of previous posts. You will see familiar items, including this now almost traditional photo of the turkey herd at the Old Idaho Pen that comes from a November 1924 Nature Magazine I acquired a few years ago.

I may get back to add a few items later.

Have a safe and great day/weekend everybody!
JTR Collection

I said I would probably be back for an addendum!

A person I got acquainted with on Find A Grave has done many entries for Steunenberg kinfolk and 1000's of others. I am not into it as are those who document many grave sites/deaths as a hobby but it is a good resources for information and of course memorials. I have posted a few pictures from time to time on some of our family member pages. This gentleman who did all the Steunenberg's had asked if I would take over the assignment/maintenance from him. I agreed to do so. Not a big deal as he did all the work but it gives me more control over what can be added without having to request permission each time. My name, email and blog links also now appear for others to use that might have information or wish to comment but with whom we don't have regular contact. I was reminiscing  about our T-days as kids, mom, and how I miss her along with that turkey, dressing, mash potatoes and gravy. Fittingly, he just transferred her page over to me a few minutes ago on this Thanksgiving Day. I always give thanks for having such a great mom!
Mom Brenda & John on
 a bright sunny day by the bay.

Brenda Ruth Steunenberg Richards (1918 - 2010) - Find A Grave Memorial

Sunday, November 22, 2015

QSL cards wanted for W6WFV, Cal Steunenberg, U.S. Army Signal Corp. & Ham Operator

 I am doing a little collecting project and looking for any old QSL cards of my uncle Cal Steunenberg's with the call sign W6WFV. Preferably they were written on and sent to other ham operators and the earlier the better (50's. 60's, 70's), etc. Of course actual cards are preferred but if it is one you can't part with, a good scan would suffice. I will pay the mailing cost and a reasonable fee (a few bucks) unless you have something with a unique message or was swapped with a famous fellow Ham operator or radio station. Of course free would be better as it is the story of your contact or your ancestors as evidenced by the card that I want to preserve too. Since QSL cards were exchanged by mail, one of yours, or your relatives/ancestors (even if blank) to go with Cal's would be a special treat. BTW, in case you are wondering, I have none of his QSL cards (be it his or those he received) except the two you see pictured below. I do not know what happened to any of them...wish I did.

Here are a couple examples of my uncle Cal's cards.

Above is the earlier card, perhaps 1950's. As we commonly find throughout history, Steunenberg was printed incorrectly, with the first 'n' left out. Sorry, but no, you can't call it an error card and sell it for a bunch of money!

Here is a card printed in the 1970's but given to my son Josh about 2002 when he got his ticket.

Circa WWII US Army Signal Corp.
So check among all those old QSL cards on your wall or among grandpa's belongings and aging ham radio equipment, I would always be pleased to see if you or your kinfolk hooked up with Cal during the many years he was on the air.

Of course, I will also listen to anyone with old radio equipment or boat anchors they might want to get rid of too! 

73's, John, KJ6DOV 

More from my Blog on Cal Steunenberg

Fold3 Honor Wall-Cal Steunenberg 

Find a Grave 

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Updated post from 11/11/2015. A little Naval history discovery on Veterans Day...oil soaked 1935 bills from the USS Lexington sunk at the Battle of the Coral Sea in 1942

Republishing this today with better scans and a little additional information. I was so excited with the discovery on Veterans Day that I slammed it up there pretty fast with only one mediocre scan. Will continue to add more information as it becomes available. 
Thanks, John 

From 11/11/2015 
A very nice and pleasant surprise discovery as we honor our Veterans today.

Fred Mandella, CEM, USNR
As Cindy & I sometime do on holidays, we work on our family history collections. Today often focuses on military mementos. Here is an interesting new find she discovered in a box that the Navy boys and girls will appreciate...two oil soaked 1935 Silver Certificates from the sinking of the USS Lexington in May 1942. Perhaps not specific to Idaho but the Battle of the Coral Sea was important for all of us and a lot of Idaho men and women were serving too. Being a military history enthusiast, it got me pretty excited. Looks like these were given to Cindy's grandfather, Chief Electricians Mate (CEM) Fred Mandella, USS Castor AKS-1 by Chief Hire, EMC. I have not yet located a Chief Hire, EMC, so give a holler if you do. 

Update 11/15/15: Found a little on Chief Charles W. Hire, a CE on the USS Lexington as of 9/30/1941. I will dig up more as time allows but made sense to find him on the Lexington.
USS Castor. Riding pretty high for a supply ship so my guess is coming into port for re-supply, repair and r&r.

As you can see, the note says "3 - $1.00 Bills 'Oil Soaked.'" The two US Silver Certificate Certificates fit that description. I imagine one could have been given away or sold by Fred as there were receipts among the same items for some U.S. coinage that apparently had been sold. However, there was a third $1.00 bill in the envelope but it is Canadian, appears pretty crisp and clean and not "oil soaked." It is dated 1937 so would be pre-USS Lexington sinking. Here is a front and back scan. Let me know what you think. 

From Fold3: USS Lexington was rocked by explosions belowdecks as the crew abandons ship

You might remember our earlier stories about Iowa football player and Navy pilot Nile Kinnick and the signed photo postcard I got from my father.

Kinnick died on a routine training mission off the USS Lexington on 6/2/1943. How could that be when Lexington was sunk in May of 1942?  Well one month after the older Lexington (designated CV-2) was lost, a new carrier under construction was renamed USS Lexington and designated CV-16. Kinnick was flying off of CV-16 when he crashed into the ocean. This fifth Lexington survived the war and is now a national monument and museum in Corpus Christi, Texas.

You can read a little more about Fred & other Veterans on my blog link:…/honor-our-veterans-novemb…  


And the sinking of the Lexington CV-2 on Fold3:…/the-sinking-of-the-uss-lexi…/

Idaho Related: Idaho Public Television presents The Idaho Homefront: World War II

And of course we can't forget BIG SPUD BB-42 USS Idaho


I might as well mention the Yorktown CV-5 too. It was badly damaged at Coral Sea but was miraculously repaired enough in time to be at the Battle of Midway. It may not have been at full power and armament but just being there is said to have scared the hell of the Japanese. My brother Gary Osborne served on the USS YORKTOWN (CV-10 & later called CVA-10 and CVS-10). As a little kid, when in port, touring the flight deck, I seem (or want!) to remember going up and down the flight elevator to the lower deck as was an unforgettable experience.


Monday, November 9, 2015

Honor our Veterans November 11th and on all days

Find yourself or other Veteran family members or friends by clicking on the image below and conducting a search. Be it you are kinfolk or not, I would be pleased to know the names you discover & the stories you share. Email to:
If you need assistance, just ask & I will do my best to help.

History of Veterans Day
Still a lot of work to do on these but it's a start.

Carroll 'Cal" Steunenberg 

Frank 'Bud' Steunenberg 

Jule 'Juke' Steunenberg
(above are the three sons of Julian & Francis Steunenberg & my uncles)

Robert K. Steunenberg

Bernardus Steunenberg

George Steunenberg

Robert 'Bob" J. Richards (my father John Sr.'s brother and my uncle) 

Nile C. Kinnick (not family but did find a connection) 

Ronald L. Longanecker (my wife Cindy's cousin)

Jim Carl Behlen Jr., U.S. Navy (my wife Cindy's brother)

Frederick J. Mandella (Cindy's paternal grandfather)

Walter 'Gary' Osborne (my brother) 

Bob Allen (brother in-law, Navy, need more info on Bob)

Timothy Underwood (my nephew)

Justus L. Simpson (Way back on Grandma Francis S. side) 

Lewis Simpson (brother of Justus)

Sergeant Stubby (kind of reminds me of my old mutt from childhood) 

Saturday, November 7, 2015

"Boise, Idaho, 1901, Legislature" & a bit of Idaho Suffrage too

Here is a nice original photo I acquired of the 1901 Sixth Idaho legislature taken on the steps of the Territorial Capital building. As we know, Frank served here as governor from 1897-1901 when some of these legislator's were no doubt also members of the Fourth and Fifth legislatures during his administration.

"The sixth session of the State Legislature began at Boise on Monday, January 7, 1901, and adjourned sine die on Tuesday, March 12, 1901. During the session Lieut.-Gov. Thomas F. Terrill served as president of the Senate, and Glen P. McKinley, of Shoshone County, as speaker of the House. Governor Hunt's administration commenced with the opening of the session.  In his message he gave a comprehensive account of the Coeur d'Alene riots and announced that the cost to the state of restoring order in the troubled district was $59,849.66. He also stated that martial law was still in force and that United States troops still occupied Shoshone County." — History of Idaho Gem of the Mountains

Only one person, William Edward Adams, is identified on the back of the photograph. I will start searching my books and photos to see who else I can ID but no doubt need a lot of help with this one. Please let me know if you can identify any of these gents and ladies.
I will assume the "ribboned hat" is the one on the lady to the right (looks like a forest up there!) and William Edward Adams is the gentleman directly behind unless they are referencing the fella just to the right. However, I could be wrong and a bit of enlightenment on the subject of hats might be necessary. Who are these ladies? Wives, legislative aids, elected members, Idaho suffragettes?

Below from History of Idaho: The Gem of the Mountains, Volume 4. I have volumes 1, 2, & 3 but not the hard to find 4 yet. Looking for one if you have it.
William was born 8/3/1861, died 6/3/1937 & is buried at Hillcrest Cemetery, Weiser, Washington Co., Idaho (Find A Grave).

For more on Governor Steunenberg and the fourth and fifth sessions of the State Legislature, and the above Sixth session, click on the link below.
History of Idaho
James H. Hawley, Editor
Volume I
Chapter XIV
From Steunenberg to Morrison

"By a vote as flattering as it was just, the electors of the state, at the last election, conferred the privilege of the ballot upon women. I take this opportunity of welcoming them to the ranks of voters and feel sure that, in their new capacity, they will exert the same influence for good that has characterized the sex since creation's dawn. I recommend such legislation as may be necessary to carry out the full purpose and extent of this amendment." 
Governor Frank Steunenberg, January, 1897

Other Related:
Sunday, January 6, 2008
Woman Suffrage in Idaho by Governor Frank Steunenberg

The Woman's Column

Saturday, October 17, 2015

2007 Blog Flashback - Governor Steunenberg Commemorative Medal & other items circa 1900

As I wind down on the 8th year of this blog, I am going to start going back to the beginning and do an occasional flashback of interesting items that may have become buried and forgotten.

I haven't discovered and recovered any significant family specific items such as these since 2007. A significant and very pleasant surprise at the time. Let's take a look back.

Saturday, December 29, 2007 

Never Know What Might Pop Up On eBay

All of the items mentioned below on my blog were purchased by me as a lot on eBay.

Commemorative medal given to my great grandfather in 1900 

I find a lot of items related to our family and Idaho history but to find these personal mementos that at one time belonged to my great grandfather, great grandmother and their children was quite a surprise. Typically items such as this would have been retained and preserved. I suspect these got separated somewhere in the course of death, divorce, relocation, estate sales and perhaps even theft. I am always saddened when I see things of a very personal family nature going to the highest bidder and was afraid the same was going to happen here. Love it or hate it, eBay is now the world's garage and estate sale and anything is possible. I had to pay a price but was delighted that I was the high bidder on this one and these items were able to find there way back to the family.

As a side note, many of the documents related to the Steunenberg administration and Coeur d’Alene mining issues are at the College of Idaho archives.

Other sites of interest include:

If you haven't been to the site yet, your will want to check out Assassination: Idaho's Trial of the Century. (Many more links of interest are listed here under "resources"). I recommend supporting public television by purchasing the DVD of the program. It was a lot of fun to contribute and I even got a few seconds of on screen fame!  

Idaho Legal History Society (some repeats from my blog). The logo you see is of Governor Steunenberg

Bill Haywood Trial

Idaho State Historical Society

Idaho Capitol Building

Nothing unusual but a small, looks like dated "67" although car is earlier, photo of the Idaho Capitol Building taken from behind Frank's Statue. Posting on here before it disappears into a photo box.

A earlier photo (circa 1950's) of the Steunenberg boys in front of their father's status. My grandfather Julian on the left and Frank Jr. on the right. Julian was about 18 and Frank about 5 at the time of their fathers assassination.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

"Cal Poly crushes Idaho State" (from Idaho Statesman)

Saturday, October 3rd, 2015

Just a reminder if you missed it last night. 

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo 58 - Idaho State 26

OK, so I am piling it on some of my Idaho family/friends! Been on the other side of the fence too.

Cal Poly routs Idaho State

More Football:

Sunday, September 28, 2014
Bob & John Richards (AKA Ricciotti), Football & Nile Kinnick

Sunday, October 19, 2014
Addendum to Sunday, 9/28/2014 post about Bob Richards (AKA Ricciotti), Roman Catholic High School, Univ. of Iowa Hawkeye Football & Nile Kinnick

Saturday, April 25, 2015
Nile Kinnick isn't the only one from Iowa

Monday, December 8, 2014
We will "Remember the Titans"!

Saturday, January 16, 2010
College of Idaho Football Team circa 1908

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Idanha Hotel Match Safe

Here is an item currently listed on eBay related to the Idanha Hotel. A early 1900's match safe, match box or sometimes called a Vesta case. Since I didn't have a spare $1,200 in my collectibles cookie jar at the moment, I settled for asking the seller, stroyer500, for permission to use a couple photographs. Permission was granted and in return I get to share this very interesting item and am happy to also provide a bit of free advertising.

In all my Idaho searching I have never seen another one of these. Have any of my fellow Idaho collectors seen one? How rare are they? If you have one, or know more about these, please let me know at:

This is really a nice Idanha collectible!

Here is the link to the eBay listing:

Other Related:  

Idanha search of this blog

Cooper Hewitt Matchsafe collection

Beware of Married Match Safes by George Sparacio


Saturday, September 19, 2015

More Main Street, Caldwell, Idaho

Here is a recent real photo post card I acquired with a view down Main Street, Caldwell, Idaho. I would say circa 1905-08. The photo was incorrectly described by the seller as Nampa, ID. That didn't fool a handful of us Caldwell collectors who pursued it in a spirited manner!  I am going to put a few pics up here without too much commentary. You can find quite a bit on this blog about 7th and Main or just click here for a sample search.
Looking down Main Street toward the intersection with 7th Street. 

Interurban coming up Main Street
Looks like an early car parked on the street. Maybe Walter Sebree's down near where I believe the First National Bank was located and he was President? Here is an excerpt from an article appearing 1/18/15 in the Idaho Statesman written by historian Arthur Hart. Click here for the full article. 
It was the wealthier and more adventuresome citizens who bought the first cars, and the Idaho Statesman reported regularly on their exploits. On Jan. 2, 1904, under the headline "SWELL AUTO" came this: "Walter Sebree came over from Caldwell yesterday in his new automobile, covering the distance in about two hours. The car is a handsome vehicle of considerable size and good lines. It attracted much attention as it stood on Eighth Street." Fast runs between towns were reported regularly that year, as when E.H. Dewey and L.C. Van Riper came over to Boise from Nampa in an hour and 10 minutes. (These "fast runs" averaged about 12.5 miles per hour.)

Read more here:
Saratoga Hotel on the right with the Caldwell Bank & Trust/Steunenberg Block on the opposite corner across 7th Street.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Utah event honors Joe Hill, hero to many, murderer to others

Click here: Utah event honors Joe Hill, hero to many, murderer to others

(Utah state archives/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP). This photo from the Utah state archives shows Joe Hill’s prison records, identifying him as Joseph Hillstrom. Lionized in a song sung by Pete Seeger and Bruce Springsteen, labor activist and songwriter.

Freedom's road seems rough and hard,
And strewn with rocks and thorns,
Then put your wooden shoes on, pard,
And you won't hurt your corns.
To organize and teach, no doubt,
Is very good, that's true,
But still we can't succeed without
The Good Old Wooden Shoe.
--Joe Hill

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Bunker Hill & Sullivan Concentrator...before and after the wreck.

Way overdue in getting something posted again. I seem to be moving at a much more leisurely pace these days but wanted to share this great photograph. It's an image we have seen before, online and in the "after the wreck" postcard shown further down on this post. However, this one is an original T. N. Barnard Studios photo with period cardboard backing and nicely labeled. I recently purchased it from a seller up in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho (seems only appropriate it come from there). The photograph shows the aftermath of the bombing of the Bunker Hill and Sullivan (BH&S) concentrator on April 29, 1899 and would set events in motion eventually leading to the bombing and assassination of Governor Steunenberg on December 30, 1905.
Here's an excerpt from Big Trouble by J. Anthony Lukas that deals with the blowing up of the BH&S. I had previously typed a portion from the book, have added more here and will probably still add a couple paragraphs I skipped. Too much typing so there may be a typo here and there but I caught most of them. Probably add some additional related links too. If you have anything to add regarding this event, let me know and I will usually be happy to do so or you can leave comments by clicking on the comments link at the bottom of the post.

     "As the nineteenth century drew to a close, Bunker Hill was a thriving enterprise.  In 1893, when Bradley assumed its management, the corporation had been deeply in debt and had never paid a dividend.  In the years since, it had moved into the black, paying over $600,000 in dividends. By April 1899, the miners union concluded that the time had come to confront Bunker Hill head-on, in hopes of compelling union recognition and union wages.  Early that month, Ed Boyce, president of the Western Federation of Miners, then based in Butte, met with leaders of the Wardner union. On April 18, notices sprouted in the mining camp warning anyone not yet a union member to join immediately. On April 23, a workers' delegation called on Bunker Hill's acting manager, Frederick Burbidge, to present its demands. Burbidge put into effect a plan aimed at driving a wedge between the union members (roughly 100 men) and the rest of the company's workforce (about 350). He promptly granted a wage increase—to the "old scale" of $3.50 a day for miners, $3.00 for muckers—thus, it was hoped, satisfying the nonunion faction.  But he refused the request for union recognition.  Albert Burch, the superintendent, said the company would "shut down and remain closed for twenty years" before it would recognize the union.  Union men should report to the office, where they'd be paid and dismissed. On his own initiative that day, Burch fired seventeen men he believed to be union members.
Before the wreck
      Three days later, some 150 unionists, many of them armed, turned workers away from the mine with dire threats, while another group seized the tramway carrying ore from mine to mill, effectively halting Bunker Hill's operations.  Fearing for his life—with some justification—Fred Burbidge fled to Fairfield, Washington, where he wired Steunenberg in Boise, reporting the situation and adding.  "County authorities unable to cope with mob, and we appeal to you for protection for ourselves and our men."  Steunenberg promised to investigate but reminded Burbidge of the new state law providing for arbitration of labor disputes.  "Nothing to arbitrate," Burbidge fired back.  "I again renew my request for protection."  Steunenberg telegraphed James D. Young, the county's Populist sheriff, asking for a report, to which Young replied:  "Am on the ground. All is quiet. No armed mob.  Matters are orderly."
     Early on April 9, Burbidge heard from undercover detectives that more efforts would be made to intimidate his nonunion workers.  He promptly alerted Steunenberg, who warned Young to stay on top of the situation. The threat that bright spring morning came not from Wardner's embattled union but from the entrenched unionists along Canyon Creek.  Up the narrow canyon in the cramped mining camp of Burke, the Northern Pacific's"down train" was about to make its seven-mile morning run to Wallace, when the engineer, Levi W. Hutton, and the conductor, George Olmstead, noted 250 miners in their "digging clothes," some wearing masks and others armed with rifles, climbing aboard the two passenger cars and eight boxcars.  Hutton and Olmstead later claimed innocence in the matter, though authorities accused them of "moral cowardice and truculent subserviency."  According to Hutton, two masked men with Winchesters jumped into his cab and told him, "Pull out for Wallace, and be damned quick about it!"  A mile down the track, in the mining camp of Mace, a hundred more miners got on.  The masked men ordered another stop at the powder house of the Helena-Frisco mine, where workers loaded eighty wooden boxes, each containing fifty pounds of dynamite.  At Gem, another 150 to 200 miners armed with rifles joined their colleagues on the train, along with three freight cars to accommodate the newcomers.
    When the train completed its scheduled run at Wallace, the station platform seethed with 200 more miners, who'd walked seven miles from Mullan, retrieving weapons cached in a manure pile along the way.  The authorities later pointed to this as proof of how carefully the operation had been planned, allegedly at mining camp meetings the night before (the men of Mullan--representing the largest local union in the state-defiantly refused to wear disguises).  Now the masked men in the cab ordered
Hutton to head for Wardner, twelve miles west.  "We can't go to Wardner," he said he told his captors, explaining that the Northern Pacific track didn't go there and they'd have to ask permission to run on the "foreign track" of the Oregon Railway and Navigation Company.  Even with running orders it wasn't safe:  "This engine weighs about 115 tons and we'll go through the bridges.  Besides, there are trains on the O.R. & N. and we're liable to have a collision and kill fifty men."
     A railway agent named Lambert refused permission to run on his tracks, but the masked men were adamant. So the rogue train pushed through the transfer switch, ringing its bell and sounding its whistle, which Hutton had rigged with a chime made by a Wallace plumber, giving it a distinctive tone. As an additional precaution, Hutton ordered the brakeman, Thomas Chester, to act as flagman, waving his red banner to warn any oncoming train of their unscheduled run.  Since there were many curves on this stretch--requiring the flagman to intercept any train that might be out of sight round the turn—the train crawled along, reaching Kellogg just before noon.
     A mile from its destination, several hundred men from the Bunker Hill and Last Chance mines managed to squeeze aboard. As the train pulled into the Kellogg depot, which served as the railhead for Wardner's mines and mills, nearly a thousand men were jammed onto the nine freight and ore cars, one passenger coach, and two engines (one front and one rear).  Some two hundred had covered their faces with masks made from pillowcases, buckskin, or American flags; these same men were armed with Winchesters, shotguns, and baseball bats. The 'train was 'literally black with men' recalled a Spkane newsman. 'The engine itself was covered all over with armed men and everywhere a man could gain a place to sit or stand or hold on to, he was there.' Each miner on the train wore a strip of white muslin buttonhole or a white cloth tied around his right arm.
After the wreck
     In midmorning, Fred Burbidge had telephoned the mine superintendent at the concentrator to warn the non union men to 'make for their own safety.' When the attackers realized the concentrator was unmanned, they sent word to the main party still gathered by the train, to bring forward its lethal cargo. Even then, it isn't clear whether  these seven to eight hundred men knew what was about to happen. In 1892, a smaller group of unionists had come to Wardner, persuaded Bunker Hill  executives that dynamite was in place t\beneath the mine's concentrators, then used that leverage to get rid of the scabs. Many who boarded the train seven years later may have expected a repeat of the famous bluff.
     Others had a bolder scheme in mind, placing sixty boxes of dynamite at three locations below the concentrator. At 2:35, they lit the fuses. In a few seconds three consecutive blasts reduced the concentrator to splintered wood and billows of dust. The Bunker Hill office containing all the records, the company boardinghouse, and several smaller buildings were also destroyed by the explosion or fire. By 2:50, the raiding party and most of the others who'd arrived in Kellogg at noon were back on the train—now dubbed the Dynamite Express—which hastily retreated. From Kellogg to Wallace, ranchers and laboring people lined the tracks and, according to one eyewitness, "cheered the [union] men lustily as they passed." 
 —Big Trouble: A Murder in a Small Western Town Sets Off a Struggle for the Soul of America
by J. Anthony Lukas.
"The governor of Idaho trying to be a peace maker was also killed in this explosion." Someone had either heard a bad rumor or had their history wrong as we know the governor, Frank Steunenberg, was not killed in this explosion. 
As you have seen many times before, Frank was killed in this explosion when he entered the side gate of his home on 16th Avenue in Caldwell, Idaho on 12/30/1905 

All the images above are from originals owned by me. Unauthorized use is prohibited. In other words, have the decency to contact me, ask first and cite the source appropriately. I will also sell higher resolution scans/copies of the originals at reasonable cost.

Other Related:

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Fourth of July in Farmington. So who's the boy?

Happy 4th of July. Hope you are enjoying a good one. Here is a partial re-post from a few years back.

If you have been paying attention, you should know the "boy" in the excerpt below. This is an easy one. How many more hints do you need!

"The Fourth of July in Farmington began with a fanfare from the town's brass band, resplendent in gold and white, rumbling down Main Street in a wagon pulled by a four-horse team. Later, in a shady grove by the river, there'd be fried chicken, iced lemonade, a baseball match, fireworks at a recitation of the Declaration of Independenceand always a lawyer over from the county seat to deliver the patriotic oration.

The boy would see the lawyer's horse and buggy at the hotel in the morning, and think 'how nice they were, and how much money a lawyer must make.' When the visitor got up to speak, the boy noticed his 'nice clothesa good deal nicer than those of farmers and other people who came to hear him talkand his boots looked shiny, as if they had just been greased.' He talked very loud, 'and seemed to be mad about something, especially when he spoke of the war and the Bridish (sic), and he waved his hands and arms a great deal.' On he went in the midday sun, about the flag, and the G.A.R., and because our people were such great fighters,' and how they must be 'ready to fight and to die' for that flag. The farmers clapped their hands and said the lawyer was 'a mighty smart man' and 'could talk louder than anyone we had ever heard.' The boy thought 'what a great man he was, and how [he himself] should like to be a lawyer.'"

So click comment at the bottom of this post and tell me who is the boy! Was he born in Farmington? 

Related: Sunday, July 4, 2010
The Unanimous Declaration of the Thirteen United States of America

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

7/1/15 - The People's Daily - Morning Star

JTR Collection
I will continue to post articles from time to time that are related to the topics on this blog―all viewpoints are welcomed. Click on the link below to read this one.

One Big Union, Three Giant Labour Heroes

Two of the three mentioned in the article are pictured to the left: Gurley Flynn and Bill Haywood.

And of course Joe Hill. On my bookshelf. A good read.
JTR Collection


Saturday, May 21, 2011  

More Reader Comments, Joe Hill, Unions, Violence/Non-Violence, Harry Orchard, etc.