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Mammoth Loaf

On March 26, 1804, President Thomas Jefferson attended a public party in the U.S. Senate. Featured at the party was a “mammoth loaf” of bread, baked by a Navy baker. Jefferson reportedly stepped up, pulled out his pocket knife, and cut the first slice of bread. Reports indicated the bread was accompanied by an enormous […]

James Madison 

James Madison, father of our Constitution, was born 16 March 1751 in Poet Conway, VA., the son of James Madison, Sr., and Eleanor Conway Madison. His father was a Justice of the peace, vestryman and farmer. James Madison had four brothers and four sisters. On September 15, 1794  James Madison married Dorothea “Dolley” Payne Todd […]

Culper Spy Ring

When British forces occupied New York in the fall of 1776, the city became a British stronghold and major naval base for the duration of the Revolutionary War. It was critical for Gen. George Washington, commander of the Continental Army, to get information from New York on British troop movements and plans, but he had […]


Mamie Geneva Doud was born in Boone, Iowa but moved to Denver at the age of seven. Her bangs and sparkling  blue eyes were as much a trade mark as  Eisenhower’s famous grin. Her outgoing manner,  her feminine love of  pretty clothes and jewelry, and her obvious pride in her husband and home made her […]

Battle of Moore’s Creek Bridge

On February 27, 1776, at the Battle of Moore’s Creek Bridge in North Carolina, some 1,000 Patriot militia troops led by Commander Richard Caswell defeated a force of 1,600 North Carolina Loyalist soldiers recruited mainly from the Scottish population. It was the first Revolutionary War battle on North Carolina soil and the first victory in […]

Ardennes Cemetery

Ardennes Cemetery is located near the southeast edge of Neupre’, 12 miles southwest of Liege, Belgium. The approach drive leads to the memorial, a rectangular stone structure bearing on its façade a massive American eagle, and other symbolical sculptures. Within are the chapel, and three large wall maps composed of inlaid marble, one on each […]

History of Gorin School, Gorin Academy

History of Gorin School, Gorin Academy

by Sherrill Clatt Early settlers began arriving in Scotland County, particularly Harrison Township, around 1830. Most of them were practically illiterate, but wanted something better for their children. One of the first priorities was to build schools. In the mid 1800’s, on a wagon trail from the Mississippi River east of present day Gorin, the […]

Lincoln the Inventor

Abraham Lincoln, sixteenth president of the United States, was born in Hardin County, Kentucky on February 12, 1809, son of Thomas and Nancy Hanks Lincoln. Largely self-educated, Lincoln grew up in Indiana and Illinois. He spent time as a rail splitter, wrestler, flatboat operator, postmaster, merchant, congressman and country lawyer, before becoming President in 1860. […]

National Freedom Day

National Freedom Day is a United States observance on February 1 honoring the signing by Abraham Lincoln of a joint House & Senate resolution that later became the 13th  Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. President Lincoln signed the Amendment outlawing slavery on February 1, 1865, although it was not ratified by the states until later. […]

Whitcomb Judson

Whitcomb Judson, Civil War veteran, machine salesman and inventor from Chicago, was the first to invent and construct a workable zipper. Although a similar device called an “Automatic, Continuous Clothing Closure” was patented in 1851 by Elias Howe, sewing machine inventor, Howe’s device was more like an elaborate drawstring and there was no serious effort […]

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