Category Archives: HISTORICAL

The Honey War

Written on January 16, 2017 at 2:13 pm, by

A confrontation that has been called the “silliest war in American history” took place in the winter of 1839 in Northeast Missouri. The incident called the Honey War grew out of a long-standing dispute between Iowa and Missouri over the boundary line between the two states. The line was originally surveyed in 1816 by J.C. […]

Bill of Rights

Written on January 10, 2017 at 9:19 am, by

More than two hundred years ago, a miracle happened in Philadelphia! The United States Constitution was drawn  up  and ratified. It is the  oldest written body of laws, still in use, in the whole  world. Perhaps it would be more accurate to say that the Constitution is a series of miracles—one of which is the […]

Nellie Tayloe Ross

Written on January 10, 2017 at 8:54 am, by

With her inauguration on January 5, 1925, Nellie Tayloe Ross of Wyoming became the nation’s first woman governor. Nellie Ross, a native of northwest Missouri, was the widow of William B. Ross, who had been elected governor of Wyoming in 1922 and died October 2, 1924 from appendicitis, after serving only one year and ten […]

19th Amendment

Written on December 27, 2016 at 4:18 pm, by

The 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution prohibits any United States citizen from being denied the right to vote on the basis of sex. It was ratified on August 18, 1920. The Constitution allows the states to determine the qualifications for voting, and until the 1910s   most states did not allow women  to vote. […]

Esek Hopkins

Written on December 20, 2016 at 9:36 am, by

On December 22, 1775, the Continental Congress created a Continental Navy. The first commander in chief of the fleet being assembled at Philadelphia was Esek Hopkins, who was given the title of Admiral by George Washington. Hopkins’ brother, Stephen Hopkins, governor of Rhode Island and chairman of the naval committee of the Continental Congress, persuaded […]

Omar Bradley

Written on December 13, 2016 at 8:48 am, by

Omar Nelson Bradley was born-literally in a log cabin-near Clark, Missouri on February 12, 1893, the only surviving child of schoolteacher, John Smith Bradley and Sarah Elizabeth Hubbard Bradley. The environment of Bradley’s youth in rural Missouri was impoverished, but  he received a good secondary education, becoming a star player on the Moberly High School […]

Townsend Plan

Written on December 6, 2016 at 10:34 am, by

In 1933 Dr. Francis E. Townsend was a country-bred physician who had gone to California several years earlier to recover his health and seek a livelihood. When the Depression struck, most of his savings were lost and he had to accept an appointment with the Long Beach City Health Office. He was almost sixty-seven when […]

Tench Tilghman

Written on November 29, 2016 at 10:10 am, by

Tench Tilghman was born December 25, 1744  in Talbot County Maryland. Tench’s great-grandfather was Richard Tilghman, a British Navy Surgeon who was born in Kent County, England. I661 he moved his family  to Talbot County, Maryland. Tench’s father James Tilghman was a distinguished gentleman lawyer   and important Marylander in his time. He was the Attorney […]

Greenback Party

Written on November 22, 2016 at 12:27 pm, by

The National Greenback Party was founded on November 25, 1874, at a meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana. It was formed out of growing discontent among farmers and poor Americans concerning the amount of paper money to be kept in circulation. The word “greenback” referred to the paper money that was issued during the Civil War as […]

Battle for 96

Written on November 15, 2016 at 9:52 am, by

During the American Revolution the Patriot  siege of Ninety Six, South Carolina began on May 22, 1781, with Major General Nathanael Greene and 1,000 Patriots attempted an attack on the critical village of Ninety Six, in  the South Carolina back country. After failing to seize  the fortified settlement, they began a siege of it, which  […]