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Bess Truman

Elizabeth Virginia Wallace, “Bess” was born February 13, 1885 to David and Margaret Gates Wallace. Their home was near Independence, Missouri  before they moved into town. Bess and Harry Truman were class mates in school. She was very athletic and  a superb  tennis player. She was also very opinionated…. and no hesitation  about stating them […]

Civilian Conservation Corps

The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was a federal agency created in March 1933 as part of the New Deal program of President Franklin Roosevelt. It was a work relief project designed to provide employment to young unmarried men who couldn’t find work because of the Great Depression. The CCC was intended to promote environmental conservation, […]

Battle of New Orleans

On January 8, 1815, (203 years ago) American Forces commanded by General Jackson decisively defeated the British forces as they tried to capture New Orleans. The battle which took place after the Treaty of Ghent had been signed, effectively ended the war. But the British were not willing to give up. They had plans to […]

Frances Perkins

In 1933, Frances Perkins became the first woman to hold a U.S. cabinet post. She was appointed as Secretary of  Labor by President Franklin Roosevelt at the beginning of his first term and served until 1945. Perkins came to the position with extensive experience in public service.  Born in Boston, Massachusetts  in 1882, Perkins was […]

Dr. Mary Edwards Walker

Dr. Mary Edwards Walker was the first and only woman to receive the Medal of Honor. Born in 1832 in New York, she graduated in 1855 with a Doctor of Medicine degree from Syracuse Medical College, the only woman in her class. In 1856 she married a fellow physician, Albert Miller. They divorced after thirteen […]

USS Arizona

The USS Arizona was a Pennsylvania-class battleship built for and by the United States Navy in  the mid 1910’s. Named in honor of the 48th  state’s  recent admission into the union,  the ship was the last of  the Pennsylvania-class of “super-dreadnought” battleships. Although commissioned in 1916, the ship remained stateside during World War I. Shortly […]

Pearl Harbor

Early Sunday morning, December 7, 1941, Japanese planes launched a surprise attack on the U.S. Naval Air Station at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.  The devastating attack on the air strips and the naval base lasted about two hours and destroyed more than 150 U.S. planes, and sunk or badly damaged 19 ships. Thousands of soldiers, sailors, […]

Anna Eleanor Roosevelt

Anna Eleanor Roosevelt was born in New York City on October 11, 1884, the daughter of Anna Hall and Elliott Roosevelt, younger brother of Theodore Roosevelt. Her mother died in 1892 and her children went to live with Grandmother Hall. Her father died two years later leaving her an   orphan. She went to a distinguished […]

St. Joseph, MO

The Blacksnake Hills trading post on the banks of the Missouri River was established in 1826 by  Joseph Robidoux, a French fur trader. The fur trading post was strategically located at the entrance to the Indian-controlled Platte country where goods such as beads, mirrors, bright cloth, and metal pans could be traded for Native American […]

Lou Henry Hoover

Lou Henry Hoover was born in Iowa in 1874, the daughter of Charles D. Henry, and lived there for ten years. The Henry family then moved to California for the health of Mrs. Henry. Lou loved the outdoors and she and her father took many camping trips. She became a fine horsewoman; she hunted and […]

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