Category Archives: HISTORICAL

Mark Twain

Written on August 23, 2016 at 1:59 pm, by

Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by his pen name, Mark Twain was born on November 30, 1835, in the tiny village of Florida, Missouri, the sixth child of John and Jane Clemens. When he was four years  old, his family moved to nearby Hannibal, a bustling town of 1,000 people. Sam Clemens lived in Hannibal […]

Erie Canal

Written on August 16, 2016 at 11:43 am, by

The Erie Canal was the engineering marvel of its time. The 363-mile canal, with its system of locks and aqueducts, connected the Hudson River with Lake Erie. Construction was authorized in 1817 and the canal was completed in 1825, financed by a seven million dollar state loan. Governor DeWitt Clinton of New York was a […]

Sandhill Burial

Written on August 9, 2016 at 9:59 am, by

The following article appeared in a local newspaper February 2, 1899 and again 70 years later (2 February 1969) A  Rutledge correspondent to the Quincy Journal makes the following mention of the supposed burial place of the father of Mark Twain: “Sand Hill, a small place two miles west of Rutledge, is not known very […]

Memories of W. C. (Claude) Ludwick by Granddaughter Debra Arnot

Written on August 4, 2016 at 1:37 pm, by

Information provided by Joanne Ragan Claude Ludwick was the second born child, Wilford Claude Ludwick on August 20, 1901, to Pinkney “Pinky” Quinteous Ludwick and Mary Emma (Stevens) Ludwick. Siblings in order were, Ivan Miles, Claude, Rubel Wayne, Hazel Pauline, Joseph Buel and Lester Clark. They lived on a farm at Lawnridge, MO in rural […]

Heat Wave of 1936

Written on August 2, 2016 at 11:39 am, by

Many of us grew up hearing our parents and grandparents talk about the summer of 1936. During that summer, temperatures across the United States reached record highs, with many of the records remaining unbroken to this day. A lack of precipitation added to the problems caused by the intense heat.  Crops died from the heat, […]

Medal of Honor

Written on July 26, 2016 at 10:08 am, by

The Medal of Honor is the United States of America’s highest military honor, awarded for personal acts of valor above and beyond the call of duty. The medal is awarded by      the President of the United States in the name of  the U.S. Congress to U.S. military only.  There are three versions of the medal, […]

“Monkey Trial”

Written on July 19, 2016 at 1:53 pm, by

One of the most famous trials in American history concluded in Dayton, Tennessee on July 21, 1925. The so-called “Monkey Trial” involved John Thomas Scopes, a high school biology teacher who was charged with teaching Darwin’s theory of evolution in violation of Tennessee law. In the 1920s a clash began between traditional and modern values. […]

John J. Pershing

Written on July 12, 2016 at 11:46 am, by

John J. Pershing, eldest son of the eight children born to John F. Pershing and Anne Elizabeth Thompson Pershing of Laclede, Missouri., was born September 13, 1860 just prior to the Civil War. He graduated from West Point Academy and went on to fight in the Indian wars as well as the Spanish American War […]

Declaration of Independence

Written on July 5, 2016 at 5:05 pm, by

The Declaration of Independence was formally adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776. However, a delegate from Massachusetts, John Adams, believed the day of independence was actually two days earlier, on July 2, the date of the resolution of independence proposed by Richard Henry Lee, delegate from Virginia. Adams wrote to his wife, […]

Battle of Fort Moultrie

Written on June 28, 2016 at 9:03 am, by

The Battle of Fort Moultrie, June 28, 1776, was fought and won against a formidable British fleet… just six days prior to the Declaration of Independence and resulted  in a significant  American victory over the British. Earlier that year, a  crude log fort  had been built on Sullivan’s Island as a first line of defense […]