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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 […]

Veterans Day

The bold headline on the front page of the November 14, 1918 issue of the Memphis Democrat proclaimed: CELEBRATION OF PEACE.  The accompanying article described the celebration that took place in Memphis after word was received that an armistice had been signed on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month (November […]

Grace Coolidge

Grace Anna Goodhue Coolidge, the only child of Andrew and Lemira B. Goodhue Coolidge was born in 1879 and grew up in the Green Mountain city of Burlington, Vermont. She was  very interested in schools for the deaf and after graduating from the University of Vermont in 1902, she went to teach at the Clark […]

Niagara Falls

On October 24, 1901, a 63-year-old schoolteacher named Annie Edson Taylor became the first person to ride over Niagara Falls in a barrel.  Mrs. Taylor, a native of New York, was widowed when her husband died fighting in the Civil War. She moved from place to place for many years, working as a teacher and […]

Henri-Chapelle Cemetery

Henri-Chapelle Cemetery is located seven miles from the German border on  the Aachen-Antwerp auto route. At  this cemetery, covering 57 acres, rest 7,989 of our military dead, most of whom gave their lives during the advance  of the U.S. Armed Forces into Germany. Their headstones are arranged in gentle arcs sweeping across a broad green […]

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