Category Archives: HISTORICAL


Written on November 13, 2018 at 11:48 am, by

The Battle of Fort Donelson on the Cumberland River near Dover, TN., marks the  first major Union battlefield victory of  the Civil War in 1862. Federal guns on February 14, 1862, began exchanging heavy fire with big Confederate artillery guns set high up the river bluff. But the guns suffered such damage that their decks […]

Veterans Day

Written on November 6, 2018 at 12:16 pm, by

“Always Remember” and “Never Forget” are words printed on the pages of a small notepad, as a reminder of the service and sacrifice of America’s military veterans. The federal holiday on November 11, Veterans Day, is a special day designated to remember and recognize the service of U.S. veterans of all wars. Veterans Day was […]

The Spanish American War 1898

Written on October 30, 2018 at 11:18 am, by

Reports of Spanish brutality in Cuba led many Missourians to support a war with Spain in 1898, The sinking of the battleship Maine in Havana Harbor on February 15, 1898, only strengthened the support, as cries of “Remember the Maine” echoed across the country and politicians and journalist urged a free Cuba.  On April 25, […]

Statue of Liberty

Written on October 23, 2018 at 10:27 am, by

The Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor was dedicated by President Grover Cleveland on October 28, 1886. The statue’s full name was Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World. It was a gift to the United States from the citizens of France, in recognition of the mutual commitment to democracy and liberty, and their alliance […]

Nathaniel Hale

Written on October 16, 2018 at 11:06 am, by

Nathan Hale a martyr soldier of the American Revolution, was born in Coventry, Conn. June 6, 1755. When he was but little over  the age of 21 years  he was hung by order of General William Howe as a spy in the city of New York, on September 22, 1776. Nathan Hale’s father was Richard […]

Downing Depot Museum News

Written on October 9, 2018 at 1:31 pm, by

Friday afternoon and the Depot Museum is open. It’s a bit of a rainy day here in Downing. I’m feeling a bit nostalgic and so here I sit thinkin’ about picnics?!? Did your family like picnics? In recent times, my cousin Norma Lee often told me how much my grandmother, Maude Appaline Barb Green, who […]

The White House

Written on October 9, 2018 at 10:19 am, by

On October 13, 1792, the cornerstone was laid for the presidential residence in the newly established U.S. capital city of Washington, D.C.. President John Adams became the first president to reside in the new executive mansion. The residence became known as the White House, because of the white-gray Virginia stone used in its construction. In […]

Charles Carroll

Written on September 25, 2018 at 1:56 pm, by

Former Presidents Thomas Jefferson and John Adams both died on July 4, 1826 – the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Their deaths left Charles Carroll of Maryland as the last survivor of the 56 signers of the Declaration. In 1776, Carroll was one of the wealthiest men in the colonies. […]


Written on September 18, 2018 at 3:01 pm, by

John J. Pershing (1860-1948) commanded the American Expeditionary Force (AFE) in Europe during World War I. The president and first captain of the West Point class of 1886, he served in  the Spanish and Philippine-American Wars and was tasked  to  lead a punitive raid against the Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa. In 1917, President Woodrow Wilson […]

Parson Weems

Written on September 11, 2018 at 10:00 am, by

Mason Locke Weems, commonly known as Parson Weems, was born in 1759 in Maryland. He studied in England and was ordained as a minister in 1784. Several years later he became a traveling book salesman and author. He ran a mobile bookstore known as the “Flying Library,” which he took to various cities to sell […]