Category Archives: HISTORICAL

Lindberg Kidnapping

Written on May 14, 2019 at 12:22 pm, by

The body of aviation hero Charles Lindbergh’s baby was found on May 12, 1932, more than two months after he was kidnapped from his family’s Hopewell, New Jersey, mansion. Lindberg, who became the first worldwide celebrity five years earlier when he flew The Spirit of St. Louis across the Atlantic, and his wife, Anne, discovered […]

Downing Depot Museum News

Written on May 9, 2019 at 3:11 pm, by

Spring Greetings. We’re hard at work getting ready for our annual fundraiser, the 2019 Depot Museum Smorgasbord. This year it will be held on Sunday, June 2. Food will be served starting at 11:30 a.m. Get in line early if you want ALL the best choices. As several of our committee members are under constant […]

Women of the American Revolution

Written on May 7, 2019 at 11:06 am, by

While their men folk were off fighting the British or tending to political affairs, the women of the Revolutionary War years were quietly doing their part behind the scenes. Since women of that day were considered too simple to understand complex military matters,  men often spoke freely around them. This allowed women to become great […]

United States

Written on April 30, 2019 at 11:30 am, by

On September 9, 1776 the Continental Congress formally declared the name of the new nation to be the “United States of America.” This replaced the term “United Colonies,” which had been in general use. In the Congressional declaration dated September 9, 1776 delegates wrote, “That in all continental commissions, and other instruments, where before, the […]


Written on April 23, 2019 at 11:08 am, by

The dreaded disease of polio has existed since ancient times. Caused by a virus, polio occurs most commonly in children and can cause paralysis. Throughout the first half of the twentieth century, the disease reached epidemic proportions. In 1952, Dr. Jonas Salk developed an inactivated polio vaccine based on a killed-virus strain of the disease. […]

Pioneer Food

Written on April 9, 2019 at 12:20 pm, by

A vast choice of food is available today in the United States. Our pioneer ancestors who migrated west in wagon trains were not so fortunate. It was necessary for them to take everything that would be needed to start a new life, leaving little room for anything but the basics for food preparation. The staples […]

Income Tax

Written on April 2, 2019 at 1:06 pm, by

On August 5, 1861 Abraham Lincoln imposed the first federal income tax by signing the Revenue Act. Strapped for cash with which to pursue the Civil War, Lincoln and Congress agreed to impose a three percent tax on annual incomes over $800 dollars. As early as March 1861 Lincoln had begun to take stock of […]

Bloody Kansas

Written on March 26, 2019 at 2:00 pm, by

The first election in territorial Kansas was held on March 30, 1855. Thousands of armed pro-slavery Missourians (called “border ruffians”) moved into Kansas and voted illegally, electing a pro-slavery legislature. The number of votes cast in the election exceeded the number of eligible voters in the territory. In order to prevent further conflict, Governor Andrew […]

Battle of Yorktown

Written on March 19, 2019 at 12:06 pm, by

The siege of Yorktown or the Battle of Yorktown  was also known by several other names, ending   on October 19, 1781, at Yorktown, Virginia was a decisive victory by a combined force of American Continental Army troops led by General George Washington and French Army troops led the Comte de Rochambeau over a British Army […]

Veterans Homes

Written on March 12, 2019 at 2:34 pm, by

The first State Veterans Homes date back to the post Civil War era, when many states created the homes to shelter homeless and disabled veterans. At the conclusion of the Civil War, soldiers often had a difficult time returning to civilian life. The economic and social upheavals of the war contributed to unemployment. Many soldiers […]