Category Archives: HISTORICAL

Pinkerton National Detective Agency

Written on June 20, 2017 at 1:30 pm, by

The Pinkerton National Detective Agency was established in 1850 in Chicago by Allan Pinkerton. He was born August 25, 1819 in Glasgow, Scotland and came to the United States in 1842. He settled near Chicago and went to work making barrels at a brewery.  In 1847, Pinkerton joined the Chicago Police Department after accidentally helping […]

Seminole War

Written on June 13, 2017 at 11:27 am, by

The Seminole Indians’ refusal to move out of Florida and west of the Mississippi River launched the Seminole War. United States troops were sent to carry out the order, but the tribe successfully defied the Federal Government. The United States government asked Missouri to furnish troops to fight  the Seminole Indians in Florida, requesting  two […]

Presidential Wedding

Written on June 6, 2017 at 9:30 am, by

June has long been a popular month for weddings. On June 2, 1886, a wedding captured the attention of the American public and made history, when President Grover Cleveland, 49, married 21-year-old Frances Folsom. Their wedding was held in the Blue Room of the White House, making Cleveland the only U.S. President to be married […]

Four Freedoms

Written on May 30, 2017 at 2:31 pm, by

The Four Freedoms were goals articulated by United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt on January 6, 1941. In an address known as the Four Freedoms speech he proposed four fundamental freedoms that people “everywhere in the world”   ought to enjoy. 1. Freedom of speech; 2. Freedom of worship; 3. Freedom from want; 4. Freedom from […]

Memorial Day

Written on May 23, 2017 at 10:28 am, by

Regardless of whether the federal holiday now observed on the last Monday in May is called Decoration Day or Memorial Day, or where it originated, it is a time for Americans to honor the memories and remember the sacrifices of those who died in the service of their country. Several cities in both the North […]

Heatherly War

Written on May 16, 2017 at 9:19 am, by

In June 1836, the Heatherly gang, an infamous family living near the Grand River in northwestern Missouri, attempted to sell whiskey to the Potawomies, a tribe of Indians immigrating to new homes west of  the  Missouri River. The Native Americans refused to buy the whiskey. The gang then stole some of their horses instead. The […]

Dust Storms

Written on May 9, 2017 at 12:50 pm, by

When the Great Plains of the United States began to be settled in the mid-1800s, the land was covered with prairie grass that held moisture in the ground and helped prevent soil erosion. By the early 20th century much of the grass-covered land had been over-grazed or plowed up to grow crops. With the U.S. […]

Purple Heart

Written on May 2, 2017 at 9:40 am, by

The award known as the Purple Heart has a history that reaches back to the waning days of the American Revolution. The Continental Congress had forbidden General George Washington from granting commissions and promotions in rank to recognize men. Yet Washington wanted to honor men, particularly among the enlisted soldiers On August 7, 1782, his […]

Steamboat Sultana

Written on April 25, 2017 at 10:04 am, by

The worst maritime disaster in American history occurred on April 27, 1865, when the steamboat Sultana exploded on the Mississippi River near Memphis, Tennessee. The explosion killed some 1,700 passengers, including many discharged Union soldiers. The Sultana, launched from Cincinnati in 1863, was 260 feet long and had an authorized capacity of 376 passengers and […]

Ethan Allen

Written on April 18, 2017 at 9:05 am, by

Ethan Allen was born 10 January 1738, in Litchfield County Connecticut, the son of Joseph Allen and Mary Baker. He was married to Mary, last  name unknown. He died at Burlington, Chittenden County, Vermont, 12 February 1789. Ethan Allen, the folk  hero of Vermont, was an unusually flamboyant farmer-turned statesman from Connecticut. In the 1760’s, […]