Category Archives: HISTORICAL

Civil War Prison Camps

Written on July 10, 2018 at 1:13 pm, by

American Civil War prison camps were operated both by the Union and the Confederacy to handle the 409,000 soldiers captured during the war from 1861 to 1865. The Record and Pension Office in 1901 counted 211,000 Northerners who were captured. In 1861-63 most were immediately paroled; after the parole  exchange system broke down in 1863, […]

4th of July

Written on July 2, 2018 at 10:37 am, by

The Fourth of July, or Independence Day, has been a federal holiday since 1870, but the tradition of celebrating the day goes back to the time of the American Revolution. On July 4, 1776, Continental Congress delegates from the thirteen colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence, the historic document that severed ties to Great Britain. […]

Gen. John Garland

Written on June 26, 2018 at 12:23 pm, by

General John Garland (November 1793 – June 1861) was a career United States soldier in  the Regular Army who had a long and distinguished career spanning 50 years of serving during the War of 1812, Seminole War, Mexican-American War, Utah War and very briefly, into  the American Civil War. Garland was born In Virginia to […]

Korean War

Written on June 19, 2018 at 11:58 am, by

Korea, a former Japanese possession, was divided along the 38th parallel into zones of occupation after World War II. U.S. forces accepted the surrender of Japan in southern Korea, while the Soviet Union did the same in northern Korea.  A promise was made by U.S. and British leaders to restore Korea as an independent nation […]


Written on June 5, 2018 at 10:18 am, by

On D-Day, June 6, 1944, during World War II, more than 160,000 Allied troops crossed the English Channel and landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily fortified French coastline, to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy. The codeword for the largest amphibious military operation in history was Operation Overlord. More than 5,000 landing […]

Don Tague Attends Korean War Reunion

Written on May 31, 2018 at 11:17 am, by

by SANDRA KALMAN Don “Buck” Tague, of Gorin, joined eleven Korean War veterans in attending the Annual Reunion of the Army Chapter of the Chosen Few in Springfield, Missouri, from May 24 to May 26. The banquet, a highlight of the reunion, seated Buck, his son, Paul Tague, also of Gorin, and his granddaughter Michelle […]

Civil War Spies

Written on May 29, 2018 at 12:06 pm, by

Elizabeth Van Lew (1818-1900 was a Richmond, Virginia abolitionist and philanthropist who built and operated an extensive spy ring for the United States during the American Civil War. She was born October 12, 1818, Richmond, Virginia  to John Van Lew and Eliza Baker, whose grandfather was  mayor of Philadelphia in  the late 1700’s. Her father […]

Minnie Spotted Wolf

Written on May 22, 2018 at 1:27 pm, by

A young woman named Minnie Spotted Wolf  (1923-1988) was one of the first Native American women to enter the military in World War II. A member of the Blackfoot tribe, she was born and raised on a ranch about 15 miles from Heart Butte, Montana. She grew up doing ranch work such as cutting fence […]

Panic of 1837

Written on May 15, 2018 at 12:17 pm, by

The Panic of 1837 was a financial crisis in the United States that touched off a major recession that lasted until the mid-1840’s. Profits, prices, and wages went down while unemployment went up. Pessimism abounded during the time. The panic had both domestic and foreign origins. Speculative lending practices in western states, a sharp decline […]


Written on May 8, 2018 at 11:14 am, by

Shortly after the United States entered the Second World War in December 1941, the Office of Price Administration was established to deal with shortages of important items and the threat of inflation. A system of rationing was soon created, limiting the amount of goods that could be purchased. Some supplies were rationed because they were […]