Category Archives: HISTORICAL

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, […]

Lincoln Assassination

Written on April 11, 2017 at 10:10 am, by

On April 11, 1865, two days after Confederate General Lee’s surrender at Appomattox, effectively ending the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln made a speech outlining his plans for peace and reconstruction. In the audience was John Wilkes Booth, an actor and extreme Confederate sympathizer. After hearing Lincoln’s words, Booth remarked to a companion, “That is […]

National Old Trails Road

Written on April 4, 2017 at 10:24 am, by

National Old Trails Road, also known as the “Ocean-to-Ocean” highway, was established in 1912, and became part of the National Auto Trail system in the United States. It was 3,096 miles long and stretched from Baltimore, Maryland to California. Much of the route follows the old National Road and the Santa Fe Trail. The National […]

Joe Lopez and the ‘Crescent City March Two-Step’

Written on March 28, 2017 at 5:37 pm, by

In mid-December of last year, a representative of the C.L. Barnhouse Publishing Company reached out to Chanel Oliver and the Scotland County music department seeking information regarding a piece of music entitled “Crescent City March Two-Step” that was dedicated to the Memphis Community Band and copyrighted in 1917. Through a series of contacts, local historian […]

World War I

Written on March 28, 2017 at 11:49 am, by

The assassination of Archduke Ferdinand of Austria in June 1914 plunged the major European powers into a conflict that became known as World War I, involving the armies of Germany and the Central Powers against the Allies including Britain, France, and Russia. The United States attempted to remain neutral. Two major events occurred to change […]


Written on March 21, 2017 at 10:07 am, by

In 1636, William Pynchon received the deed giving him title to most of what is now Springfield, Longmeadow, and Agawamma exchange. He paid the local Agawam Indians 18 fathoms of wampum, 18 coats, and a quantity of hoes, hatchets and knives. A devout Puritan, Pynchon left England for Massachusetts Bay in 1630. A shrewd and […]

Commemorative Ceremony in Kansas City Will Recognize 100th Anniversary of the U.S. Entry Into World War I

Written on March 14, 2017 at 8:07 pm, by

by Andrea Brassfield Though World War I started in 1914, the United States spent the first two years remaining neutral.  After a series of German attacks on unarmed passenger and merchant ships, President Wilson appeared before Congress on April 2nd and called for a declaration of war against Germany.  It took only four days for […]


Written on March 14, 2017 at 10:34 am, by

James Madison, Father of the Constitution, U.S. Congressman, Secretary of State, and fourth President of the United States, was born March 16, 1751 to James and Eleanor Conway Madison at the home of his maternal grandmother at Port Conway, Virginia. Young James was a small, pale, sickly child who grew up to become a giant […]

Battle  of Kings Mountain

Written on March 7, 2017 at 12:58 pm, by

The Battle of Kings Mountain was a decisive battle between the Patriot and Loyalist militias in the Southern campaign of the American Revolutionary War. The actual battle took place October 7, 1780, nine miles south of  today’s town of Kings Mountain, North Carolina in rural York County, where the Patriot militia defeated the Loyalist militia […]