Category Archives: HISTORICAL

Memorial Day

Written on May 24, 2016 at 2:53 pm, by

Many people associate Memorial Day with the start of the summer season, a long weekend to enjoy picnics and barbecues, an occasion to go shopping and take advantage of the special sales, and a time to place flowers on the graves of family members. While there is nothing wrong with any of those activities, they […]

Manila Cemetery

Written on May 17, 2016 at 11:45 am, by

Manila Cemetery is situated about six miles southeast  of the city of Manila, Republic of the Philippines, within the limits of Fort Bonifacio, the former U.S. Army Fort William McKinley.  The cemetery is 152 acres in extent, is on a prominent plateau, visible at a distance of from the east, south or west. It contains […]

Local WWII Veteran Makes Return Visit to USS Intrepid

Written on May 10, 2016 at 3:26 pm, by

Retired farmer Eugene Howard of Granger has many stories of his service on the aircraft carrier USS Intrepid during WWII, from time spent on liberty in San Francisco to a terrifying impact by a kamikaze plane which killed 69 sailors.  Ever since his daughter Denise learned in the mid 1990s that the Intrepid was converted […]

National Cemeteries

Written on May 10, 2016 at 1:53 pm, by

The National Cemetery Administration of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs maintains 131 of the 147 national cemeteries. The Department of the Army maintains two national cemeteries (including Arlington), and the National Park Service maintains 14 cemeteries connected with historic sites and battlefields. The national cemeteries are burial sites for military personnel, veterans, and their […]

Thomas Jefferson

Written on May 3, 2016 at 12:58 pm, by

Thomas Jefferson, born April 13, 1743, was an American Founding Father who was the principal author of the Declaration of Independence (1776). He was elected the second Vice President of the United States (1797) serving under John Adams and in 1800 was elected our third President.  He was a proponent of democracy and individual rights, […]

Aaron Burr

Written on April 26, 2016 at 11:26 am, by

Aaron Burr was brilliant, witty, and possessed the charm of a born leader. But he was also an egomaniac who sowed the seeds of his own failure. Rising rapidly in the New York State Republican party, he received thirty electoral votes in the presidential campaign of 1796. Named as running mate to Thomas Jefferson in […]

Income Tax

Written on April 12, 2016 at 11:24 am, by

American humorist Will Rogers once said, “The income tax has made more liars out of the American people than golf has.” The first income tax was established in 1862 to raise funds for the Civil War. The Bureau of Internal Revenue, an agency of the Department of the Treasury, was created to collect the tax. […]

Florence Cemetery

Written on April 5, 2016 at 10:24 am, by

Florence Cemetery is located about seven and one half miles south of Florence. The site covers 70 acres. Chiefly on  the west side of the Greve “torrente”. The wooded hills rise several hundred feet. Between the two entrance buildings, a bridge leads to the burial area where the headstones of 4,402 of our military Dead […]

Executive Branch

Written on March 29, 2016 at 11:01 am, by

The decision by the delegates to the 1787 Constitutional Convention to set aside the Articles of Confederation and establish a new form of government resulted in lengthy debates concerning the details. Thanks to the notes made by James Madison during the proceedings, there is a record of the debates. A plan was adopted that called […]

Laura Bush

Written on March 22, 2016 at 3:31 pm, by

Laura Lane Welch Bush was born in Midland, Texas  on November 4, 1946, the only daughter of Harold Bruce and Jenna L. Hawkins Welch. She graduated from Southern Methodist University in 1968  with a  bachelor’s degree in education and took a job as second grade teacher. After attaining her Master’s Degree in Library Science at […]