Category Archives: HISTORICAL

The Old Guard

Written on June 3, 2019 at 8:43 pm, by

The 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, long known as “The Old Guard,” is the oldest active-duty infantry unit in the Army, having served since 1784. The regiment got its nickname from  General Winfield Scott during a victory parade in Mexico City in 1847, in recognition of its years of service to the nation.  The 3rd Infantry’s […]

Great Depression

Written on May 28, 2019 at 1:08 pm, by

The Great Depression was the worst economic downturn in the history of the industrialized world, lasting from 1929 to 1939. It began after  the stock market crash  of October  1929, which sent Wall Street into a panic and wiped out millions of  investors. Over the next several years, consumer spending and investment dropped, causing steep […]

A Look Back at Local Veteran for Memorial Day

Written on May 24, 2019 at 9:00 am, by

Seventy-four years ago a young Scotland County resident was set to become a Navy Air Cadet. As Memorial Day approaches, we take a look back at the 1945 Memphis Reville Article: Harvey Musgrove Becomes Navy Air Cadet Lt. Cmdr. F.G. Lasecke, officer in charge of the office of Naval Officer Procurement, Kansas City, has announced […]

Memorial Day

Written on May 21, 2019 at 11:26 am, by

The date for observing Memorial Day is near, and it is timely to be reminded of the origins of this meaningful holiday which honors all men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military.  By the late 1860s, people in various towns and cities had begun paying springtime tributes to the countless fallen […]

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 […]