Saturday, November 09, 2013

My Old Flame

Several years back I wrote a post about the Champlain School being burned.

Pictures are worth a thousand words, but sometimes the words themselves are worth something as well.  I used the resources of the Northern New York Library Network and found these articles.  The Plattsburgh Daily Republican article is longer, but illegible.  I only showed what could be easily be deciphered.

The North Countryman - December 19, 1940

Plattsburgh Daily Press - December 16, 1940

Plattsburgh Daily Republican - December 17, 1940

Genealogy Bank provided this story.

Springfield Republican (Massachusetts) - December 17, 1940

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Friday, October 11, 2013

Dentistry Puppet Show

Hyde Park Herald - January 31, 1973
Gary Ashwill, of the fantastic agate type blog, just did a story on Isamu Tashiro, a baseball player of Japanese descent, who later in life became a dentist, among other things.  I sought out some other info on Mr. Tashiro and found the above photo of his wife.

Sweet dreams, if you can.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Clell Huskey

Who was Clell Huskey and why does it matter?

Clell Huskey was the second son of Eldridge and Louise Huskey of Sevier County, Tennessee.  Clell was born in about 1922.  His father owned his own farm.

Clell graduated as part of the class of 1941 with 29 other students from Harrison Chilhowee Baptist Academy.

On August 8, 1942 he enlisted as a private in the U.S. Army at Fort Oglethorpe, George.  According to his enlistment record he was 5' 11" and 170 pounds.  He was a semi-skilled mechanic.  He was married.

In early May of 1944, as part of the 18th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, he died in North Africa.  He is officially listed as missing in action.  He is remembered on the Walls of the Missing at the North Africa American Cemetery in Carthage, Tunisia.  He received the Purple Heart Medal and the Bronze Star Medal.

He's also remembered at The King's Academy, in Seymour, Tennessee.

From William F. Hall, Sr.'s book A Venture of Faith - History of Harrison Chilhowee Baptist Academy:
Football was played in various places until 1947; when Huskey Memorial Field was made for a football gridiron in memory of Clell Huskey, former student and athlete who was killed in action in North Africa, May 6, 1943*.  The field was made possible by his family giving his government insurance money toward its construction.

Many young men pass through this gate on Friday nights, ready to take battle on the football field.

I wonder how many of them look up and know who Clell Huskey was, and what his sacrifice means to them and to all of us.

* - Mr. Hall was mistaken on the date of Clell's death.

Thursday, September 05, 2013

The Yellow Kites - another interview

It was about two years ago that I first met, and then interviewed, Kendall and Erina Ludwig. They make music together as The Yellow Kites.

The were recently in Seymour as part of their current tour.  We caught up a bit and I fired off some questions for them to answer.

Q: You have have a new CD, Alchemy.  When you write songs which comes first, music or lyrics, or do they flow out together?

K: I would say that each song is really unique.  Some songs come in one piece and other ones we have to work a bit harder for.

Q: Several of the songs have a great visual impact through the lyrics. I'm thinking specifically of Dirge and Skipper.  I suppose that all of your songs have some personal story woven into them, some more than others.  Can you share where you came up with the imagery?

E: Dirge is definitely an example of when a song comes out with both the music and lyrics.  We were sat on the beach in Hilton Head, SC where we went to grieve and the tune and words for the first verse just spilled out of me.  We have a really close attachment with the sea now as on our last day on the island we wrote little notes to our lost baby, Francis and our best friend Jascha, put the papers in glass bottles and cast them out to sea.  So those personal stories are heavily influenced by what we experienced this year.

Q: It sounds to me the music is a bit more complex on this CD compared to your self titled CD (Iooping, electric guitar), but there is still a sweet simplicity in the vocal harmonies.  What are you doing differently?  Is this risky for you?

K: I feel as if it's coming into maturity as a band.  Our previous album had simple tales and they were told in that manner.  As life has progressed for us our story has become increasingly more complicated and yet we still try to seek simplicity in our lives.  So in that way, I don't feel this is risky for us.

E: I also think on this album we're coming more into what we're about and what sounds we like.  Music is so fascinating and we love instrumentation, probably why we keep learning new instruments!  You should see our studio!  Each instrument is like another voice and creates a wonderful throng.

Q: How long did it take you to record the CD? Any special methods to the recording process?

K: The recording process was a bit of a blur for us this time as we did the brunt of it over the July 4th weekend, but we finished it up later.  So it was like 6 days total.   That's everything - instruments and vocals. As for special methods - our house isn't sound proof (it was built in 1860) so some fireworks probably leaked into the recordings at times.

E: But we did do instruments in the mornings (our talented musician friends came in the evenings to record) and we did our vocals later on when we were more awake.  Oh yes, and we tried not to die in our non-air conditioned studio.

Q: You're about in the middle of your Birds on the Porch 2013 Tour.  Since you're driving from date to date you must be logging many miles.  You said that you've converted your diesel Mercedes Benz to run on used vegetable oil.  Are you trying to be environmental friendly or were there practical reasons?  Is this a whole lifestyle change?

K: On our previous tour we watched so much money get burned up in gas expenditure. We wanted to try and eliminate that this tour.  And in our lives in general we try to be good tenants of the earth.  We bicycle, recycle and freecycle and garden too in order to keep our costs low and take care of the world around us. So, a vehicle that runs on veggie oil was the natural next step for us.

Q: Erina, you're playing viola now.  Any formal training?  And the sewing projects (iphone cases, fabric bookmarks, coasters)... are there any areas that your creativity doesn't touch?

E: Aww you're too kind! I've always been curious about everything and making things is my favorite thing. I've learned it isn't just in making stories up, but music and yes, sewing too.  Since losing two such dear souls to us my creativity has gone into overdrive.   It was my response to all that death.  I dreamt of playing the violin (I was learning how to play it when I was little, but didn't like practicing) earlier this year and decided I would play the viola instead.  It has such resonance and is both mournful and soothing.  No formal training yet, though I am working through a Sevcik Etudes book for first position and have other books and CDs to help.  I'm going to be taking lessons with IUPUI's talented tutors when we get back.  As for sewing, it's down to Pinterest.  Also what is a touring band without killer merchandise?  So we've really upped our game this time.

Q: What happens after the tour wraps up?  More writing?  Take some time off?  Can you take time off from music, just put the guitar and harmonium down for a week or two?

K: Great question.  Unfortunately we have to go back to our day jobs, which will actually be restful in comparison to our tour schedule.  But we'll also begin booking for our next tour and working on our third album.

E: We have several shows lined up already for September and October and we're thinking of doing a little Christmas season tour with our own arrangements of carols.  We'll have to keep you posted!

Q: What's your favorite flavor of ice cream?

K: Cookies and cream.

E: Hands down good old fashioned vanilla.

I'd like to thank Kendall and Erina for their friendship and for taking the time to answer the questions.

To learn more about The Yellow Kites you can find them at:

UPDATE: Their Mercedes Benz gave up the ghost at the end of August.  Go read more at their blog entry about it.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Another game to add to 'The Lost Years'

The University of Tennessee did not officially sponsor a football team during the 1894 and 1895 seasons. There was a student team lead by W.B. Stokely.  The 2013 UT football media guide lists six games for the 1895 season. Here's one that they haven't included. I assume that they just didn't know about it.

The (current) Tennessee School for the Deaf went toe to toe with the University school boys and ended in a 10-10 tie.  I'm not up on football of the mid 1890s but a few things stood out to me from the article.  There is not a quarterback listed.  Also, each team made two touchdowns and a goal.  How many points was a touchdown worth in 1895?  And what exactly was a goal?  Could the reporter have been wrong and they each made a touchdown (and PAT) plus a field goal?  That would make it 10-10.  More research is needed.

Knoxville Daily Journal - November 26, 1895

image from Genealogy Bank

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Communion Meditation - August 18, 2013

A few times per year I'm asked to provide a communion meditation at my church.  My brother shared one of his recent communion meditations so I figured that I should do the same.

In 2006, a book by Elizabeth Gilbert was published.  It was called: Eat, Pray, Love.  The story chronicles her trip around the world and what she discovered.  I haven’t read it and I probably won’t.  It was made into a film starring Julia Roberts.  I probably won’t watch the movie, either.

So what does this have to do with our communion time?  What’s the title again?  Eat, Pray, Love.  What are some of the things we are to do as Christians? 

Eat.  Break bread together.  Share in communion, both the bread and the wine and the fellowship.  Commune with one another.

Pray.  Were you listening to Harold’s sermon?  I hope that you were.  Pray.  Together.  Pray for courage and power.  Pray.

Love.  This is not an option.  If we are to live like Christ then we are to love like Christ.  Sacrificially.  Unending.   Selflessly.

The memoir was subtitled: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India, and Indonesia.  She travelled the world trying to find fulfillment.  All she had to do was look to the living Christ, the one who instituted this meal.  As we take the elements this morning, remember the One who died for your sins.

Let’s pray:  Dear Heavenly Father.  Thank you for your goodness and for your grace.  Help us to Eat, Pray, and Love in a manner that is pleasing to you.  We love you.  Amen.  

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Revelling in Models

This post has been sitting in my draft drawer. It was time to dust it off and share it. The images came from various magazines in the 1960s, mostly from Boys Life. I snagged the pages from the Google Books site.
I thin that we had the Cutty Sark.  The model, not the booze.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Tidewater Community College Theatre and The Chesapeake Fine Arts Commission present A Midsummer Night's Dream from this year.  My good friend Lynn plays a part.  No, I don't know which role.

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Sunday, June 30, 2013

A Tennessee Feud

I have just become aware of a family feud in Monroe and Knox counties.  It started in 1898 and lasted several years, with at least five dead.  I'm still trying to learn more about it, but thought that I'd share my findings so far.

The North Platte Semi-Weekly Tribune - April 12, 1898

The Saint Paul Globe - September 19, 1900

The St. Louis Republic - September 19, 1900

The Cape Girardeau Democrat - September 22, 1900

Jackson Citizen Patriot - March 20, 1902

Grand Rapids Press - March 20, 1902

The Time-Dispatch - May 13, 1903

Daily Advocate - May 13, 1903

Friday, June 28, 2013

Monday, May 27, 2013

James Oliver Knowles

James Oliver Knowles is my wife's paternal grandfather.

James Oliver Knowles
Saulmon Cemetery, Gibson Co., Indiana

Registration State: South Dakota; Registration County: Brown; Roll: 1877787; Draft Board: 2.Ancestry.comU.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 [database on-line].
Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2005.

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); Washington, D.C.; State Headquarters: Indiana. U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 [database on-line].
Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2010.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Musician Interview - Will Calhoun

Time for another of drive-by interview. These are intended to be an introduction to an artist, not their whole life story.

Today we get to tap the mind of Will Calhoun, Knoxville area railroad man and musician.

Because some music fans are gearheads...
Q: What guitar/instrument are you playing the most these days? Maker and model preferred
I'm currently playing a 12 string Fender acoustic, the sticker inside says: cd-160/12 blk made in China. I'm not a gear head by any stretch. If it stays in tune for most of a song, I dig it.

Because inquiring minds want to know...
Q: What are you actively listening to? What music is inspiring you? Yes, this is your typical, what's in the CD player, ipod, etc question. But, it isn't a "If you could be a tree, what tree would you be?" question.
I'm not forced but to keep the peace at work, the radio stays on a country music channel all day. I don't dislike country, I just don't particularly care for it. However, 1 or 2 will grab me from time to time.

For the past couple of years though, I've been listening to Audio Slave (singer from Soundgarden, band from Rage against the Machine). But I always fall back on Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, ZZ Top, etc.

Future Plans...
Q: What are you currently working on? Recording/shows/tour/writing/etc.
Currently I am going to be doing a reunion show with the old band. It has been almost 12 years since we've played together. For the past couple of weeks, I've been trying to condition my voice to sing a 4 hour show.

I've always enjoyed writing and recording music. After the reunion show we may try to attempt to record with each other again, maybe play a couple music festivals in the summer time. I want to continue writing and recording even if it's just for fun for as long as I am able.

My connection to Will?  Over the years Will and I have played in our local church's praise bands.  Last year he asked me if I wanted to write some songs with him.  Since I'm not a song writer that never happened.  Every so often we trade CDs to listen to.  He's a good egg.

Will and his old band, Hambone Pie, are having a reunion show later this week.  It is sold out.  Perhaps they'll do another one later in the summer.  If you don't have tickets and want some Hambone Pie, here's a video.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Top Five Recent Staff Lines from Downton Abbey

A friend of mine, Shelly Wildman, has a blog, Life on the Wild Side. She, too, is a Downton Abbey fan. After every episode she presents her five favorite lines. I thought I'd do the same, but I don't remember every line, so I went back and found some great lines that the staff said in recent episodes. I hope you enjoy them.

5. Mr. Branson to Lady Edith: Not quite, my lady.

4. Mr. Carson to Lord Grantham: Mrs. Patmore, my lord.

3.William to Lord Grantham: I'm sorry, my lord.

2. Mrs. O'Brien to the Countess Grantham: Well done, my lady.

1. Mr. Carson to Lord Grantham: Certainly, my lord.

Carson comes in with two fantastic lines.