INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A wooden mallet inlaid with the initials "A.L" was made by Abraham Lincoln, who used it during his Indiana youth to make furniture, Indiana State Museum officials said Tuesday in unveiling the artifact that had been a family's secret heirloom for five generations.
It's a rare relic that can be directly tied to the 14 years that Lincoln and his family lived in Indiana, said Dale Ogden, the museum's chief curator of cultural history.
The tool, called a bench mallet, is inlaid with square-edged nails that form Lincoln's initials — "A.L" — with a period separating them, while a series of other nails were driven into the tool to form the year "1829." Read More
This photograph is from the same box from which the Morrow Family photographs were found. Unfortunately, like many of the photographs in the box, it is not identified. Well, I supposed it is slightly identified, because we at least know their first names.....It was found in Dover, Delaware, but otherwise there are no further clues as to the identify of these folks. If a reader finds out, please let us know. Best, Pat. email@example.com
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By Sarah Begley for Time
The sinking of the Titanic may be the most infamous naval disaster in history, and the torpedoing of the Lusitania the most infamous in wartime. But with death counts of about 1,500 and 1,200 respectively, both are dwarfed by what befell the Wilhelm Gustloff, a German ocean liner that was taken down by a Soviet sub on Jan. 30, 1945, killing 9,343 people—most of them war refugees, about 5,000 of them children.
The victims of the worst maritime tragedy in history were not only Germans, but also Prussians, Lithuanians, Latvians, Poles, Estonians and Croatians. World War II was drawing to an end, and the Soviet army was advancing. Though it would be months before the final fall of the Nazi regime, it was clear the end was coming—and they were desperate to escape before things came to a head. Read More
NY Man Nears 3 Millionth Mile in Beloved '66 Volvo
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BAY SHORE, N.Y. (AP) — It just keeps going, and going, and going. No, it's not a battery. It's Irvin Gordon's 1966 Volvo P1800S.
Gordon's small, red two-door has well more than 2 million miles on the odometer, the equivalent of nearly 1,176 times across the globe.
The retired schoolteacher from Long Island hopes to reach the 3 million mile mark by next year. He only has 34,000 miles to go.
The 72-year-old Gordon drives his Volvo everywhere. He has held the Guinness World Records mark for High Mileage Vehicle since 2002 and was the first person to hold that record.* Read More
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Ruth B. Waters
I recently purchased, Poets and Poetry of Chester County, Pennsylvania, edited by George Johnston, for some information contained in it. After looking through the book more closely, I found some laid in papers--specifically two pages of poems. The poems were written by and signed by Ruth B. Waters on January 3rd and January 4, 1971 (timely, right?).
The poems are not yet in the public domain and as Ruth B. Waters may still be living, as such I do not want to violate her privacy. Having said that however, maybe someone in the Waters family, or Ruth, is interested in knowing these poems have survived. Best, Pat ---Copyright © 2016 Passed Time. All Rights Reserved.---
Earlier, in the year 2015, a friend shared fascinating bits of Conard Family genealogy with Passed Time's readers.* I happened to come across this passage today in The Poets and Poetry of Chester County, Pennsylvania, edited by George Johnston.** Enjoy! Pat Earnest, Delaware, firstname.lastname@example.org --Copyright © 2016 Passed Time. All Rights Reserved.--
Rebecca Conard, a member of the Conard family of West Grove and vicinity, and the daughter of Paul and Sarah (Roberts) Conard, was born January 27, 1800, and died in West Chester, January 5, 1875. Most of her life was spent in Chester County, and part of it in teaching in Westtown School. She spent much of her time and means in ministering to the comforts of the poor and distressed. Her poems were collected after her death by her friends, and published in a small volune entitled "Poems by a Friend." Her poems are chaste and beautiful, and mostly of a religious character.
The King's Daughters
The King's daughter is all glorious within.--PSalm xiv. 13
No outward plumes or paltry show
Adorn Jerusalem's fair;
Nor yet with mincing steps they go,
Or braiding of the hair.
Their ornaments are all within;
All glorious are they, too;
Untarnished by polluting sin,
Unsaddened by its woe.
Their hearts, the temples of their God,
made clean and purified
By the stoning, precious blood
Of Jesus crucified.
'Tis here His holiness and grace,
His honor loves to come;
To enter, yea, and sup with such,
And claim them as his own.
The sheep of his peculiar care,
The lambs of Zion's fold;
No prowling wolves can enter there,
For Jesus guards the hold,
And carries them as in his arms,
And leads them by the hand,
Protecting from inclement storms
The weak ones of his band.
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**Johnston, George. The Poets and Poetry of Chester County, Pennsylvania. Collected and Edited by George Johnston. J.H. Lippincott Company, Philadelphia. 1890 p. 47
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From the summer of 1944 until the end of the World War II in Europe, the US fielded a unique 'Ghost Army' throughout France and the Rhine Valley in order to deceive the Third Reich into over estimating the strength of the Allied forces.
The Ghost Army, which consisted of 1,100 handpicked men and a number of phony inflatable tanks and weapons, was part of the 23rd Headquarters Special Troops.
The unit's sole responsibility was to create illusions and spread disinformation about the strength and location of Allied forces. Read More
No. 3 Winter Soup
Take a large shin of beef, saw it through in several places, and score or notch the meat quite to the bone. Put the beef into a soup-pot, adding one quart of water to each pound of beef. Add a red pepper-pod and let the whole boil six hours; then strain it and place it away to cool. This soup, thus made, will keep good for several days. Whenever you wish to use it, remove all the fat and put the soup into the pot again, adding two large turnips, one carrot, two onions, and three potatoes finely cut into fanciful shapes. Let the whole boil for two hours, then add salt, and if you like, a little mace, a tea-spoonful of sugar, and a sprig of celeery, which gives it a lively flavour. The soup is then ready for the table. It is sometimes called Shin Soup. *
The Practical Cook Book; Containing Upwards of One Thousand Receipts: Consisting of Directions for Selecting, Preparing and Cooking all Kinds of Meats, Fish, Poultry, and Game, Soups, Breads, Vegetables and Salads. Also for the Making of all Kinds of Plain and Fancy Breads, Pastries, Puddings, Cakes, Creams, Ices, Jellies, Preserves, Marmalades, etc. etc. etc. Together with Various Miscellaneous Receipts, and Numerous Preparations for Invalids. By Mrs. Bliss, Philadephia, E. Claxton and Company, 920 Market Street, 1882. page 12
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