|Mom and Dad pulling a pig.|
2. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) recently published online a series of maps showing how various locales were built out at different points through time. In Morton Grove Mapped Through Time we walk through four USGS maps starting in 1900 to see how Morton Grove grew and developed. Morton Grove's history is a story of farms, followed by greenhouses and roadhouses, bisection by an expressway, and then suburban and industrial development. It shows.
|United States Geological Survey, 1929 topographical and constructed feature map, before Edens Expressway and development of the west side..|
3. She who must be obeyed (thanks to CBS's and the Golf Channel's David Feherty for the wifely description) flew down to Texas for the funeral of a close friend, a fellow who was in the newspaper business, before going on to manage a TV news operation and following the corporate route. He wound up his career in academia. His name was Kuyk Logan. We were pleased to publish a tribute to Kuyk (Kuyk Logan RIP) which presents some of his earliest work, and to share that with his friends and family via the wonder of the internet.
|The boys pose in front as The Dells burns to the ground,|
October 7, 1934.
5. Seattle World's Fair or Bust takes a nostalgic look at the Montana part of our family road trip to the Seattle World's Fair in 1964. After we did a Mount Rushmore drive by in South Dakota, we passed through Billings, motored across the state to spend a night in Helena, and continued on through the Bitterroot valley, past Missoula, and on to Idaho, spying Burma Shave signs all the way. This was pre-interstate expressways in Montana, meaning we got a peak into every small town along the way.
6. Lone Star Legacy: Introducing Joseph Holick, Musician, Band Leader and Boot Maker expands our inquiry into family history to the other side of my kids' ancestry. My wife's great grandfather custom made the treasured Aggie Senior boots, worn exclusively by members of Texas A&M's cadet corps. He also started the Fightin' Texas Aggie Band. Not bad for Czech immigrant who was "a small boy and couldn't do lumbering work."
|The Aggie band in 1896. Joseph Holick is in the center with broad mustache and his signature clarinet across his lap, wearing a dark suit.|
7. We got out our green thumb this spring and started a garden plot. Watching a Garden Grow describes the process and reports on the early results.
|The Missus and our little one target shooting with a 30 round clip.|
9. Majority control of the United States Senate is hanging in the balance. So what have the all knowing Democrats in Montana done? Why, they put forward a candidate whose campaign and promise is based on honor and duty, and who is an acknowledged plagiarist, earning his masters degree at the U.S. War college thusly. Read all about it in John Walsh -- Democratic Senator from Montana and Plagiarist. Democrats are standing strongly behind Walsh, because, well, because he is a Democrat.
John Walsh campaign ad entitled, "Honor." The man is a sick joke.
|There are 1,000,000 gators, including this behemoth taken last September.|