Thursday, May 26, 2016

A Look At Some of Hampton Roads' Most Famous Ships-- Part 2: America's First Battleship

America's first battleship, the USS Texas (BB-1) had the most modern armament, armor and design.  It was built by the Norfolk Naval Shipyard starting in 1889, but was considered already obsolete by its commissioning in 1895, though it did play an important role in the Spanish-American War.

The USS Pennsylvania was built by Newport News and commissioned in 1915 as the lead ship of a new class of "Super Dreadnaught Battleships."  It was the first major warship to feature four triple-gun turrets mounting 12 massive 14-inch naval guns.


Wednesday, May 25, 2016

A Look at Some of Hampton Roads' Most Famous Ships-- Part 1: USS Chesapeake

From the January 10, 2014, Stars and Stripes by Mark St. John Erickson of the Hampton Roads Daily Press.  Like I said before, he sure gets the good articles to write.

Two of the most famous shipyards are located in Hampton Roads, Virginia, area: Norfolk Naval Shipyard which launched its first U.S. Navy warship in 1799 and the Newport News Shipbuilding which was founded in 1886.

In 1798, the USS Chesapeake, the fourth and smallest of the original "Super Frigates."  (The USS Constitution was one of them.)  The ship and country were greatly embarrassed when it was boarded by the HMS Shannon off of Cape Henry and the famous "Don't Give Up the Ship" quote came about because of it.

The CSS Virginia, built on the hull of the USS Merimack and fought the famous Battle of Hampton Roads against the USS Monitor.


Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Ten Greatest Shipwrecks-- Part 2: SS Carpathia

QUEDAGH MERCHANT--  Indian merchant ship seized by pirate Captain Kidd in 1699.  Found 2007 off Dominican Republic.

HMS VICTORY--  (Not Lord Nelson's HMS Victory, a different one.)  100-gun ship-of-the-line sunk in a storm in the English Channel in 1744.  Wreck discovered in 2008.


SS CARPATHIA--  Rescued survivors of the Titanic in 1912.  Sunk be German U-boat off Land's End, Britain in 1917.  Found 1999.

RHONE--  Sunk 1867

There was more information at the site.


Ten Greatest Shipwreck Discoveries-- Part 1 HMS Mary Rose

From the September 8, 2014, Telegraph (UK) by Nick Allen.

RMS TITANIC-- Discovered 1985

HMS MARY ROSE--  1971.  Salvaged in 1982, sank in the 1500s.

TERRA NOVA--  Sank 1942, discovered 2012.  Took Robert Falcon Scott on his South Pole expedition.

VASA--  Sweden.  Sank on its maiden voyage in 1628.  Found in the 1950s.  Now housed in a Swedish museum.

SANTA MARGARITA--  Spanish galleon sunk off Florida.  Found in 1980 with huge treasure aboard.


Monday, May 23, 2016

Looking Back to 77 Years Ago: What to Do With Chief Shabbona's Old Home

From the October 8, 2014, MidWeek "Looking Back"

October 11, 1939:  "Protest against the purchase of the Smith farm of 190 acres, 80 rods east of the village of Shabbona, as a site for an incorrigible boys home was made by Bert Challand, Shabbona Township supervisor.  ...He stated that the farm is the site of Chief Shabbona's old home, and advocated that the farm should be purchased by the forest preserve district as a shrine."


Looking Back 102 Years, 1914: The War in Europe and Mexican Revolution

From the October 8, 2014, MidWeek (DeKalb County, Illinois) "Looking Back."

Solicitors will gather up money to send Red Cross nurses to Europe to take care of wounded soldiers.  There is no question but the wounded should be cared for, but why should the United States spend money caring for them while the countries to which they belong are spending money to create wounded soldiers."

They have a point there.

**  "The supervising architect of the post office building now being constructed in Sycamore found in the course of excavation on the site a Greek coin dated 1826. "

**  "There will be no reception of Mexican wounded by American army officers at Naco, Arizona, opposite Naco Sonora, where Villista and Carracista forces are about to engage in another battle."

Wonder What Its Story Was.  --DaCoot

Looking Back 127 Years Ago, 1889: Congrats to DeKalb on New Shoe Factory

From the October 8, 2014, MidWeek (DeKalb County, Illinois) "Looking Back."

October 9, 1889:  DeKalb (Illinois) has secured the promise of a location in her limits of the A.G. Leonatf & Co. boot and shoe factory.  ...Sycamore feliciates her sister city upon the exhibition of enterprise and hopes that in time she may grow large enough to wear a pair of red-topped, copper-toed boots with a barb in each heel."

Not sure about this compliment.


Friday, May 20, 2016

FoxLake/Grant Township Historical Society Meeting Tomorrow

Tomorrow, the FL/GT Historical Society will meet at the Grant Hall Museum at 9:30 a.m. at 411 Washington Street in Ingleside, Illinois.

Topic of the day will be "The Curious Tale of Lake County's First Public Execution" and will be given by Ty Rohrer of the Waukegan Historical Society.

Sounds Like a Capital Talk.  --Cooter

Looking Back 127 Years Ago-- Part 1: "Will Is Growing Portly"

From the October 8, 2014, MidWeek (DeKalb County, Illinois) "Looking Back."

**  "It is hoped that a jury may be secured in the Cronin case before the prisoners all die of old age."  I was unable to find out anything about this case.

**  There was a commendable absence of boys from street corners and church entrances Sunday evening.  About 25 prominent citizens volunteered to act as special policemen, so the boys don't know when they would be safe in cutting up their disagreeable antics."

Did we have gangs back then?  What were the boys' "disagreeable antics?"

**  "Will Savery, with his wife and children, visited Cortland relatives this week.  Will is growing portly."

I Am Sure That Will Appreciated the Comment.  --DaCoot

Looking Back 77 Years Ago-- Part 2: "Surrender and Take Your Medicine"

75 Years Ago, October 18, 1939.

**  "Arthur Stolb surrendered tio DeKalb County authorities Monday.  Stolb was accused of having engaged in a fight on February 10 and to have cut a man.  He escaped in his auto and was a fugitive.

"Judge Kennedy, engaged as his counsel, advised the fugitive to surrender and take his medicine.  he was sentenced to 60 days in county jail and a fine of $200 and costs."

**  Efforts to get numbers on all unnumbered city houses.  Merchants complain that it is hard to make deliveries with no numbers."

Thou Shalt Not Cut.  --Cooter

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Looking Back 77 Years Ago-- Part 1: A Grave Situation in the Cemetery

From the October 15, 2014, MidWeek "Looking Back."

75 years Ago, October 18, 1939.

**  "Sixteen mammoth grotesque heads for as many boys, who will wear them in the Halloween night parade on October 31, are being made in the crafts room of the community center."  (Even before they had the annual Pumpkin festival in Sycamore.)

**  "Suit filed by Harvey Peavey, claims to have purchased the south half of a lot in Kingston Cemetery several years ago and buried his wife there.

"Last spring it was claimed that Edward Brown was buried in the same grave, placing the casket above the one containing Mrs. Peavey."

Real the Real Cadaver Please Stand Up.  --DaBooCoot

Looking Back 102 Years: Forget the War in Europe and Political Campaign, the World Series Is On

From the October 15, 2014, MidWeek (DeKalb County, Illinois) "Looking Back:

October 14, 100 years ago.

"It does not matter how many thousands are being killed in Europe, or what the trouble is in Mexico, or what are the great issues of the present political campaign.

"The only question that has occupied the public mind this week is which ball team will win the world series, the Boston Braves or Philadelphia Athletics."

Apathy Way Back then.  --Cooter

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The Woodstock and Sycamore Traction Company-- Part 2

The line stretched for 26.3 miles, but was never electrified due to a lack of funds, so they used gasoline-powered cars.  Three 55-foot McKeen cars were purchased but proved unsatisfactory and were replaced by two small Fairbanks-Morse cars.

The increased popularity of automobiles put the company out of business.

There is a 56-page book on the company by William L. Robertson offered on the National Business Trader site.

Pylons of the tracks over the Milwaukee Road Railroad tracks near Hampshire still stand.


The Woodstock and Sycamore Traction Company-- Part 1

From Wikipedia.

Back in April, in a Looking Back post I wrote that John Seymour, a contractor who constructed the Woodstock-Sycamore Traction Line was injured along with three men on a gasoline section car near Genoa.  on March 24, 1915.

The Woodstock and Sycamore Traction Company was a short-lived  interurban railroad that ran from 1911 to 1918 between Sycamore and Marengo.  It never did reach Woodstock as it planned.

The headquarters and repair shop were in Genoa, about half-way between Sycamore and Marengo.


Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Looking Back 126 Years to March 22, 1890: Got Drunk and Drowned

From the March 22, 2015, MidWeek (DeKalb County, Illinois) " Looking Back."

March 22, 1890

**  John Perry fell into a cistern near Hinckley and drowned.  "In the habit of becoming intoxicated and it is thought he was in that condition when the accident occurred."

**  William T. Adee, prominent DeKalb farmer, died at his home in South Grove last Friday.  His parents, Jonathan and Jane Adee were among the earliest pioneers of the county who settled in South Grove in 1843.  Of their 12 children, six are living in DeKalb County, other than one, Thomas Adee, who lives in Rockford.

**  Fishing is good in the Kishwaukee River lately, but it is the belief that some are illegally snared.

**  A citizen timed the middle train from Richardson to Sycamore, a distance of six miles, and found it made the run in just six minutes, a mile a minute!

An, So It Was 126 Years Ago.  --DaCoot

Looking Back to 1941, 75 Years Ago: 85th Anniversary of the True Republican Newspaper

From the January 21, 2016, MidWeek (DeKalb County, Illinois) "Looking Back."

1941, 75 years ago.

"This week marks the 85th anniversary of the True Republican.  The True Republican was founded on January 15, 1857, when its first issue was put out on what would appear now to be a crude newspaper press.

"Its pages were smeared with ink and its print small and hard to read and from the standards of the present day it was unattractive."

Of course, DeKalb County is in the heart of Republican territory, other than perhaps NIU.  This is one newspaper's "congratulations" to another.


Monday, May 16, 2016

Four Mysteries From Ancient Egypt

From the April 26, 2016, Yahoo! Beauty "4 Mysteries From Ancient Egypt We Still Can't Figure Out"

1.  What did ancient Egyptians look like.  Were they white or black or a mixture?

2.  How ere the pyramids built.

3.  How did King Tut die?

4.  What is hidden inside the Great Pyramid of Khufu?

Walking Like an Egyptian.  --CootTut