Thursday, May 25, 2017

New Hanover County in World War I-- Part 5: World War I Deaths

After the war, there were some homecoming parades for the veterans.  There were also reunions.  The Old Hickory Association of the 30th Division was one of these organizations.  (Old Hickory Division was the nickname of the division.)

A lot of artifacts from Wilmington's World War I soldiers were shown on a power point presentation.

During the fighting, 629 North Carolinians were killed and 37 of them were from Wilmington.  One of those was Arthur Blumenthal and the Cape Fear Museum has the telegram announcing his death.


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Looking Back to 1917: Another Quarantine

From the January 18, 2017, Midweek (DeKalb County, Illinois) "Looking Back."

1917, 100 Years Ago.

"There is a slight case of chicken pox now at the Nashold home and for that reason the home on John Street has been placed in quarantine.  The afflicted person is not seriously sick and has but a slight case, but the quarantine law must be observed as a means of precaution.

"It  is not probable that the home will be under quarantine for long time."

Quarantined Homes, Something You Don't Hear Often Now.  --Cooter

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

New Hanover County's Role in World War II-- Part 4: The 30th Division

Many New Hanover County soldiers went into the 119th regiment, 30th Division of the U.S. Army.

Regiments were segregated and it was expected that Blacks would not have to fight.  Lt. Thomas J. Bulloch was a black officer.

One third of those drafted did not have to go into the military.

Flu killed a lot of the soldiers.

Two million American soldiers were sent overseas.

North Carolina whites served in the 30th Division. The division arrived in France in May 1918.  The commander of the U.S. forces, General Pershing did not want his soldiers serving under British or French officers.

The 30th was involved in the battle that led to the fall of the Hindenburg Line and the Meusse-Argonne.


Monday, May 22, 2017

NIU History: New Science Building in 1942

From the April 12, 2017, MidWeek (DeKalb County, Illinois)  "Looking Back."

1942, 75 Years Ago.

"Work has begun on the fourth and fifth floors of the new science building, being constructed on the southwestern portion of the State Teacher's College campus."

That would be Northern Illinois University today.


Friday, May 19, 2017

Quarantine Lifted in 1917 in Sycamore

From the April 12, 2017, MidWeek (DeKalb County, Illinois) "Looking Back."

1917, 100 Years Ago.

"Quarantine was lifted this morning from the home of Mason Hooker on Cross Street in Sycamore where Mrs. Hooker and children have been ill for several weeks with scarlet fever."

Something You Don't Hear Happening Much Anymore.  --DaCoot

About Those Model Battleships

From the April 25, 2017, Shorpy Photo site "Fireside Cats: 1955."

Columbus, Georgia, circa 1955.  A boy and girl are posing in front of the home's fireplace.  She is holding a car, but the boy is proudly holding a battleship model.

I couldn't tell what model battleship it was, but a comment said it was definitely an Iowa-class battleship and that these were very popular with American boys at the time.  He described these warships as the "last and best true battleships built by the U.S. Navy.  Everything about them is superlative."

I always remember seeing a picture of the hull of the Oklahoma after it was uprighted.  It was tied up next to the new USS Iowa, which dwarfed the older battleship.

As proud as the boy was, he had not done a perfect job putting it together.

I was just four at the time so would have been unable to build a battleship model, but model ships were my favorite things to build by far.  Other friends of mine liked to build model planes or cars, but my forte was ships.

I built models of the Arizona, North Carolina and several of the Missouri, including a huge one.

Give Me a Battleship Model Anytime.  --Cooter

Thursday, May 18, 2017

New Hanover County's Role in World War I-- Part 3: Camp Jackson, South Carolina

There were also many men drafted into military service from New Hanover County, North Carolina.  Robert Sanders, a black man, was one of them.

Cleveland Van Buren was sent to Camp Jackson, South Carolina.  My grandfather also was sent to this camp for training.

There were four classes of recruits.  Class 1 meant you were immediately available for service.  Only Class 1 was called up for service.

Blacks were also drafted.  More Blacks than Whites were drafted.

There were a total of 32 training camps for America's World War I servicemen.  Some existed before the war and others were built during it.


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

New Hanover County's Role in World War I-- Part 2: Women

There was shipbuilding going on in Wilmington during the war.  (I didn't know this, but sure knew about the North Carolina Shipbuilding Company during World War II.)

Wilmington women were mobilized into the work force.

Four Liberty Bonds were floated to finance the war.

Paul Cantwell enlisted in 1903 and served during the war.

Most men from Wilmington were volunteers.

Arthur Bluethenthal was an aviator.

Rachel Loman volunteered for nursing as did a lot of women.  She joined in 1918, one of 22,000 women who did so.  The Cape Fear Museum has a lot of items of hers.


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

New Hanover County's Role in World War I-- Part 1

As I mentioned in the last post, I was able to attend the Federal Point Preservation Society's January meeting in Carolina Beach, N.C., at their History Center.

Dr. Jan Davidson of the Cape Fear Museum in Wilmington, N.C., gave the presentation "Service, Sacrifice & Memorialization: New Hanover County Residents in World War I."

The Society plans to have an exhibit at the museum for the 100th anniversary of World War I and plan to have it up by April.  The group was looking for someone to make a presentation on the war and couldn't have done any better as Dr. Davidson got her PhD on World War I.

Fort Caswell, by Southport, near the mouth of the Cape Fear River, was actually an  military base in World War I.

There was a World War I Memorial honoring New Hanover High School students who fought in the war located in front of the high school which has now been moved to Wilmington's Riverfront.


Monday, May 15, 2017

World War I the Subject of the January Federal Point Historic Preservation Society

From the January Newsletter.

January Meeting, Monday, Jan. 16, 2017.

All meetings held at 7:30 p.m.., at the Federal Point History Center at 1121-A North Lake Park Boulevard, adjacent to the Carolina Beach, N.C., Town Hall.

The speaker was Jan Davidson, historian at the Cape Fear Museum of History and Science in Wilmington.  She discussed World War I and New Hanover County's role in the fight.  She concentrated on the impact on men and women and the items her museum has from them.

She has been at the Cape Fear Museum for 11 years and has been involved in a wide variety of research projects.  Lately she has been working on the history of World War I because of its upcoming centennial anniversary for the United States' involvement.

She has a PhD and has previously worked at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.

I was lucky enough to attend this presentation.


Album With Rare Harriet Tubman Photograph Goes for $161,000

From the March 31, 2017, Chicago Tribune.

An album containing a rare photograph of 19th-century abolitionist and Underground Railroad heroine Harriet Tubman was sold March 30 in New York City at an auction for $161,000-- far exceeding presale estimates.

The Tubman photograph was taken in Auburn, New York, in 1868 or 1869.  She was in her late 40s at the time.  Most existing photos of her were taken much later in life.  She looks very young here.

The winning bid was made by Lion Heart Autographs, a Manhattan-based dealer.

The Maryland-born Tubman, an escaped slave, helped scores of other slaves escape the South by guiding them to the North.  She served as a spy during the Civil War.  Afterwards, she settled in Auburn, in the Finger Lakes region of New York.

I wonder who else was in the photo album?

If they have to put her on the twenty dollar bill, I nominate this picture.

Harriet Tubman Like You've Never Seen her Before.  --Cooter

Friday, May 12, 2017

The USS Simpson (FFG-56)-- Part 2

In 1988, the Simpson escorted oil tankers during the Iran-Iraq War.

On April 18, 1988 it participated in the destruction of Iranian naval and intelligence facilities on an oil platform in the Persian Gulf.  Later that day the Simpson, along with the USS Wainwright and USS Bagley encountered the Iranian missile patrol boat Joshan which fired a Harpoon missile at the American ships which returned missile fire and sank the Iranian ship.

The other two ships were decommissioned before the Simpson which makes it the last U.S. ship to sink an enemy ship in combat (other than the USS Constitution, of course).

In 1990 it rescued 22 crew members of the tanker Surf City after it exploded.

Captain Gerald F. DeConto commanded the Simpson from September 1998 to April 2000.  He was killed at the Pentagon on 9-11.

The Simpson was the last ship of its class in service.  I was unable to find out if a foreign country has bought the ship or not.


The USS Simpson (FFG-56)-- Part 1

From Wikipedia.

This is a follow up to the last post I did.

The USS Simpson, (FFG-56) was an Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided missile frigate named for Rear Admiral Rodger W. Simpson who fought in World War II.

It was commissioned 21 September 1985 and decommissioned 29 September 2015.  The ship was 453 feet long and had a 45-foot beam and crew of 205.

Soon after commissioning it took part in the search and rescue effort after the Space Shuttle Challenger explosion.


Thursday, May 11, 2017

Navy Retires Last Ship to Sink Enemy Ship in Action, the USS Simpson-- Part 2: Served in Waning years of the Cold War

Continued from May 4, 2017.

The USS Simpson was built and commissioned in the waning years of the Cold War

It searched for and escorted submarines and fought narcotics traffickers and pirates.  Its most recent security missions were in the Mediterranean Sea but were classified.

So, now it is for sale.  Pakistan, Bahrain, Egypt, Turkey and Poland have purchased the Navy's decommissioned frigates.

They aren't state-of-the-art technological wonders.  They had crews of 230.

The ship was named for Rear Admiral Rodger Whitten Simpson and several family members were at the decommissioning.


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Then & Now-- Part 8: Talk It Over

What is the going rate for actors and actresses who breathe life into onscreen animated characters?


"Alladin"  (1992)

Robin Williams (Genie) received $75,000


"Toy Story 3"  (2010)

Tom hanks (Woody) received $15 million

Wow!  --Cooter

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Then & Now-- Part 7: Start Small, Think Big

Sequels often pay off.  Look at these numbers:


"Home Alone" (1990)  received $100,000.
"Home Alone 2"  (1992)  received $5 million plus 5% of the film profits.


"Twilight" (2008) received $2 million
"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn--  Part 1" (2011) received $12.5 million
"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn--  Part 2"  (2012)  received $12.5 million.


"The Hunger Games"  (2012) received $500,000.
"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire"  (2013)  received $10 million.

Good Work if You can Get It.  --DaCoot

Then & Now-- Part 6: The Blockbusters

Hollywood loves its "big" movies, especially when they provide big returns at the box office.  Here's what a "big" paycheck looked like then-- and now.



Clark Gable (Rhett Butler) $117,917 ($2,066,542 today)
Vivien Leigh (Scarlett O'Hara)  $30,851  ($540,676 today)



Robert Downey, Jr received $40 million


Actors who made less than you might think.

MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY:  "Dallas Buyers Club" (2013)  received $200,000.

SEAN ASTIN:  "The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (2001-2003)  $250,000 for three films.