Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Working the Oats in the Field in 1918

From the August 15, 2018, MidWeek  "Looking Back."

1918, 100 Years Ago.

"The employees of the Fourth street bank, Robert McCormick, Frank Fordham and George Hanrahan, put their Thursday half-holiday to the best possible use yesterday when they went to the farm of Martin Mihm, a former employee of the bank, and shocked oats until dark.

"The fellows stated that they had several engagements from now on, and that many chicken suppers, etc., had been offered if they would only put in an appearance for work in the oat field."

Of course, with so many young men at war, there was a big need for help in the fields.

Will Work for Food.  --Cooteat

Monday, September 24, 2018

Hurricane Florence Floods Moores Creek National Battlefield

The recent Hurricane Florence has caused flooding at the Moores Creek National Battlefield near Wilmington, North Carolina.

It flooded Patriots Hall, but the park visitor center and administration buildings are still above the floodwaters.

The park will remain closed until further notice.


North Korea Returns Remains of 55 Americans Killed in the Korean War

From the July 29, 2018, Chicago Tribune  "Kim's end game remains to be seen" by Eric Talmadge.

North Korea made good on a promise to President Trump by returning 55 sets of apparent remains of U.S. soldiers killed during the Korean War.  But it expects something in return -- a peace treaty, or something much like it.

Friday was the 65th anniversary of the end of the 1950-1953 Korean War , which concluded not in a formal peace treaty but an armistice agreement that was supposed to be temporary but has stayed in effect ever since.

The remains of more than 5,000 American soldiers are believed to be recoverable in North Korea and it is possible that they have gathered hundreds more of the remains

The remains were flown to Hawaii where they will undergo scientific testing to determine if they are human, American or of Allied troops.

A Step In the Right Direction.  Welcome Home.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

June 25, 1876 A Real Bad Day for the Custer Family

I have been doing a lot of research on the family of George Armstrong Custer in my Not So Forgotten War of 1812 blog.  He had a strong connection with veterans of the War of 1812.  Plus, he was from Monroe, Michigan, the site of the infamous River Raisin Massacre during that war.

Plus, two of the Custer family are buried in Woodland Cemetery.

Go to the site by clicking on My Blogs to the right of this to find out what happened June 25, 1876.

Plus, you can find out where George and his brother Tom are buried.


George Alford, Minuteman and Served Under Washington

From Wikipedia.

Woodland Cemetery, Monroe, Michigan.

I have been doing a lot of research on George A. Custer, his family and the War of 1812 in my Not So Forgotten War of 1812 blog.

I came across this man who is buried in Woodland Cemetery in Monroe, Michigan and he sounds like an interesting story.

George Alford (died 1836)  A Minuteman in the American Revolution and the only known Monroe soldier to have served directly under the command of General George Washington.


Pistol-Wielding Lady Demands Retractions in the Barber Shop

From the August 1, 2018, MidWeek (DeKalb County, Illinois)  "Looking Back."

1918, 100 Years Ago.

"Miss Hortense Cotton, who last Saturday night drove terror into the hears of several fellows in the Lewis barber shop and Lewis himself when she stepped into the business place and demanded certain retractions on the part of Lewis, at the point of a 32-calibre revolver was arrested yesterday.

"The young lady was given a hearing and after the matter had been  threshed out by the officials of the law, the young lady was assessed the fine of $25 and costs, amounting to $33.60, which was promptly paid and the case dismissed."

Wonder what Mr. Lewis had said?

I Sure Would Like To Know the Particulars of This Case.  --Cooter

Saturday, September 22, 2018

'Sixteen Candles' House Sells for $1.135 Million

From the July 15, 2018, Chicago Tribune by Bob Goldsborough.

The six-bedroom brick house in northwest Evanston, Illinois, where the 1984 classic teen comedy "Sixteen Candles" was filmed finally sold June 28 for $1.135 million, after two years on and off the market.

The three-story, 3,250-square-foot house is in a neighborhood that has been popular with filmmakers. In "Sixteen Candles" it was the cinematic home of the movie's main character, played by Molly Ringwald, and her family.

Built in 1931, the house has two fireplaces, a media room on the third floor, a new kitchen with a breakfast room and an attached two-car garage.   Outside are a terrace, an outdoor kitchen and a wood-burning fireplace.

Public records do not yet identify the buyers.

Missed Your Chance to Live Somewhere Famous.  --Cooter

Thursday, September 20, 2018

'Brady Bunch' House Up for Sale: Marsha Would Not be Happy

From the July 20, 2018, Chicago Tribune.

The home featured in the opening and closing scenes of "The Brady Bunch" is for sale for $1.885 million.

Records show that George and Violet McCallister bought the two-bedroom, three bathroom split-level home in the Studio City neighborhood of Los Angeles in 1973 for $61,000.

The agent says the home attracts 30 to 50 visitors a day.  The owners died and their children are selling the property.

Quite the Markup.  --Cooter

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

A Detasseling Tale, Part 2: Home Front 1943

From the August 1, 2018, MidWeek  "Looking Back."

1943, 75 Years Ago.

"More than 100 theological students were scheduled to arrive in DeKalb late this afternoon or tonight from Chicago and will be employed as corn detasselers by the DeKalb Agricultural Association.

"The young men ranging in age from sixteen to 25 years of age were secured through the cooperation efforts of the Ag Association and the United States Employment agency."

A Corny Thing To Do.  --Cooter

A Tale of Detasseling in DeKalb County in 1968: $1.25 an Hour Pay

From the July 25, 2018, MidWeek  (DeKalb County, Illinois)  "Looking Back."

1968, 50 Years Ago.

"A sort of 'children's crusade' will hit the cornfields in DeKalb County the next three weeks as the DeKalb Agricultural Association begins its annual summer corn detasseling campaign.

"The operation employs about 1,00 youngsters age14 and older.  With its 26 plants throughout the nation, the DeKalb Agricultural Association is probably the largest employer of children in the country.

"The youngsters get $1.25 an hour to pass up and down the rows of corn and pull the tassel off selected corn.  Close to 9,000 acres are involved in Waterman and Esmond."

Hot, Hard Work for $1.25.  But a McDonald's Hamburger Cost 15 Cents.  --Cooter

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

12 Fascinating Facts About "WKRP"-- Part 3: Herb's Volkswagen Seat Cover Suit

7.  Herb Tarlek actually did wear a suit made from Volkswagen seat covers.  Of course, those suits Herb wore?

8.  Venus Flytrap was the inspiration for SNL's Ladies Man.  He was SO SMOOTH.

9.  The show was inspired by Harry Chapin's "WOLD" song.

10.  Series creator Hugh Wilson wrote the lyrics to the them,e song.    The show's second theme is at the end and is really just a bunch of spoken gibberish.

11.  An extended version of the theme song became a hit in its own right.  In 1979, Steve Carlisle released it and in 1981 it hit #65 on the Billboard Top 100.

12.  Almost everyone returned for at least a cameo ten years later on "The New WKRP in Cincinnati" in 1991..  Rejoining the cast were Gordon Jump (Mr. Carlson), Richard Sanders (Les Nesman), Howard Hesseman (Dr. Johnny Fever) and Frank Bonner (Herb Tarlek).

Tim Reid (Venus Flytrap) and Lori Anderson (Jennifer Marlowe) made cameos.  Garry Sandy (Andy Travis) and Jan Smithers (Bailey Quarters) did not.

One Really Funny Show.  --Cooter

Monday, September 17, 2018

12 Fascinating Facts 'WKRP In Cincinnati'-- Part 2: Les' Bandages

4.  Les Nessman wears a bandage in every episode because of a real injury in the first episode.  He accidentally cut it but decided to keep it as part of his character.

5.  Blondie donated a Gold Record to the show for helping "Heart of Glass" become a hit.  Acts like U2, Toto, Knack, Cars and Devo all count WKRP as pivotal in launching their careers.

6.  The posters and band stuff you see on the walls were gifts from real DJs.

"As God As My Witness...I Thought Turkeys Could Flt!"  --Cooter

WWW I Chronology, September 1918: The Fortunes of War Turn for the Allies


Limey Defensive Sector.  U.S. losses 466 Killed in Action, 1,036 Wounded in Action.


Italy.  Company E, 332nd Infantry Regiment, goes to the front near the Varage salient along the Piave River.


U.S. troops consolidate their Meuse Heights-Moselle River Line by capturing Ronvaux, Monheulles, Pintheville, Haumont and Hatton Charel.

Later, the line stretches from the Forges on the Meuse River to the center of the Argonne Forest.


Puvenell Defensive Sector.  U>S> casualties:  658 Killed in Action, 2.020 Wounded in Action.


Friday, September 14, 2018

WW I Chronology: St. Mihiel Offensive September 12-16

The first all-American offensive on the Western Front.

Seventeen U.S. divisions (or elements of divisions) participate.  This was a total of 665,000 men.

This was also the first time that tanks were used by U.S. military, the 1st Tank Brigade.

The offensive also featured the largest aggregation of air support during the war with 600 airplanes and crews.

The Doughboys take the German salient after a 36-hour battle.

15,000 Germans are captured as are 250 artillery pieces.

U.S. casualties, however, were enormous with 1,799 killed in action and 6,885 wounded in action.


Thursday, September 13, 2018

12 Fascinating Facts About 'WKRP in Cincinnati'-- Part 1: Characters Based on Real People

From the September 13, 2018, MeTV site.  By the MeTV staff, March 29, 2018.

I have certainly enjoyed watching the reruns of my all-time favorite sitcom over this summer on MeTV.

1.  Andy Travis is based on real program director  "Captain Mikey."  Mikel  Herrington.    Arthur Carlson and Dr. Johnny Fever are also based on actual radio personalities.   Fever is Atlanta DJ "Skinny" Bobby Harper.

2.  Some of the characters were based on series creator Hugh Wilson's family.  Bailey Quarters is based on his wife.

3.  David Cassidy was originally cast as Dr. Johnny Fever.  Cassidy turned it down.  Howard Hesseman originally was called to be Herb Tarlek, but refused to read for anything but Fever.

Beware the Phone Police.  --Cooter

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

WW I Chronology: Only U.S. Cavalry Action In WW I

SEPTEMBER 12-13, 1918  100 Years Ago.

Troops B, D, F and H of the Provisional Squadron, 2nd Cavalry (300 men) are the only American horse soldiers to come under fire -- during the St. Mihiel Offensive.


Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Remnant of 9/11 in Tinley Park, Illinois-- Part 2

Continued From my RoadDog's RoadLog blog.  You can click on it in the My Blogs section to the right.

The village Fire department has had a banner created that will be mounted near the beam as a way to honor it and alert people as to its presence.

There were also plans for a mural to be made on the building by its present location, but that was dropped as plans for a more permanent memorial developed.

However, at least in 2016, nothing was done about it.

Come on Tinley Park, do something with it.  You have a real piece of history.  I'm sure we here in Spring Grove,Illinois, would be more than happy to take it off your hands.

Since this article is from Sept. 11, 2016, I was wondering if anything else has been done in Tinley Park since then.  I haven't been able to find that anything has.  But I did find an article about the beam coming to the town and will write about it in my Not So Forgotten War of 1812 blog today.  Click on the site at My Blogs to the right of this post.