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My Ancestors of Old Linn Creek

My Ancestors of Old Linn Creek

  For generations Linn Creek, Missouri, was a thriving town in Camden County. Now referred to as Old Linn Creek, it had a few doctors over the years, including my great-great grandfather Dr. Joel C. Crouch (1825-1873), who was the town physician from 1860 to 1873. He was commissioned as a Civil War surgeon on [...]

Do You Want to Know a Secret?

Do You Want to Know a Secret?

When I was a kid we played the telephone game, AKA Chinese whispers: whisper a little story in someone’s ear, then that person whispers it to the next in line, and so on, until the last person tells the story out loud for all to hear, but by then it has changed a little or [...]

Keeper of the Plains

Keeper of the Plains

  Monday and yesterday I was in Wichita, Kansas, visiting my cousin Alice. We had a great time at an event Monday evening (see those photos here!) and at about 10 p.m. we walked about four blocks from her home to see the “Keeper of the Plains.”   It’s a 45-foot-tall (not including the 30-foot rock base) [...]

Moonrise on Pea Ridge Battlefield

Moonrise on Pea Ridge Battlefield

  Yesterday, after a full day of family genealogy research at the Bentonville, Arkansas, Public Library and the Benton County Historical Society, I traveled about half an hour to Pea Ridge Battlefield National Park. As you can see in the photo above, the moon was on the rise when I arrived.   The interpretive center was [...]

The Historic Craig-Bryan House

The Historic Craig-Bryan House

  As a young man my great-great-great grandfather James Terrill Craig spent two years out west during the California Gold Rush.   In 1871, when he was 53, he had this lovely 4,800-square-foot home built at 307 Central Ave. in Bentonville, Arkansas. He was one of the earliest settlers of this city and made his fortune as a [...]

Bloggers’ Tour of City Hall this Saturday!

Bloggers’ Tour of City Hall this Saturday!

If you’re a fellow blogger, join me for a behind-the-scenes tour of the 1920s-era City Hall, including background about the history and architecture of Pasadena’s most famous landmark.   We’ll meet in the courtyard this Saturday, Sept. 15, at 10:30 a.m., then go along corridors, into stairwells, all around the courtyard and every other exterior nook [...]

What a Long, Strange Trip It’s Been

What a Long, Strange Trip It’s Been

    Tom Coston led about a dozen Pasadena Museum of History docents in a tour yesterday of the new exhibition “What a Long, Strange Trip It’s Been: 35 Years of the Pasadena Doo Dah Parade.”   I’m not a docent but came along for the ride anyway.   The collection winds around a large [...]

I Have a New Blog!

I Have a New Blog!

I’ll start blogging very soon at my new site — visit me here. I’m still deciding what my new blog will be but in the meantime I’ll report from a trip to the Midwest to visit family April 9 to 27. Read the Full Story at Pasadena PIO

Clear Skies Predicted for Our Bloggers Picnic!

Clear Skies Predicted for Our Bloggers Picnic!

Actually the forecast is for cloudy skies during the day with a slight chance of rain in the evening. That means it’ll be clear! Many thanks to the Altadena blogs for organizing the picnic again this year:AltadenablogAltadena HikerAltadena Above It AllOpen Mouth Insert Fork Read the Full Story at Pasadena PIO

We Partied Anyway!

We Partied Anyway!

UPDATE — Below I misspelled (or squished together) the wonderful bakery/restaurant. It’s Euro Pane (thank you, Cafe Pasadena). The mystery woman standing next to Jervey Tervalon is Georgia Jeffries (thank you, Larry Wilson). LitFest Pasadena was rained out on Friday, but the planned after-party for organizers went on anyway at Europane on Colorado between Euclid [...]