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The Whitesides of Monroe County Illinois

No one is quite sure where the name “Whiteside” came from though there’s been a good bit of speculation. Our Whitesides seem to trace back to Armagh, an ancient capital of Ireland which by 1625 was being settled by Scots who had been sent to the place by the King of England in order to…

Boys of Battery A

William Henry Spafford The Boys of Battery A Steve Iman [Figure 1: Infantry at Attention] Published by Steve Iman’s Foolerie 24242 Porto Fino, Dana Point, CA 92629 www.imanfamily.net Imprint The facts of this account are drawn largely from diaries and letters of the Boys of Battery A. Together they provide a narrative of the lived…

Firdale Logging Gallery

If you go to Raymond in Pacific County, and drive out of town east on old Mill Road, keep going for about five miles on the dirt and gravel and you’ll cross a bridge. At a rise on the right, cast your eye out into that open field, and if it’s springtime, you’ll see some…

Out of Laramie

The train pulled out of the station, spewing smoke to the gray sky. Edith sat, somewhat nervously, with picnic basket and bags around her feet, not yet put away to overhead storage. Her brother had been late from the newsroom, dropping by the house to help her to the station with the things she was…

Ralph Forster Overview

Do you ever get stuck on a project and pick up a path heading in a different direction for little reason aside from some wild idea that you know makes little sense? Ralph Forster was the name of a captain of a Ship HERO which brought a lot of Amish and Mennonites to America in…