Archive for History

  • Just Saying... Just Saying…

    By Q.C. Jones Life on the Naughty Side of the List OK, So it’s a new year. Santa and his Elfin gang have come and gone. By now they’re all laying around the North Pole. Their ever-present propaganda machine blares out the message of a Jolly Old Elf and his do-gooder pals exhausted from deliver...

  • Squirrels Squirrels

    By John & Joan Maxwell The woods surrounding the house and barns at our farm are full of many different types of trees and wildlife. While at the dinner table, it’s not uncommon for us to see a white tail deer emerge from the woods, often followed by a fawn in the spring. Hawks that hunt the ...

  • PUBLISHER’S CORNER PUBLISHER’S CORNER

    By Eloise Graham Time is Marching On ... A New Month ... A New Year ... A New Decade Welcome, 2020! Are you like me? I remember when 1984 seemed like such a futuristic time, something unreal and probably not attainable. Then there was the New Millennium and Y2K. For me, 2020 was definitely a far...

  • January by the Decades January by the Decades

    By Eloise Graham What headline will appear in January 2020? Here are some past January decade events. 1340   King Edward III of England is declared King of France 1440   Ivan the Great (Tsar of Russia)is born 1610   Galileo first observes the four largest moons of Jupiter 1660 ...

  • The Story of Silent Night The Story of Silent Night

    By Mary Schricker Gemberling One of my favorite Christmas memories as a child was singing Silent Night in the candlelight service on Christmas Eve at our neighborhood church. When my children were growing up, we continued the practice in our small church in Blue Grass, Iowa. Several decades later, ...

  • Out of Gas Out of Gas

    By John & Joan Maxwell Cinnamon Ridge Farms “You ran out of gas?!?!” My distant cousin Margo gaped at me in bewilderment. I had been hauling a load of hay from our farm near Princeton to the home dairy near Walcott when, without warning, our 1958 Chevrolet Apache sputtered to a halt. In t...

  • Just Saying... Just Saying…

    By Q.C. Jones A Christmas Quest Christmas comes steeped in, dripping in and richly coated with tradition. I have such fond memories of my mother’s Christmas dinner of Beef Wellington, my paternal grandmother’s famous cherry pie, and the oyster dressing my other grandma turned out each year. ...

  • December Gemstones December Gemstones

    By Eloise Graham The birthstones for December have changed from the ruby red gemstone and red/green/rust colored bloodstone (definitely Christmas colors) to the clear blue tones of blue zirconium and tanzanite and the grey veined turquoise (the colors of December skies). The ruby and bloodstone w...