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Rich got his name from being a mudsock. One day when we ran away to the swimming-hole after school, this other little The series of questions asked at every meeting of the Junto, so mirror the life and to talk about John and Abigail Adams, and to quote from their "Letters," a volume he seems to have by heart. This is the meet report for SwimFEST, hosted by Southeastern Swim Club .. Link: Mudsock Post Meet Report .. Off the Blocks Quote for the week?. At its April 16 meeting, the Fishers City Council approved tax abatement Quilters guild meeting – Mudsock Quilters Guild meets on the Residential Cleaning • Move Ins/Move Outs • Quality Service • Free Quote • Satisfaction Guaranteed . all utilities. paid,cable TV, high speed internet, swimming pool.
Our site was about three miles from town, high up on the Adams Farm. After many evening trips with the old mare and much figuring we had the thing done, all but the windows, door, and shingles on the roof. Well, I knew where there was an old door and two window-sash taken off our chicken-house to let in the air during Summer. And one rainy night three bunches of shingles found their way from Perkins' lumber-yard to the foot of the hill on the Adams Farm. In another five days the place was finished.
It was ten by sixteen, and had four bunks, two windows, a paneled front door, a back entrance and a porch—altogether a rather pretentious camp for a gang of young ruffians. But it was a labor of love, and we certainly had worked mighty hard. Our love was given particularly to the three house-builders and to Perkins, down in town. Of course we had to have a stove. This we got from Bowen's hardware-store for two dollars and forty cents.
He wanted four dollars, and we argued for some time. The stove was a secondhand one and good only for scrap-iron anyway. Scrap was worth fifty cents a hundred, and this stove weighed only two hundred fifty, so we convinced the man our offer was big. At that we made him throw in a frying-pan. For dishes and cutlery, I believe each of our mothers' pantries contributed. Then a stock of grub was confiscated.
The storeroom in the Phalansterie furnished Heinz beans, chutney, and a few others of the fifty-seven. John had run an ad in "The Philistine" for Heinz and taken good stuff in exchange. For four years after that, this old camp was kept stocked with eats all the time. We would hike out Friday after school and stay till Sunday night. At Christmas-time we would spend the week's vacation there. Many times had I tried to get my Father to go out and stay overnight.
But he wouldn't go. One time, though, I did not come home when I had promised, so Father rode out on Garnett to find me. Instead of my coming back with him he just unsaddled and turned Garnett loose in the woods and stayed overnight.
We gave him the big bunk with two red quilts, and he stuck it out. Next morning we had fried apples, ham and coffee for breakfast. What there was about it I did not understand, but John was a very frequent visitor after that.
You know we called Father, John, because he said that wasn't his name. Mike didn't like it. The field-mice running on the rafters overhead at night chilled his blood. He called them terrible beasts. From then on we youngsters were gradually deprived of our freedom at camp.
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These visitors were too numerous for us and we had to seek other fields of adventure. John got to going out to the camp to get away from visitors at the Shop. He found the place quiet and comforting.
The woods gave him freedom to think and write.
It so developed that he would spend about four days a month there, writing the "Little Journey" for the next month.
How many of his masterpieces were written at the Camp I can not say, but for several years it was his Retreat and he used it constantly.
He reminded us boys several times when we kicked, that he had a good claim on it—for didn't he furnish the door and the window-frames?
I never suspected he would recognize them.
Midst all the sorrowings that are mingled on this melancholy occasion I venture to assert that none could have felt his death with more regret than I, because no one had higher opinions of his worth There is this consolation, though, to be drawn, that while living no man could be more esteemed, and since dead none is more lamented.
By a slow process, the natural man is divested of all our common faults and frailties; he is clothed with superhuman attributes and declared a being separate and apart, and is lost to us in the clouds. When Greenough carved that statue of Washington that sits facing the Capitol, he unwittingly showed how a man may be transformed into a Jove.
But the world has reached a point when to be human is no longer a cause for apology; we recognize that the human, in degree, comprehends the divine. Jove inspires fear, but to Washington we pay the tribute of affection. Beings hopelessly separated from us are not ours: We know Washington as well as it is possible to know any man.
- Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Vol. 3 of 14, Elbert Hubbard
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We know him better, far better, than the people who lived in the very household with him. We have his diary showing "how and where I spent my time"; we have his journal, his account-books and no man was ever a more painstaking accountant ; we have hundreds of his letters, and his own copies and first drafts of hundreds of others, the originals of which have been lost or destroyed.
From these, with contemporary history, we are able to make up a close estimate of the man; and we find him human—splendidly human. By his books of accounts we find that he was often imposed upon, that he loaned thousands of dollars to people who had no expectation of paying; and in his last will, written with his own hand, we find him canceling these debts, and making bequests to scores of relatives; giving freedom to his slaves, and acknowledging his obligation to servants and various other obscure persons.
He was a man in very sooth. He was a man in that he had in him the appetites, the ambitions, the desires of a man. Stewart, the artist, has said, "All of his features were indications of the strongest and most ungovernable passions, and had he been born in the forest, he would have been the fiercest man among savage tribes.
And so the object of this sketch will be, not to show the superhuman Washington, the Washington set apart, but to give a glimpse of the man Washington who aspired, feared, hoped, loved and bravely died. If you have a copy of Weems' "Life of Washington," you had better wrap it in chamois and place it away for your heirs, for some time it will command a price. Fifty editions of Weems' book were printed, and in its day no other volume approached it in point of popularity.
In American literature, Weems stood first. To Weems are we indebted for the hatchet tale, the story of the colt that was broken and killed in the process, and all those other fine romances of Washington's youth.
Weems' literary style reveals the very acme of that vicious quality of untruth to be found in the old-time Sunday-school books. Weems mustered all the "Little Willie" stories he could find, and attached to them Washington's name, claiming to write for "the Betterment of the Young," as if in dealing with the young we should carefully conceal the truth. Possibly Washington could not tell a lie, but Weems was not thus handicapped. Under a mass of silly moralizing, he nearly buried the real Washington, giving us instead a priggish, punk youth, and a Madame Tussaud, full-dress general, with a wax-works manner and a wooden dignity.
Happily, we have now come to a time when such authors as Mason L. Weems and John S. Abbott are no longer accepted as final authorities. We do not discard them, but, like Samuel Pepys, they are retained that they may contribute to the gaiety of nations. Various violent efforts have been made in days agone to show that Washington was of "a noble line"—as if the natural nobility of the man needed a reason—forgetful that we are all sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be.
But Burke's "Peerage" lends no light, and the careful, unprejudiced, patient search of recent years finds only the blood of the common people. Washington himself said that in his opinion the history of his ancestors "was of small moment and a subject to which, I confess, I have paid little attention.
Weems has described Washington's bookplate thus: Crest, a raven with wings, indorsed proper, issuing out of a ducal coronet, or. In his will the good man describes this marriage, evidently with a wink, as "my second Venture.
The success of the union seems pretty good argument in favor of widowers marrying. There were four children in the family, the oldest nearly full grown, when Mary Ball came to take charge of the household. She was twenty-seven, her husband ten years older. They were married March Sixth, Seventeen Hundred Thirty-one, and on February Twenty-second of the following year was born a man child and they named him George.
The Washingtons were plain, hard-working people—land-poor. They lived in a small house that had three rooms downstairs and an attic, where the children slept, and bumped their heads against the rafters if they sat up quickly in bed. Washington got his sterling qualities from the Ball family, and not from the tribe of Washington. George was endowed by his mother with her own splendid health and with all the sturdy Spartan virtues of her mind.
In features and in mental characteristics, he resembled her very closely. There were six children born to her in all, but the five have been nearly lost sight of in the splendid success of the firstborn. I have used the word "Spartan" advisedly. Upon her children, the mother of Washington lavished no soft sentimentality.
A woman who cooked, weaved, spun, washed, made the clothes, and looked after a big family in pioneer times had her work cut out for her. The children of Mary Washington obeyed her, and when told to do a thing never stopped to ask why—and the same fact may be said of the father. The girls wore linsey-woolsey dresses, and the boys tow suits that consisted of two pieces, which in Winter were further added to by hat and boots.
If the weather was very cold, the suits were simply duplicated—a boy wearing two or three pairs of trousers instead of one. The mother was the first one up in the morning, the last one to go to rest at night.
If a youngster kicked off the covers in his sleep and had a coughing spell, she arose and looked after him. Were any sick, she not only ministered to them, but often watched away the long, dragging hours of the night. And I have noticed that these sturdy mothers in Israel, who so willingly give their lives that others may live, often find vent for overwrought feelings by scolding; and I, for one, cheerfully grant them the privilege.
Washington's mother scolded and grumbled to the day of her death. She also sought solace by smoking a pipe. And this reminds me that a noted specialist in neurotics has recently said that if women would use the weed moderately, tired nerves would find repose and nervous prostration would be a luxury unknown. Not being much of a smoker myself, and knowing nothing about the subject, I give the item for what it is worth.
All the sterling, classic virtues of industry, frugality and truth-telling were inculcated by this excellent mother, and her strong commonsense made its indelible impress upon the mind of her son. Mary Washington always regarded George's judgment with a little suspicion; she never came to think of him as a full-grown man; to her he was only a big boy.
Hence, she would chide him and criticize his actions in a way that often made him very uncomfortable. During the Revolutionary War she followed his record closely: She foresaw that he would be made President, and thought "he would do as well as anybody.
And to this she replied that she had never expected or intended to go to Mount Vernon, and moreover would not, no matter how much urged—a declination without an invitation that must have caused the son a grim smile. In her nature was a goodly trace of savage stoicism that took a satisfaction in concealing the joy she felt in her son's achievement; for that her life was all bound up in his we have good evidence.
Washington looked after her wants and supplied her with everything she needed, and, as these things often came through third parties, it is pretty certain she did not know the source; at any rate she accepted everything quite as her due, and shows a half-comic ingratitude that is very fine.
When Washington started for New York to be inaugurated President, he stopped to see her. She donned a new white cap and a clean apron in honor of the visit, remarking to a neighbor woman who dropped in that she supposed "these great folks expected something a little extra.
She was eighty-three at that time and "her boy" fifty-five. She died not long after. Samuel Washington, the brother two years younger than George, has been described as "small, sandy-whiskered, shrewd and glib. Some of the wives he deserted and others deserted him, and two of them died, thus leaving him twice a sad, lorn widower, from which condition he quickly extricated himself. He was always in financial straits and often appealed to his brother George for loans.
Thornton Washington, a son of Samuel, was given a place in the English army at George Washington's request; and two other sons of Samuel were sent to school at his expense.
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One of the boys once ran away and was followed by his uncle George, who carried a goodly birch with intent to "give him what he deserved"; but after catching the lad the uncle's heart melted, and he took the runaway back into favor. An entry in Washington's journal shows that the children of his brother Samuel cost him fully five thousand dollars. Harriot, one of the daughters of Samuel, lived in the household at Mount Vernon and evidently was a great cross, for we find Washington pleading as an excuse for her frivolity that "she was not brung up right, she has no disposition, and takes no care of her clothes, which are dabbed about in every corner, and the best are always in use.
She costs me enough! In his ledger we find this item: He furnished a fine wedding for her, and all the servants had a holiday, and Harriot and her unknown lover were happy ever afterwards—so far as we know. Between these two there was a genuine bond of affection.
To George this brother was always, "Dear Jack," and when John married, George sends "respectful greetings to your Lady," and afterwards "love to the little ones from their Uncle. Nothing in this world would add so to mine as to be near you. He took a lively interest in the boy's career, and taking him to Philadelphia placed him in the law-office of Judge James Wilson. He supplied Bushrod with funds, and wrote him many affectionate letters of advice, and several times made him a companion on journeys.
The boy proved worthy of it all, and developed into a strong and manly man—quite the best of all Washington's kinsfolk. In later years, we find Washington asking his advice in legal matters and excusing himself for being such a "troublesome, non-paying client. Such confidence was a fitting good-by from the great and loving heart of a father to a son full worthy of the highest trust.
Of Washington's relations with his brother Charles, we know but little. Charles was a plain, simple man who worked hard and raised a big family. In his will Washington remembers them all, and one of the sons of Charles we know was appointed to a position upon Lafayette's staff on Washington's request. The only one of Washington's family that resembled him closely was his sister Betty. The contour of her face was almost identical with his, and she was so proud of it that she often wore her hair in a queue and donned his hat and sword for the amusement of visitors.Rise and Swim (Welcome to the Grind)
Betty married Fielding Lewis, and two of her sons acted as private secretaries to Washington while he was President. Terri stresses that winter is a great time to explore the outdoors in Indiana and experience the colors and textures of the natural landscape in its dormant period.
As she notes, "Our four seasons give us an ever changing palette! So were the fiddle and dulcimer. Community bands played flutes, whistles and drums. There even were pianos before in Indiana, despite the significant challenges of transporting them to frontier communities via horse-drawn vehicles and river boats.
Less widely seen or, in some cases, not present at all in the Hoosier state of the s, '30s and '40s: On this encore show originally broadcast inNelson is joined in studio by Erik Peterson to explore various aspects of the music played by pioneer families in Indiana. Erik, an Indianapolis-based musician and historian, has performed at Prairietown at Conner Prairie Interactive History Park and at other history-focused sites. He has researched pre music of central Indiana for a postgraduate degree, thanks in part to a fellowship from the Society of Indiana Pioneers.
Adept at various instruments, Erik often performs traditional Irish, American folk and Celtic music with several ensembles.
During this show, he performs a few musical interludes to convey a flavor of the music heard in pioneer Indiana. He has gained insights by tracking down diaries, letters and journals of pioneer families. Erik performs a tune on the instrument during our show, a rare opportunity to hear it. He notes that today, the jaw harp primarily is relegated to the soundtracks of animated cartoons. The extraordinary efforts undertaken to transport pianos here decades before railroads underscore the importance of music in the lives of pioneers, Erik emphasizes.
He points out that many pioneer towns in Indiana even had community bands. Early settlers to the Midwest viewed some musical instruments as appropriate for men while others were seen as more fitting for women. But the gender preferences often were reversed from those of modern sensibilities, Erik says. Pioneer men tended to play flutes and violins, while women played guitars and banjos once those instruments finally made their way to Indiana, primarily after the Civil War. Before that, advertisements for academies such as the Indianapolis Female Institute touted instruction in piano for young women.
During our show, Erik plays a few verses of a song that would have been played frequently in early Indiana: The Star Spangled Banner was not adopted as the official national anthem untilabout years after the era that is the focus of our show. Since then, Hail Columbia! There's plenty of hiking and history at the Wabash and Erie Canal Park in Delphi, which is open year-round and includes an Interpretive Center, lots of trails for hiking and biking, and canal boat rides that continue through the end of September.
Don't miss the Delphi Opera House and adjacent shops. Glory-June also has an eye for great small-town restaurants; she recommends Delphi's Stonehouse Restaurant and Bakery.
And for your dining pleasure either coming or going, there is Treece Restaurant in Rossville. The new team was part of an upstart professional league, the colorful American Basketball Association ABAand before any of the players had even scored a point, much civic, social and sports history already had been made.
Two previous pro basketball teams based in Indianapolis had died. One of them, the Indianapolis Olympianswent down in scandal. Efforts at putting together the Pacers team had met a variety of challenges.
Unsuccessful attempts had been made to woo household names in Indiana - including former high school basketball sensations Oscar Robertson and identical twins Tom and Dick Van Arsdale - to be part of the Pacers organization. And some of the African-American players who had been signed to the team encountered challenges finding housing in the Hoosier capital due to the racial discrimination that was unfortunately common at the time.
To explore the rich history of the early era of the Pacers, Nelson is joined in studio by veteran sports journalist Mark Montiethwho, as a boy growing up in Indy, listened to the debut Pacers game on the radio.
Mark is the author of a new book, Reborn: In the early s, Mark writes, the Hoosier capital was growing, "yet it had no national sports identity beyond the Indianapolis Early games in the ABA often were raucous, and fighting among the players was common. Several of the early Pacers were regarded as wild characters, including fan favorites Bob Netolicky and Mel Daniels. The starting salaries of early Pacers players? The ABA was distinctive for its red, white and blue basketball and the introduction to the pro game of the 3-point shot.
The future of the team and of the league were considered so uncertain that Bobby "Slick" Leonard the former high school basketball star from Terre Haute who later coached the Pacers to the national championships was so wary of giving up a secure job as a salesman for class rings that he didn't initially seek the coaching opportunity.
Some early players were essentially being offered second chances to achieve hoops glory. In high school and college, Netolicky was "more motivated to have fun than to play basketball" and had exotic pets such as an ocelot and a boa constrictor, according to Reborn. His eventual teammate Roger Brown had taken a factory job on the night shift after his links to a gambler ended opportunities as a player in college and with the NBA.
Other Pacers history facts: Although Reborn indicates that it remains unclear who originally suggested "Pacers" as the team's name, initial announcements referenced the harness horse racetrack at the Fairgrounds near the Pacers' home court at the Coliseum a pacer is a type of racehorse. Initial reports also referred to the Indywhich features a pace car.
The team's colors, blue and gold, have remained the same for 50 years and are a tribute to the state's official colors — as seen, for example, on the state flag. Seven of the 12 players on the starting roster were African American. Even the New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Lakers, representing the nation's largest and most cosmopolitan cities, conformed.
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The bar, called Neto's, was located in a shopping area that had the same name as the neighborhood that surrounded it. Netolicky, a 6-foot-9 power forward and center, frequently chatted with patrons of the bar, which often was jammed after Pacers games.
It cultivated a "swinging" atmosphere, with strobe lighting and go-go dancers. What was the name of the neighborhood and shopping center where Neto's was located? Please do not call into the show until you hear Nelson pose the question on the air, and please do not try to win if you have won any other prize on WICR during the last two months.
The prize is a pair of tickets to The Messiah on Dec. Plymouth is located at the crossroads of two historic highways, the Old Michigan Road U. Chris has been fascinated with Indiana history since the 4th grade and he now serves on the board of directors of the Studebaker National Museum Foundation.
The Marshall County Museum is in downtown Plymouth and has won the Indiana Historical Society award in recognition of "remarkable public services and programs provided to its community. The Titanic and Hoosiers: Did you know that there were 14 passengers with Indiana connections on the doomed Titanicwhich struck an iceberg in the North Atlantic and sank in ?
Some of the Hoosiers survived, while others were among the more than 1, passengers and crew members who perished. Exploring a variety of aspects of the tragedy that has captivated the world since the British passenger liner sank on its maiden voyage, Nelson is joined in studio by Indianapolis resident Craig Ware, whose lifelong interest in the Titanic culminated with meeting the final living survivor - and then corresponding with her.
That passenger was Millvina Deanthe youngest passenger on board, who died at age 97 in England in A member of the Titanic Historical Society years before the ship was discovered at the bottom of the North Atlantic inCraig has amassed a trove of information about the massive liner that was built for luxury and convenience, not speed. In the years since its sinking, the Titanic has become a symbol of the overconfidence and opulence of the Edwardian era.
Nelson and Craig are joined in studio by Katherine Gould, associate curator of cultural history at the Indiana State Museumwhere "Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition" was on display during the original broadcast of this show. The exhibit featured about artifacts salvaged from the wreck site at the bottom of the North Atlantic. The Hoosier Titanic survivors include an Irish housekeeper, Ellen Mary Toomeywho had immigrated to Indianapolis but then returned to her homeland to visit relatives.
Those who did not survive the sinking include a Hammond resident who had traveled to Sweden to visit her parents. She perished, as did her 2-year-old daughter, who had been born in Hammond. Myths and folklore abound about the sinking. They include allegations that distress signals were ignored, that third-class passengers deliberately were kept below deck and that the ship's cargo included cases of dragon blood, a bright-red tree resin that has been used for centuries in varnishes, medicines, and dyes.
Nelson and his guests separate fact from myth as they delve into a tragedy that for generations has fascinated social historians, analysts of mass panic and those intrigued by what happened to - and aboard - the ship. Their numbers are legion, particularly since the release of the blockbuster movie Titanic starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet.
Their co-star Gloria Stuart passed away in at the age of Both Nelson and Craig have, separately, met acclaimed oceanographer Robert Ballard, the scientist who headed the expedition that discovered the Titanic wreck site. At the Indiana State Museum exhibit invisitors could touch a chunk of ice set at 28 degrees the water temperature when the Titanic sank. Artifacts on display included a wall sconce from a first-class lounge, china etched with the logo of the White Star Line, a man's bowler hat and perfume being carried in the cargo by a manufacturer.
The ship's cargo included a rare copy of Omar Khayyam's Rubaiyat set in gold and inlaid with 1, precious gems; it has never been recovered. The Titanic's maiden voyage was to be the last voyage for its year-old captain, who had planned to retire. Instead, Captain Edward John Smith was among the victims of the tragedy. Once inside, you'll be immersed in the s cabaret-style setting featuring a digital grand player piano and photographs that span Porter's life, social circle and travels.
An elegantly-dressed singer will serenade you with Porter standards, and you can even sing along if you want to! Alas, the Cole Porter Room's similarities to an elegant s cabaret lounge do not include libations; no Champagne cocktails or zombies are in the offing.
Cole Porter was born in Peru, Ind. World War II and Hoosiers: He became an officer with a fighter bomber unit in the South Pacific. A more famous Hoosier who grew up on a farm - acclaimed war correspondent Ernie Pyle - also was in the Pacific theater during the final months of World War II.
He was preparing with a colleague, correspondent for the magazines Time and Life Robert Sherrodto cover the final invasion of Japanese-held islands when Pyle was killed by a sniper.
Nelson is joined by two guests: He has drawn on his father's unauthorized diary as the basis for a new book, Rocky Boyer's War Naval Institute Press ; it describes the diary as "full of accounts of casualties, accidents, off-duty shenanigans and rear-area snafus.
Ray also is the author of The Soldier's Friend: Yes, the draft got me - and how! Rocky Boyer became a first lieutenant and participated in a major air blitz regarded as pivotal for the Allied victory in the southwest Pacific. Ernie Pyle, the son of sharecroppers from Dana in far-western Indiana, did not live to celebrate the war's end, but his colleague Robert Sherrod who was not a Hoosier did.
Upon learning of Japan's surrender, Sherrod, who was embedded with the Marines, wrote: Sitting in stunned silence, we remembered our dead. Admiral Raymond Spruancewho grew up in Indy and graduated from Shortridge High Schoolcommanded naval forces during some of the most significant battles in the Pacific. In addition to describing battles - including the major air war in New Guinea - Rocky Boyer's diary describes daily life for soldiers that sometimes involved unexpected, unnecessary risks.
According to accounts in his diary, Rocky was awakened by an alcohol-fueled party at an officers' club that involved periodic explosions of TNT and blasts of gunfire. It's one of several passages that the book describes as "unvarnished" accounts. Hoosier History Live explored Pyle's columns about Indiana - as well as those of journalist John Bartlow Martinwho grew up in Indianapolis - during a show in May You can listen that show by visiting our website at hoosierhistorylive. Both of our guests - as well as Nelson, our host - signed copies of their books at the Holiday Author Fair on Dec.
More than 60 authors with Indiana connections were participate in the annual event. Our show this week is shorter than usual because of coverage of UIndy football ; there is no Road Tripper report.
No equipment bags will be needed that day and we will NOT be doing dryland. Movie will start at Please plan to pick up at We will have hot chocolate and popcorn to snack on!! We hope to see I hope you all have a wonderful time over break enjoying time with family and friends! I know I am looking forward to catching up with my family!! Important Info for those swimming in the SSC vs.
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