July 6th is the 111th anniversary of the birth of Roma Clara Josephine Rasa, my maternal grandmother. She was born in Florence, Missouri to Fred H. and Lena (Tieman) Rasa. At her birth her family lived on the main street of the Florence community not far from the crossroads were two stores and the town … Continue reading "Roma Clara Josephine and a Lesson for Today"
The November 30, 1957, issue of the Saturday Evening Post Magazine contained an article about the “pizza craze” sweeping the nation. The article explained that pizzas costing between sixty-five cents and $5 were sold at approximately 20,000 pizzerias around the country, each of which … Continue reading "A Measure of Influence"
Was your family affected by the influenza pandemic that occurred a century ago? Chances are good that it was. The pandemic occurred in three waves. The first, from March through July 1918, was the mildest wave with a low number or deaths, but unusual in that it lasted through the early summer. The second wave … Continue reading "In the Grip of La Grippe: Spring 1918, the First Wave"
If you are a genealogist you know that one of the biggest conferences of the year is happening right now in Salt Lake City. While I was unable to … Continue reading "RootsTech News: Ancestry.com App Has Great New Map Feature"
For more than twenty years I worked on national security policy with a decided emphasis on diseases and natural disasters. Even with my shift into genealogy in 2014, I can’t resist following the news of the novel Coronavirus. I am constantly looking for the signposts of pandemic and following information from health officials … Continue reading "Spanish Influenza Provides Lessons for Coronavirus"
I was researching yesterday on newspapers.com when I found an article in the Kansas National Democrat on Jan 27, 1859, 161 years ago to the day. It details the efforts of the Kansas Territorial Legislature from Thursday, January 20th. In a single day the number of major issues considered was astounding; many … Continue reading "161 Year-Old Article Covers All Aspects of Life"
During the previous decade one of the fasted growing industries in the United States has been craft beer. Many of the new brands have purchased rights to old names and recipes from breweries across the United States that were forced out of business when the Volstead Act and the 18th Amendment … Continue reading "A Brewery for Hastings as Prohibition Looms"
2019 was a great year for me. It seemed fast and furious with sixteen preservation projects including cemeteries, downtown districts, schools, apartments, banks and business houses. I get excited when I see the history of a place come alive and it helps me to imagine what life was like on this street, in this building … Continue reading "I dream of family history…"
Often when events occur that change our world we remember where we were and what we were doing. I distinctly remember the events of November 9, 1989 – the night the Berlin Wall fell. I was an undergrad at the University of Missouri in Columbia. I was taking political science classes and we were … Continue reading "The night the wall came down"