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Read the Introduction to Fips, Bots, Doggeries, and More

Read the Introduction to Fips, Bots, Doggeries, and More

Henry Rogers, a miller and my great-great-great grandfather, along with his wife and her parents, took a wagon trip from Mount Pleasant, Ohio, to New York City and then back to Ohio in the summer and fall of 1838. This was a working vacation on which the […]

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This Stop on the Blog Hop Featuring Mariam Kobras’ Waiting for a Song, Naomi’s Story

Where do dreams go when they’re whispered to the wind? Where does music play when it’s searching for a rhyme? The universe listens, and sends a star… Naomi’s life has been carefully planned since the day she was born, but Daddy’s little princess has dreams of her […]

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Ships That Passed in History

Ships That Passed in History

One of the highlights of Henry Rogers’ travel journal was his description of a ship under construction in the Frigate House at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. That ship was later christened the USS Dale, and would be among the last sailing vessels of war constructed in the […]

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The Art of Storytelling

The Art of Storytelling

Every generation has its great storytellers. Some of the most popular authors of the 19th century are still household names: Edgar Allen Poe, Henry David Thoreau, Mark Twain, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, Charles Dickens, Robert Louis Stevenson, Jane Austen, Joseph Conrad, Lewis Carroll, and Sir Arthur Conan […]

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Some views of the Mt. Healthy Flour Mill

Larry Pyle shared these photos of the Jediah Hill mill with me this week. I’d never seen either before. The caption on the first photo mistakenly says it’s the Clark Lane mill. Though Mr. Lane did own a mill nearby, this one was built by Jediah Hill, […]

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Sow a Blog Post, Reap New Information

Sow a Blog Post, Reap New Information

I felt like I knew my great-great-great grandfather, Henry Rogers, pretty well after studying his journal and writing Fips, Bots, Doggeries, and More, a book about his 1838 travels across five states. But even after all this time, that man can still surprise me! Over the weekend, […]

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Things We Learned From Trixie Belden

Things We Learned From Trixie Belden

A row of Trixie Belden mysteries occupied a bookshelf in the bedroom I shared with my sister when we were kids. There were some Nancy Drews and a couple of Ginny Gordons, inherited from our mom, but I preferred Trixie, hands down. She was a thirteen year-old, […]

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Changing My Story

Changing My Story

  It’s been a busy spring and summer, chock full of my daughter’s high school “lasts”—her senior spring musical, her senior prom, graduation, her last few months in her hometown, before we all pull up stakes and move cross country. She’ll be attending the university where her […]

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Arson Claims Historic Mill

Arson Claims Historic Mill

Someone torched the historic Mt. Healthy Mill in October 1981. The four story structure, built by my great-great-great-great grandfather in 1820, had been vacant for years. Efforts to preserve the mill were underway at the time of the fire. This is the mill as it appeared around […]

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Sailing Vessel of War: The Career of the USS Dale

Sailing Vessel of War: The Career of the USS Dale

  “It is a hard life aboard a Man-O-War.” –Captain C. Garrett, USS Dale, at sea, near the equator, 9th January 1841.     When Congress passed the Naval Act of 1794 providing for the construction of six frigates, it called on Joshua Humphreys to design them. […]

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