Archive for the Footnote Files Category

Footnote Files: Parasitic Bots and Charley Horses

Footnote Files: Parasitic Bots and Charley Horses

I did a lot of research before writing Fips, Bots, Doggeries, and More. So much, in fact, that I had two filing cabinet drawers full of research and information about the people, places, and things mentioned in my great-great-great grandfather’s twenty-two page journal. A lot of that […]

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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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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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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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Harrowing Road Trips Then and Now

Christopher C. Baldwin was en route to Zanesville, Ohio, on business for the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, Mass., when he became Ohio’s first traffic fatality. On August 20, 1835, Baldwin was riding out front with the stagecoach driver, and, while passing a drove of hogs on […]

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More from the Footnote Files: The Ohio Penitentiary as a Labor Force

More from the Footnote Files: The Ohio Penitentiary as a Labor Force

I did a LOT of research before I began to write Fips, Bots, Doggeries, and More.  A lot of the interesting stuff I learned about the 1830s never made it into the book, and now, hooray! I have a blog on which to share. Today’s essay is […]

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