Japanese Note to the United States December 7, 1941
(Generally referred to as the "Fourteen Part Message")
(Dept. of State Bulletin, Vol. V, No. 129, Dec. 13, 1941)
On November 26 the Secretary of State handed to the Japanese representatives a document which stated the principles governing the policies of the Government of the United States toward the situation in the Far East and setting out suggestions for a comprehensive peaceful settlement covering the entire Pacific area.
It was Christmas Eve 1942. I was fifteen years old and feeling like the world had caved in on me because there just hadn't been enough money to buy me the rifle that I'd wanted for Christmas.
We did the chores early that night for some reason. I just figured Daddy wanted a little extra time so we could read in the Bible. After supper was over I took my boots off and stretched out in front of the fireplace and waited for Daddy to get down the old Bible.
Editor Genealogy Corner
In 1928 at the age of 5, my grandfather was building a table and chairs for my mother for Christmas. On Christmas Eve when he was bringing it down from the attic, my mother who was to be sleeping there on the day bed (sofa), wasn’t. She didn’t dare let on that she was lying there awake, he would have been so angry! He had painted it a beautiful bright red.
By Sonya Lichte
December is upon us. With Christmas just around the corner, we all have planning to do, presents to buy, trees to decorate, presents to wrap, and goodies to make. This year will be my daughter Libby’s first Christmas. I find myself wondering if her childhood Christmases will be as special as mine were.
When I was in the prime of my adult life, it was easier to keep track of the years, because I would simply try to remember what woman I was dating, or what state I was living in during the Christmas season. But as the number of years that I have been around continue to add up, combined with the fact that I am no longer living in a different location every couple of years or concentrating on a “social life”, it becomes harder for me to remember where I was or what I was doing during any particular year of my life.
Thanks to James Bullington, who sent us the question,
"Does anyone know when, how and why the name Uncle Sam started?"
Although historians are not entirely certain the origin of the term "Uncle Sam," the most prevalent theory is that "Uncle Sam" was named for a man by the name of Samuel Wilson. Wilson was born on September 13, 1766 in Arlington, Massachusetts. In 1789 he and his brother Ebenezer walked to Troy, New York.
In our recipe section, we have two types of recipes. Our main goal is to publish recipes that were handed down from one family member to another. Sharing these recipes, it helps to preserve the legacy of the person that passed them on. Preparing and eating the same foods as your ancestors, also helps family members to feel closer to their relatives that have passed away.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s
by Lois Monroe
In this 1960’s Broadway hit, Holly Golightly, has a dream of going to Tiffany’s Jewelers and ordering anything she wants. Well, it was much this format of going to Grandma Fern’s for breakfast as a child in Marion, Indiana. She was so excited when our family visited from Ohio for a weekend, that in the evening she would go around to each of us and “get our order” for breakfast.
The History of Veteran’s Day
November 11, or what has come to be known as Veteran’s Day, was originally set as a U.S. legal holiday to honor Armistice Day the end of World War I, which officially took place on November 11, 1918. In legislature that was passed in 1938, November 11 was dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be hereafter celebrated and known as Armistice Day. As such, this new legal holiday honored World War I veterans.
MaParker’s Apple Crisp
Legacy of Ida M. Parker nee Hasenmyer
5 6 cup chopped apples
1 cup flour
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 egg1/3 cup melted butter
Mix flour, sugar and baking powder and crumble over apples.
Take 1/3 cup melted butter Pour over top.
Sprinkle with cinnamon.
The story of the Pilgrims begins in the early part of the seventeenth century … The Church of England under King James I was persecuting anyone and everyone who did not recognize its absolute civil and spiritual authority. Those who challenged ecclesiastical authority and those who believed strongly in freedom of worship were hunted down, imprisoned, and sometimes executed for their beliefs. A group of separatists first fled to Holland and established a community.
By Franklin T. Wike, Jr.
A trend started during the 1940s and 1950s where people from smaller towns left their birthplace, usually because of money or marriage, and spent a good portion of their life in foreign lands. Those foreign lands turned out to be the bigger cities throughout this country where higher paying jobs were available.
Father’s name: Ben, Benjamin Sutton
Family: There was sorta like 15 kids in his family
His mother’s name was Sargent. The Sargent family is well known around Warrick County and Spencer County.
He was the oldest of 7 children and he was born in 1866. He was the oldest of the kids except for the half-sister, of course. She was older.
Born near Newtonville, October 29, 1866.
Photo of the whole family.
Things You Need To Know If You Move To The Appalachians
1. A possum is a flat animal that sleeps in the middle of the road.
2. There are 5,000 types of snakes and 4,998 of them live in the South
3. There are 10,000 types of spiders. All 10,000 of them live in the South, plus a couple no one's seen before.
4. If it grows, it'll stick ya. If it crawls, it'll bite cha.
5. Onced and Twiced are words.
6. It is not a shopping cart, it is a buggy!
By Franklin T. Wike, Jr.
Conducting hands on genealogy research can be fun, but it is also time consuming. Below is a very brief list of procedures I went through in order to obtain certain information about one side of my family. This information comes from original records and/or microfilm of originals which offers a certain amount of data about the persons life, occupation, where they lived and/or are buried, attended church, etc.
Charles William Wike
Sunday, December 2, 1973
Glenna and Tony picked me up at home and took me over to my parents home in River Park (Indiana).
We stopped at Zar’s in Mishawaka on the way over for a hamburger and coffee. While we were there Bob Lundberg and his wife came in.
Mother took me over to the airport in South Bend. She had packed a box of cookies for me to take along.
While going through customs at South Bend the people opened up the cookies. I offered him some and he accepted.
By Rita Redd
The Holidays are fast approaching. Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away and many of us will follow family traditions with a special cake or dish that the family has used for years.
My family will celebrate Thanksgiving at my Mothers home, Betty Redd. Everyone will bring a favorite dish or two. For years we celebrated Thanksgiving, then stayed home with our children on Christmas. Thanksgiving has always been a Tradition we love and carry on.
I can remember going to an all night restaurant and paying 10 cents for a cup of coffee, 20 cents for a LARGE order of fries, 25 cents for LARGE hamburger. Then I would go to a full service gas station and pay 20 cents for a pack of name brand cigarettes and 25 cents for a gal of gas, so we could cruise the main drag.
While trying to come up with material for this editorial, I asked several friends to tell me what Thanksgiving was like for them, when they were children. After listening to their stories, I came to one conclusion. For the most part, what many people seem to remember about Thanksgiving is either the preparation of the food or the company the meal was shared with.
Katharine Hepburn’s childhood, in her own words.
“Once when I was a teenager, my father and I were standing in line to buy tickets for the circus.
Finally, there was only one other family between us and the ticket counter. This family made a big impression on me.
There were eight children, all probably under the age of 12. The way they were dressed, you could tell they didn't have a lot of money, but their clothes were neat and clean.
The early 1900s watched families grow whether you lived on a rural farm or in the ethnic neighborhoods of booming cities. Brothers and sisters often paint different pictures of the same family events. Birth order and whether male or female sex determined the responsibilities in the family.
By Jennifer Thompson
It becomes clear how drastically the lifestyle of Americans have changed when asking folks to reminisce about old Route 66. It was a time when so many were becoming mobile and moving into cities across the country. Yet memories revealed a slow pace of life, with family trips and plenty of time to stop at an old diner or spend the night in a roadside motel.
US Legacies Magazine
Hi, What a great story on Paul Revere. I don't have anyone famous to contribute, but I would like to know what a flag chair was in 1751.
They were listed in my ancestor's inventory. I checked with Google com and they weren't there or under antique furniture. Any suggestions as to where I could find a picture of flag chairs from the 18th Century would be appreciated. Thanks,