born 26 Sep 1756
Died 17 Apr 1835
Newton, Catawba, NC
Jacob moved from Pennsylvania to NC after 1781, when the land war was
over, and men were free to move about again.
Will of Jacob Wike
Will Book I, P. 336-38 April Sessions 1835 Lincoln Co, NC
In the will of God, amen, I, Jacob Wyke, of the county of Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln needed votes. In January of 1864, as the Civil War raged on, the president was gearing up for a re-election campaign, believing his loss was imminent. But in order to unify the shattered pieces of the nation and abolish slavery, he needed four more years. With more time, he could end slavery with a law, but that law needed votes, which, by his own count, he knew he didn’t have.
Assassination of President Abraham Lincoln
On the evening of April 14, 1865, while attending a special performance of the comedy, "Our American Cousin," President Abraham Lincoln was shot. Accompanying him at Ford's Theatre that night were his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln, a twenty-eight year-old officer named Major Henry R. Rathbone, and Rathbone's fiancée, Clara Harris. After the play was in progress, a figure with a drawn derringer pistol stepped into the presidential box, aimed, and fired. The president slumped forward.
Labor Day has come to mean two different things in our country, a day to honor the working man and the last three-day weekend of summer. Both are great reasons to celebrate!
Coming from a family of hard workers, I appreciate the day in their honor. Our country was built by these people! My grandfather toiled each day on the railroad, and my father spent over thirty years building automobiles. I’m grateful to have been taught their strong work ethic and to have learned the satisfaction that a hard days work brings.
I have been told in the past, that I have a one track mind. That I am like a bull dog and when I dig my teeth into a project, I do not let go until that project is finished. And while I wear many hats here at U.S. Legacies, whatever project I tackle first thing I the morning, that is the project that I attempt to finish before moving on. This technique keeps my nose to the grindstone and many times I get so absorbed in whatever project I am working on, that I become totally oblivious to other things that need tending to.
Shirley C. Glory nee Wagaman, a nurse in the U.S. Army.
Life is just a yummy plate of garden vegetables. Yes, it sounds corny, but I’ve always found comfort in the simple truth of this metaphor. Tasty, homegrown vegetables from my garden remind me of the beauty, joy, and serenity, which more than compensates for all the hard work, muscle strain, pest and diseases encountered along the way.
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Whether purchasing an Elvis Presley record, successfully completing a crossword puzzle (without cheating), or eating a cronut, chances are you've jumped on a fad bandwagon at some point in your life.
Merriam-Webster defines fads as "practices or interests followed for a time with exaggerated zeal: craze." While some fads and trends do, indeed, fall into the temporary category (think goldfish swallowing), others, such as Barbie dolls, remain venerable icons to this day.
A dime has 118 ridges around the edge.
A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.
A crocodile cannot stick out its tongue.
A dragonfly has a life span of 24 hours!
A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds.
A "jiffy" is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.
A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.
A snail can sleep for three years.
A little house with three bedrooms and one car on the street,
A mower that you had to push to make the grass look neat.
In the kitchen on the wall we only had one phone,
And no need for recording things, someone was always home.
We only had a living room where we would congregate,
Unless it was at mealtime in the kitchen where we ate.
We had no need for family rooms or extra rooms to dine,
When meeting as a family those two rooms would work out fine.
We only had one TV set, and channels maybe two,
We are dedicated to preserving the memories of family members and the historical lifestyles of the horse and buggy days. Our main objective is to publish and preserve the memories of people that traveled in covered wagons, horse and buggy, or Model T's, went to one room schools, used outhouses, lived through The Great Depression, World War II or any other era that is worth remembering and documenting for future generations.
by Thomas G. Parker, MD with Beverly Ballaro, PhD
In the winter of 1950, during my second year of surgical training at Massachusetts Memorial Hospital in Boston, I volunteered to join the Air Force and soon received orders to report for active duty upon completion of the training year. Then, unexpectedly, one of my surgical professors, Reginald Smithwick, summoned me to his office-an unusual event of either great or terrible implication.
Carrot, Egg or Coffee. Which one are you?
A carrot, an egg and a cup of coffee... You will never look at a cup of coffee the same way again.
A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as one problem was solved, a new one arose.
by Linnea Travis Miller
Genealogy The science or study of family descent
As I sit contemplating my research from last year, I can truly state that I had a very good year!! How about all of you?? When it comes to studying your families, it's always good to have a goal for each year. That helps to keep you focused amidst all the sidelines you may venture into during your research. It's very important to keep good, organized notes, so you don't have to retrace your steps and make extra work for yourself.
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Fashion is often thought to be the defining quality of a generation. But the dinner table can give just as many clues about a period in time as clothing. Sweet and savory gelatin-based foods were as characteristic of the 1960s as bell bottoms, go-go boots, and drop-waist dresses. Low-fat diets and farm-to-table foods represented the '70s as much as peasant blouses, military surplus clothes, and frayed jeans.
"Old Soldiers Never Die"
Gen. Douglas MacArthur (1880-1964) was one of most prominent United States military figures of the first half of the twentieth century.
In World War I he served as chief of staff of the Forty-second Infantry (Rainbow) Division and later commanded one of its brigades. He was twice wounded and received many decorations for bravery.
In April of 1943, at the age of 18 my father, Franklin Thomas Wike, left his job as a soda jerk at a local drug store in Lebanon, PA and joined the Army. I have no idea what his expectations or fears were the day he was inducted into the Army, but the price he would pay, for our freedom would have a major effect on his life, as well as the lives of many others.
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In most schools, history is generally taught by geographical region or theme. For example, an ancient history class is usually broken down into the histories of different areas (Greece, Rome, Egypt, Eastern Asia, etc.), and art history is taught totally separate from political history. While this sort of system may make it easier for students to retain information, it also results in most people having a pretty warped sense of history.
Attending a wedding for the first time, a little girl whispered to her mother, "Why is the bride dressed in white?" "Because white is the color of happiness, and today is the happiest day of her life."
The child thought about this for a moment, then said, "So why is the groom wearing black?"
HELPFUL HINTS PAGE -- PRINT OUT AND SAVE
Hi! I'm Lizzy!! And I'm not Martha!!!
These are from my friend Lizzy!
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There is a moment after the new year when the questions that come into my mailbox are about cleaning things. Up until then most are about foods. Then something ticks over and the main area of inquiry is "How do I get this out?"
In 1942 a young John F. Kennedy (1917-1963) entered the United States Navy eager to see action in World War II.
Clare Boothe Luce (1903-1987), playwright, diplomat, wife of Time-Life, Inc., publisher Henry Robinson Luce (1898-1967), and a Republican member of the House of Representatives from Connecticut, knew the Kennedy family well. She sent the young naval officer a good luck coin that had originally belonged to her mother. Kennedy thanked Luce for her thoughtfulness and promised to clip the coin to his military identification tags.
One of the military innovations of World War I was the emergence of the armored tank. George S. Patton, Jr. (1885-1945), was the first American officer assigned to the fledgling United States Tank Corps in 1917.
He continued to champion the tank in the interwar years when the money-short army largely neglected the corps.
Fredrick Elder Gudger
b. Oct 25, 1924 in VA.
d. Feb 10, 1998 in Birdseye, Dubois County, IN
m. Audry Alene Smith, 1944 in Pineville, Bell County, KY.
b. Feb 21, 1927
Parents of Fredrick Elder Gudger:
Fred Gudger and Magie May Howard
b. Jan 11, 1898
d. March 26, 1988 buried Pineville Cem, Pineville, Bell County, KY
SS# 406-01-0245 issued KY
Legacy of: Lizzie Fink Hostetter nee Long
from S. Annville, PA
Ice Box Cake
1 pt double cream
4 square chocolate
4 table spoon sugar
4 table spoon water
1/2 lb lady fingers
Melt chocolate in double boiler
add water and mix well
Mix egg yokes and sugar and add hot chocolate and heat well
add beaten egg whites
by George G. King
was declared by Congress on April 25, 1898.
This is a collection of letters written home by George King, an American soldier who served in the Puerto Rican campaign during the Spanish-American War. At the outbreak of the War, King volunteered in the Sixth Regiment of Infantry formed in Concord, Massachusetts.