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The dreaded parlor stove makes its return again

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Folks in the latter half of the 19th century went through an unpleasant ritual along about this time of year, or probably a little earlier in Northern climes, called “putting up the parlor stove.”

Night cap: Looking for a good night’s sleep?

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Miss Nancy and I, along with my little sister B.G. Theiss who is visiting from North Carolina, enjoyed the afternoon at the Farm and Dairy’s recent 100th Anniversary open house at the Salem Community Center.

‘Punkin pie’: Dessert to be praised across the globe

Thursday, October 9, 2014

There are many, many pumpkin pies bought or made from scratch and served at American tables around this time of year.

The Erie Canal in New York — from folly to fame

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Traveling in this country during the 16th and 17th centuries was difficult in the extreme.

Futuristic Oliver, built on shoestring, still head turner

Thursday, September 11, 2014

On February 23, 1929, Charles City, Iowa, residents read startling news in the Charles City Daily Press: There was to be a $50 million merger between the Hart-Parr Company, one of the city’s major firms, the Oliver Plow Works and Nichols & Shepard Company.

The Whippet: More than just an old automobile

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Folks often ask how I think of stuff to write about, and while I sometimes really have to scratch to come up with a subject, especially when a deadline is breathing down my neck, things I see in my travels often trigger a memory that leads to an idea for a story.

Old property wills can make fascinating reading

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Old wills, and I mean really old wills, are fascinating to read. They’re a way to learn about how our ancestors lived, as well as seeing what worldly goods were important to them.

Looking back to 1938 gives a glimpse into the past

Thursday, July 31, 2014

From my Looking Back Department, comes this glimpse of farming in July of 1938 (I was almost five years old), as recorded in the pages of Successful Farming magazine. On the cover is a color photograph of a straw-hatted and bib overall clad farmer in front of his Farmall F-20 tractor enjoying a tin cupful […]

Fordson collection is a fortunate find

Thursday, July 17, 2014

I spent July 12 at the Ashtabula County Antique Engine Club’s 33rd annual show, at their well-developed grounds along Route 322.

Exploring the humble beginnings of the M1 rifle

Thursday, June 19, 2014

By SAM MOORE With this month being the 70th anniversary of the Allied landings in Normandy on D-Day, June 6, 1944, it might be an appropriate time to look at the U.S. infantry weapon that played a significant role in winning that war, the US rifle, caliber-.30, M1, sometimes called the Garand, but most often […]

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