Category Archives: Travel

On a Highway of Usefulness

Recently, I have come to fully accept my lifelong role as temporary custodian of our family treasures from the past.  Whether they be tattered and torn photographs or yellowed documents with an ancestor’s handwriting, this inward pull to document and … Continue reading

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Christmas in the north Georgia Mountains

Where:  Amicalola Falls State Park Lodge, Georgia                   Heart of the Chattahoochee National Forest                   90 minutes from downtown Atlanta When:  December 24-26, 2012 Why:  Home away from home getaway What:  720-foot tall Amicalola Falls is the highest cascading waterfall … Continue reading

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Farmers were Independent…Early History

  Golden New Era (Thursday, March 1, 1928) Golden, Illinois Groves & Mockmore, Publishers   Farmers Were Independent   In the evenings of the short winter days down on the farm, when the cider sparkled in the glass and the … Continue reading

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1929 Western Journey, part 5 (final)

Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Franzen—quite the venturesome and curious 80ish couple. Spur-of-the-moment train journey from Illinois to California in 1929…month-long tourist attractions throughout southern California…endless east coast family and friends get-togethers…recounting 12 years prior Royal Gorge experiences in today’s edition…, … Continue reading

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1929 Western Journey, part 4

In today’s 1929 Western Journey account, the Franzen’s continue to meet-n-greet California friends and relatives.  However, by Mr. Franzen’s tone in his first paragraph, I’d say he and his wife were exhausted and ready to head East.  Could they have … Continue reading

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1929 Western Journey, part 2

Continue reading and re-living a 1929 across country journey with H. H. Franzen and his wife in part two of Western Journey.  Read Western Journey, part 1 if you’ve not done so for greater understanding. Similarly, as Mr. Franzen compared … Continue reading

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1929 Western Journey, part 1

If anyone knows anything remotely about my husband and me, or has faintly been interested in this blog, they will understand this adventuresome couple loves to travel, hike, and camp.  So this Golden New Era across country train excursion publication … Continue reading

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Covered up in Dust

Historical background: The 1930s were times of tremendous hardship on the Great Plains. Settlers dealt not only with the Great Depression, but also with years of drought that plunged an already-suffering society into an onslaught of relentless dust storms for … Continue reading

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Andersonville National Historic Site…remembering

Letter from Fitzgerald, Georgia (May 31, 1919) Golden New Era Golden, Illinois June 12, 1919   Dear Editor: I thought the readers of the Golden New Era might enjoy a few items from the Southland. As yesterday was Decoration Day , … Continue reading

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Mission San Xavier del Bac Visited

“The White Dove of the Desert” founded in 1692—built 1783.  One of the best preserved and most exquisite old Spanish Missions in the Southwest.  Established in 1692 by Father Kino—a pioneering Christian missionary and co-founder of the Society of Jesus … Continue reading

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