Category Archives: Travel

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

Posted in Family, Family History, Genealogy, Travel | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

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

Posted in Family History, Genealogy, holiday events, Photography, Travel | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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

Posted in Christianity, Photography, Travel | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

A Window to the Past, part 3

Historical background: The Colony at Golden, Adams County, Illinois  (earlier known as  “New East Friesland”) According to the witness of authoritative people, the Colony of “New East Friesland” stands in the first rank in seniority, stature, and East Friesen ways; a … Continue reading

Posted in Family History, Genealogy, Travel | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

A Window into the Past, part 2

Historical background: Who are the Frisians? In the United States, the terms “Frisian” and “Friesland” are almost entirely unknown, except to those of Frisian ancestry.  Although many thousands of Frisian immigrants settled in the United States, their neighbors have considered … Continue reading

Posted in Family, Family History, Genealogy, Travel | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

A Window to the Past, part 1

Historical background Adams County, Illinois, is situated in far western Illinois and is bounded by the Mississippi River on the west.  It was organized in 1825 and named after John Quincy Adams, sixth president of the United States.  Its county … Continue reading

Posted in Family History, Genealogy, Travel | Tagged , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Saguaro National Park Visited

The saguaro has been called monarch of the Sonoran Desert, supreme symbol of the American Southwest, and a plant with personality.  It is renowned for the variety of odd, all-too-human shapes it assumes—shapes that inspire wild and fanciful imaginings.  Since … Continue reading

Posted in Photography, Travel | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments