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IN – BUSINESS - CRAZY CRATE JP03 BOOK 2: ALL IN A CENTURY. THE FIRST 100 YEARS OF ELI LILLY AND COMPANY.  By E. J. Kahn, Jr. Indianapolis, Indiana.  Eli Lilly and Company 1976. 211 pages. This book is an amiable look, by an outsider, at a corporation as it concluded a century of highly complex and diversified operations. On May 10, 1876, Col. Eli Lilly opened a small establishment for the principal purpose of producing medications to be dispensed by physicians rather than carnival sideshow barkers.  It was a desperate gamble, but he had nothing to lose. As a Yankee army officer, he had been captured during the Civil War and interred in a Confederate prison.  In 1866 his wife died from complications resulting from pregnancy, leaving him with a 5-year-old son.  Lilly tried to make a living as a cotton planter in Mississippi, but he went bankrupt. Returning north, he started two other businesses which failed. Beginning the pharmaceutical company with two employees, his sales were modest - less than a $1,000 a year. But the company did grow - slowly. At the time of his death in 1898, the company was selling over 2,000 products and sales came to over $300,000 per year. By 1974, when this book was written, the company had 23,000 employees and yearly sales were over $1 billion. Over a dozen photographs accompany the text. We have (2)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         copies. Price: $10   

IN -  BIOGRAPHY OF ELI LILLY - CRAZY CRATE JP03 BOOK 3: ELI LILLY: A LIFE, 1885-1977. By James H. Madison. Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Society. 1989. 342 pages. Hardcover. Eli Lilly’s long life extended over a wide range of endeavors in which he made major contributions. Under his active leadership, the company which his grandfather had created flourished and led the way in developing biomedical breakthroughs, including the development of insulin. Hard working, he developed other interests, including prehistoric archaeology, which he helped to financially support; history and historic preservation; and art. Later in life, he gave away millions of dollars through the Lilly Endowment. In addition to financial involvement, Lilly also actively explored historical locations and led archaeological investigations as well as writing books and articles on the results his investigations found. Nearly 70 photographs enhance the text. Multiple copies are available. Price: $15 

IN – HISTORICAL SOCIETY - CRAZY CRATE JP03 BOOK 4: A HISTORY OF THE INDIANA HISTORICAL SOCIETY, 1830-1980.  By Lana Ruegamer. Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Society. 1980. 383 pages. Hardcover. Using her unlimited access to the records of the society, the author has compiled a detailed but very readable history of the society, from its feeble beginnings, near death in its infancy, and its struggle to mature into an institution of real consequence to Indiana history during most of its 150 years, and especially within the past 50 years when it has made occasional noteworthy contributions to the national historical community. This ten-chapter history reveals how rare and valuable were the persons who concerned themselves about state and local history. It discusses its beginnings as a fledgling historical society, entry into the publishing world, transformation and new life, the Christopher Coleman years, Eli Lilly and Glenn Black, and its continued growing presence as a major historical institution. Nearly 130 photographs accompany the text. Included are a complete listing of officers and staff from 1830 to 1980, a complete listing of the publications of the Indiana Historical Society, its charter and by-laws. A 13-page index has nearly 750 names. Price: $10 

IN – BUSINESS - CRAZY CRATE JP03 BOOK 5: NINETY YEARS AND GROWING.  THE STORY OF LINCOLN NATIONAL CORPORATION. By Michael C. Hawfield. Indianapolis, Indiana.  Guild Press of Indiana. 1995. 161 pages. Hardcover. This book examines the Lincoln National Corporation from its modest beginnings as “that little company above the grocery store” to today's success as a $50 billion financial services corporation with global operations. It focuses on the people whose hard work and shared values have brought about the company's success.  The book contains hundreds of photographs. Price: $10 

IN – BIOGRAPHY OF DR. FRANKLIN L. MILES - CRAZY CRATE JP03 BOOK 9: DR. MILES. THE LIFE OF DR. FRANKLIN LAWRENCE MILES (1845-1929). By Martha M. Pickrell. Carmel, IN: Guild Press of Indiana. 1997. 131 pages. Softcover. Franklin Lawrence Miles was born in Olmstead Falls, Ohio, in 1845, and was one of three children of Charles Julius Miles and Electa Lawrence. Charles Julius Miles was gone from the family for long periods of time, leaving Electa to cope with three young children. Between May 1856 and January 1857, when he was 11 years old, Franklin's brother, sister and mother all died of various diseases. On her death bed, his mother made Lawrence promise to study science. Julius returned to the family in 1860 and took Franklin to Elkhart, Indiana, where some relatives of Charles had become successful merchants. An inquiring, inventive and practical person with a compassionate spirit, Franklin found Elkhart too confining and, after three years, attended various schools in the East, finally enrolling in the University of Michigan's medical school in Ann Arbor, MI, in the 1871/1872 academic year and graduating from Rush Medical College in Chicago in 1874. Later returning to Elkhart, he became a hard-working physician, stressing health education, writing many pamphlets on healthy living. He experimented with medical remedies, finally inventing a nerve tranquilizer, which he originally prepared on a stove in his home in Elkhart. His discoveries led to criticism of him by other physicians as a medical quack. But he never gave up on his experiments, finally discovering several remedies that helped him make his fame and fortune. His hometown experiments developed into Miles Laboratories, one of the major pharmaceutical manufacturers in the world.  Multiple copies are available. Price: $12 

IN – BUSINESS/STUDEBAKER - CRAZY CRATE JP03 BOOK 12: TURNING WHEELS: THE STUDEBAKER STORY. South Bend, Indiana: Studebaker Corporation. 1954. Reprinted 2002 by Michiana History Publications. 16 pages. Softcover in a comic book format. "This is the story of a great American corporation, of blueprints and tools, of wheels and engines, of sleek automobiles and sturdy trucks. It is a story, too, of a community and of the men who keep the plant humming told though the life of a typical employee and his family. Let's pick out one of these men and hear what he has to say. Let's hear his story." This full-color comic book was a great promotional tool for the corporation, following the life of old Joe Powell (fictional character) and his family, beginning as a youngster visiting his father at the factory and following through his own life working for the company, his retirement, and the final joy of seeing his grandson join the company, where he would have a long, steady job. (In reality the plant was on its last legs and closed ten years later). Multiple copies are available. Price: $8 

CRAZY CRATE JP04 and JP05:  SOLD OUT!  Thank you very much!

MAPS - CRAZY CRATE JP06 & JP07: MAPS.  These crates included John Palmer’s wonderful collection of early map reproductions in their lovely clear archival display formats.  You will find Indiana with seven, Kentucky with four, Ohio with one, Pennsylvania with one and fifteen reproductions of old maps of Germany.  These may be seen in full color on this “YOGS” Website under the heading of Main Catalog – then look for “Atlases, Gazetteers and Maps.” There are fifteen different German maps, of different parts and different times which are found a little over half-way through that category. You will also see a full-color map of Ireland and one of Scotland all in full color and enclosed in archival protection and all for just $9 each.  These are highly suitable for framing and displaying in your home or office.  PRICE: $9 

CA – BUILDERS OF HEARST’S CASTLE - CRAZY CRATE JP08 BOOK 2: THE BUILDERS BEHIND THE CASTLES.  GEORGE LOORZ AND THE F. C. STOLTE CO.  By Taylor Coffman.  San Luis Obispo, Ca:  San Luis Obispo County Historical Society.  1990.  223 pages.  Softcover.   [Note: The name Jerry Giolitto is written in the lower-right-hand corner of the half-title page.  Over forty large boxes of George Loorz's papers enabled the author to compile an edition of letters which provides insight into the life of one of California's most ingenious construction engineers.  In 1938, six years after he began working at San Simeon as construction superintendent, George Loorz received a letter from William Randolph Hearst complimenting him on the mansion's construction and offering to provide a reference to anyone who wished to use Loorz for future projects.  This book begins with 1932 when Loorz arrived at San Simeon and continues through 1937 concentrating on his work at the Hearst mansion.  Nearly fifty photographs and illustrations enhance the book, showing such projects as the Roman Pool Building, the Gables, Brown Bear, the Nacimiento River Bridge, the Neptune Pool, Cinderella House, and more.   Price:  $7.50 

CRAZY CRATE JP09 and JP10: SOLD OUT! Thank you very much! 

US STATE DEPARTMENT - CRAZY CRATE JP11 BOOK 4: DIPLOMATIC RECORDS. A SELECT CATALOG OF NATIONAL ARCHIVES MICROFILM PUBLICATIONS OF THE U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT. Washington, D.C. National Archives and Records Administration. 1986. 245 pages. Softcover. This select catalog lists National Archives microfilm publications of records that relate to the history of the U.S. diplomatic relations. It includes records dealing specifically with the internal affairs of other countries and with the personnel and operations of the U.S. Foreign Service. The catalog is divided into four parts, each arranged differently. Part 1 is arranged by record group and thereunder by subgroup or series, with publications of the same type listed either chronologically or alphabetically. Part 2 describes the State Department decimal file (1910-63) and lists the publications that reproduced decimal file documents. Part 3 lists publications dealing with specific countries, alphabetically by country name. Part 4 lists all publications in numerical order by publication number, with complete titles and roll-by-roll lists of the microfilm. Most of the microfilmed records described in this catalog are among General Records of the Department of State, Record Group 59. This record group contains all correspondence of the Department of State, as well as records of administrative units, records relating to various functions of the department, and records relating to special subjects. Price: $10 

BIOGRAPHY OF HEINRICH SCHLEIMMAN: CRAZY CRATE JP13 BOOK 2: SCHLEIMMANN IN INDIANAPOLIS.  Edited by Eli Lilly. Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Society. 1961. 95 pages. This book discusses the short time in which Heinrich Schleimman lived in Indianapolis. . Born in 1822 in Germany, he had been an adventurer, gold miner, sailor, and merchant. He had gathered a small fortune and married a Russian woman, who unfortunately, did not share his passion for travel and excitement. She remained in St. Petersburg. Schleimman was passionate about learning languages, and had easily mastered Dutch, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese in only a few months.  Later he learned Swedish and Polish. Then he learned Greek and became interested in archaeology. After compiling a major fortune, he liquidated his business career and devoted most of his time to archaeology. In 1869, Schleimman moved to Indianapolis to establish American citizenship and also to divorce his Russian wife. After divorcing her, Schleimman vowed to leave American women alone and find a good Greek wife. He moved to Greece, found a Greek wife, pursued his archaeological hobby - and found the famous Greek site of the Lost City of Troy!  Price: $5. 

IN-MI GENEALOGY COLUMNS - CRAZY CRATE JP13 BOOK 8: MICHIANA ROOTS. VOLUME 1.  By Carol Collins. South Bend, IN. South Bend Tribune. 1982. 220 pages. For nearly 20 years Carol Collins provided a genealogical column in the South Bend Tribune newspaper. Information in her column included useful general research information on books, conferences, libraries, research trips, handy tips, and thousands of queries. This volume covers the first five years of her column and covers the first 1,060 inquiries. Some inquiries received answers; some did not. Although many of the inquiries concerned Indiana and Michigan names, many of the names were also from other states. A 27-page index covers nearly 20,000 names listed in the inquiries. A two-page subject index covers the various topics discussed in her column. Price: $15.00 

IN SOUTH BEND HISTORY - CRAZY CRATE JP14 BOOK 1: SOUTH BEND, CROSSROADS OF COMMERCE. By John Palmer.  Published in Charleston, South Carolina: Arcadia Publishing. 2003. 160 pages. Softcover. South Bend, Indiana, stood at the crossroads of several major Native American trading routes long before the Europeans, led by the French, arrived from Canada and the East Coast to trade their furs. The city on the southern bend of the St. Joseph River soon became an important commercial center for settlers moving west. Eventually, the University of Notre Dame and the Studebaker Corporation would call the growing community home.  This book provides a general overview of South Bend from the time of the Ice Age, then chronologically through the early Native American settlements, conflict between Europeans and Native Americans over control of the fur trade and the eventual rise of Little Turtle and Tecumseh, who attempted to stop the American invasion of Native American lands, the first settlers in South Bend, the Civil War, rise of industrialization in South Bend which resulted in the need for thousands of immigrant workers, the slums, World War I, resentment against immigrants which resulted in the Ku Klux Klan rally in South Bend, Knute Rockne, John Dillinger's last bank robbery, World War II, the rise and fall of the Studebaker and Oliver companies, urban renewal, and new hope for the coming century.  John Palmer helped develop the Local History/Genealogy Room of the St. Joseph County Library and worked in it for ten years. He is a member of the Northern Indiana Center for History and the South Bend Area Genealogical Society. His compelling narrative, complemented by David Blodgett's sketches of early pioneer life and vivid historic images, is an enlightening and entertaining portrayal of this important Indiana city.  The author, John Palmer [the writer of all the JP crates] will personally sign the book for you. Please let us know how you would want it signed. Price: $25. 

TN – GENERAL JOHN HUNT MORGAN AND WIFE - CRAZY CRATE JP14 BOOK 5: THE BRIDE AND THE BANDIT.  THE STORY OF MATTIE READY OF MURFREESBORO, TENNESSEE, WARTIME BRIDE OF GENERAL JOHN HUNT MORGAN.  By Dr. Robert O. Neff and Edith Elizabeth Pollitz. Evansville: Printed by Evansville Bindery for private publication by Robert O. Neff and Edith Elizabeth Pollitz. 1998. 394 pages. Hardcover.  Mattie Ready came from a well-known Tennessee family and married dashing Confederate General John Hunt Morgan in 1862. We are grateful to Mattie's younger sister, Alice, for including information on Mattie in her own diary. Alice's faithful recordings of exciting and dramatic events as they unfolded in her little hometown of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, have allowed Mattie's dramatic and tragic story to be told in some detail. Morgan, the daring cavalry leader, captured the young woman's love soon after he met her in 1862.  He was 37 years old. She was 21. They were married on December 14, 1862.  Shortly after their marriage Morgan invaded Indiana and Ohio. Information is given on Mattie's parents, Murfreesboro during the War, Morgan's war-time activities, his capture, his escape, his return to Mattie, more raids, his second capture and his death. Tragically the marriage was short-lived and only one daughter was born to them.  Mattie's life after his death, her marriage to Judge William H. Williamson in 1873, and their life together are also discussed. Some information is also given on other family members. Nine photographs enhance the text. Price: $25. 

SC – CIVIL WAR - FORT SUMTER - CRAZY CRATE JP14 BOOK 6: FIRST BLOOD.  THE STORY OF FORT SUMTER.  By W. A. Swanberg. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons. 1957. Book of the Month Club Printing. 373 pages. Hardcover. [NOTE: Inscription "To Dad from Bob, Jr. Christmas, 1972".  Also there is a book plate belonging to R. A. Clark.] The attack on Fort Sumter started the greatest war that the American nation had ever seen. It had far more causative significance than Pearl Harbor. It was not a point selected for a surprise attack. It represented the North-South quarrel in miniature, and the crisis sizzled there for months, gradually gaining intensity until the explosion came. The author explores this story of the truly extraordinary episodes in American military history, a half year of mounting tension that broke into actual war with the surrender of the fort. At the center of the narrative stands the defender of Sumter, Major Robert Anderson, a man trained for war who fought against it, and yet, was fated to start it; a Southerner who did his duty as a Union officer while Buchanan's administration withheld any real support. The book vividly depicts the plight of the tiny garrison at Sumter during these months of 1860 - 1861, and it conveys the spirit ashore in Charleston, South Carolina, in a way that makes one understand how the fires of secession were kindled. The siege is discussed in detail. Despite the nearly 33 hours of heavy bombardment, there were no Union or Confederate deaths, and only a few slight wounds were received. Ironically, the only soldiers killed at Sumter were killed after the battle, when the Union flag was being saluted and the cannon blew up!  Photographs of the fort, officers and men accompany the text. Price: $10 

IN – NOTRE DAME FOUNDER - EDWARD SORIN - CRAZY CRATE JP14 BOOK 7: SORIN OF NOTRE DAME. EDWARD SORIN, C. S. C., 1814 - 1893, AN ANTHOLOGY IN MEMORIAM.  Edited by M. Myers. Introduction by Rev. Anthony R. Grasso. Bristol Banner Books. 1991. 211 pages. Softcover. Father Sorin founded the University of Notre Dame in 1842. The eleven-page introduction provides a brief biography of Fr. Sorin. The remaining pages are a compilation of many short poems, most of which neither discuss Sorin, nor refer to him. No reason is given for the selection of any of the poems and no information is given about the identity of the editor, "M. Myers". Price: $6

CRAZY CRATE JP15     SOLD OUT!  Thank you very much!

IN – STATE PROCEEDINGS OF GOVERNORS:  CRAZY CRATE JP16 BOOK 2  EXECUTIVE PROCEEDINGS OF THE STATE OF INDIANA, 1816 - 1836.  Edited by Dorothy Riker.  Indianapolis:  Indiana Historical Bureau.  1947.  911 pages.  Hardcover.  [NOTE:  ex library copy.  Binding is still tight and the pages are clean.]  Never before published, this Record of Executive Proceedings in the present volume comprises commissions to both state and county officials and writs for special elections issued by the governors of Indiana from the beginning of statehood to the close of the year 1836.  There are a few commissions which extend beyond this period. Names and appointment dates for Justices of the Peace, Judges, surveyors, and others are listed. There is a 230-page section of appointments of militia officers, their ranks and dates of appointments from 1818 through 1823; a 45-page listing of pardons and remissions from 1823 through 1830 including dates and names of the people; a 350-page section of appointments of officials for each Indiana county, arranged alphabetically by county and chronologically within each county; listings of judicial circuits, dates established and transfers to new districts and more.  The 190-page index covers nearly 500 entries.  Price:  $35 

IN – STATE PROCEEDINGS OF GOVERNORS - CRAZY CRATE JP16 BOOK 3:  GOVERNORS’ MESSAGES AND LETTERS.  VOLUME  III:  MESSAGES AND PAPERS OF JONATHAN JENNINGS, RATLIFF BOON, AND WILLIAM HENDRICKS.  1816 - 1825.   Edited by Logan Esaray.  Indianapolis:  Indiana Historical Commission.  1924.  544 pages.  Hardcover.  [NOTE: ex-library copy. Binding is still tight, but the front hinge is beginning to crack.  The photograph of Jonathan Jennings (between pages 26 and 27 is present but nearly torn in half.] This book is the third in a series of volumes which reprinted the messages and papers of Indiana's early governors.  Indiana had been a territory since the creation of the Northwest Ordnance.  Indiana entered the union as a state in 1816.  These papers represent the earliest attempts of the Hoosier government to function as a state.  Jonathan Jennings was elected as the first governor, but he resigned in 1822 to take his place as the Indiana State’s representative in Washington, D. C.  The Lieutenant Governor, Ratcliff Boon filled out the un-expired term of three months, while waiting for the newly elected governor, William Hendricks, to take office.  In 1825 Hendricks resigned to take a seat as the Indiana state representative in Washington D. C.  Indiana, like other young western states, had many intimate and important relations with the federal government.  The citizens owed the federal government several million dollars for land.  The land offices were the most important business centers in the state.  A large part of the state was occupied by Indians over whom the General Assembly had no control, and necessarily, had to look to the federal government for relief.  By compact the federal government had agreed, on consideration of the state foregoing certain rights of taxation, to help the state build roads.  The state had no sufficient circulating medium and consequently had to look to the federal government for assistance.  One of the most persistent difficulties of the young state was that of fugitives from justice, or slavery, crossing the Ohio River and this waterway was controlled by the federal government.  Letters and messages include correspondence with the Kentucky governor concerning Kentucky's lack of returning fugitives who had stolen free Negroes and taken them into slavery in Kentucky; correspondence between Jennings, Lieutenant Governor Christopher Harrison, the Indiana Senate and House of Representatives over Jennings role in the treaty of St. Mary's with the Wea Indians, several messages concerning Kentucky kidnappers of Indiana Negroes; Jennings proclamation (in 1822) that the second Friday of December "be observed as a day of Publick supplication and prayer to Almighty God, that he may avert the just judgments impending upon our land, and that in his manifold mercies our country may “be blessed with fruitful seasons and our citizens with health and peace."  Correspondence for Hendricks includes messages on sales of public lands, the Black Hawk War, the Ohio-Michigan boundary dispute, internal improvements, and more.  The 13-page index contains nearly 1,300 names.  Price:   $30 

IN – STATE PROCEEDINGS OF GOVERNORS - CRAZY CRATE JP16 BOOK 4: MESSAGES AND PAPERS RELATING TO THE ADMINISTRATION OF JAMES BROWN RAY, GOVERNOR OF INDIANA, 1825 - 1831. Edited by Dorothy Riker and Gayle Thornbrough.  Indiana Historical Bureau.  1954. 726 pages.  Hardcover.  Ray was elected to the sixteen-member State Senate in 1821 and was elected president pro tem of the Senate, after Ratcliff Boon resigned his lieutenant governorship to go to Congress in 1824.   Ray became acting governor after the resignation of William Hendricks, who had been elected to the United States Senate.  He was just thirty years old.  He was elected to the governorship in 1825 and 1828, but after his term of office was over, he was unable to win another elective office.  In state and local matters the legislation sought by Ray and considered by the General Assembly concerned internal improvements, revision of the penal code, education, care of the poor and handicapped, militia, county and township government, the judiciary, matters concerning Indians etc. but no significant body of legislation was passed during his administration.  His correspondence indicates a generous, sympathetic attitude toward the writers who requested favors or information and a sense of the responsibility of his trust as a public officer.   Price:  $17.50 

IN – STATE PROCEEDINGS OF GOVERNORS - CRAZY CRATE JP16 BOOK 5:  MESSAGES AND PAPERS RELATING TO THE ADMINISTRATION OF NOAH NOBLE, GOVERNOR OF INDIANA, 1831 - 1837.  Edited by Dorothy Riker and Gayle Thornbrough.  Indiana Historical Bureau.  1958.  645 pages.  Hardcover. The third son of Doctor Thomas Noble and Elizabeth Claire Sedwick, Noah Noble was born in Frederick County (now Clarke County) Virginia in 1794.  After several moves, Thomas and his family settled in Boone County, Kentucky, around 1807.  In 1808, Noah's older brother, James, moved to Brookville, in Indiana Territory.  In 1811 James was commissioned a colonel of the Seventh Regiment of Indiana’s territorial militia.  It appears that Noah came to Brookville in 1811 and shortly thereafter joined the same militia.  In 1820 he ran for county sheriff and won.  He was re-elected two years later, receiving all but nine votes in the entire county.  Two years later he was elected to the lower house of the General Assembly.  In 1830 he was elected governor.  At the beginning of his administration, the Potawatomi and Miami Indians were still in possession of more than half of the land north of the Wabash River. During his administration, Indians ceded their lands, and the Wabash and Erie Canal as well as the Michigan Road were built.  He served in various committees after his term of office expired.  Price:  $15 

IN – STATE PROCEEDINGS OF GOVERNORS - CRAZY CRATE JP 16 BOOK 6:  MESSAGES AND PAPERS RELATING TO THE ADMINISTRATION OF DAVID WALLACE, GOVERNOR OF INDIANA, 1837 - 1840.  Edited by Dorothy Riker.  Indiana Historical Bureau.  1963.  501 pages. Wallace was born in Mifflin County, Pennsylvania, in 1799.  His mother was a niece of John Paul Jones. Civil War General Lew Wallace was the son of David Wallace. In his youth, David Wallace moved to Indiana, studied law, and became a competent lawyer.  In 1828 he was chosen to the lower house of the Indiana General Assembly.  He was Noah Noble's Lieutenant Governor.  Wallace's administration was involved with continuing to obtain land grants to extend the Wabash and Erie Canal to Terre Haute, the construction of macadamized roads instead of railroads between Jeffersonville and Crawfordsville and between Indianapolis and Lafayette, and continued removal of the Indians.  Following his term in office, he returned to private law practice.  Price:  $15 

IN – STATE PROCEEDINGS OF GOVERNORS - CRAZY CRATE JP 16 BOOK 7:  MESSAGES AND PAPERS RELATING TO THE ADMINISTRATION OF SAMUEL BIGGER, GOVERNOR OF INDIANA, 1840 - 1843.  Edited by Gayle Thornbrough.  Indiana Historical Bureau.  1964.  669 pages.   Hardcover.  Bigger was born in Warren County, Ohio, in 1802, and in 1829 moved to Indiana.  In 1833 and 1834 he was elected to the General Assembly.  In 1836 the Assembly elected him as presiding judge of the Sixth Judicial Circuit.  He resigned after being elected governor in 1840. He was Indiana's last Whig governor. The internal improvements advocated by previous governors Noah Noble and David Wallace had brought Indiana into a desperate financial situation.  Bigger supported continuation of  internal improvements, but said that they should be prioritized, or classified into levels of importance.  Public debt was a major concern of his administration and the General Assembly created many committees to investigate previous expenditures for internal improve-ments.  Investigations were also made into the State Bank.  Other reports covered the care of the insane, education and the state prison.  He was not re-elected, and he moved to Ft. Wayne, Indiana, where he practiced private law and died in 1846.   Price:  $15

AUTOBIOGRAPHY - LIFE OF A ROCKY MOUNTAIN TRAPPER - CRAZY CRATE JP 16 BOOK 9:  JOURNAL OF A TRAPPER IN THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS BETWEEN 1834 AND 1843.  COMPRISING A GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF THE COUNTRY, CLIMATE, RIVERS, LAKES, MOUNTAINS, ETC. THE NATURE AND HABIT OF ANIMALS, MANNERS AND CUSTOMS OF INDIANS AND A COMPLETE VIEW OF THE LIFE LED BY A HUNTER IN THOSE REGIONS. By Osborne Russell.  Edited by Aubrey L. Haines.  Santa Barbara, CA:  The Narrative Press. 2001 reprint of a book published in 1914 and 1921 under the title of Journal of a Trapper, or, Nine Years in the Rocky Mountains: 1834 - 1848.  248 pages.  Softcover. If you are looking for a lost relative from Maine by the name of Osborne Russell, this may be the man.  Osborne Russell was born in June 1814, at the little village or Bowdoinham, Maine.  He was one of nine children in the family of George G. and Eleanor (Power) Russell.  He was a typical farm boy, but at the age of 16 he was lured away by the dreams of a life at sea.  Quickly disillusioned, he deserted his ship in New York, then spent three years in the service of the Northwest Fur Trapping and Trading Company.  He later joined Nathaniel J. Wyeth's expedition to the Rocky Mountains in 1834.  After meeting his obligation to Wyeth, Russell joined Jim Bridger's brigade.  When Bridger's brigade merged with the American Fur Company, Russell became an independent trapper working out of Fort Hall.   Borrowing books from the Fort Hall Library and from friends, he became a well learned man.  After an accident in which he lost his right eye, he turned to politics and became a judge on the Provisional Government Oregon Supreme Court.  Some time around 1845, he began correspondence with his family, who had not heard from him since he had run away to sea in 1830.  In 1848 Russell moved to California and became an owner of a provisions store in Placerville and two trading vessels.  The company went well until his partner absconded with the money and one of the vessels.  Russell spent the remainder of his life trying to pay off his debts.  He never returned to Oregon, but turned to mining for an income.  In 1855 he became estranged from his family in Maine and he never wrote to them again.  He died in Placerville in 1892.  He never married.  Russell's book abounds with details about hunting and trapping in the Rockies.  He traveled along the Yellowstone, Snake and Sweetwater rivers (among others) and recent readers have retraced his steps using this book.  Russell encountered numerous Indian tribes, and took care to portray them accurately.  Some of the encounters were not friendly and he was shot with arrows   His journal reflects the complex character of many of the independent men of that era; adventurous, tough, and resourceful.  He was a politician, living in Oregon, when he decided to write about his earlier life as a trapper in the Rocky Mountains.  Price:  $10

CRAZY CRATE JP17:    SOLD OUT!  Thank you very much! 

U. S. LIFESAVING SERVICE/RICHARD ETHERIDGE - CRAZY CRATE JP18 BOOK 3: FIRE ON THE BEACH.  RECOVERING THE LOST STORY OF RICHARD ETHERIDGE AND THE PEA ISLAND LIVESAVERS.   By David Wright and David Zoby.  New York:  Scribner.  2000.  335 pages.  Hardcover.  This book tells the story of the U. S. Life-Saving Service, formed in 1871 to assure the safe passage of American and International shipping and to save lives and salvage cargo.  A century ago, the now-forgotten "surfmen" [who, in crews of seven,] bore the brunt of this dangerous but vital duty.  This is also the story of Station 17, located on the desolate beaches of Pea Island, North Carolina, and of its Captain - Richard Etheridge - the only black man to lead a life-saving crew.  A former slave and Civil War veteran, Etheridge recruited and trained a crew of African-Americans, forming the only all-black station in the nation.  Price:  $15

ENGLAND - ESSEX COUNTY, ENGLAND WILLS CRAZY CRATE  JP20 BOOK 1:  ELIZABETHAN LIFE:  WILLS OF ESSEX [COUNTY, ENGLAND] GENTRY AND MERCHANTS PROVED IN THE PREROGATIVE COURT OF CANTERBURY.  By F. G. Emmison.  Chelmsford:  Essex County Council.  1978.  361 pages.  Hardcover.    [Note: Signed on the title page by the author.  The dust jacket has some tears and crinkles at the top and bottom.  The outside corners are bumped, but the body of the book is tight and the pages are clean.]  In 1968 the Essex County Council began preparing and publishing materials which fully document the life of people living in Elizabethan England.  This book comprises detailed abstracts of 339 wills proved in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury.  These abstracts do not omit a single person or place name nor do they leave out any clause apart from normal repetitive language and legal phraseology, often very lengthy.  The wills are not printed either in alphabetical or chronological order but are  grouped by status - Peers, Knights, Esquires, Gentlemen, and Merchants (and their wives or widows.)   While this brings together the wills of testators of much the same class, it has the slight disadvantage of separating those of a few of the same family not sharing that class, so cross references have also been made.  Price:  $20

U.S. IROQUOIS LEAGUE - CRAZY CRATE JP20 BOOK 11: WILDERNESS  EMPIRE.  A NARRATIVE.  By Allan W. Eckert.  Boston:  Little, Brown and Company.  1969.  653 pages.  Hardcover. [ NOTE: ex-library copy, with possession stamps, labels, and check out card.  The binding is getting a little loose but the pages are clean.]  For over 20 years no Indian force in America was as powerful and feared as the Iroquois League.  Throughout two thirds of this continent, the cry of "the Iroquois are coming!" was enough to demoralize entire tribes.  But these Iroquois occupied and controlled a vast wilderness empire which beckoned like a precious gem to foreign powers.  France and England secured toeholds and suddenly each was claiming as its own this land of the Iroquois.  Alliance with the Indians was the key; whichever power controlled them could destroy the other.  This book is the gripping narrative of the eighteenth-century struggle of these two powers to win for themselves the allegiance of the Indians in a war for territorial dominance, yet without letting those same Indians know that the prize of the war would be this very Iroquois land.  It is the story of English strength hamstrung by incredible incompetence, of French power sapped by devastating corruption. The author has molded the raw facts of history into a moving, perceptive and penetrating narrative filled with the grace and pathos, action and beauty, humanity and savagery of which survival of the American frontier was all a part. The 15-page index covers over 750 entries.    Price:  $10


TX – HISTORY - CRAZY CRATE JP 22 BOOK 11:  LONE STAR.  A HISTORY OF TEXAS AND THE TEXANS.  By T. R Fehrenbach.  New York:  Tess Press, an imprint of Black Dog and Leventhal Publishers. Inc.  1968, 2000.  767 pages.  Hardcover.  Texas has always been larger than life, legendary, sprawling, and rich in history, characters, and personality.  The author, a renowned historian and native Texan, offers here a vital, immediate and comprehensive history of the Lone Star State.  Ten thousand years ago, man hunted mastodons and mammoths on its vast plains and plateaus.  From that time on, Texas history has been shaped by being part of six independent countries:  Spain, France, Mexico, the Republic of Texas, the Confederacy, and the United States.  The author chronicles the extensive travels of the tribes that once lived inside the boundaries of present-day Texas, the events of the Texas Revolution, its Declaration of Independence, the Battle of the Alamo and the ensuing Battle of San Jacinto, with passion and immediacy.  He proceeds through the brief history of Texas as a Republic and its annexation as a state in 1845.  The elaborate sagas of the cotton and oil empires are presented here in vivid language that fills the pages with colorful characters and epic dynasties.  The 28-page index covers nearly 2,000 entries.   Price: $15

AMERICAN & BRITISH GENEALOGY & HERALDRY - CRAZY CRATE JP 23 BOOK 7:  AMERICAN AND BRITISH GENEALOGY AND HERALDRY.  A SELECTED LIST OF BOOKS.  Compiled by P. William Filby.  Boston:  New England Historical Genealogical Society.  Third Edition.  1983.  736 pages.  Hardcover.  [Note:  the binding is tight and the pages are clean, but the dust jacket has several wrinkles and shows signs of wear.]  This third and definitive edition for some time to come contains 9,800 entries, nearly doubling the number found in the second edition, and offers greatly expanded treatment of black genealogy and Canadian works, plus substantial increases under all subject headings.  Also included is a completely new section concerning genealogy, in English, in foreign countries.  This volume is divided geographically for works on regional and ethnic groups in the United States and notable works for Latin America, Canada, and Great Britain.  Family histories and general county histories are not included.  The 155-page index covers over 9,000 entries.  Price:  $30 

MIDWEST INDIAN ARTIFACTS - CRAZY CRATE JP 23 BOOK 8:  INDIAN ARTIFACTS OF THE MIDWEST.  IDENTIFICATION AND VALUE GUIDE.  BOOK III.  By Lar Hothem.  Paducah, KY: Collectors Books.  1997. 344 pages.  Softcover.  [Note:  Ex library copy with labels and bar code.]   This is a great book for identifying Native American artifacts.  Nearly 2,000 black and white photographs show spear points, arrowheads, drills, knives, axes, gorgets, celts, and effigy bowls.  There are very few bowls shown.  Each photograph has a caption, explaining the historic period of the artifact, the size, color, place of discovery and current owner.  A value is also given for each artifact. Photographs are organized into five periods:  Paleo Period, Archaic Period, Woodland Period, Mississippian Period and Historic Period.  Price:  $10 

MI - INDEX TO PERIODICALS- CRAZY CRATE JP 23 BOOK 9:  MICHIGANA INDEX, 1965 – 1974.   Grand Rapids.  Western Michigan Genealogical Society.   1981.  126 pages.  Softcover.  Michigana, the quarterly publication of the Western Michigan Genealogical Society, began publication in 1955.  This index covers ten years of the publication, from 1965 to 1974.   The 125-page index covers nearly 12,000 entries.  Cross references for name variations and women’s maiden names are also given.  Price:  $10 

MIDWEST, MI & IL – SETTLEMENT - CRAZY CRATE JP 23 BOOK 10:  NEW HOMES IN THE WEST.  By Catherine Stewart.   Readex Microprint.   Nashville:  Cameron and Fall.  1843.  198 pages.  Hardcover.  Reprinted 1966 by Readex  Microprint.   [Note:  ex library copy with labels.  The top inch of the spine has been torn off.]  Reactions to the West were as varied as the people who experienced it.  For some the West was the scene of disappointment and personal tragedy; for others it was a place of opportunity and promise.  Catherine Stewart’s book is an extreme example of the latter point of view.    Almost everything the author had observed in over a decade of travel in the Midwest filled her with overpowering enthusiasm.  Although she acknowledged that “those who have never witnessed the picturesque scenery described might object that an ideal beauty is thrown around it”, yet she continued in unrestrained praise of the West.  Many of the author’s prose commentaries are in the form of letters addressed to a friend in Buffalo, New York.  Most concern the Michigan and Illinois country, although some are given over to descriptions of Tennessee and Missouri.  The author wrote with affection about the Indians whom she had encountered, and she described with avid interest their folkways.    Little is known about the author other than what may be gleaned from her book.  Price:  $10


CRAZY CRATE JP23 BOOK 11: A JOURNAL OF A MISSIONARY TOUR THROUGH PENNSYLVANIA, OHIO, INDIANA, ILLINOIS, IOWA, WISKONSIN AND MICHIGAN;  COMPRISING A CONCISE DESCRIPTION OF DIFFERENT SECTIONS OF THE COUNTRY;  HEALTH OF THE CLIMATE;  INDUCEMENTS FOR EMIGRATION WITH THE EMBARRASSMENTS;  THE RELIGIOUS CONDITION OF THE PEOPLE; MEETING CONNECTED WITH THE MISSION;  AND OF THE GREAT WESTERN PRAIRIES.  By Rev. James L. Scott.  Providence: Published by the Author.  1843.  203 pages.  Reprinted 1966 by Readex Microprint.   Hardcover.   This book records Scott’s journal to the Western frontier in 1842.  Scott, pastor of a Seventh-Day Baptist church in Richburg, New York, had been asked by the Executive of the Baptist Home Missionary Society to undertake a trip to distribute tracts, convert unbelievers, and establish churches, where possible, in the new settlements.  Residents of the civilized seaboard communities were greatly concerned about the twin evils of godlessness and Romanism, as Scott called it, in the pioneer lands where few churches had yet been organized.  In the 1840s, the increased emigration of Catholic peoples, particularly from Ireland and southern Germany, caused considerable alarm in Protestants.  Scott probably expressed the fears of many of his coreligionists when he described the dangerous situation:  “Emigrants from the old world are swarming those western plains, permanently settling the cities and towns, and spreading all over the land.  The great Roman usurper, and blood-thirsty monster, is sweeping over this, our beloved country.  The Roman Inquisition may soon rear its fiendish head.” In the intervals between lengthy evangelical meetings, baptisms, conversions of drunkards, and formation of churches, Scott noted with a sharp practical eye the state of civilization in the new cities such as Cleveland, Cincinnati and Iowa City and took particular note of the fertility of the soil, the healthfulness of the climate, and the availability of good building material in specific areas.    Price:  $12 

MI – ILLUSTRATED HISTORY - CRAZY CRATE JP23 BOOK 12: MICHIGAN:  THE GREAT LAKES STATE.  AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY.  By George S. May and Joellen Vinyard.  Sun Valley, CA:  American Historical Press.  2005.  303 pages.  Hardcover. This book covers the history of Michigan, from the prehistoric period, relating what is known about the Native Americans who roamed the great peninsulas.  After chronicling European exploration and settlement, the story turns to the American era and Michigan’s early industries – farming, lumbering, and mining.  The manufactured products that made Michigan world famous including, of course, the automobile, are discussed as well as the state’s attempts to diversify its economy.  Illuminating the text are more than 350 vintage black-and-white photographs and illustrations, and many brilliant color images featuring artists’ views of Michigan, its people, and its products.  Price: $15 

IN – TOWNS - PAOLI, EVANSVILLE, INDIANAPOLIS, ANDERSON, SOUTH BEND, AND WHITING.  CRAZY CRATE JP23 BOOK 13: OUR TOWNS.  REMEMBERING COMMUNITY IN INDIANA.  By John Bodnar.  Indianapolis:  Indiana Historical Society.  2001.  218 pages.  Hardcover. This book’s foundation is based upon a series of interviews conducted for more than twenty years by the Oral History Research Center at Indiana University.  The center interviewed residents in six Indiana towns - Paoli, Evansville, Indianapolis, Anderson, South Bend, and Whiting.  The book is an interpretive history of Indiana in the twentieth century told and remembered by people who lived in the nineteenth state.   The book contains discussions of a wide assortment of issues that have been crucial to the history of the state and its people since 1900:  family, community relations, economic change, migration from Kentucky and Tennessee, emigration from Europe, race relations, industrial expansion, rural life, the impact of new cultural forms such as television, changing notions of religion, and much more.  Multiple copies of this book (3) are available.  Price:  $29.95 

IN – HISTORY - CRAZY CRATE JP23 BOOK 14: DESTINATION INDIANA.  TRAVELS THROUGH HOOSIER HISTORY.  Text by Ray E. Boomhower.  Photographs by Darryl Jones.  Indianapolis:  Indiana Historical Society.  2000.  203 pages.  Hardcover.  With over 200 full color photographs accompanying the text, this book highlights 25 historic Indiana sites open to the public.  These public sites include the homes of Governor William Henry Harrison, President Benjamin Harrison, writers George Ade, James Whitcomb Riley, Gene Stratton-Porter, General Lew Wallace and Ernie Pyle, Socialist Eugene V. Debs, the Indiana Medical History Museum, the Old Lighthouse Museum, Corydon Capital State Historic Site, Lanier Mansion, T. C. Steele state home and more.  The text informs readers of the life and times of the people who inhabited the architectural wonders and breathed life into their homes.  Multiple copies of this book (3) are available.  Price:  $24.95

LOUISIANA PURCHASE - CRAZY CRATE JP24 BOOK 4: A WILDERNESS SO IMMENSE.  THE LOUISIANA PURCHASE AND THE DESTINY OF AMERICA.  By Jon Kukla.  New York:  Alfred A. Knopf.  2003.  Hardcover.  The remarkable story of the land purchase that doubled the size of our young nation, set the stage for its expansion across the continent, and confronted Americans with new challenges of ethnic and religious diversity.  In a saga that stretches from Paris and Madrid to Haiti, Virginia, New York, and New Orleans, the author shows us how rivalries over the Mississippi River and its vast watershed brought France, Spain, Great Britain and the United States to the brink of war and shaped the destiny of the new American republic.  We see American leaders Jefferson, Jay, Monroe, and Pickering clashing over the opening of the west and its implications of sectional balance of power.  We see these disagreements nearly derailing the Constitutional Convention of 1787 and the spawning of a series of separatist conspiracies long before the dispute over slavery in the territory set the stage for the Missouri Compromise.  The French Revolution and Napoleon’s empire-building rocked the Atlantic community, Spain’s New World Empire grew increasingly vulnerable to American and European rivals.  Jefferson hoped to take Spain’s territories “piece by piece” while Napoleon schemed to reestablish a French colonial empire in the Caribbean and North America.  Price:  $20 

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IL – CHICAGO/MAYOR’S OFFICE - CRAZY CRATE JP26 BOOK 13: A VIEW FROM CHICAGO'S CITY HALL.  Mid-Century to Millennium.  By Melvin G. Holli and Paul M. Green.  Charleston, SC:  Arcadia Publishing.  1999.  128 pages.  Softcover.  (Part of the Images of America series.)  A richly detailed visual road of Chicago as viewed from the Mayor's office in City Hall.  Witness the excitement as politicians roll out the red carpet for kings, queens, presidents, and entertainers.  With over 200 photo-graphs, and accompanied by informative captions, this volume high-lights a variety of Chicago's ethnic festivals, parades, and political campaigns, skillfully bringing each scene to life.  Price:  $19.99

IN – HISTORICAL RESEARCH - CRAZY CRATE JP27 BOOK 1:  FINDING INDIANA ANCESTORS.  A GUIDE TO HISTORICAL RESEARCH.  Edited by M. Teresa Baer and Geneil Breeze.  Indianapolis:  Indiana Historical Society Press.  2007.  289 pages. Softcover.  This book is the latest resource guide for researching Indiana history and genealogy.  Although it naturally concentrates on Indiana sources, much of the basic research techniques are applicable to every state and situation. It is a powerful tool, providing an overview of historical research while focusing on Indiana-specific sources.  Each of the 53 chapters is written by an authority on Indiana genealogy, archives, and history, including Betty L. Warren, Amy Johnson Crow, Barbara Truesdell, William DuBois, Jr., Curt B. Witcher, Linda Herrick Swisher, Judith Q. McMullen, Leigh Darbee, and many others.  The 53 chapters are divided into six separate parts: Getting Started, Identifying Resources, Researching Records, Researching with Maps, Researching Ethnic Groups, and Providing Context and Accuracy.  The articles include dating photographs using women’s clothing styles and preserving photographs; information on 11 major Indiana research libraries and societies; how to research 11 types of civil, court, and military records; 14 articles on various kinds of maps; articles on researching German, African and Native American heritage; and 6 articles on using resources to provide accuracy in verifying your research. 

Unlike previous guides, this book does not concentrate on providing long listings of addresses of institutions or research facilities, but concentrates on how to use those facilities and the internet.   Research techniques at county court houses, archives and national repositories are provided.  Over one hundred illustrations and historic photographs enhance this book.  Multiple copies (4) are available.  PRICE:  $29.95 

IN – BIOGRAPHY, JAMES DEAN - CRAZY CRATE JP28 BOOK 2: JAMES DEAN:  REBEL WITH A CAUSE.  By Wes D. Gehring.  Indianapolis:  Indiana Historical Society Press.  2005.  303 pages.  Hardcover.   On September 30, 1955, a budding movie star, who had just completed a rigorous schedule that included three films, set out on a trip to participate in a sports-car race in Salinas, California.  James Dean never made it to his destination.  Instead, Dean's silver Porsche 550 Spyder was hit head-on by another motorist.  Dean, the actor from Fairmount, Indiana, had died.  Dean, the legend, was born.  Even today, fans of the actor make annual pilgrimages to Dean's Indiana grave site.  This book takes a fresh look at Dean's life, exploring the actor's early days growing up on his beloved aunt and uncle's farm in Fairmount to his struggle for success as an actor in television and on Broadway to his meteoric rise to fame in Hollywood.  The real life of Dean has often been confused with the all-mixed-up and troubled teenage character which he portrayed in his hit, Rebel Without a Cause.  Those who knew him, his friends, family and teachers, knew him for the talented actor that he really was and as the fun-loving young man who could easily imitate Charlie Chaplin and Marlon Brando.  Price:  $19.95 

IN – BIOGRAPHY CAROLE LOMBARD - CRAZY CRATE JP28 BOOK 3: CAROLE LOMBARD, THE HOOSIER TORNADO.   By Wes D. Gehring.  Indianapolis:  Indiana Historical Society Press.  2003.  264 pages.  Hardcover.  For millions of movie fans during the 1930s, an actress from Fort Wayne, Indiana, personified the madcap adventures of their favorite form of screen comedy - the screwball comedy.  Nicknamed  "The Hoosier Tornado" for her energetic personality, Carole Lombard did as much as anyone to define the genre, delighting audiences with her zany antics in such films as Twentieth Century, My Man Godfrey, Nothing Sacred, and To Be or Not to Be.  She also captured America's attention through her romance with screen idol Clark Gable, whom she later married.  The author focuses on both Lombard's legacy as a film actress as, well as her private life to her tragic death in a January 1942 plane crash, following a successful war-bond rally in Indianapolis.  Price:  $19.95

IN – BIOGRAPHY OF PAUL DRESSER - CRAZY CRATE JP28 BOOK 4: ON THE BANKS OF THE WABASH.  THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF PAUL DRESSER.  By Clayton W. Henderson.  Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Society Press.  2003.  481 pages.  Hardcover.  During the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, many Americans felt overwhelmed with the rush of changing times, especially increasing industrialization and the abandonment of small towns for life in the big cities.  For comfort, people turned to popular songs that glorified small town values of home.  Perhaps no songwriter of the time reached more people through his music than did Paul Dresser of Terre Haute, Indiana, who produced such sentimental hits as "My Gal Sal,", "Just Tell Them that You Saw Me," and "On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away." This full-length biography shows the rags-to-riches-to-rags story of the songwriter's life as the oldest of ten children of a German immigrant family to his life as a medicine-wagon showman, minstrel, comic actor and singer, composer and playwright.  It also discusses his relationship with his brother, the famed novelist Theodore Dreiser, whom the songwriter aided financially and spiritually, and Dresser's eventual fall into poverty and obscurity.   Price:  $29.95 

GENEALOGY PRESENTATION IDEAS - CRAZY CRATE JP28 BOOK 5: GENEALOGY IS MORE THAN CHARTS.  By Lorna Duane Smith.  Ellicott City, Maryland.  Lifetimes.  1991.  Third printing 1993.  329 pages.  Softcover.  This book is an excellent source for presenting hundreds of ideas on how to enhance your genealogical research and make family history more meaningful.  Discusses oral histories and family reunions; archival protection for your photographs and other important documents; how to use craft skills to make samplers, blankets, etc.; learning crafts of your ethnic background;  do's and don'ts for researching in libraries and interacting with librarians; researching cemeteries, and much more.   Multiple copies of this book are available.  Price:  $14.95

CIVIL WAR – BIOGRAPHY OF COMMON YANK SOLDIER - CRAZY CRATE JP29 BOOK 3: THE LIFE OF BILLY YANK, THE COMMON SOLDIER OF THE UNION.  By Bell Irvin Wiley.  Indianapolis:  Bobbs-Merrill Company  1952.  454 pages.  This book was written as a companion volume to the author’s award-winning The Life of Johnny Reb. It attempts to provide a social history of the war rather than a military history. Many types of materials have been used to create this volume, but the basic source has been the un-doctored writings of the soldiers themselves, especially the manuscripts and letters. The experience of looking at “the war” from the Northern point of view and through the eyes of the men who wore the blue has been enormously interesting and stimulating to one who was nurtured in Confederate tradition and whose focus had been on the Southern side.   As I came to know the Northern soldier through his diaries and letters, I came to respect him, and as the acquaintance ripened, I developed a genuine affection for him.  I mean to pay him a high compliment when I state that he was no less admirable than the men he fought. Thirteen chapters cover the Union soldier’s life, including Reveille to Taps, the Supreme Test, in Dixie Land, The Depths of Suffering, Toeing the Mark, Hardtack, Evil and Goodness, the Men who Wore the Blue, and more.  The seven-page index covers over 400 entries.  Price:  $12.50 

ENGLISH ANCESTRY - CRAZY CRATE JP30 BOOK 9: THE GENEALOGIST - NEW SERIES VOLUME IX.  [NOTE: The title page is missing so I cannot provide editor, date of publication or publisher.  288 pages.  Hardcover.  Note: this is an original edition, not a reprint, ex - library copy, with stamps.  The binding is getting very loose.  Some of the pages are loose. Others are cracking along the inside spine.  The spine and outside edges of the covers have been re-reinforced with bookbinder’s tape.   Like the other volumes, this is a treasure of information for genealogists researching English ancestors.  Among the articles included are the Dormant Barony of Somerville; Pedigrees from the Plea Rolls;  Dugdale’s Visitations of Yorkshire;  Topham’s Index to Chancery Proceedings;  Extracts from the Burial Records of St. James, Bath; The Parish Register of St. Mary Magdelene, Bermondsey, County Surrey and much more. [NOTE: The thirty pages of the  Index of Names and Index of Places are nearly torn from the book.]  The 22-page Index of Names covers over 3,000 names.  The ten-page Index of Places covers nearly 1,500 places.  [Note: Pages 287 and 288 of the Index of Places has been torn from the book and re-set between pages 264 and 265 of the Index of Names.    Price:  $15 

HERALDRY – AMERICANS - CRAZY CRATE JP30 BOOK 10: THE HERALDIC JOURNAL:  RECORDING THE ARMORIAL BEARINGS AND GENEALOGIES OF AMERICAN FAMILIES.  VOLUMES III AND IV.  Boston:  Wiggin and Lunt, Publishers.  1867 and 1868.   Various paginations. (about  384 pages).  This volume contains all of the loose issues from January 1867 through October 1868.  [Note:  This is an original edition.  Not a reprint.  Ex-library copy.  The binding is tight and the original covers are still attached.  This comes in an archival box.  Contains family genealogies, obituaries, coats of arms, book plates, official seals and wills.  Families include Tylor, Fiske, Schuyler, Campbell, Winthrop, Penn, Wallace, Fitzpen, Cotton, Worthington, Lawrence, Sheaffer, and many more.  Price:  $45 

CIVIL WAR BOOKS & PRICES - CRAZY CRATE JP31 BOOK 2: CIVIL WAR BOOKS.  A PRICED CHECKLIST.  Edited by Tom Broadfoot.  Compiled by Ann Sterling and Marianne Pair, General Books and Regiments and Stuart Wright, Confederate Imprints.  Wendell, N. C.  1978.  Avera Press.   503 pages.  Hardback.  Although the prices in the book are outdated, this is a good starting place to see what Civil War books were available in 1978 when this book was published.  It covers new and used books.  General books, regimental histories, and Confederate imprints are all listed.  Regimental history information includes narratives by soldiers, memorials and funeral sermons for soldiers, annual reunions and veterans' reports.  Confederate imprints are materials printed in the Confederate States during the war.  The editor used eleven major book dealers to compile his list.  Price:  $20 

INDIANA MREDITH NICHOLSON - CRAZY CRATE JP31 BOOK 10: THE VALLEY OF DEMOCRACY.  By Meredith Nicholson.  With Illustrations by Walter Tuttle.  New York:  Charles Scribner’s Sons.  Published September 1918, Reprinted November, December, 1919.  284 pages.  Hardcover.  [NOTE:  This is an original edition, not a reprint.  Ex library copy with labels, check out cards, etc.  The binding is tight and the pages are clean, except where library markings occur.]  Nicholson was an important Indiana writer at the turn of the century and his books were highly popular.  This book is the fourth edition of his down-to-earth book on the Mid-West.  The six chapters cover the Folks and Their Folksiness, Types and Diversions, The Farmer of the Middle West, Chicago, The Middle West in Politics, and the Spirit of the West.  The 16 illustrations include Michigan Avenue in Chicago, Ten Days of New York, Art Exhibits, The Municipal Recreation Pier in Chicago, Types and Diversions, The Perry Monument at Put-in Bay, a Typical Old Homestead of the Middle West, Students of Agriculture in a Pageant, Judging Graded Shorthorn Herds, the Ham Fair in Paris, and more.   Price:  $7.50 

INDIANA UNIVERSITY -   CRAZY CRATE JP32 BOOK 1: TWO BOOKS BY WILLIAM LOWE BRYAN, FORMER PRESIDENT OF I. U.                      1) FAREWELLS. By William Lowe Bryan. Indiana University. 1938. 166 pages. Hardcover.  Bryan was professor of philosophy at Indiana University from 1885 to 1902, acted as Vice-President 1893 to 1902, and President of Indiana University for thirty five years. This book contains 18 commencement addresses and reprints of 156 newspaper columns.  2) LAST WORDS. By William Lowe Bryan and Charlotte Lowe Bryan. Indiana University Foundation. 1951. 87 pages. Hardcover.  This book contains selected articles from previously published books and several addresses by William and Charlotte Lowe Bryan. Charlotte Lowe married William Bryan in 1889. She was an outstanding graduate of Indiana University, majoring in Greek and Mathematics. She translated several Greek plays and mathematical books into English with critical acclaim.  Price:  $15.00 for the set. 

INDIANA UNIVERSITY - CRAZY CRATE JP32 BOOK 2: INDIANA UNIVERSITY, MIDWESTERN PIONEER.  VOLUME 1:    THE EARLY YEARS.  By Thomas D. Clark.. Bloomington:  Indiana University Press.  1970. 371 pages.  Hardcover.  [Note:  Page 244 has some smudge marks.]  When the doors of Indiana Seminary were opened to classes in 1825 the central challenge became at once the broadening of its instructional base in such a way as to shatter the narrow parochialism of the classical academy curriculum which prevailed in America.  There had to be developed a practical educational program and philosophy which unlettered people in the throes of pioneering in virgin country could understand and accept.  The earliest curriculum of Indiana Seminary and University was formulated within the context of two eras of American higher education, 1825 - 1902.  The decades down to 1880 witnessed an eternal struggle to survive, in which little change or innovation could be made.  The post-Civil War era took Indiana University headlong into the vortex of the American intellectual revolution.  In 1883 the University took another philosophical and educational change.  Over thirty photographs enhance the text. Price:  $20 

INDIANA UNIVERSITY - CRAZY CRATE JP32 BOOK 3: INDIANA UNIVERSITY, MIDWESTERN PIONEER.  VOL. 3: YEARS OF FULFILLMENT.  By Thomas D. Clark Bloomington:  Indiana University Press, 1977, 678 pages. [Note:  Inscription "Rive Todd, 1977".]  In 1937 an old era ended for Indiana University when a new president, dynamic Herman B. Wells, came into office.  Determined that Indiana University was not to remain at the foot of the Big Ten ladder, Wells restructured both the faculty and the aims of the University, hiring outstanding research-oriented professors, reorganizing traditional departments, and securing increased appropriations.  New major and graduate courses were developed, and an extensive counseling system was added.  War brought many changes to the campus, and with the influx of veterans at the war's end, the narrow provincialisms of rural Indiana were once and for all destroyed.  The university community experienced more fundamental change in the first postwar years than had occurred in more than a century and a quarter of institutional history.  Thirty-five photographs accompany the text.  Price:  $30

 IN – FORT WAYNE BIBLE COLLEGE - CRAZY CRATE JP32 BOOK 5: A VINE OF GOD'S OWN PLANTING".   THE STORY OF FORT WAYNE BIBLE COLLEGE.  UPON THE COMMEMORATION OF ITS 75TH ANNIVERSARY, 1904 - 1979.   A VENTURE OF FAITH IN BIBLICAL HIGHER EDUCATION.  By Jared. F. Gerig.  Fort Wayne:  Fort Wayne Bible College.  1980.  232 pages.  Softcover.  Note: Inscription:  Julie Ann Ziegler, 1996".  For 75 years Fort Wayne Bible College has been in the business of helping men and women prepare to impact their world for Jesus Christ.  The education of leaders for the church as it carries out the commission given by our Lord is one of its most important functions.  Originally starting in Bluffton, Ohio, as a small-town bible school, the college was transplanted to Fort Wayne, Indiana, where it took deep root and grew and is now a world leader in Bible college education.  Its influence through the spiritual ministries of its graduates has literally reached the ends of the earth.  The author begins with a review of Bible college education in the 1800s, then the beginnings of Bethany House and its expansion.  Each of the presidents is profiled and information is given on various organizations and departments.  Price: $10

U.S. – GENERAL LAND OFFICE - CRAZY CRATE JP34 BOOK 13: LIST OF CARTOGRAPHIC RECORDS OF THE GENERAL LAND OFFICE.  (RECORD GROUP 49).  Compiled by Laura E. Kelsay.  Washington:  National Archives.  General Services Administration.  1964.  202 pages.  Hardcover.  The General Land Office, established as a bureau of the Department of the Treasury and later transferred to the Department of the Interior, was engaged chiefly in the survey, management, and disposal of public lands.  Although many of its functions were strictly legal and administrative in character, the surveying and mapping of the public lands were among its most important activities.  As the functions of the Land Office changed overtime, it was reorganized to meet current needs.  The records described in this list constitute four closely related series, three of which are records of the Division of Surveys of the General Land Office.  The fourth series is composed of published records issued by the offices of the Surveyors General and the General Land Office, usually without reference to a division.  The records in the four series date from about 1790 to about 1946.  The four series consist of 1)  the manuscript and annotated maps unofficially referred to as the “Old Map File,” 2)  boundary survey maps and diagrams, 3)  field notes and related records known as “Old Case ‘F’ File, and 4)  published records.  The forty-page index covers over 3,500 entries.  Price:  $15 

PA – VALLEY FORGE - CRAZY CRATE JP35: CRAZY CRATE JP 35 BOOK 2: VALLEY FORGE.  [PENNSYLVANIA].  By Stacy A. Swigart.  Charleston, SC:  Arcadia.  2002.  128 pages.  Softcover.  (Part of the Images of America Series.)  Valley Forge is a name that many Americans associate with George Washington and the American Revolution.  As the site of the 1777-1778 encampment of the Continental Army, it has come to symbolize determination and triumph.  Using the rich historical collections of The National Center for the American Revolution and the Valley Forge Historical Society, this book shares the early twentieth-century history of the area through nearly two hundred images, the majority of which are published for the first time.  A variety of historical views and background make this an excellent source of light reading.  Highlights include Washington's Headquarters and the patriotic and inspiring Washington Memorial Chapel, as well as Revolutionary War artifacts, (such as the tent Washington used on many of his encampments) that have found a home in Valley Forge.  This is a behind-the-scenes look at the work done by W. Herbert Burk and a dedicated group of men and women who set out to preserve this important historical site as a symbol of our ancestor's struggle to gain freedom.  Price:  $19.99

IN – SOUTH BEND POSTCARDS - CRAZY CRATE JP35 BOOK 5: SOUTH BEND [INDIANA] IN VINTAGE POSTCARDS.  By John Palmer.  Charleston, S. C.  Arcadia Publishing Co.  128 pages.  Softcover.  In the early 20th century, South Bend, Indiana's population more than tripled.  Established industries like Studebaker and the Singer Sewing Company rose to unprecedented heights of production, new businesses took root, and immigrants flooded into the area.  Photo postcards, originally a quick and inexpensive form of communication, became key documents in South Bend's growth, recording events, businesses, landmarks and people. Through nearly 200 vintage postcards, this book details South Bend's story from the turn of the 20th Century to the aftermath of World War II.  These images give a glimpse of lost glamour, representing the city as past generations witnessed it.  Price:  $19.99 

IN SOUTH BEND PHOTOGRAPHS - CRAZY CRATE JP35 BOOK 6: SOUTH BEND, [INDIANA] REMEMBERED.  VOLUME 2. South Bend, IN:  South Bend Tribune.  2004.  160 pages.  Hardcover.  This second volume contains an excellent collection of local color and provides an excellent resource on South Bend, Indiana history.  This book contains mostly photographs of individuals or families, with short captions.  The earliest photograph is 1899 and the latest is 1976.  Photographs are not arranged in chapters, but there is a loose arrangement by decades.  Price:  $29.95 

CA – LOS ANGELES - CRAZY CRATE JP35 BOOK 8: LOS ANGELES, [CALIFORNIA] THEN AND NOW.  By Rosemary Lord.  San Diego, CA:  Thunder Bay Press.  2002.  144 pages.  Hardcover.  The Native Americans called Los Angeles the “Land of Smoke” because of the haze that often hangs over the basin early in the morning.  The first Portuguese explorer, Juan Cabrillo, sailed into the bay and called it the “Bay of Smokes”.  Later, the Spanish Governor, Felipe de Neve, brought 44 settlers from Mexico and re-named the area “La Reina de los Angeles.” Today, settlers from every nation on earth have found their way to Los Angeles, and the city has grown from a small hamlet to a major city.  Kansas prohibitionist Harvey Wilcox sold parcels of his tiny ranch for a development to be called “Figwood”.  But his wife changed the name to “Hollywood”.  The small train stop called “Morocco” became the elegant Beverly Hills area.  At the turn of the twentieth century movie producers discovered Hollywood and made it the film capital of the world.  Many of the early beautiful buildings were torn down in the 1960’s to “modernize” the area, but historical societies managed to save many buildings from destruction and have restored them.  Surviving disastrous floods, fires, riots and, of course, earthquakes, Los Angeles continues to charm residents and visitors alike.  138 full-page photographs match historic nineteenth and early twentieth century black-and-white images with full-color photographs of modern Los Angeles, showing how the multifaceted, multicultural “Dream City” has evolved.   The index covers over 180 entries.    Price:  $15  

CA – SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA - CRAZY CRATE JP35 BOOK 9: EAST BAY THEN AND NOW. [SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA, CALIFORNIA.]  By Dennis Evanosky and Eric J. Kos.  San Diego, CA:  Thunder Bay Press.  2004.  144 pages.  Hardcover.  History has divided the East Bay, the San Francisco Bay’s Eastern shore, into three parts.  In its agricultural south, farms once helped feed the larger northern and western cities.  An urban heart beats from the center, which is home to the flagship of one of the world’s greatest university systems, the University of California.  International industry and shipping dominated the economy in the north, where oil – the lifeblood of industry – is still refined.   The East Bay was first known as Contra Costa – the opposite shore.  Native Americans first inhabited the area.  The Spanish visited the region in the 18th century and settled at Mission San Jose and awarded veterans of their army huge land grants in the area.  When gold was discovered in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in 1848, men and women came from all over the world to make their fortunes.  Most were unsuccessful, but they founded new cities.  These cities are celebrated here:  Mission San Jose, Niles, and Irvington – all of which became part of the city of Fremont in 1956 – Hayward, San Leandro, Oakland, Alameda, Berkeley, Albany, el Cerrito, and Richmond.  This fascinating book looks back at the way things were and shows how dynamics have shaped things into what they are today. 138 full-page photographs match historic nineteenth and early twentieth century black-and-white images with full color photographs of modern East Bay.  The index covers nearly 400 entries.  Price:  $15 

NEW ENGLAND CHURCHES & MEETINGHOUSES -CRAZY CRATE JP35 BOOK 10: NEW ENGLAND CHURCHES AND MEETING HOUSES, 1680 - 1830. By Peter T. Malery.   Secaucus, New Jersey:  Chartwell Books, Inc.  1985.  Hardcover.   [Note: There is a red dot on the top of the pages, but it does not bleed into the pages.]  The meeting houses on this northern frontier formed the religious and secular centers of early communities.  Pete Mallary examines more than thirty buildings, ranging from the early and simple Old Ship at Hingham (1681) to the massive Greek Revival meeting house at Quincy.  He traces the origins of each building, its construction, restorations and unravels the complicated roles of architects and builders.    Price:  $25 

CIVIL WAR – ROBERT TOOMBS & ALEXANDER H. STEVENS - CRAZY CRATE JP36 BOOK 2: THE UNION THAT SHAPED THE CONFEDERACY.  ROBERT TOOMBS AND ALEXANDER H. STEPHENS.  By William C. Davis.  Lawrence, KS:  University Press of Kansas.  2001.  284 pages.  Hardcover. [ Note:  ex-library copy.]  With style and authority that has made him one of our most popular historians of the Civil War, William C. Davis has written a biography of a friendship that captures the Confederacy in microcosm.  He tells how two  Georgians - one a robust charmer given  to fits of passion and the other a frail, melancholy man of quiet intellect forged a friendship that  dominated the formation of the new nation as Vice President and Secretary of State.  Davis traces the unlikely relationship from their early days in the Georgia state legislature, through the trials of secession and war, revealing how both men persevered during the war and developed a deep animosity toward Jefferson Davis.  He then chronicles their postwar lives up to the death of Stephens, who died only four months after being elected the Governor of Georgia.  Toombs died in 1885.    Price:  $7.50 

IN – CENTENNIAL FARMS - CRAZY CRATE JP36 BOOK 10: CENTENNIAL FARMS OF INDIANA.  Edited by M. Teresa Baer, Kathleen M. Breen and Judith O. McMullen.  With Genealogical Indexes by Ruth Dorrel.   Indianapolis:  Indiana Historical Society.  2003.  122 pages.  Softcover.  In 1947, in conjunction with Purdue University, the Indiana Historical Society began a program, originally called Pioneer Farms, to honor families who had owned a particular farm for one hundred years or longer.  At that time about 45 percent of Indiana’s population was still rural.    Nearly 700 family farms were identified in this study.  This book takes the results of that survey and makes the information available to everyone.  Genealogists will especially like the format, which includes three detailed alphabetical indexes, including an index to the name of the original land owners of the farms and the dates they purchased the property, an index to the descendants currently owning the farm, and an index to the counties in which the farms are located.  Over sixty historic farm photographs accompany this book.  Price:  $24.95 

IN – POST OFFICE MURALS - CRAZY CRATE JP36 BOOK 11: A SIMPLE AND VITAL DESIGN.  THE STORY OF THE INDIANA POST OFFICE MURALS.  By John C. Carlisle.  Photography by Darryl Jones.  Indianapolis:  Indiana Historical Society.  1995.  93 pages.  Softcover.  In 1933, at the height of the depression, the Treasury Department’s Advisory Committee on Fine Arts, along with its invited guests Eleanor Roosevelt and the directors of eight of the major art museums in the country, met in Washington, D. C. to develop plans for the employment of  unemployed artists.  By the end of the meeting, the Public Work of Art Project was a reality. The Civil Works Administration allocated money to employ artists to decorate public buildings and parks.  One of the major construction projects funded by the New Deal Congress included the erection of new post office buildings in many communities throughout the country.  The Post Office served as the most public of all public buildings, and this program of painting murals in post offices would allow the people all over the country to view at least one thing of beauty.  Thirty-seven mural commissions were executed for Indiana post offices, with thirty-six of them remaining today.   The art program gave artists the exposure and experience, as well as income, during difficult times.  When the federal patronage ended, some artists were still able to earn a livelihood.  Many disappeared from the art scene and are virtually unknown. This volume gives a brief history of the federal arts programs and then focuses on the histories of the thirty-six murals still evident in Indiana.  The color photography of Darryl Jones brings the murals to life and shows the detail and workmanship of these artists.  Close up details are shown on several of the murals, making a total of 71 color photographs of these historic treasures.  This is an excellent addition for anyone who collects Post Office materials or is interested in 1930’s art.  Price:  $15

OLD WEST – THE WRITERS & THE SOLDIERS - CRAZY CRATE JP37 BOOKS 13 A AND B: TWO BOOKS FOR THE ONE PRICE.  A)  THE CHRONICLERS.  By the Editors of Time-Life Books.  With Text by Keith Wheeler.  Alexandria, VA:  Time-Life Books.  1976.  240 pages.  Hardcover.  (Time-Life Series of the Old West.)  [Note:  Ex library copy.]  In 1832, when the immense wilderness beyond the Mississippi was inhabited by fewer than 20,000 Americans, the novelist Washington Irving headed west on horseback.  His purpose was to observe and write of “those great Indian tribes, which are now about to disappear as independent nations.” Mr. Irving was then followed by hundreds of other writers, artists, newspaper reporters, and photographers, as they chronicled daily life in small towns and lonely ranches, wild majestic landscapes and more. Using contemporary photographs, drawings and illustrations, letters and diaries, the author presents a highly-readable history of the American West from those who saw it first hand.  150 photographs and illustrations enhance the text.  The three-page index covers nearly 500 entries.  B)  THE SOLDIERS.  By the Editors of Time-Life Books.  With Text by David Nevin.  Alexandria, VA:  Time-Life Books.  1974.  239 pages.  Hardcover.  (Time-Life Series of the Old West.).  [Note:  Ex-library copy.]  Fear, fatigue, poor rations and little appreciation from his countrymen – that was the lot of the U. S. soldier whose job it was to enforce the nation’s arrogant and often muddle-headed Indian policies.  In 1845 the territory from the Mississippi to the Pacific Coast was the home of more than 300.000 proud, possessive Indians.  Less than 50 years later, the Army had established complete control over the West, and not a single truly free Indian was left. Using contemporary photographs, drawings and illustrations, letters and diaries, the author presents a highly-readable history of the United States Army in the American West.  130 photographs and illustrations enhance the text.  The three-page index covers nearly 500 entries.  Price for the set:  $10


CIVIL WAR STORY IN NEWSPAPERS - CRAZY CRATE JP39 BOOK 3: UNDER CUSTER'S COMMAND. THE CIVIL WAR JOURNAL OF JAMES HENRY AVERY.  Compiled by Karla Jean Husby.  Edited by Eric J. Wittenberg.  Forward by Gregory J. W. Urwin.  Brassey's.  Dulles, VA:  Potomac Books.  First paperback edition, 2002.  First Memoirs of War Editon.  2006.  185 pages.  Softcover.  [NOTE:  There is a black mark on the bottom of the book, but it does not bleed into the pages.]  The battlefield journals and postwar remembrances of Sergeant Avery offer detailed descriptions of Civil War cavalry movements and daily life in the Michigan Fifth Regiment. The text is augmented with notes that provide useful historical context for the reader. Avery eloquently describes his personal experiences in battles that included Gettysburg, The Wilderness, Yellow Tavern, and Cedar Creek. This book contains the only known account of the torturous two-week march back to friendly lines made by elements of the Fifth Regiment after they were separated from their comrades on the first day of battle at Trevalian Station, Virginia.  The nine-page index covers over 700 entries.  Price: $7.50 

NOVEL – GREAT LAKES INDIAN STORY - CRAZY CRATE JP39 BOOK 6: PEOPLE OF THE LAKES.     A NOVEL OF PREHISTORIC AMERICA.  By Kathleen O’Neal Gear and W. Michael Gear.  New York: Tom Doherty Associates book. 1994. First Edition-August 1994. 608 pages.  Hardcover.  Award-winning archaeologists and master storytellers Kathleen and Michael Gear spin a provocative tale of the perils and passions of the lives of the Hopewell tribes in early North America.  Star Shell, the privileged daughter of a prominent Hopewell chief, must save her people from the corrupting influence of an evil totemic mask.  No one will be able to recover it IF she carries it northward across the Great Lakes and throws it into the torrents of Niagara Falls.  Otter, one of the finest Traders on the great river of North America, finds himself in the middle of Star Shell’s race against           time.  Otter aids Pearl, a beautiful runaway who has stolen his heart. She is being pursued by the vengeful chief who wants her back.  Star Shell’s lifelong enemy is almost upon her as well.  Otter, Star Shell, and their companions must brave the stormy waters of the Great Lakes, relying on the lunatic ramblings of the Contrary Green Spider.  Set against the splendor of the lands surrounding the Great Lakes two thousand years ago, this book follows the paths of Otter and Star Shell as they race across North America, carrying the fate of the Hopewell Mound Builders in their hands.  Will they lead their people to salvation or annihilation.  Sounds like an exciting story to read, doesn’t it?  PRICE:  $7.50 

CANVAS SHOPPING BAG CRAZY CRATE JP39 CANVAS SHOPPING BAG 1:  “NATIONAL GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY CONFERENCE IN THE STATES, MILWAUKEE, AND AMERICAN SAMPLER, 15 – 18 MAY 2002”   This sturdy 15 inch wide by 16 inch high canvas bag was printed by the N. G. S. for their conference in Milwaukee on May 15 -18, 2002, and was designed to carry handouts, purchases, and knick-knacks found at the conference. One side has the imprint of the conference, in a red and blue border with a red and blue sampler quilt star pattern in the center.  The other side is imprinted with the Wisconsin Historical Society name, log, and internet address.  Just the right conversation piece when you go shopping.  Save the plastic, use the bag, over and over!   Price:  $5 

CANVAS SHOPPING BAG CRAZY CRATE JP39 CANVAS SHOPPING BAG 2:  2002 CALIFORNIA:  A GOLDMINE OF DIVERSITY, 7 – 10 AUGUST FGS/CSGA ONTARIO CONVENTION CENTER, ONTARIO CALIFORNIA.  A CONFERENCE FOR THE NATION’S GENEALOGISTS.  This sturdy 14 inch wide by 16 inch high canvas bag was printed by the Federation of Genealogical Societies for its conference in Ontario, California.  One side shows a flower, “2002”,  and ”Ontario Convention Center” all in brilliant orange, while the theme is printed in solid black.  The dates are printed in white on a solid black field.  The other side of the bag is printed with “Ancestry.com - The No. 1 Source for Family History Online.”  The bag was designed to carry handouts, purchases, and knick-knacks found at the conference, but you can use it just about anywhere.  Price:  $5 

CANVAS SHOPPING BAG - CRAZY CRATE JP39 CANVAS SHOPPING BAG 3:  THE TRACK:  FAMILY RECREATION CENTER.  RACE TO READ AT THE SEVIER COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY.  This sturdy 15 inch by 15 inch canvas bag was used for knick-knacks and handouts at a genealogical conference held at Pigeon Forge, Tennessee about six years ago.  [Note: It has two small light brown stains near the top.]  The printing is in dark blue.  The opposite side of the bag is blank.  Price:  $4 

CANVAS SHOPPING BAG CRAZY CRATE JP39 CANVAS SHOPPING BAG 4:  INDIANA LIBRARY FEDERATION.  This sturdy 14 inch by 14 inch canvas bag was used at a recent conference of the Indiana Library Federation held in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Librarians love to jam these bags with freebies.  One side says “Indiana Library Federation” in dark blue underlined letters and the other side says “Emery-Pratt.  The Nicest People in the Book Business. Library Book Distributor”, and their website in white printing with a dark blue background.  Price:  $5

IN – GOSHEN COLLEGE YEARBOOK - CRAZY CRATE JP40:  BOOK 6: GOSHEN COLLEGE MAPLE LEAF, 1983.   Goshen, In:  Goshen College. 1983.  176 pages.  Hardcover. This book contains nearly 1,000 photographs covering sports, departments, activities, administration, faculty and students.  The names and city of each of the students in all four undergraduate years is listed along with photographs of each student. The five-page index lists nearly 1,000 names.  Price:  $15 

IN - SAINT MARY’S COLLEGE HISTORY - CRAZY CRATE JP40 BOOK 7: A PANORAMA: 1844 - 1977.  SAINT MARY'S COLLEGE, NOTRE DAME, INDIANA.  By Sister Mary Immaculate, C. S. C.  (Helen Creek).  Saint Mary's College.  1977. 301 pages.  Hardcover.  Sister Mary Immaculate attended St. Mary's College as a student in the class of 1930, entered the novitiate of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Cross before taking a degree, and a few years later received a B. A. in English from St. Mary's.  With only a few interruptions she taught at St. Mary's for more than thirty years.  This book covers the early history of the Holy Cross Order in France, the move to Bertrand, Michigan, and then to Notre Dame, Indiana, and the slow growth into a major college.  Discusses the transition into the turbulent 1960's and 1970's, the change in the college's publications, the first Priest-President of the college, and much more.   Price:  $10 

IN – BIBLIOGRAPHY OF WRITINGS ON INDIANA CRAZY CRATE JP40 BOOK 8: STUDIES ON INDIANA:  A BIBLIOGRAPHY OF THESES AND DISSERTATIONS SUBMITTED TO INDIANA INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION FOR ADVANCED DEGREES, 1902 - 1977.  Indianapolis:  Indiana Historical Bureau.  1980.  377 pages. Softcover.  This book is an excellent source for researchers looking for lost gems on Indiana history.  Many of the theses and dissertations have never been published for commercial purposes, so their significance is often overlooked.  In no other writings has the state of Indiana been studied in such detail as in the theses and dissertations submitted to Indiana institutions of higher education.  Each Indiana institution was visited if it had a graduate program requiring a thesis or dissertation.  2,727 dissertation entries are broken down into an alphabetical list of ninety subject categories based upon the system used by Dissertation Abstracts International.  Civil War, ethnic groups, cities, counties, migrations and much more are included in the dissertations.  The entry includes the name of the author, the title, the name of the educational institution, the degree for which the dissertation was written, the date and number of pages.   The 32-page author index contains nearly 2,400 names.  The 16-page Name and Subject Index covers nearly 1,000 entries.   Price:  $12 

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MS – RIVER TRIP – LA SALLE - CRAZY CRATE JP43 BOOK 5: RIVER OF FORGOTTEN DAYS.  A JOURNEY DOWN THE MISSISSIPPI IN SEARCH OF LA SALLE.  By Daniel Spurr.  New York:  Henry Holt and Co.  1998.  272 pages.  Hardcover.  [Note: This is a used book.  There is an inscription on the inside front fly leaf:  “To Gery from Donna, Ray, Amanda and Sarah.”]  In 1682 the French explorer Robert de La Salle became the first European to journey from the Great Lakes down the Illinois and Mississippi rivers to the Gulf of Mexico.  There at the delta, he claimed for France the vast heartland of America.  With the passage of time, the Mississippi River has become a central part of the American psyche, a running theme in our history and folklore.  Long fascinated by the enigmatic la Salle and eager to expose his young son, Steven, to the country beyond his fast food and video games, Daniel Spurr - well known to cruising sailors as a writer and editor - now sets off in the rundown and underpowered Pearl to trace La Salle’s route.  From the upper Midwest, where seemingly every town has a street or park named after La Salle, they head downriver to New Orleans and beyond.  What follows is a journey of remembrance and awakening, a juxtaposition of the nation that has grown up along the banks of the Mississippi and the untamed wilderness of La Salle’s time - a ‘pre-America”, that is revealed by the journals and documents of La Salle and his contemporaries.  As Spurr, his son, and grown daughter encounter the people and culture of the region and imagine its history, he illuminates the changes that the landscape and its denizens have undergone.   Here is an author with the rare ability to weave together history, folklore, deeply felt personal memoirs, and the keenest of cultural observations into a work of singular grace and depth.  Over twenty photographs, maps and illustrations enhance the text.  The fourteen-page index covers over 800 entries.  Price:  $12 

COAST GUARD’S FIRST COMMODORE ELLSWORTH P. BERTHOL - CRAZY CRATE JP43 BOOK 6: COMMODORE ELLSWORTH P. BERTHOL.  FIRST COMMANDANT OF THE COAST GUARD.  By C. Douglas Kroll.  Annapolis, MD:  Naval Institute Press.  2002 . First printing.  160 pages.  Hardcover.  When young Ellsworth P. Bertholf was court-martialed and dismissed from the Naval Academy for a hazing incident in 1883, no one could have predicted his future greatness.  Undaunted by the experience, Bertholf pursued a career in the U. S. Revenue Cutter Service, earning a special gold medal from Congress in 1902 for his role in a dramatic relief expedition in Alaska to rescue trapped whalers.  By 1915 he had bypassed twenty-two officers senior to him to become the first commandant of the U. S. Coast Guard and went on to successfully steer his fledgling service through the trials of World War I.  This biography of the man known as “the Savior of the Coast Guard” offers a revealing portrait not only of Bertholf, but also of the last years of the Revenue Cutter and Life-Saving services and the formative years of the Coast Guard.  This book chronicles Bertholf’s colorful early career with the service when he patrolled the vast reaches of the Pacific, enforced maritime laws regulating the fishing, sealing, and whaling industries, participated in daring rescues, and transported Siberian reindeer from Russia to sustain the starving Inuits in Alaska. This work also describes Bertholf’s service as the last commandant of the Revenue Cutter Service, his contributions during the transition period to the Coast Guard, and his efforts to preserve the Coast Guard’s separate existence before and after World War I.  Thirteen photographs and illustrations enhance the text.  The six-page index covers over 300 entries.  Price:  $10 

MILITARY - COAST GUARD GROWS - CRAZY CRATE JP43 BOOK 7: THE COAST GUARD EXPANDS, 1865 - 1915.  NEW ROLES, NEW FRONTIERS.  By Irving H. King.  Annapolis, MD:  Naval Institute Press.  1996.  First printing.  293 pages.  Hardcover.  This book covers the story of the United States Coast Guard (then known as the Revenue Cutter Service) from 1865 to 1915 when Congress united it with the U. S. Life-Saving Service to create the U. S. Coast Guard.  The book emphasizes the dual character of the service: an adjunct to the naval establishment and a servant that met U. S. maritime needs.  In the former capacity, the Revenue Cutter Service fought alongside the U. S. Navy during the Spanish-American War.  In the latter, it took on the character of a humanitarian service during the years of expansion into new frontiers that included Alaska, where it rescued whalers trapped in the ice, saved native Alaskans from starvation, and went to the aid of fur seals threatened with extinction.  It also began operating an international ice patrol, assisted victims of the San Francisco earthquake, helped prevent the spread of yellow fever in the Gulf of Mexico, and provided medical care to deep-sea fishermen.  Sumner Kimball, who served as head of both the Life-Saving Service and the Revenue Cutter Service, eliminated political patronage in the organizations; thus setting a precedent for the nation to follow.  His leadership enabled the Life-Saving Service to become the best organization of its kind in the world and the Revenue Cutter Service to establish an academy where capable young men trained for a life of duty.  The chapter on the academy sheds new light on the service’s development, and the work as a whole presents new interpretations of the service’s history and its struggle to survive.  This volume is founded extensively on primary source materials, particularly public records of the relevant government agencies and cruise reports of the cutters.  36 photographs enhance the text. The eleven-page index covers over 500 entries.  Price:  $10 

BASEBALL – NEW YORK METS PHOTOGRAPHS- CRAZY CRATE JP 44 BOOK 1:  THE NEW YORK METS:  A PHOTOGRAPHIC HISTORY.  PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE LENS OF GEORGE KALINSKY, SPECIAL PHOTOGRAPHER TO THE NEW YORK METS AND OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPHER OF MADISON SQUARE GARDEN.  Text by Jon Scher.  Introduction by Governor Mario Cuomo.  New York:  MacMillan.  1995.  227 pages.  Hardcover.  From the lens of George Kalinsky comes this lavish look at the history of the New York Mets - from the team's first day on the field in 1962 up to the 1995 season. Over 250 stunning photographs capture the drama of this beloved team.  From the diamond to the locker room, pictures of players, coaches and managers make this photographic journey one that will be turned to fondly time and time again.  Casey Stengel, Yogi Berra, Tom Seaver, Tug McGraw, Willie Mays, Mookie Wilson, Dwight Gooden, Daryl Strawberry, Keith Hernandez, Gary Carter, Bobby Bonilla and the many, many others who have found their way into the history and lore of the Mets club are recorded here in a dramatic style. With Stadium Shots, Official Score Book covers, Mets memorabilia and more, Kalinsky has fashioned this volume into what is an extraordinary compilation of the baseball experience.  This book was originally published at $40.00, so our price is a great bargain for any Mets fan.  PRICE:  $20.00

WEST POINT’S HISTORY - CRAZY CRATE JP 44 BOOK 3:  WEST POINT.  THE FIRST 200 YEARS.  This Book is the Companion Volume to the PBS Television Special.  By John Grant, James M. Lynch, and Ronald H. Bailey.  Foreward by Buz Aldrin.  Guilford, CT:  The Globe Pequot Press.  2002.  191 pages.  Hardcover.  Established by the founding fathers of a fledgling democratic nation, the United States Military Academy has, in 200 years, trained the leaders of American land forces in every major battle from the Civil War to Afghanistan, instilling in them the creed that has become part of the American cultural fabric - duty, honor, country.  This book is a celebration in words and picture of the venerable military academy's remarkable role in our nation's history.  Published to coincide with the Academy's bicentennial, this lavish commemorative book tells the story of West Point, from its awkward beginnings to the divisiveness of the Civil War through the social challenges of the modern era - including the admission of the first African American and female cadets and the backlash of The Vietnam War.   Woven into the fabric of this extra-ordinary history are the stories and images of the larger-than-life characters that people the Academy's past:  Robert E. Lee, Ulysses S. Grant, Douglas MacArthur and H. Norman Schwarzkopf to name just a few.  Stunning full-color photographs of the campus as it looks today; archival images of the Academy; and photos of artifacts and memorabilia from the West Point Museum's collections are featured throughout the pages of this beautiful volume.   PRICE:  $20.00

MI – BASEBALL TOWNS - CRAZY CRATE JP 44 BOOK 6:  MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL TOWNS OF MICHIGAN.  ADRIAL TO YPSILANTI.  THE TEAMS AND THE BALLPARKS OF THE WOLVERINE STATE FROM THE 1880'S TO THE PRESENT.  By Marc Okkonen.  Holt, MI:  Thunder Bay Press.  1997.  186 pages.  Softcover.  This book is as good as new. NOTE: The binding is tight and the pages are clean.]  This book provides team histories, rare photographs, and location maps for all of the Michigan communities which participated in professional baseball leagues dating back to the 1880s.  This book provides stories on the baseball heroes, pioneers and parks.    PRICE:  $16.95

U.S. SOUTHWEST AREA - CRAZY CRATE JP 44 BOOK 10:  THE GREAT SOUTHWEST.  Text by Mary Dos-Baba.  New York:  Crescent Books.   1985.  127 pages.  Hardcover.  [NOTE:  the upper right hand corner of the front of the dust jacket has a tear.  But the rest of the book looks like it was just published.]  The word "desert" usually conjures up an image of vast stretches of wind-rippled sand, a place where no life exists.  The deserts of the American Southwest and the indescribably beautiful Grand Canyon surely render such an image completely false.  As demonstrated by the contemporary photographs in this collection, these deserts are very special places indeed.  Great cities thrive in their midst; wildlife and plant life abounds.  It is an area that has supported human life for thousands of years and has stayed virtually unchanged through all of them.  The Grand Canyon, itself an unforgettable experience, often seems the most unchanged spot on earth, yet much of the change of millions of years is recorded on its walls.  The experience of the American Southwest, from the quiet beauty of the Grand Canyon to the garish lights of Las Vegas, is captured here for those who have already discovered the things there are to love about the American desert and for those who are making the pleasurable discovery for the first time. This is a beautiful book, with over 100 color photographs.  There are captions for a few of the photographs, but most don't need any explanations at all.  PRICE:  $10.00

THE IRISH [IN INDIANA] - CRAZY CRATE JP 44 BOOK 12:  THE IRISH.  By William W. Giffin.  Indianapolis:  Indiana Historical Society Press.    2006.  127 pages.  Softcover.  (Volume 1 of the Peopling of Indiana series).  The history of the Irish in Indiana is intricately woven into the fabric of the state's history.  The Irish first arrived in Indiana along with the fur traders in the 1700s.  In the 1800s many Irish immigrants struggled to create new lives as they built Indiana's early canals, roads, and railroads.  As Indiana progressed, so did the Irish. Today, Hoosiers of Irish origin can be found in all facets of Indiana society from business and medicine to law and politics.  From humble beginnings, Indiana's Irish have become an integral part of the state's tapestry while continuing to celebrate their Celtic past.  Nearly 30 photographs and illustrations enhance the text.  PRICE:  $13.95

CA – ANCSTOR CHARTS OF MEMBERS - CRAZY CRATE JP 44 BOOK 14:  FAMILY FINDER CHARTS.  VOLUME 3.  December 1991.  Yucaipa Valley Genealogical Society. 176 pages plus a ten-page index.  Loose leaf with holes for a three-ring binder.  This volume is a compilation of the pedigree charts of selected members of the Yucaipa Valley Genealogical Society (in Yucaipa, California).  The charts were compiled by the members, from their own research, and should be taken as such.  Addresses for members are shown. The ten-page index contains over 750 surnames.  The most common surnames are Batchelder, Blakesley, Brown, Dearborn, Green/Greene, Moulton, Sanborn, Smith, Taylor, and Wright.  PRICE:  $10.00


Des Moines:  Iowa Genealogical Society.  2 volumes.  (Volume 1: 347 pages.  Volume 2:  475 pages.) Softcover.  The indexes are designed to help individual members find others in the society who are working on the same family lines; to provide reference sources not easily found and to publish a surname index from names submitted by the members.  21,000 surnames are listed in Volume 1,  and Volume 2 contains more than 25,000 surnames.  Information includes the name of the head of the household, the birth, death and marriage dates as well as the name of the spouse.  Price:  $40.00 for the set.



York:  McGraw-Hill.  1963.  424 pages.  Hardcover.  [Note:  ex-library copy with possession stamp, labels, etc.]  This book tells of the exciting beginnings of the Oregon Trail and its several branches through Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, Montana, Idaho and Oregon.  But it was not a trail that was developed overnight.  It came about as part of the search for the fabled Northwest Passage to the Pacific Ocean and the expeditions of Lewis and Clark, John Colter, Ramsey Crooks and other traders and trappers.  Price: $7.50



JP 45  BOOK 3: A NORTHERN BOYHOOD.  By Ralph Casperson. Niles, MI: Ralph A. Casperson Books.  1993.  500 pages.  Hardcover. The

author discusses his daily experiences growing up in Ashland, Wisconsin, and observations of the growing up of others in Ashland.  Provides information on relatives, friends, and most of both the good and the bad times.  Price:  $21.95


IN – ST. JOSEPH RIVER - CRAZY CRATE JP46  BOOK 2:  MAP GUIDE TO FISHING THE ST. JOSEPH RIVER.  La Porte, IN:  Bright Spot Maps.  1990.  112 pages .  Softcover.  The St. Joseph River begins near Colon, Michigan, winds slowly southwestward into Elkhart and St. Joseph Counties, then - with a sharp curve in South Bend, Indiana, proceeds northward into Berrien County, Michigan, where it empties into Lake Michigan at St. Joseph.  Part of the natural beauty of the St Joseph River is its abundance of fish and wildlife.  Like all natural resources, the St. Joe has its limits.  It is highly recognized as a trout and salmon fishery and has become notable for walleye.  These are manmade fisheries.  On the contrary, the bass fishery is a natural one and therefore is quite vulnerable to fishing pressure. The bass fishing on many stretches of the St. Joe is excellent.   This book identifies 15 varieties of fish which may be found in the river.  The book is not intended to be used as navigation maps- no depths are shown.  They are not intended to determine boat clearance or safe operation.  55 two-page maps provide continuous coverage of the river, showing tributaries, dams, boat landings,  access roads, parks, bridges, cemeteries, and other important features.  Nearly every page has an advertisement from a local sports shop.  Price:  $10.00


IN - A WOMAN WRITER – JULIET v. Strauss -  CRAZY CRATE JP 46 BOOK 12:   THE COUNTRY CONTRIBUTOR.  THE LIFE AND TIMES OF JULIET V. STRAUSS.  By E. Boomhower.    Carmel, IN:  Guild Press of Indiana.  1998.  160 pages.  Hardcover.  Rockville, Indiana, was a somnolent farmer's town in the 1890s.  It was not without culture:  like most Midwestern villages it had its literary clubs, a lyceum, and an academy-like education for both young men and women.  Juliet Strauss was a product of the expanding educational opportunities and opening employment market for women in the last decade of the century in Indiana, and she rose to be one of the state's leading literary figures in the decades that followed.  First helping her husband Isaac manage the Rockville Tribune, she began contributing to the Indianapolis News columns under the name of "the Country Contributor."  Eventually writing a monthly column for the Ladies' Home Journal- The Ideas of a Plain Country Woman" - Strauss became one of the best-read and best-loved periodical writers in America.   Her road was not easy.  Spurned by the socially elite, small-town pacesetters in her home town as too intellectual and, as she contended, because her family was poor, she wrote alone while fulfilling the duties of homemaker, wife, and mother to two daughters.   A friend of James Whitcomb Riley and other literary lights of the golden age of Indiana literature, Strauss herself shone as a rather sentimental but precise stylist chronicling the daily events of country life:  the joys and satisfactions of tending a lovely garden, preparing food with flair and "good taste," and caring for home and loved ones with dignity and self-sacrifice. The story of her life is the often poignant tale of a talented and sensitive woman living a life and building a writing career in a time, and in a town, which did not quite understand her.  Price:  $10.95.


IN – A WOMAN WRITES – EMMA MALLOY -  CRAZY CRATE JP 46 BOOK 13: EMMA SPEAKS OUT: LIFE AND WRITINGS OF EMMA MOLLOY (1839-1907). By Martha Pickrell. Carmel, IN: Guild Press of Indiana. 1999. 162 p. Hardcover. Includes index.   Emma was many things but she was never a wallflower. Breaking away from the grip of her alcoholic husband, Emma forged a life for herself that included being one of Indiana's earliest pioneering women newspaper editors, a prohibitionist, a woman's rights champion, and an evangelist. She managed to survive two more marriages, the death of her son, and several love affairs, all the time focusing on women's welfare. She was one of America's most influential people during her lifetime, but her life and works have been overlooked until now.  Price: $14.95.


IN – A WOMAN WRITES – MAY WRIGHT SEWALL - CRAZY CRATE JP46:  BOOK 14: BUT I DO CLAMOR.  MAY WRIGHT SEWALL, A LIFE, 1844 - 1920.  By Ray E. Boomhower.  Zionsville, IN:  Guild Press of Indiana.  2001.  199 pages.  Hardcover.  May Wright Sewall was one of a rare breed of talented individuals able to make unique contributions to American society in numerous fields:  education, civic improvement, women's rights, and pacifism.  Born in 1844 during an era when women were first making inroads into higher education, she was well educated in the classical tradition.  From modest beginnings as a teacher in a one-room Wisconsin school, she became one of the leading citizens of Indianapolis and the founder - with her husband, Theodore- of the Girls' Classical School.   Possessing formidable organizational skills, Sewall helped found many of Indianapolis's enduring organizations:  the Indianapolis Women's Club, the Art Association of Indianapolis, the Indianapolis Propylaeum, and the Contemporary club.  Sewall also worked tirelessly on behalf of rights for women in the United States - and around the world - during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.  She served as an invaluable ally to such national suffrage leaders as Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and gave the women's movement an international focus through her pioneering involvement with the International Council of  Women and the American Council of Women.  Six photographs enhance the text.  Price $10.95

US - NEVADA -  HISTORY - PAIUTE INDIAN WAR OF 1860:  CRAZY CRATE JP 47  BOOK 7:  SAND IN A WHIRLWIND.  THE PAIUTE INDIAN WAR OF 1860.  By Ferol Egana.  New York:  Doubleday and Co., Inc. 316 pages.  Hardcover.  [Note:  ex library copy with library stamps, check-out pocket, etc.]   Few Americans know about the Indian wars which America lost, those struggles in which white settlers were forced to retreat by superior Indian force.  This book is the story of one such Indian victory, in the Nevada desert near Pyramid Lake in 1860, a victory in which the Paiute tribe successfully defended themselves against a series of atrocities and attacks by white men.  At the center of the narrative stands Chief Numaga - the Paiute leader - a man of peace who fasted for days to persuade his people away from war, yet went on to lead them in a brilliant series of victories over miners, settlers, and eventually the United States Cavalry.  Only at Little Big Horn did Indian warriors shed more white blood than in Numaga's greatest triumph.  The author writes with sympathy for the sincere leaders on both sides, showing how panic and foolish men spread terror throughout the far West during the Paiute War and placing this brief but bloody conflict in a new perspective:  a heroic triumph in the Indians' foredoomed defense of their lands and their lives against the land-hungry whites.  27 photographs enhance the text.  The six-page index covers over 200 entries.  Price:  $5.00


OHIO - AUDITOR'S REPORT 1940:  CRAZY CRATE JP 47  BOOK 8: ANNUAL REPORT OF THE AUDITOR OF STATE TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY AND THE TAXPAYERS OF THE STATE OF OHIO.  FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING DECEMBER 31, 1940.  Columbus:  F. J. Heer Printing Company.  1941, 430 pages.  Hardcover. Everything you ever wanted to know about the sources of Ohio's taxes in 1940 and where the money was spent.  Information includes state offices and departments, farms, hospitals, payments to counties, amounts paid for soldiers' claims from the Civil War through World War I, gasoline tax distribution to communities, and much more.  Price: $5.00


BIOGRAPHY - INDIANA - WALTER HENDRICKSON:  CRAZY CRATE JP 47  BOOK 9:  THE INDIANA YEARS, 1903 - 1941.  By Walter B. Hendrickson.  Indianapolis:  Indiana Historical Society. 1983.  260 pages.  Softcover.  (Indiana Historical Society Publications Volume 26 No. 3).  Walter Hendrickson was born in Indianapolis on September 24, 1903.  He was the elder son of Edward Grey Hendrickson and Margaret Short.  A brief family history of the Hendrickson and Short families is given in the introduction.  Walter's father became ill in 1914 and died in 1915, leaving Walter and his mother to provide for the family.  After attending high school and college, Walter held several jobs including one as a floor walker at L. S. Ayres & Company, a major Indianapolis retail store.  The Depression caused financial difficulties and Walter decided to change careers.  In 1932 he began taking graduate courses in history and by 1936 had completed his M. A. Degree.  He then went to Harvard for his Ph. D. in history and was hired to teach at MacMurray College for Women in Jacksonville, Illinois.  He taught there until he retired in 1968.   This book is a meticulous recreation of the routines of daily life in the early decades of the 20th century while Walter lived in Indianapolis.  It is a vivid exercise in nostalgia,  recalling the various house moves which his family made, aunts, uncles and other relatives and friends, points of interest in the various neighborhoods where he lived, changes in transportation, sports, and business practices, high school and college and meeting his wife, and much more.  Thirty photographs accompany the text.  Price:  $5.00


BIOGRAPHY - INDIANA - CLAUDE BOWERS:  CRAZY CRATE JP 47  BOOK 10: INDIANAPOLIS  IN THE "GAY NINETIES".  HIGH SCHOOL DIARIES OF CLAUDE B.  BOWERS.  Edited by Holman Hamilton and Gayle Thornbrough.  Published in 1964.  241 pages.  Softcover.   Claude Bowers was an editor, politician, historian, and diplomat, and one of the most prominent and influential Hoosiers for most of the 20th century.  He was born in 1878 in Hamilton County, Indiana.  Through a series of tragic deaths, Claude and his mother were forced to find employment in Indianapolis, where Claude went to high school while his mother made dresses to support the family.  While in high school, Bowers participated in "The High School Senate", part of the civil government and political economy curriculum.  It was in the "Senate" that he learned his oratory style and found his love of politics, which eventually took him to the United States Senate and the Ambassadorship to Spain.  The sixteen-page index covers over 900 entries.  Price:  $5.00


BIOGRAPHY - CORRESPONDENCE BADOLLET & GALLATIN:  CRAZY CRATE JP 47  BOOK 11:  THE CORRESPONDENCE OF JOHN BADOLLET AND ALBERT GALLATIN, 1804 - 1836.  Edited by Gayle Thornbrough.  Indianapolis:  Indiana Historical Society.  1963.  372 pages.  Softcover.   Both Gallatin and Badollet were boyhood friends from Geneva, Switzerland.  Like many others, they sought a new life in America.  Gallatin settled in Fayette County, Pennsylvania, and  became active in political affairs, resulting in a career that covered the Pennsylvania Assembly, the United States Congress, Secretary of the Treasury (1801 - 1813), Peace Commissioner following the War of 1812, and as minister to France and Great Britain.  Badollet joined his friend in Pennsylvania then settled on a farm and was active in local politics for many years.  In 1804, as Secretary of the Treasury, Gallatin appointed Badollet as register of  the newly created land office in Vincennes, Indiana.  Badollet's long detailed letters to Gallatin provide a remarkable source for early Indiana history in the territorial period.  He was a member of the Indiana Constitutional Convention in 1816, authored the article on Indiana education in the first constitution, and was influential in establishing Vincennes University.  He remained as the Register at the Land Office until January, 1836, and his letters show his opposition to slavery (which incurred the wrath of William Henry Harrison), concern for Indian affairs (including a letter defending the Prophet and Tecumseh as "a set of orderly, sober and industrious men whom we have driven to despair."), and much more.  Price:  $7.50


INDIANA - POLITICAL BIOGRAPHY - HENRY F. SCHRICKER:  CRAZY CRATE JP 47  BOOK 12:   THE WHITE HAT.  Henry Frederick Schricker:  A Political Biography.  By Charles Francis Fleming.  No place of publication.  No publisher.  1966.  145 pages.  Softcover.  [Note: There is slight wear along the spine.]  Schricker was Governor of Indiana for two terms (1940 and 1948).  There is a brief background on political parties in Indiana, the arrival of the Schricker family in Indiana in the 1860's, background information on the Schricker family, early childhood of Henry Schricker, and his interest in politics. Henry began his successful career in politics in 1932, just as the Great Depression hit Indiana with full force.  Hoosier voters, angry at the economic situation elected 25 Democratic State Senators in the November elections. Among the legislation which he proposed was the creation of the Indiana State Police Department.  His pro-labor attitude helped labor unions work diligently for his election as Lieutenant Governor in 1936.  Schricker was a popular Lieutenant Governor.  In the 1940 election, Wendell Willkie ran for the Presidency and captured Indiana's electoral votes, voting in an almost all Republican Indiana legislature and government. 

Schricker had run for the governorship and was the only Democrat elected to office.  He worked harmoniously with the Republican government.  He ran for the U. S. Senate in 1944, but lost.  He won re-election to the governorship in 1948.   Price:  $7.00


CRAZY CRATE JP 48  BOOK 2:  THE NATURE OF JACKSONIAN AMERICA.  Edited by Douglas T. Miller.  New York:  John Wiley and Sons, Inc.  1972.  152 pages.  Hardcover.  Note:  ex-library copy, with bar codes, library stamps, check-out pocket, etc.  The binding is tight and the pages are clean.  This book is part of a series designed to introduce history to serious readers and show students how experienced historians read and reason.  For more than a century, historians have considered the second quarter of the nineteenth century to be of fundamental importance in the development of the American nation.  When they have set out to define precisely what makes this period important, however, historians have not always agreed.  Traditionally, the preeminence of the era was seen as resulting from its political developments.  However some historians have questioned nearly every aspect of the traditional interpretation, including the sudden flowering of democracy in the late 1820s and 1830s, saying that the middle-class democratic society of the common man was never submerged and so did not dramatically reemerge as Jacksonian Democracy.  While other historians have begun to argue that political, social, and economic equality was more rhetorical than real, and that the economic developments of the time helped to create sharper social stratifications.  The Jacksonian generation witnessed the transformation of the United States from a traditional, pre-industrial society, which was slow to accept innovations, to a modern capitalistic nation in which people believe that society could be transformed.  The revolution in industry and transportation as well as the moral psychological, ideological and political changes in the period from the 1820s to the 1840s made this age a modern one. The book breaks down the era into three major areas:)  A Time of Change, 2) An Age of Anxieties, and 3) Politics and Reform, providing 20 chapters of well thought-out reflections by various historians.    Price:  $7.50  


MILITARY - WWII- CRAZY CRATE JP 48  BOOK 4:  THE DAY THE WAR ENDED.  May 8, 1945.  VICTORY IN EUROPE.  By Martin Gilbert.  New York:  Henry Holt and Company.  1995.    473 pages.  Hardcover.  May 8, 1945, 23:30 hours:  With war still raging in the Pacific, peace comes at last in Europe, as, one half hour before midnight, the German High Command in Berlin signs the final instrument of surrender.  After five years and eight months, the war in Europe is officially over.  If you were in Paris, it had ended nine months before, and if you were in Belsen or Dachau Concentration Camps [Pat has been there!] it ended with the arrival of British and American tanks in April.  If you were serving in the Pacific, that war would not end until August. This is the story of that single day fifty years ago and of the days leading to it.  Hour by hour, place by place, it recounts the final spasms of a continent in turmoil.  Here are the stories of combat soldiers and ordinary civilians, collaborators and resistance fighters, statesmen and war criminals.  Here are the victorious, the defeated, the liberated, and the long-subjugated.  As with everything else he writes, Martin Gilbert chronicles the personal stories as well as the public events, all in vivid, dramatic detail.  Stretching across the face of Europe and into Asia, encompassing the United States, Australia, and the Pacific, this book brings alive the last moments in this all-consuming conflict.   Over 60 maps and illustrations enhance the text.  The thirty-eight page index covers over 3,000 entries.  Price:  $15.00


CRAZY CRATE JP 48  BOOK 5:  THE CHINA TRADE.  EXPORT PAINTS, FURNITURE, SILVER AND OTHER OBJECTS.  By Carl L. Crossman.  Princeton:  The Pyne Press.  1972.  2nd printing,   1973.  275 pages.  Hardcover.  Note:  The dust jacket is torn at the bottom, the top and the spine.  The binding is tight and the pages are clean.  Decorative and useful wares from the Orient have fascinated generations of Americans.  Objects made in Chinese and Western styles filled out the cargoes of tea, silks and chinaware which began reaching the United States on American ships after the Revolutionary War.  The luxurious furnishings, fine paintings of ships and ports, and delicate accessories were the truly valuable, lasting prizes of long, arduous voyages.  By the early 1800s, in the words of Samuel Eliot Morison, "Boston was the Spain, Salem the Portugal, in the race for Oriental opulence."  Great merchant families from these port cities, such as the Crowningshields and the Forges, established the most important trading companies, virtual dynasties which rivaled those of the Chinese Hong merchants of Canton with whom they dealt.  The rich inheritance of the last years of the eighteenth and early decades of the nineteenth century is expertly discussed and illustrated. This volume is devoted to all categories of fine objects made for export, except that of porcelain.  A most important section of the present volume presents the early portrait, port and ship painters.  The first group of Chinese artists painting in the Western manner for American and European clients has never been clearly identified or accounted for.  According to Mr. Crossman, "A great deal of new material has been unearthed and is here presented, with period references and some accounts."  This book is superb visual history.  The 40 full color and 188 black and white illustrations with additional marginal glossies document one of the most exciting and colorful chapters in the American chronicle of foreign trade.  Price:  $15.00


NEW ENGLAND – HOME INTERIORS - CRAZY CRATE JP 48  BOOK 8:  BEYOND NEW ENGLAND THRESHOLDS.  Photographs and Comments by Samuel Chamberlain.  New York:  Hastings House.  1937.  95 pages.  Hardcover.  Note:  ex-library copy with bar code, labels, call numbers, etc.  The binding is tight and the pages are clean.  This book aspires to sketch the absorbing story of early American home interiors by means of the photographic image.  Presented in historical sequence, these views become more than a pictorial record; they unfold a many-sided romance of Colonial life itself.  Between the advent of the first settlers in the early 17th century and the era of great merchant prosperity in the early 19th century is a period of great development.  The home of the hardy, resourceful pioneer, at first a close copy of the provincial manor house he had known in England, soon took on added comfort, and later, sophistication.  The plan of the house, which centered at first around one huge chimney stack, became more open, resulting in the ample, central hall plan of later mansions.  Fireplaces, instead of being the kitchen strongholds of courageous housewives, became a part of finely paneled walls, and later developed into cameo-like mantels of exquisite grace.  Wall covering progressed from broad strips of hand-hewn pine sheeting to hand-blocked picture wall papers imported from France.  Furniture underwent a noteworthy evolution from Carver to Chippendale.  This book portrays these transitions from Pioneer Days through much of the Federal Period.  It presents not only a story of American home building, but a moving cross-section of American history, taste and manners.  Small captions discuss nearly 200 photographs.   Price:  $10.00


CIVIL WAR – BEGINNINGS - CRAZY CRATE JP 48  BOOK 9:  THE COMING FURY:  (The Centennial History of the Civil War, Volume 1).  By Bruce Catton.   Hardcover.  Book of the Month Club Selection.  In words that weave history into art, Bruce Catton has created a book that is at once a broad canvas and a revealing close-up.  This book is conceived as the classic tragedy.  Through these pages move the men who guided - and who followed - the nation toward conflict:  the extremists, the moderates, and those men, great and small, caught in between.  Opening with the Democratic Convention - Charleston, April, 1860 - where an almost festive atmosphere prevailed, it closes with a nation torn asunder by the first Battle of Bull Run.  The sixteen-page index covers nearly 1,600 entries.  Price:  $7.50


CIVIL WAR - CRAZY CRATE JP 48  BOOK 11:  STATESMEN AND SOLDIERS OF THE CIVIL WAR.  A STUDY OF THE CONDUCT OF WAR.  by Major General Sir Frederick Maurice.  Boston:  Little, Brown, and Co.  1926.  Published November, 1926.  173 pages. Hardcover. Note:  ex-library copy with labels, bar codes, call numbers, check-out pocket, etc.  The binding is tight and the pages are clean, but I don't think the cover is the original cover.   These studies of the relations which existed between statesmen and soldiers during the course of a prolonged war were delivered as the Lees-Knowles Lectures for 1925 - 1926 at Trinity College, Cambridge.  The author's experience during the Great War had brought him to realize that armies organize for war but that governments had not normally organized for war.  He studied the American Civil War and, in the light of his own experiences in the Great War, he came to believe that if Great Britain had organized for war in the same manner that Lincoln had organized his Cabinet and formed his relations with McClellan and Grant, then England would have saved itself several painful lessons in government administration.  Five chapters cover his studies:  Jefferson Davis and J. E. Johnston, Jefferson Davis and Lee, Abraham Lincoln and McClellan, Abraham Lincoln and Grant, and a System for the Conduct of War.  The five-page index covers over 250 entries.  Price:   $5.00  


CRAZY CRATE JP 49  BOOK 4:   WHO'S WHO IN WORLD JEWRY.  A BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY OF OUTSTANDING JEWS.  JI. J. Carmin Karpman, Chief Editor.  New York:  Pitman Publishing Corp., Inc.  1972.  999 pages.  hardcover.  Note:  the binding is tight and the pages are clean but the edges of the book are worn. This 1972 edition has been prepared to succeed the first two editions published in 1955 and 1965.    It is intended to fill the need for an authoritative record of notable Jews.  A growing closeness between Diaspora and Israeli Jews is reflected in this new third edition.   An enormous amount of time and effort went into the compilation of this book.  The personalities included were selected on the basis of their influence, positions and accomplishments, and the data used was supplied by them.  Many people who should have been included have not been, simply because in many cases, we received no data from them.   This work includes some 10,000 biographies.  The bulk of the subjects naturally come from the two major free centers of Jewish life today:  Israel and the United States.  There are also persons included from almost every country where Jews live, with notable exceptions: The Soviet Union and the Arab countries.  Each biography starts with the subject's name, country of residence, occupation, place and date of birth, parents' names, with mother's maiden name in parentheses, followed by the father's last name, if it is different than that of the subject.  Length of time in country of residence is indicated in cases of immigration.  Higher education including honorary degrees, and the names of wife and children follow.   The second sentence begins with the subject's present position, followed by his previous positions, usually in chronological order. Then come the principal contributions, such as authorship, discoveries, patents or international and communal achievements.  Indicated next are military, civic, and social activities.  Books and other writings by the subject are recorded. Following is a listing of awards and honors he, or she, received.  Hobbies or special interests follow:  Finally the subject's home and office addresses are given as authorized to appear in the biographies.   Price:  $15.00 


CRAZY CRATE JP 49  BOOK 13:  FAMILY ASSOCIATIONS SOCIETIES and REUNIONS, 1992 - 93 edition. Compiled by Walter (Ray) Gooldy, Indianapolis:  Ye Olde Genealogie Shoppe.  1993.  95 pages.  Softcover. This book contains two sections.  The first section contains nearly 3,200 names and addresses of family organizations and their contact persons.  The second section lists abut 1,200 variant spellings and allied family names with references to a listing in the first section.  

If you never knew that someone had already done some work on your family surname, you might not know to ask the librarian if they had any copies of it in their collection!   Price:  $8.00


ENGLAND – world war i - Crazy Crate JP 50 Book 1:  POLITICIANS AND THE WAR, 1914 - 1916.  By. The Rt. Hon. Lord Beaverbrook.  London:  Oldbourne Book Co. Ltd.  1960.  556 pages.  Hardcover.  Note:  ex-library copy with bar code, label, check-out pocket, etc.  The binding is tight and the pages are clean.  This book is a reprint of two volumes published many years ago.  It is an account of politics and politicians in the First World War.  It is not a “political history”  but an accurate record of the events attending the reorganization of the Liberal Administration of 1915 and the formation of the First War Government drawn from all three political parties.  The fall of Prime Minister Asquith and his Coalition Government in 1916, and the rise of Lloyd George to power and fame, are all recorded in detail.  52 chapters cover the two-year period with information on Churchill, Dissensions, The Second Attempt at Coalition, Kitchener, the Fall of the Government, The First Intrigue, Friction, Gallipoli, Asquith, The Dunkirk Circus, Derby, The Nigerian Debate, Trouble in the Cabinet, Lloyd George at the War Office, the Meetings of the Triumvirate, Conservative Opposition, the Court Martial, Crossing a Prime Minister, the Tories Come In and more.  Fourteen illustrations enhance the text. The ten-page index covers over 150 major subjects with many sub categories.  Price:  $7.50


crusades - Crazy Crate JP 50 Book 2:  A HISTORY OF THE CRUSADES.  VOLUME IV:  THE ART AND ARCHITECTURE OF THE CRUSADER STATES.  Edited by Harry W. Hazard.  Madison, WI:  1977. First printing.  414 pages plus 10 pages of addenda for volumes 1 through IV.  Hardcover.  Note:  ex -library copy with bar codes, check out pocket, checkout slip, stamps, etc.  The binding is tight and the pages are clean. There is also a memorial label on the back of the front cover.  The seven chapters in this book cover art, architecture, sculpture, painting, mosaics and more during the Crusader period.  Information covers:  Life among the Europeans in Palestine and Syria in the Twelfth and Thirteenth Century, Pilgrimages and Pilgrim Shrines in Palestine and Syria After 1095, Ecclesiastical Arts in the Crusader States in Palestine and Syria, Military Architecture in the Crusader States in Palestine and Syria, the Arts in Cyprus (Ecclesiastical Art, Military Architecture), the Arts in Frankish Greece and Rhodes, and Painting and Sculpture in the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem, 1099 - 1291.  Eighteen figures, sixty-five plates and ten maps enhance this detailed study.  Price:  $15.00


crusades - Crazy Crate JP 50 Book 3:  A HISTORY OF THE CRUSADES.  VOLUME V.  THE IMPACT OF THE CRUSADES ON THE NEAR EAST.  Edited by Norman P. Zacour and Harry W. Hazard.  Madison, WI:  University of Wisconsin Press.  1985.  First Printing, 599 pages.  Hardcover.  Note:  ex library copy with bar codes, possession stamps, labels, check-out pocket, etc.  There is also a memorial label in the book.  This volume deals less with the cry of battle and the clash of arms than with the daily affairs of the Near East and its inhabitants - Moslems, Christians and Jews - whose lives were wrenched this way and that by more than two hundred years of violence.  It is about Crusaders too, not those who came and went, but those who came and stayed.  Among much else it examines the Arab culture of the twelfth century and the lasting impact that crusading belligerence had on Moslem lands and peoples; the social structure of the crusader’s states whose problems were as stubborn as they themselves were ephemeral; the long, tenacious exploitation of the eastern Mediterranean, especially by the Venetians, surely the most fortunate heirs of the crusading inheritance; and finally the new direction given to the European drive eastward by the missionaries rather than the warriors. Ten chapters cover Arab culture in the Twelfth Century, the Impact of the Crusades on Moslem Lands, Social Classes in the Crusader States:  the Minorities, Social Classes in the Latin Kingdom:  the Franks, Political and Ecclesiastical Organization of the Crusader States, Agricultural Conditions in the Crusader States, The Population of the Crusader States, The Teutonic Knights in the Crusader States,  Venice and the Crusades,  and Missions to the East in the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Centuries.  Four illustrations and ten maps enhance this scholarly text. The forty-seven page index covers nearly 2,000 entries.  Price:  $20.00


ENGLAND – WORCESTER - Crazy Crate JP 50 Book 4:  MEMORIES OF WORCESTER.  GREAT BRITAIN:  True North Books, Limited.  2000.  104 pages.  Hardcover.  Worcester has a rich history and tradition that goes back to the Roman era, the days when King John ordered the building of Edgar Tower and also encompasses the Civil War days of the 1600s, when our forbears fought at the Battle of Worcester and gave shelter to the troubled “Black Boy”, King Charles II.  In this book we revisit the vanished places of entertainment such as The Scala and The Public Hall and more.  We take a trip down Memory Lane and take a look at the good times, from the charabanc [British- a sight-seeing wagon or motor coach with benches] trips made by our parents and grandparents to the pleasure steamers of old, which turned South Quay into a hive of activity.  We go on a shopping spree around stores which were destined to fall victim to road widening schemes or vanish below modern shopping complexes;  we experience again the thrills and sawdust of Bertram Mills Circus, and wonder once more at the ingeniously decorated floats at the Worcester Carnival back in the 1960s.   There were, of course, the not-so-good times, when the people of Worcester squared their shoulders and simply got on with life.  There were those long ago days of air raid shelters, make do and mend, ration books, and bananaless green grocery stores.  And there was the roaring inferno - both seen and heard all around the city - which reduced the premises of the ironmongers J. C. Baker to blackened timbers, ash and rubble. Six chapters cover:  “Street Scenes”, “On the Move”, “Events and Occasions”, “At Leisure”, “Shopping Spree”, and “Making a Living”.  Over 125 black-and-white photographs provide us with great memories.  Price:  $10.00


ENGLAND – WAR OF THE ROSES - Crazy Crate JP 50 Book 7:  THE CHRONICLES OF THE WARS OF THE ROSES. General Editor, Elizabeth Hallam.  C. L. B. International.  1997.  320 pages.  Hardcover.  This oversized  book tells the story of the last hundred years of the dynasty founded by Henry II in 1154, when he came over from Normandy and “took possession of his hereditary kingdom.”  It begins in 1377 with the accession to the throne of Richard II, and ends in 1485 with the death on Bosworth Field of the enigmatic Richard III.  Between these two dates lie 108 years of dramatic and often bloody events which furnished Shakespeare with some of his most celebrated plots.  Contemporary observers, many of whose chronicles have never been made available to the public before, describe the reigns of Henry IV, the usurper who brought the red rose of Lancaster to the throne, and his son Henry V, the famous victor of Agincourt.  Henry VI, who was driven mad by the cares of state, was deposed, and murdered in prison by the orders of Edward IV - the first Yorkist ruler, who acquired the throne through some of the bloodiest battles of the Wars of the Roses.  The chroniclers record the brief, pathetic reign of the 12-year-old Edward V, overshadowed by his Uncle Richard, Duke of Gloucester, who became the last of the Plantagenet kings.  Although treachery and violence bulk large in the accounts of these years, splendor and pageantry were never entirely absent.  To the beauties of the late Gothic age are joined the first intimations of the Renaissance culture that was to flower so magnificently under the Tudors.  Chaucer wrote the Canterbury Tales, and Caxton established his press at Westminster.  Nor are the common people left out of the chronicles:  rebels such as Wat Tyler, John Ball, and Jack Cade ensure that the peasants and workmen of late Plantagenet England are not forgotten. More than 100 short essays, lavishly illustrated in color and black and white, provide background information on the people and politics, manners, mores and customs of a formative epoch in English and European history.  The book is divided into six main sections - Richard II, Henry IV, Henry V, Henry VI, Edward IV, and Richard III, with each part having numerous chapters.  Thirteen maps; a genealogical chart of the Kings of England, France and Scotland; as well as hundreds of black-and-white and color photographs enhance the text.  The five-page index covers nearly 2000 entries.    Price:  $15.00


ENGLAND – HOW TO, WHERE TO BOOK FOR eNGLAND - Crazy Crate JP 50 Book 14:  ENGLISH FAMILY RESEARCH.  By. J. Konrad.  Indianapolis:  Summit Publications/Ye Olde Genealogie Shoppe.  Revised Edition.  1996.  65 pages.  Softcover.  Mr. Konrad begins his book by providing a listing of English monarchs before the Norman Conquest, then a listing of monarchs from the Conquest to the present.  Charts show the listing of English counties before and after the 1974 reorganization, locations from which most immigrants came and the dates of the earliest religious records in England.  All things you need to know to do research in Great Britain.  Price:  $10.00


MILITARY – WORLD WAR ii - Crazy Crate JP 51  Book 1:  THE EXTRAORDINARY STORY OF THE DOOLITTLE RAID – AMERICA’S FIRST WORLD WAR II VICTORY: THE FIRST HEROES.  By Craig Nelson.  New York:  Viking.  2002.  430 pages.  Hardcover.  Immediately after Japan’s December 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor, President Franklin Roosevelt sought to restore the honor of the United States with a dramatic act of vengeance:  a retaliatory bombing raid on Tokyo itself.  In those early days of World War II, the very notion of an attempt by America - which was ill prepared for any sort of warfare - to make a direct assault on Asia’s military superpower was almost inconceivable.  But FDR was not to be dissuaded, and at his bidding a squadron of scarcely trained army fliers, led by the famous daredevil Jimmy Doolittle, set forth on what everyone regarded as a suicide mission.  On April 18, 1942, eighty young men, most of them scarcely out of their teens, took off from a navy carrier in the mid-Pacific.  In their sixteen planes they successfully attacked Tokyo, Osaka, Yokohama, Nagoya, and Kobe, although the mission was critically endangered and compromised when Japanese spies detected the American fleet.  Most of Doolittle’s squadron ran out of gas and was forced to crash-land in enemy-occupied China, where the boys were secretly ferried by peasants to the safety of the Nationalist capital, Chungking.  Eight of the fliers were captured by Japanese patrols, confined to years of solitary imprisonment, torture, forced to sign false confessions, and judged as war criminals.  Three were executed by firing squad:  one was starved to death.  The survivors rescued at war’s end, were reduced to living skeletons, although one found God and after the war returned to Japan on a campaign of forgiveness.  Still other Raiders were interned as hostile aliens by the Soviet Union and had to be smuggled into Persia to freedom. This raid, meanwhile, led directly to what every historian now believes was the turning point in the war against Japan.  This book is the story of this extraordinary mission, one of the most daring episodes of World War II.  Although the Doolittle Raid became the basis for the classic 1944 film, “Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo”, this moment in history is surprisingly unfamiliar today.  To give these heroes their due, the author interviewed twenty of the surviving participants and researched more than forty thousand pages of books, periodicals, and archival documents. The fact that 90 percent of these men came home alive was little short of a miracle, as was the way their efforts revived the morale of the nation and helped convince the world that the Allies might eventually triumph.   Fifty-six photographs enhance the text.  The fourteen page index covers nearly 1,400 entries.  Price:  $15.00


METHODS & SOURCES HOW-TO BOOK - Crazy Crate JP 51 Book 2:  GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH METHODS AND SOURCES.  Edited by Milton Rubincam.  Washington, D. C.  American Society of Genealogists.  2 volumes. 

(Volume 1:  1980.  Revised Edition.   579 pages.  Hardcover.  These volumes were designed to help an individual conduct an intelligent search for a person or persons of the past.  For each of the areas considered, one needs to know enough of its history to understand the nature of the records created and the reasons for their creation.  These detailed books (not these copies) were used as textbooks by the National Institute on Genealogical Research, (conducted by the National Archives), and the Samford University Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (Birmingham, Alabama).  These volumes concentrate on research for states from the Atlantic Seaboard to the Mississippi River.  Each chapter is written by an authority on the subject or region. 

Volume 1 contains five parts, each with several individual chapters:

Part 1)  General Considerations: Adventures in Genealogy, Interpreting Genealogical Records,  Genealogy and Chronology, The Rules of Evidence, and Preparing Genealogical Manuscripts for Publications.

Part 2) Materials for Research  (Original Sources, Public Records, Institutional Records, and Secondary Materials). 

Part 3:  Regional Genealogy (New England, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, The Westward Expansion, and Canada),

Part 4:   Pre-American Ancestry (English, Nobility, England and Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Germany, The Netherlands, France, Switzerland, and Scandinavia)  and

Part 5)  Special Fields of Investigation:  (Heraldry, Genealogy and the Law, and a Study of Surnames.) 

Volume 2 contains two parts with several chapters in each part.  

Part 1) Regional Genealogy:  Migration into the Northwest Territory, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Michigan, Iowa, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Tennessee, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, and Florida. 

Part 2) Special Studies:  (Ontario, Huguenot Migrations, Jewish Migrations, and Notes on Black Genealogical Research.) 

When the internet misleads you or technology is no help, these are the books you need!  

Price:  $25.00 for both volumes in this set.  Multiple copies are available.


UTAH - Crazy Crate JP 51 Book 3:  UTAH.  Photography by Floyd Holdman.  Text by Nelson Wadsworth.   Toronto:  Skyline press.  1984.  88 pages.  Hardcover.  An incredible variety of physiographic features are concentrated in the 85,000 square miles that comprise the State of Utah.  To the west, the Great Basin Province sprawls for endless miles of sage-covered deserts and intermittent, rocky peaks.  To the east, the vast chasms of the Canyonlands lace the Colorado Plateau Province with their towering standing rocks and great, natural skyscrapers and eroded stone.  The mighty Colorado River and its tributaries twist their way through this maze of sedimentary sand. 

To the north, and through the central axis of the states, the rugged Wasatch and Uinta Mountains loom above pristine, evergreen forests, plush green meadows and alpine canyons, in the long wide fingers of the Rocky Mountain Province.  No book about Utah can be written without telling how Brigham Young and his Mormon Pioneers looked down for the first time on their new mountain and desert home.  National parks, forests and monuments have set aside the scenic wonders and valuable resources, the historical landmarks and the natural terrain, and have kept them from private ownership.  The ghosts of colorful bandits still ride the Outlaw Trail.   88 full color photographs cover Native Americans,  Zion, Bryce, and Cedar Breaks, Capital Reef and Canyonlands, sunset shores, evergreen forests, and more.  Each photograph contains a small caption.    Price:  $7.50


COLORADO – PICTURES - Crazy Crate JP 51 Book 4:  BLESSED BY LIGHT.  VISIONS OF THE COLORADO PLATEAU.  Edited by Stephen Trimble.  Layton, UT:  1986.  Gibbs M. Smith, Inc. Peregrine Smith Books.  75 pages.  Hardbound.  The Colorado Plateau encompasses 130,000 square miles in southern Utah, western Colorado, northern Arizona, and northwest New Mexico.  Elevation ranges from below 2,000 to well over 12,000 feet, mostly high desert between 4,500 and 7,000 feet.  The  Plateau selects its people.  If chosen, you will know it.  This landscape speaks to your emotions and spirit. This coffee-table book communicates a vision of the Colorado Plateau seen through the eyes of photographers in their thirties and forties.  They came to the land for personal fulfillment - not as artists or commercial photographers.  They are park rangers, biologists, teachers, archaeologists, writers, wilderness outfitters.  Everything they know about themselves and the land is detailed in these photographs.  The common thread is light – the magical, iridescent light that happens when clear air, naked rock, and sun collide.  The book pairs thematic portfolios of photographs with words from a century or more.  And from the region’s most eloquent writers!  The Colorado Plateau is threatened.  This book calls defenders to this land. Eighty-five full color photographs explore the themes of Rock, Water, Canyons, Plateaus, Mountains, and Time.   This book was originally sold for $34.95.  Price:  $10.00


MILITARY – AIRPLANES WORLD WAR I - Crazy Crate JP 51 Book 5:  KNIGHTS OF THE AIR. By Ezra Bowen and the Editors of Time-Life Books  Alexandria, VA:  Time-Life Books.   1980.  First Printing.  192 pages.  Hardcover.  World War I – the Great War – the War to End All Wars – introduced new weapons of war – trench warfare, mustard gas, tanks, and flying machines.  Thousands died heroically in the trenches and in pitched battles – but it was the pilot –sometimes flamboyant, sometimes quiet – who captured the imagination of the public and became the knights of the air. Over 800 aviators from nine countries were contacted and asked to contribute to this historic volume, which contains first hand accounts of battles and fliers.  Over 200 historic photographs, full color drawings of airplanes, uniforms,  insignias and more enhance in five chapters covering the entire war: 1)  The Rush to a “Noble Cause”,  2)  In Pursuit of the Blue Max,  3)  The Allies Ascendant,  4)  The Year of the Red Baron, and 5)  A Timely Spur to Victory.  Photographs include pilots, aerial battles, plane crashes, weapons, and the life between missions,

An appendix contains a list of the leading aces by nation.  The four-page index covers nearly   600 entries.  Price:  $7.50


FROM EASTERN U.S. TO PACIFIC OCEAN - Crazy Crate JP 51 Book 6:  THE NORTHWEST PASSAGE.   By Brendan Lehane and the Editors of Time-Life Books.  Alexandria, VA:  Time-Life Books.  1981.  First Printing.  176 pages.  Hardcover.  Note:  Stamped on inside front flyleaf “Review Copy”  The back flyleaf is  discolored along the top. It had been a dream for nearly four centuries – ever since the New World was discovered and determined to be an impediment to reaching the Far East – China, Japan, and India.  There HAD to be a way through this new land!  This passage – a Northwest Passage – a navigable waterway just had to exist!   But survivors of long expeditions – if there were any – came back disillusioned and told of forbidding regions of extreme cold, icebergs, and desolation.  Arctic adventure became a popular literary theme and artists tried to capture its rare beauty.  Over 120 photographs, illustrations and full color paintings, enhance this thrilling adventure of men who sacrificed their lives to find this fabled passage. The three-page index contains over 300 entries,  Price:  $7.50


FROM SUNKEN SHIP FINDER TO MAKER OF MILLIONAIRES - Crazy Crate JP 51 Book 8:  SHIP OF GOLD IN THE DEEP BLUE SEA.  by Gary Kinder.  Toronto.  Random House of Canada.  1998.  First Canadian Edition.  507 pages.  Hardcover.  In September 1857, the S. S. Central America, a side-wheel steamer carrying nearly six hundred passengers returning from the California Gold Rush, foundered in a hurricane and sank two hundred miles off the Carolina coast.  Over four hundred lives and twenty-one tons of California gold were lost.  It was the worst peacetime disaster at sea in American history, a tragedy that remained lost in legend for over a century.  In the 1980s, a young engineer from Ohio set out to do what no one, not even the United States Navy, had been able to do:  establish a working presence on the deep-ocean floor and open it to science, archaeology, history, medicine and recovery.  The SS Central America became the target of his project.  After years of intensive efforts, Tommy Thompson and the Columbus-American Discovery Group found the Central America in eight thousand feet of water, and in October 1989 they sailed into Norfolk with her recovered treasure: gold coins, bars, nuggets, and gold dust, plus steamer trunks filled with period clothes, newspapers, books, journals, and even an intact cigar sealed under water for 130 years.  Now Gary Kinder tells for the first time this extraordinary tale of history, human drama, heroic rescue, scientific ingenuity, and individual courage.  This book begins with a copiously researched historical record of the disaster, rendered in chilling detail with testimony from survivors and even from some eyewitnesses.  In a gripping narrative, the author re-creates the five days at sea in a rising hurricane and recounts the heroism of men like Captain William Herndon, the heartbreak of loss and separation for newlyweds like Addie and Ansel Easton, the daring rescue of women and children by a passing brig, and the eventual sinking of the Central America.  The book then becomes a fascinating account of the efforts of Tommy Thompson, the young visionary engineer who explodes boundaries of various disciplines - oceanography, computer science, information theory, and advanced robotics - to accomplish what everyone said was impossible:  establish a working presence in the deep ocean.  This book is a testament to the human will to triumph over adversity.  It is also a great American adventure story of the opening of Earth’s last frontier.    Price:  $15.00


FRANCE – REVOLUTION - Crazy Crate JP 51 Book 10:  THE SPIRIT OF REVOLUTION IN 1789.  This book is a  Study of Political Opinion as Revealed in Political Songs and Other Popular Literature at the Beginning of the French Revolution.  By Cornwell B. Rogers.  New York:  Greenwood Press.  1969.  Reprint of 1949 edition by Princeton University Press.  363 pages.  Hardcover.  Note: ex- library copy, with bar codes, labels, etc. The check-out pocket has been torn out of the inside of the back cover.  The binding is good and the pages are clean.  The outbreak of the French Revolution in 1789 is taken by historians to symbolize the end of the ancient regime in France and the beginning in modern Europe of rule by the people.  Popular government was not at first put into practice by the Revolutionists, but its basic ideas were launched with so much official endorsement and general approval in 1789 that one is justified in attributing to that the birth of the Revolutionary spirit.    In 1789, Frenchmen projected a now order of society, in which economic, political, and religious enthusiasm blended in a common set of purposes.  The end of the old regime was proclaimed in that year, but at first reform was relatively moderate. The men of 1789 still took for granted the continuance of monarchy;  hoped to preserve peace abroad; foresaw no terror at home;  abhorred such dictatorial methods as Robespierre later used;  and extolled popular government only in abstract terms, believing that actual control belonged in the hands of the bourgeois class.  Twelve chapters, cover:  France on the Eve, The Dawn of a Golden Day, The Triumph of the Third Estate, The Dual Leadership of Louis and Necker, The Capture of the Bastille, the Influence of ”Sensibilite”, New Order or Disorder?, Capture of the King, Finances and the Faith, The New Nationalism,  The Aristocrats and the Patriots, and The Conclusion. 

Plus five bibliographies and a New Catalog of the Political Songs of 1789, Publications in Which the Political Songs of 1789 Appeared; Songs and Song Materials of the French Revolution Other than Those of 1789; Guides; Documentary Collections; and Primary Sources Other Than Those Containing Songs; and some Secondary Works. Three appendices cover A Critique of the Catalog of Constant Pierre, in Respect to 1789, Note on the Histoire Chantee de la Premiere Republique, by Louis Damade, Paris, 1892; Note on the songs of T. Rousseau.  The eleven-page index covers over 800 entries.  Price:  $7.50


NC – SALEM GARDENS - CRAZY CRATE JP 51 BOOK 12:  THE GARDENS OF SALEM.  THE LANDSCAPE HISTORY OF A MORAVIAN TOWN IN NORTH CAROLINA.  by Darrell Spencer. Photographs of the Gardens by Virginia R. Weiler.  Winston-Salem, NC:  Old Salem, Inc. 1997.  92 pages.  Softcover.  Old Salem is the best-documented historic landscape in the United States.  Quietly nestled near Winston-Salem’s urban center, the historical town of Salem strikes a stark contrast to the high-rise cityscape that forms its unlikely backdrop.  Red clay tiled roofs supported by sturdy half-timbered walls and handmade brick bear a silent testimony to the unique community of people who laid the foundation for the modern city that grew up less than a mile from the heart of the original town.  While Salem’s Moravian founders were busy erecting the distinctive Germanic buildings and fashioning the handmade objects for which they were widely noted, they were also constructing a landscape according to their own cultural and individual requirements of utility and beauty.  The Moravians’ relationship to the land, as reflected through their town planning, land use, and gardens, reveals a great deal to the modern observer about the values and sensibilities of these quiet people.   What makes a historic landscape?  Why is landscape important to historic restoration?  What tools does a landscape historian use?  Nowhere can these questions be better answered than at Old Salem, a restored Moravian town in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  Its restoration of utilitarian and ornamental gardens has been guided by the richest - and earliest -documentation of colonial gardens in the United States.  Using eighteenth and early nineteenth century garden plans, plant lists, and gardening practices as described in correspondence, diaries, and other records, this book tells the story of how the early Moravian settlers combined science and practicality with a sense of beauty to shape the landscape around them.  It will be appreciated by landscape historians and gardening enthusiasts alike.  Price:  $7.50


U.S. PRESIDENT – JAMES MADISON - Crazy Crate JP 51 Book 13:  JAMES MADISON AND THE SEARCH FOR NATIONHOOD.  By Robert A. Rutland. Conover Hunt Jones and Kym S. Rice Guest Curators.  Washington, D. C.:  The Library of Congress.  1981.  174 pages.  Hardcover.  Note; ex-library copy, with bar codes, check-out pockets, labels, etc.  This coffee-table size book is published in conjunction with the inaugural exhibit held in the James Madison Memorial Building of the Library of Congress, November 1981 - May 1982.   Thomas Jefferson once called James Madison “the greatest man in the world.”   Whether true or not, Madison has become one of the most underestimated national figures and one of the most underrated presidents.  This book presents a revealing portrait of our fourth president and of his persistent efforts during the formative years of the American republic to establish individual liberty and national union.  The author traces Madison’s political career from the family plantation in Orange County, Virginia, to the White House.  He tells of the quiet influence Madison exerted over his colleagues at the Virginia Convention and later at the Constitutional Convention and of the learning that lay behind Madison’s persuasive powers.  He tells, too, of Madison’s difficulties as the Secretary of State for the emerging nation and as President during the War of 1812. The book is divided into three sections:  “The Virginia Heritage” describes Madison’s early years and the beginning of his political career among an extraordinary group of Virginians;  “From Confederation to Union” shows Madison working for that goal of federal union which earned him the designation “Father of the Constitution”; and “The Emergence of Nationhood”, the War of 1812, from which America emerged as a strong and unified nation.  Each section is accompanied by a remarkable arrangement of graphic material that vivifies the story - paintings, engravings, cartoons, newspaper notices, letters, and maps selected by Conover Hunt Jones and Kym S. Rice from the collections of the Library of Congress and from other institutions.   James Madison understood, perhaps better than any of the great men of his time, the dangers of political faction and sectional rivalry.  To the end of his days, he worked and argued for a strong union of states which guaranteed the rights and liberties of individual citizens and encouraged the advancement of knowledge and learning.  There are one hundred fifty black-and-white illustrations and thirty in color.  Price:  $7.50


STALNAKER FAMILY - CRAZY CRATE JP 51 BOOK 14:  THE STALNAKER FAMILY CHRONICLES.  ISSUES ONE THROUGH SIX.  (October 1978 through January 1980.)  Huttonville, WV.  Six loose issues.   Note:  the last four pages of issue No. 1 are missing.  These eight page newsletters provide information on family reunions, historical sketches of Stalnaker family members, birthdays of current members, etc.  No long articles.   Each issue usually contains about six black-and-white photographs.   PRICE  $5.00


PA – JOHNSTOWN FLOOD DISASTER - CRAZY CRATE JP 52 BOOK 1:  HISTORY OF THE JOHNSTOWN FLOOD. By Willis Fletcher Johnson.  Edgewood Publishing Co.  1889.  459 pages.  Hardcover.  Note:  this is an original edition, not a reprint.  It includes: All the Fearful Record;  the Breaking of the South Fork Dam;  The Sweeping Out of the Conemaugh Valley;  The Overthrow of Johnstown;  the Massing of the Wreck at the Railroad Bridge;  Escapes, Rescue, Searches for Survivors and the Dead;  Relief Organizations, Stupendous Charities, etc.  The Title on the original cover and spine is almost worn off, the hinges are frayed and the edges of the cover are worn.  The corners are rounded.  The binding is tight and the pages are clean.   The summer of 1889 will ever be memorable for its appalling disasters by flood and famine.  In that period fell the heaviest blow of the nineteenth century - a blow scarcely paralleled in the histories of civilized lands.  Central Pennsylvania -  a centre of industry, thrift and comfort -  was desolated by floods unprecedented in the records of the great waters.  On both sides of the Alleghenies these ravages were felt in terrific power, but on the western slope their terrors were infinitely multiplied by the bursting of the South Fork Reservoir, letting out millions of tons of water, which, rushing madly down the rapid descent of the Conemaugh Valley, washed out all its busy villages and hurled itself in a deadly torrent on the borough of Johnstown.  The frightful aggravations, which followed the coming of this torrent have awakened the deepest sympathies of this nation and of the world, and the history is demanded in permanent form, for those of the present day, and for the generations to come.  Fifty chapters cover the tragedy.  Twenty-four illustrations and photographs enhance the text.  Price:  $6.00


FAMOUS AUTHOR BOYHOOD TALES - CRAZY CRATE JP 52 BOOK 3:  WAITING FOR THE MORNING TRAIN:  AN AMERICAN BOYHOOD.  By Bruce Catton.  Garden City, NY:  Doubleday and Company, Inc.  1972.  260 pages.  Hardcover.  Note:  although there are no library markings or bar codes on the book, the inside back flyleaf says “Withdrawn, South Bend Public Library”.  The binding is tight and the pages are clean. The dust jacket has some wear, especially at the top and bottom edges.  Bruce Catton grew up in a time and a place that is no more - just after the turn-of-the century and in Michigan.  In this memoir, he remembers his boyhood, his family, his home town, and his coming of age.  With nostalgia, warmth and humor, Mr. Catton recalls it all with a wealth of detail, the logging industry and its tremendous effect on the face of the State, the G. A. R. veterans who first sparked his interest in the American Civil War, overnight trips on long-gone “sleepers”, the days of the great resort hotels, fishing in once clear lakes.  Out of these personal experiences timeless insights emerge - of man’s confrontation with the machine, of man against the landscape, of the sometimes cruel inevitability of change, and the uncertainties that crowded our lives.   Price:  $7.50


INDIANS – COMPREHENSIVE COVERGE - CRAZY CRATE JP 52 BOOK 6:  THE AMERICAN HERITAGE BOK OF INDIANS.  By the Editors of American Heritage, the Magazine of History.  1961.  424 pages.  Hardback.  Note:  The inside front flyleaf has a bookplate with the name of the former owner.  The binding is tight and the pages are clean.  The cover shows a little wear and the corners are bumped.  A well researched text accompanied by hundreds of black-and- white photographs, as well as many color illustrations, maps, etc., provide an excellent source of information on Native Americans from both the North and South American continents.  Includes information on Maya, Aztec, Sioux, Apache, Cherokee, Native American cultures, Indian wars, and much more.  The six-page index covers nearly 1,500 entries.  Price:  10.00


MILITARY – FRENCH REVOLUTION SEAPOWER - CRAZY CRATE JP 52 BOOK 10:  THE INFLUENCE OF SEA POWER UPON THE FRENCH REVOLUTION AND EMPIRE, 1793 - 1812.  By Captain A. T. Mahan, U. S. N.  Boston:  Little, Brown, 1894.  2 volumes.  Hardcover.. Note:  These are original editions, not reprints.   They are Ex-library copies, with call numbers and check-out pockets.   The binding is weak.  The original covers are present but are very worn.  The outside hinges are beginning to split and there are worn spots at the tops and bottoms of the outside spines.   This present work is wholly a result of the author’s connection with the United States Naval War College as lecturer upon Naval History and Naval Tactics.  Nineteen chapters cover the history of sea power to the year 1812; a date signalized by Napoleon’s invasion of Russia, which wrecked his empire,   or at least gave the outward and visible token of the wreck, - and also the outbreak of war between Great Britain and the United States. Chapters cover:  Outline of Events in Europe, 1783 - 1793; the Condition of the Navies in 1793 - and Especially of the French Navy; The General Political and Strategic Conditions, and the Events of 1793; The West Indies, 1793 - 1810; the Naval Campaign of May, 1794, and the Battles of the First of June;  the Year 1794 in the Atlantic and on the Continent;  The Year 1795 in the Atlantic and on the Continent;  The Mediterranean and Italy;  The Mediterranean in 1797 and 1798;  the Mediterranean from  1799 to 1891, The Atlantic, 1796 - 1801;  Events on the Continent, 1798 - 1800;  Events in 1801;  Outline of Events From the Signature of the Preliminaries to the Rupture of the Peace of Amiens;  The Trafalgar Campaign to the Spanish Declaration of War, May 1803 - December, 1804;  the Trafalgar Campaign - Concluded, January - October 1805;  The Warfare Against Commerce During the French Revolution and Empire, to the Berlin Decree, 1793 - 1806;  The Warfare Against Commerce, 1806 - 1812;  and Summary - the Function of Sea Power and the Policy of Great Britain in the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars.  The sixteen-page index covers nearly 2000 entries.   This heavily documented work of Mahan's traces and explains the rise and progress of British sea power from the middle of the seventeenth century to the close of the Napoleonic wars.   It is still an invaluable resource for scholars and historians, one no professor of French, Military, or Continental history should be without.    Price:  $10.00


NEWSPAPER FOR THE TROOPS – THE STARS AND STRIPES - CRAZY CRATE JP 53 BOOK 11:  SQUADS WRITE!  A SELECTION OF THE BEST THINGS IN PROSE, VERSE AND CARTOON FROM THE STARS AND STRIPES, OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER OF THE A. E. F.  Edited and with not too Serious Comment by John T. Winterich.  Fully Illustrated.  New York:  Harper and Brothers.  1931.  335 pages.  Hardcover.  Note:  ex library copy, with call numbers, check-out pocket, etc.  This is an original edition, not a reprint.  The binding is a little loose and some of the pages have smudges.  The covers are not the original covers, and are worn.  Stamp of former owner on inside flyleaf.  The Stars and Stripes was the official newspaper of the American Expeditionary Forces.  The first number appeared on February 8, 1918 and the seventy-first and last on June 13, 1919.  The editor provides a history of the newspaper and the men involved with bringing it into print, including his own.  Fifteen chapters cover:  A Label for an Army (the origin of the word “doughboy”), Officers and Soldiers, Ways and Means, Came the War, My Country, ’Tis of Thee, First Aid, Arts and Crafts, Game Called, St. Mihiel, The Mud of the Argonne, Up with the Rations, The Tumult Dies but the Shouting Continues, Loitering Laureates, But Not Forever and Rollcall.   The chapters recall incidents - many of a very serious nature - concerning fighting on the front, wounds, deaths, and heroism.  There are articles of the recollections of Prisoners of War,  Sixty illustrations from the newspaper are scattered throughout the book.  This last chapter (Rollcall) provides a roster, as complete as service records could make it, of the men who had contributed to the newspaper.  It is arranged alphabetically by last name and gives full name, organization, department, day he began work with the newspaper and his home address.   Price:  $7.50


PHILLIPINES – COLOR PHOTOGRAPHS - CRAZY CRATE JP 52 BOOK 13:  AN ILLUSTRATED AND DESCRIPTIVE ART COLLECTION OF AMERICA’S NEW POSSESSIONS.  Beautiful Color Photos More Perfect than Oil Paintings.   Every Picture From Photographs Actually Taken on the Spot.  Chicago:  International View Co.  1902.  No pagination (about 62 pages).  Hardcover.  Note:  This is an original edition, with the original covers.  Almost all of the pages are loose and since they are not numbered I cannot tell if any pages are missing.  Some pages are frayed at the edges.  Never before have the living actions of soldiers engaged in actual warfare been so vividly pictured as they are found in this collection of photographic reproductions in colors that illustrates nearly every phase of warfare in the Philippines.  Photographs include battle scenes in the Tondo District, burning buildings including a church, the market place, native houses, Spanish prisoners of war,  the Manila Fire Department in dress uniform, several villages, the 20th Kansas Infantry in action,  the Utah Light Infantry in action, the 22nd infantry in action, the firing line at Pasig, the 4th Cavalry, General MacArthur and staff with the signal Corps Department, General Wheaton and his aids in Malolos, Pennsylvania pickets, Correigidor Island, California soldiers at rest, “Cemetery Hill” with gravestones of U. S. soldiers killed in action and American flags and decorations on each stone, a Philippine funeral, railroad bridges, the only known photograph of General Otis in the field, and more. This would be an interesting purchase for anyone who had an ancestor stationed in the Philippines during the Spanish American War. Price:  $10.00


VIDEO – DR. GEORGE SCHWEITZER - CRAZY CRATE JP 53 ITEM NO 1;  FROM RIVERS TO TRAILS TO ROADS TO CANALS TO TRAINS:  HOW TRANSPORTATION SET GENEALOGICAL PATTERNS.  Presented by Dr. George K. Schweitzer.  Video.  Knoxville, TN:  Genealogical Sources.  2000.  Video.   61 minutes.

Donning the guise of a railroad engineer, Dr. Schweitzer discusses the importance of railroad and other forms of transportation, not as they aided in westward migration but, rather, how they enabled western pioneers to send their crops and products eastward.  He discusses the problems encountered by various forms of transportation and how each one determined where and when pioneers were able to settle.  This program was taped before a live audience.    You will never think about migration trails in the same way you do now ever again after you see this video! Price:  $25.00 


VIDEO – DR. GEORGE SCHWEITZER - CRAZY CRATE JP 53  ITEM NO. 2:  ILLINOIS GENEALOGY.  Presented by Dr. George K. Schweitzer.  Video.  Knoxville, TN:  Genealogical Sources.  2002.  Video.   60 minutes.  Dressed in buckskin shirt and pants, Dr. George Schweitzer provides us with an entertaining history of Illinois, beginning with French traders and continuing through the French and Indian War, American Revolution, War of 1812, the effects of the opening of New York’s famous Erie Canal and the National Road.   He discusses how each event determined the settlement areas in Illinois.   Information is given on where to find religious, county, state and national records, how to properly research for records, and reminds us of the importance of searching court records and dockets.  This lecture was taped before a live audience.   After this speech, you will forever consider George Rogers Clark to be your favorite hero.  Especially if you do NOT speak French!  Price:  $25.00


VIDEO – DR. GEORGE SCHWEITZER - CRAZY CRATE JP 53 ITEM NO. 3:  THE WAR OF 1812.   Presented by  Dr. George K. Schweitzer.  Video.  Knoxville, TN:  Genealogical Sources.  2001.  Video.  62 minutes.  Often overlooked in its importance, the War of 1812 was the war that allowed the future expansion westward of American settlers.  Until this time, migration had been along a narrow corridor that included Tennessee, Kentucky, lower Indiana and lower Ohio.  The successful Battle of the Thames (in Canada) and the Battle of the Horseshoe (in Arkansas) defeated the British and their Indian allies, opening up two-thirds of the United States east of the Mississippi River for safe settlement.  Dressed in the guise of a War of 1812 soldier, Dr. Schweitzer explains the war, and its importance to us, and where to find state, national, Canadian and English records.  He discusses militia records, bounty lands, the importance of searching the National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections, and ends with a powerful statement concerning war and peace.  This video was taped before a live audience.  Price:  $25.00


[Pat’s Note:  After the ending of this video, I knew where every single one of us needed to be on November 2, 2010.  It is your right and duty to vote, and you owe it to your country to be an informed voter.  Congress and our elected officials can be the best or the worst thing that ever happened to us.  Find out what they are going to do when they get to Washington, and vote accordingly!  Remember, you are not allowed to complain about what they do choose to do when they get there if you don’t vote!!]


IN – MICROFILM - CRAZY CRATE JP 53 ITEM NO. 7:  1870 CENSUS, LA PORTE COUNTY, INDIANA.  MICROFILM ROLL. microfilm roll series 593, Roll No. 334.   This is an actual roll of microfilm containing all of the census information for La Porte County, Indiana, in 1870.  This is a used roll and came from a library which was withdrawing some of its materials.  Price:  $5.00


IN – MICROFILM - CRAZY CRATE JP 53 ITEM NO. 8:  1870 CENSUS, ST.  JOSEPH COUNTY, INDIANA MICROFLM ROLL.  Microfilm roll series 593, Roll No. 360.   This is an actual roll of microfilm containing all of the census information for St. Joseph  County, Indiana, in 1870.  This is a used roll and came from a library which was withdrawing some of its materials.  Price:  $5.00


MI – MICROFILM - CRAZY CRATE JP 53 ITEM NO. 9:  1850 CENSUS, CASS, CHIPPEWA, CLINTON and EATON COUNTIES, MICHIGAN MICROFILM ROLL. Microfilm series 432, Roll No. 349.   This is an actual roll of microfilm containing all of the census information for these four counties in 1850.  This is a used roll and came from a library which was withdrawing some of its materials.  Price:  $5.00


MI – MICROFILM - CRAZY CRATE JP 53 ITEM NO. 10:  1860 CENSUS, CASS AND CHIPPEWA  COUNTIES, MICHGAN. MICROFILM ROLL.  Microfilm roll series 653, Roll No. 0541.   This is an actual roll of microfilm containing all of the census information for these two counties in 1860.  This is a used roll and came from a library which was withdrawing some of its materials.  Price:  $5.00


MI - MICROFILM - CRAZY CRATE JP 53 ITEM NO. 11:  1870 CENSUS, CASS COUNTY, MICHIGAN;  MICROFILM ROLL. series 593, Roll No. 0668.   This is an actual roll of microfilm containing all of the census information for Cass County, Michigan in 1870.  This is a used roll and came from a library which was withdrawing some of its materials.  Price:  $5.00


TAPES OF LECTURES GIVEN AT VARIOUS GENEALOGICAL SEMINARS - CRAZY CRATE 53  ITEM 12:  Two Genealogical Seminars on cassette tapes. This listing contains 25 cassettes made for two conferences.  Each priced at only $5. You may select whichever ones you might want.  The sessions were recorded by Triad Company.  The first set of tapes covers various programs on genealogical research in the United States.  The cassettes are:

1.)  The Ways West.    By Joseph Preston; $5

2.)  The Librarian and the Genealogist.  By Julie        Reiner;  $5 

3.)  Concordia Historical Institute. $5

4.)  Lutheran Roots.  By Rev. Kurt Boding; $5

5.)  In and Out of Indiana.  by Sandra H.      Luebking; $5

6.)  Traditions, Legends and Lore of Our       Ancestors.  By Dr/ John L. Oldani;   $5

7.)  Eastern European Research.  By Marvin Moehle;  $5

8.)  Oral History.  By Marilyn H. Immel;  $5

9.)  Conferences, Courses and the Kiwanis Club - Sandra H. Luebking; $5

10.)  They Left Their Mark on Southern Illinois.         By Ketcherside and Folk;  $5

11.)  North Carolina Research.  By Barbara   Lawrence.  $5


The second set of tapes cover programs given at the International Seminar on Jewish Genealogy, April 29 - May 13, 1984 in Jerusalem, Israel.  In 1984 this international seminar brought together highly respected genealogists to discuss researching Jewish genealogy.  Over 40 audio cassette tapes were made of the individual seminar sessions and offered for sale to the general public.  This listing contains some of the cassettes made for the conference.  The cassettes are: 

12.)  Basic Concepts of Genealogical Research    (2 cassettes)  By Rabbi Shmuel Gorr and        Sallyann Amdur Sack.  $10

13.)  Unusual Approaches to Genealogical    Problems.   By Miriam Weiner. $5

14.)  Landsmanschaften Names and Research     Strategies  (Holocaust Research.)  By        Randy Daitch.  $5

15.)  Cartographic Records and Problems in Genealogical Research.  By Matt Darrish. $5

16.)  Charting - Roundtable Discussion.  $5

17.)  Techniques for Oral History.  By Naomi       Levin Gershan.   $5

18.)  Genealogical Sources in Great Britain.  By Dr. Anthony P. Joseph.  $5

19.) German Sources.  by Jurgen Sielemann. $5 20.)  Preparing and Publishing a Family History.         By Sallyann Amdur Sack. $5

21.)  Establishing a Genealogical Society.  By     Naomi Levin Gershan. $5

22.)  Biblical Genealogy.  By Dr. Aaron Demsky. $5

23.)  Genealogical Publications - Newsletters.    By Anita Todres Pikus. $5

24.)  Ethics in Genealogical Research.  By    Sallyann Amdur Sack.  $5

25.)  The Jewish National and University Library       and the Central Zionist Archives. The   Jerusalem Municipality Historical Archives.    $5


CRAZY CRATE JP 54  SOLD OUT.  Thank you very much.                                                                                                          


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