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Newsletter Subtitle: JP CONSOLIDATED CRAZY CRATES JP16-29
Month Day Year: August 20, 2010
Consolidated Crazy Crates forJohn Palmer's Crazy Crates 16-29.SET 2. CRAZY CRATES #16 THROUGH #29.John Palmer has put together all the books left from the first 54 crates that he has done in the past year or so. There are books of many different kinds on this crate. Check them out to see if you missed something you now think you would love to have!
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INDIANA /GOVERNMENT PAPERS - 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. Now on sale with 10% off at $31.50.
INDIANA / GOVENOR'S PAPERS - 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. Although 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. Now on sale with 10% off at $27.
INDIANA / GOVENOR'S PAPERS - 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. Now on sale with 10% off at $16.75
INDIANA / GOVENOR'S PAPERS - 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 ClarkeCounty) 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. Now on sale with 10% off at $13.50.
INDIANA / GOVENOR'S PAPERS - 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. Now on sale with 10% off at $13.50.
INDIANA / GOVENOR'S PAPERS - 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 improvements. 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. Now on sale with 10% off at $13.50.
ROCKY MOUNTAIN EXPERIENCES - 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 of 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 of the 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 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. Now on sale with 10% off at $9.
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U.S.LIFE-SAVING SERVICE - CRAZY CRATE JP18 BOOK 3: FIRE ON THE BEACH. RECOVERING THE LOST STORY OF RICHARD ETHERIDGE AND THE PEA ISLAND LIFESAVERS. 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", 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. Now on sale with 10% off at $13.50.
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ENGLAND / ESSEXCOUNTYWILLS - 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 been made. Price: $20. Now on sale with 10% off at $18.
IROQUOIS INDIAN 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 these 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 on the American frontier was all a part. The 15-page index covers over 750 entries. Price: $10. Now on sale with 10% off at $9.
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TEXAS - CRAZY CRATE JP22 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, offer 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. Now on sale with 10% off at $13.50.
GENEALOGY & HERALDRY / AMERIAN AND BRITISH. 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 9800 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. Now on sale with 10% off at $27.00.
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. Now on sale with 10% off at $9.
WESTERN MICHIGAN PERIODICAL - 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. Now on sale with 10% off at $9.
MIDWEST VISITOR - 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 Micro print. [Note: ex library copy with labels. The top ¾ 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. Now on sale with 10% off at $9.
[NOTE FOR BOOK BELOW: YES,MIDWEST EARLY MISSIONARY - 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 CLIMATE; INDUCEMENTS FOR EMIGRATION WITH THE EMBARRASS MENTS; 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. Now on sale with 10% off at $10.80.
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MICHIGAN - 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. Now on sale with 10% off
INDANA - 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: $30. Now on sale with 10% off at $27.
INDIANA - 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: $25. Now on sale with 10% off at $22.50.
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 Unite 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 ands 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. Now on sale with 10% off at $18.
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CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - 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 photographs, 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. Now on sale with 10% off at $18.
INDIANA - CRAZY CRATE JP27: 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 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. Now on sale with 10% off at $27.
BIOGRAPHY /JAMES DEAN - CRAZY CRATE JP28: 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 confused and trouble 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. Now on sale with 10% off at $18.
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 "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. Now on sale with 10% off at $18.
BIOGRAPHY / PAUL DRESSER -CRAZY CRATE JP28 BOOK 4: ON THE BANKS OF THE WABASH. THE LIFEAND 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. Now on sale with 10% off at $27.
IDEAS FOR SHARING YOUR GENEALOGY WITH FAMILY & FRIENDS - 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. 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. Now on sale with 10% off at $13.50.
CIVIL WAR, UNION 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 material have been used to create this volume, but the basic source has been the undoctored writings of the soldiers themselves, especially the manuscripts and letters. The author's 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 he came to know the Northern soldier through his diaries and letters, he came to respect him, and as the acquaintance ripened, he developed a genuine affection for him. He means to pay him a high compliment when he states that the Northern soldier was no less admirable than the man 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: $12.5O. Now on sale with 10% off at $11.25.
John still has a way to go with these Consolidated Crates, but I hope you are enjoying some of these "oldies but goodies". Genealogists are the only people that are able to live in the past, the present, and the future (we Hope!) with equal ease. Remember to call me at 1-800-419-0200 if you would like to order an of these books.
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