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Newsletter Subtitle: John Palmer Consolidated Crazy Crates JP43 through  JP47, SET 4.
Month Day Year: August 27, 2010

John Palmer Consolidated
Crazy Crates
JP43 through JP47.  Set 4.


MISSISSIPPI RIVER TRIP - 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 - 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.  With the 10% off, now this book is only $10.80.

U. S. COAST GUARD / BIOGRAPHY / ELSWORT P. BERTHOLF - CRAZY CRATE JP43 BOOK 6: COMMODORE ELLSWORT P. BERTHOLF.  FIRST COMMANDANT OF THE COAST GUARD.  By C. Douglas Kroll.  Annapolis, MD:  Naval Institute Press.  2002 . First printing.  160 pages.  Hardcover.  When young Ellswort 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.  With the 10% off, now this book is only $9.

U. S. COAST GUARD EXPANDS - 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 if it's 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.  With 10% off, this book is only $9.

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS / GENEALOGIES /AMERICAN & ENGLISH - CRAZY CRATE JP43 BOOK 9: AMERICAN AND ENGLISH GENEALOGIES IN THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS.  Compiled Under the Direction of the Chief of the Catalogue Division.    Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1967 reprint of edition originally printed in 1919 by the Government Printing Office.  1,332 pages.  Hardcover.  [Note: The corners are bumped and the outside edges are dusty.  The inside hinges are discolored and the binding is good but not tight like in a new book. The inside pages are clean.]   Ex lib copy from a rental library.  This catalog contains the titles of 7,000 American and English genealogies received prior to 1919, plus some 1910 and a few later accessions which were incorporated while the work was in progress.  The works are arranged alphabetically by names of families, and under each family chronologically.  The 63-page author index covers over 4,800 authors.  Price:  $25.  With the 10% off, now this book is only $22.50.

SPORTS / BASEBALL / NEW YORK METS - 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.  With the 10% off, now this book is only $18.

U. S. MILITARY ACADEMY / WEST POINT - CRAZY CRATE JP 44 BOOK 3:  WEST POINT.  THE FIRST 200 YEARS.  The Companion 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 pictures 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 extraordinary 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.  With the 10% off, now this book is only $18.

By Adrial Typsilani.  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.  With the 10% off, now this book is only $15. 30.

NORTHWEST TERRITORY /FIRST AMERICAN CIVIL WAR / NATIVE AMERICANS - CRAZY CRATE JP 44 BOOK 8:  GOD GAVE US THIS COUNTRY.  TEKAMTHI AND THE FIRST AMERICAN CIVIL WAR.  By Bill Gilbert.  Atheneum.  New York.  1989.  369 pages.  Hardback.  [NOTE:  ex library copy.  The binding is tight and the pages are clean.]  In the mid-eighteenth century, red and white Americans commenced a struggle to determine which race would be sovereign in the "Old Northwest." as the Great Lakes and the Ohio Valley was once known. The nearly fifty years of strife that ensued were filled with hundred of hit-and-run raids by small partisan bands, occasional battles between armies of warriors and soldiers, and innumerable acts of treachery, terrorism, and torture.  When the fighting was over, thousands of men, women, and children were dead, and the once-free Indian nations had been broken and their surviving people exiled.  In this book, the author provides an absorbing biography and chronicle of Tecumseh, providing a panoramic view of the events and people who shaped the chaotic and critical period of the Ohio Valley at the turn of the nineteenth century.   War and Peace Chiefs, presidents and generals, braves and militiamen, British agents and Canadian traders, missionaries and shamans shaped this chaotic and critical period of North American history.  
In the forefront of this account is Tekamthi (often remembered as Tecumseh), the brilliant Shawnee warrior, orator, and political strategist, long renowned as the most astute and able of the red leaders.  Born along the Ohio River as the red-white hostilities were beginning, Tekamthi went to war when he was little more than a boy.  In the early 1800s he became convinced that his people could defend themselves against the United States only by forming a single racial federation.  From a base at Tippecanoe in Indiana, assisted and inspired by his younger brother, the shaman-mystic Tenskwatawa (the Prophet) he traveled between the Great Lakes and the Gulf Coast, recruiting supporters. Though there were fewer than 100,000 free reds in these territories versus the 7,000,000 whites of the United States, the westward advance of Manifest Destiny was slowed, in large part, by the formidable reputation and charismatic influence of Tekamthi.  Tekamtni's defense of his people's lands and liberties led him into the War of 1812, on the British side.  In 1813, after the British surrender in the West, Tekamthi's forces were defeated on the Thames River in southern Ontario. It  was there that Tekamthi died - and the red resistance movement in the Northwest Territory died with him.  PRICE:  $15.  With the 10% off, now this book is only $13.50.

AMERICAN FRONTIER / CRAZY CRATE JP 44 BOOK 9:  MEN OF THE WEST.  LIFE ON THE AMERICAN FRONTIER.  By Cathy Luchetti. New York: W. W. Norton and Co.  2004.  Hardcover. [Note:  Ex-library copy.]  The lure of adventure and riches brought men west.  Some had dreams of a quick gold strike and a life of ease.  Some were lone explorers drawn to this vast and unknown land.  Still others were homesteaders eager to put down new roots with their families.  Although some returned back east, worn out by the many hardships, many more of them forged places for themselves on America's new frontier as cowboys and farmers, bachelors and fathers, outlaws and lawmen.  Cathy Luchetti, captures the great struggles of being a pioneer as well as the difficult process of settling in.  She uses the words of the men themselves, drawn from letters, diaries, and memoirs - not only the iconic cowboys of our imagination but also the doctors, teachers, farmers, and ministers who shaped the culture of the West.   With over 130 photographs that bring these men to life and quotations that come from their hard-won experience, Luchetti portrays sodbusters, six-shooters, farmers, and vendors, as well as frontiersmen from the East, the immigrants from abroad, and the Native Americans whose lives were changed forever by their arrival.  The twelve-page index covers over 1,000 entries.  PRICE:  $10.  With the 10% off, now this book is only $9.

SOUTHWEST  TERRITORY - CRAZY CRATE 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.  With the 10% off, now this book is only $9.

INDIANA / THE IRISH - 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  With the 10% off, now this book is only $12.55.

CALIFORNIA / S0CIETY ANCESTOR CHARTS - 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.  With the 10% off, now this book is only $9.

Des Moines:  Iowa Genealogical Society.  Two volumes.  (Volume 1: 347 pages.  Volume 2:  475 pages.) Softcover.  The indexes are designed to help individual members, and other non-members with ancestors in that area, find others [cousins, maybe] 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, birth, death and marriage dates as well as the name(s) of the spouse(s).  Price:  $40. for the set.  With the 10% off, now this book is only $36.

U.S. / MIGRATION / THE OREGON TRAIL  - CRAZY CRATE JP 45  BOOK 2:  WESTWARD VISION.  THE OREGON TRAIL.  By David Lavender.   New 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.  If some of your ancestors went this way, you should read this book!  Price: $7.50.  With the 10% off, now this book is only $6.75.

WISCONSIN / AUTOBIOGRAPHY / LIFE STORY: CRAZY CRATE 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 the good and the bad times.  Price:  $21.95.  With the 10% off, now this book is only $19.75.

INDIANA / MICHIGAN / SPORTS / FISHING / ST. JOSEPH RIVER MAP - 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.]  Fifty-five 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:  $9.  With the 10% off, now this book is only $8.10.

INDIANA / PARKE COUNTY / "PLAIN COUNTRY 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 Idea of a Plain Country Woman" - Strauss became one of the most-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.  With the 10% off, now this book is only $9.85.

INDIANA / WRITER / EMMA MALLOY - CRAZY CRATE JP 46 BOOK 13: EMMA SPEAKS OUT: LIFE AND WRITINGS OF EMMA MALLOY (1839-1907). By Martha Pickrell. Carmel, IN: Guild Press of Indiana. ca 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 mostly overlooked until now.  Price: $14.95.  With the 10% off, now this book is only $13.50.

INDIANA / TEACHER / COMMUNITY ORGANIZER / LIFE STORY / 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.  With the 10% off, now this book is only $9.85.

BIOGRAPHY - HUGH GLASS - MOUNTAIN MAN - CRAZY CRATE JP 47  BOOK 3:  PIRATE, PAWNEE AND MOUNTAIN MAN.  THE SAGA OF HUGH GLASS.  By John Myers Myers.  Boston:  Little, Brown and Company.  1963.  First Edition.  237 pages.  Hardcover.  [Note:  ex library copy.  The first front flyleaf page is missing.  The call number label has been removed from the spine of the book.  The check-out pocket has been removed from the back of the book.]  Hugh Glass strides through the annals of the old West, a man of heroic proportions, yet a strangely elusive one, also.  Discredited and forgotten for many years, his story is now retold with careful documentation by John Myers Myers.  Glass's origins are still unknown.  This book opens with the second phase of his life - the brawling, violent life of a free man, living in constant danger in the virtually unsettled West.  Captured by Lafitte in the Gulf of Mexico, he turned pirate himself till his first chance to escape - only to fall prisoner to the Pawnees.  He lived four years as a Pawnee before reaching the comparative safety of the western outpost of St. Louis.  But the life of the wilds held him.  Instead of returning to the East, he again pushed westward.  Wild, independent, with no ties, Hugh Glass joined a group of trappers to open up the fur-rich, Indian-held territory of the Upper Missouri River.  Then there unfolds the legend of a man and an era.  That he lived after a hand-to-hand battle with a grizzly bear is amazing enough.  That he was robbed and left to die by his comrades; but, even though left behind, he struggled alone, unarmed and almost mortally wounded, through two thousand miles of wilderness skirts the incredible!  Revenge motivated him, but he was a fair man as well as a strong one, and revenge was forgotten when he recovered his stolen possessions.  Hugh Glass died, ambushed by Indians, before the West slipped from the hands of the free fur traders.   Incredible story! What a life he led!  Price:   $5.00.  With the 10% off, now this book is only $4.50.

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., 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 forces.  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.  With the 10% off, now this book is only $4.50.

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 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.  With the 10% off, now this book is only $4.50.

BIOGRAPHY / INDIANA / ILLINOIS / 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.  (Indiliana 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, 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.  With the 10% off, now this book is only $4.50.

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.  With the 10% off, now this book is only $4.50.

PENNSYLVANIA / INDIANA / 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.  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 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  With the 10% off, now this book is only $6.75.

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.  With the 10% off, now this book is only $6.30. 

INDIANA / AUTOBIOGRAPHY / GOVERNOR   MITCH DANIELS:   CRAZY CRATE JP 47  BOOK 13: NOTES FROM THE ROAD.  16 MONTHS OF TOWNS, TALES AND TENDERLOINS.  By Mitch Daniels.    No place of publication. No publisher. No date.  (probably 2004 or 2005).   106 pages.  Softcover.  Note:  ex-library copy.  This full-color booklet chronicles the 2004 political campaign of Mitch Daniels as he sought the Hoosier Governorship, beginning with his announcement of candidacy in July 2003.  Using a recreational vehicle as his campaign headquarters, Daniels toured Indiana, visiting nearly 300 cities and towns for nearly a year, gathering information, meeting with farmers, construction workers, businessmen, teachers and the cross-section of Indiana voters, and explaining his ideas. The book shows where he went and what he learned from the people he met.  Nearly 230 full-color photographs really enhance the text. The last two pages provide an alphabetical listing of all of the cities he visited.   Price:  $5.  With the 10% off, now this book is only $4.50.

U. S. / HISTORY / BACKGROUND ca.1854 - CRAZY CRATE JP 47  BOOK 14: THE UNITED STATES ILLUSTRATED. IN A VIEW OF CITY AND COUNTRY WITH DESCRIPTIVE AND HISTORICAL ARTICLES.  Edited by Charles A. Dana.  New York:  Hermann J. Meyer.  No date. (probably early 1850s)  Part 1:  The East (180 pages).  Part 2:  The West  (153 pages) [Note:  This is an original edition, not a reprint.  The leather boards are missing, but the binding is still tight, except for the last page of the book and the back flyleaf, which are present, but detached from the book.  The pages are gilt edged on all sides.]  There is no information in the book indicating when it was published, but the latest date mentioned in the articles is 1854 when a new railroad will be completed through Illinois town and "by New Years Day, 1854 cars will be rolling through this town". This book explores the United States, aiming to lay before the American people faithful and spirited illustrations of what is characteristic and beautiful in the scenery and memorable in the public buildings of all portions of the country and to add something creditable to the number of its artistic and literary productions.  This volume has two parts with one steel engraving accompanying each article.  Part 1 covers 36 views in the Seaboard States, from Maine to the Gulf of Mexico.  Articles include:  The President's Home, Niagara, Barhyde's Lake, Bunker Hill Monument, The Capitol at Washington, The Cascade Bridge, The Tombs, Hudson, West Point, Washington Monument at Baltimore, View from Hyde Park, Falls and Bridge at Norwich, Genesee Falls, The Katterskill, The Chapel of Our Lady, The Columbia Bridge, Trenton Falls, Gowanus Heights, Table Rock, Mount Vernon, Desert Rock Light House, Viaduct of Baltimore and Washington Railroad, The Niagara River, Grace Church, Faneuil Hall, Girard College, the New Capitol at Washington, Representatives' Hall at Washington, the White Mountains, Harper's Ferry, Staten Island and New York Bay, Broadway, Starucca Viaduct, Lockport, the Susquehanna River, and the Crystal Palace. Part 2 covers 33 views in the West;, the States of the Mississippi Valley, and the Pacific.  Articles include:  Lake Itasca, Falls of St. Anthony, San Francisco, New Orleans, The Prairie, Fort Snelling, Brown's Cascade, Wheeling, Cliffs Below St. Paul, Nauvoo, New Harmony, St. Charles, Burlington, Prairie du Rocher, Mississippi, Below St. Anthony's Falls, the Stone Walls, Grand Tower, Scenery Between Lake Pepin Island and St. Croix River, Eagle Rocks, Moline, Cap au L'Ail, Ravenport, Fort Armstrong, St. Louis, Kansas, St. Louis Court House, Rock Island City, Jefferson City, St. Joseph, Independence, Mandan Village, California, and Weston.  Price:  10.  With the 10% off, now this book is only $9. 

END OF JP CONSOLDATED CRAZY CRATES JP43 THROUGH JP47. Set 4.  Thanks, John, for another look at thse crates of books that help to entertain and teach us with a look to the past for a glance at history as it appeared to those who were living it. 

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