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Newsletter Subtitle: JOHN PALMER CRAZY CRATE 64: GREAT CRATE!
Month Day Year: DECEMBER 17, 2010
Crazy Crate JP 64: December 17, 2010.
John Palmer says, "Hello Everyone,"
I'm sitting here, just finishing up this crate, and looking out the window as the snow just keeps getting deeper and deeper. And colder! I'm finishing this, then snuggling up under my blankie and watching a long movie.
I hope you find something in this crate that you absolutely just can't live without. [Pat did!]
CRAZY CRATE JP 64 BOOK 1: The Older Middle West, 1840 - 1880. Its Social, Economic and Political Life and Sectional Tendencies Before, During and After the Civil War. By Clyde Hubbart. New York: D. Appleton-Century Company, 1936, 305 pages, Hardcover, Note: ex-library copy with a book review pasted on the inside front cover and flyleaf. The binding is getting loose and the front hinge is nearly detached from the body of the book. The cover is worn but the gilt print on the spine is still clearly visible. The earlier frontier Wests have received considerable attention from the historians. But the Middle West as a settled section has not been given extensive treatment. This is especially true of its older portion and of the period from 1840 to 1880. While as a whole it had marked sectional characteristics, the Middle West of that day was composed of two or even three sub-sections. First, the older portion, the lower West, the region of the river valleys, the description of the social, economic, and political life which occupies the major portion of this book; secondly, the upper, newer, more aggressive and more quickly industrialized Great Lakes region; and third, the newest part, the emerging corn and wheat prairie belt. Since the term Middle West, to us of today, comprehends the rather two newer regions and since the record of the older West of southern Ohio, Indiana and Illinois tends by the passage of time to be dimmed, there is all the more reason why this story should be told. The region we describe in this book was for two or three decades one of the focal points around which American history revolved, and one of the testing grounds of American democracy. Fifteen chapters cover:
1) The Age of Politics - the Progressive Western Democracy, 1840 - 1850;
2) Society in the Lower West, 1840 - 1860 - Social Attitudes (life in the interior counties, illiteracy, public schools, religion in the back settlements, and southern influence - Black Codes);
3) Middle Western Culture, 1840 - 1860 (literature, theological debate, music, middle western liberalism and the beginnings of the Middle Western college); 4) Trade with the South by River and Railroad, 1840 - 1860;
5) The Upper West Breaks From the Democratic South, 1850 - 1854 (upper western development, lower west champions expansion - the Kansas-Nebraska Bill);
6) The Lower West, The National Political Battleground, 1854 - 1857 (the doubtful central counties, gains and losses, 1855 - 1857);
7) Stephen A. Douglas - Western Insurgent, 1857 - 1860 (Popular sovereignty becomes popular, Lincoln and Douglas);
8) Winning the doubtful West, 1860 (parties and partyism, 1860, the lower South breaks from the Douglas West, the Lakes and the East reluctantly accept Lincoln);
9) Demands for Compromise and Border State Reconstruction, 1860 - 1861 (Trade with the South, 1860 - 1861, Border-State "reconstruction");
10) Would the Free West Fight to Preserve the Union? (the growth of coercion feeling in the Upper West, the Lower West and the call to arms, April - May, 1861);
11) The Free West Repudiates Abraham Lincoln, 1862 (origins of the Peace Democracy, opposition to emancipation and the draft, patriotic ardor); 12) Democracy in Convulsion - War Strain, 1862 (attacks on the press, 1862 - 1864, legislative opposition to war, 1863, Vallandigham, 1863);
13) War Prosperity - the Solemnities of 1864 (war prosperity and extravagance, conspiracy,. ill-timed and poorly executed, 1863 - 1864 , the Western Peace Bolt 1864, the reflection of Lincoln, 1864); 14) Extravagance and Protest. 1865 - 1880 (Republicanism Triumphant the revival of the Democratic Party in the West, 1867 - 1872, Western Protests Against "Grantism", new parties and new issues, 1873 - 1880);
15) The Gilded Age in the West - Social Life ("Spoon River" in the Seventies and Eighties, progress in higher living, the sources and validity of Middle Western culture). The thirteen-page index covers nearly 800 entries. Price: $8.00
CRAZY CRATE JP 64 BOOK 2: FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS. By James Bradley with Ron Powers. New York. Bantam Books. 2006. Movie tie-in trade paperback edition. 382 pages. By now, almost every adult American is familiar with the photograph of six brave American Marines hoisting the flag on Iwo Jima during World War II. Of the six men who raised the flag, three were killed in action in the continuing conflict. One died of drink. One died of heartbreak. The final man was the author's father, who came home and spent his past in a cave of silence. For his heroism in running through heavy machinegun fire and saving a wounded Marine, he was awarded the Navy Cross. The family never knew about the Navy Cross until after he passed away in 1994. This book is the author's attempt to find out what happened to his father and the others during the war and during the flag raising. Sixty-four photographs accompany the text. The ten-page index covers nearly 700 entries. Price: $7.50
CRAZY CRATE JP 64 BOOK 3: Where Peachtree Meets Sweet Auburn. The Saga of two Families and the Making of Atlanta. By Gary M. Pomerantz. New York: A Lisa Drew Book/ Scribner. 1996. 658 pages. Hardcover. There is an intersection in Atlanta where two worlds meet; where the architecture changes dramatically, the texture of the buildings reflecting two histories, separate and distinct. It is a crossing of two boulevards for dreams in the South, white and black. On the one hand, there are the gleaming skyscrapers of Peachtree, the street where Gone with the Wind author Margaret Mitchell once lived and later met her tragic death; and on the other, there are the Reconstruction-era churches of Auburn Avenue, where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, once preached and where his bier is now entombed inside a crypt with the Epitaph "Free at last, Free at Last, Thank God Almighty I'm Free at Last." The contrast between these streets hearkens to a time when the boundaries were imposed by law and by segregation. This roughing of the borders provides lingering evidence of a history and a city only recently joined. This book explores the social, political and spiritual growth of this city and defines its racial conscience. It is the biography of Atlanta as told through some of its most prominent and elite families - one white, one black - as they ascent over five generations on opposite sides of a segregated city to produce the two most controversial mayors of the New South: Ivan Allan, Jr, and Maynard Jackson. It explores Atlanta's transformation - from its founding as the railroad center Terminus in 1837 to the ashes left by General William T. Sherman's Union troops in 1864 to its role as the center of the civil rights movement during the 1960s to its selection as the site of the 1996 Summer Olympics. 56 photographs accompany the text. The fourteen-page index covers nearly 1,200 entries. Price: $12.50
CRAZY CRATE JP 64 BOOK 4: The Search for Henry Cross: An Adventure in Biography
and Americana. By W. Douglas Hartley. Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Society. 1966. 77 pages. Softcover. (Indiana Historical Society Publications, Volume 23, No. 3). Note: The cover and inside pages are beginning to slowly discolor, possibly because of the type of paper used for the printing.
In his various travels throughout central Indiana, the author became intrigued with the many unsigned tombstones that appeared in early central Indiana cemeteries. After studying the tombstones, he noticed that many of them had the same folk art craftsmanship and determined to discover whether the tombstones were made by one man or by several people. His search took several years and ended up discovering the name of the carver - Henry Cross - and Cross's life story. Amazingly, the final story was given to him by the people who currently owned his home - photographer Otto Ping and his wife.
24 photographs enhance the text, most of which are photographs of the highly decorative tombstones which Cross made. Price: $7.50
CRAZY CRATE JP 64 BOOK 5: Oscar Carleton MCCulloch, 1843 - 1891: Preacher and Practitioner of Applied Christianity. By Genevieve C. Weeks. Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Society. 1976. 248 pages. Hardcover. Oscar McCulloch was born on July 2, 1843, in Fremont, Ohio. His parents were Carleton G. McCulloch and Harriet Pettibone. He was the oldest of five children. In 1847 the family moved to Newark, Ohio, and in 1850 they moved to Portage, Wisconsin. Both of his parents were deeply religious Presbyterians, and they organized the Presbyterian Church in Portage. In 1860 or 1861 the family moved to Springfield, Illinois. Preparing for a career in business, Oscar became a traveling salesmen in the southwest for several years but eventually became less satisfied with the work, and in 1867 he entered the Congregationalist Chicago Theological Seminary. As a divinity student he preached in churches in Wisconsin, and was eventually called to serve in the First Congregational Church in Sheboygan. In 1877 he was called to serve at the Plymouth Church in Indianapolis.
His experiences in business and his religious background helped him to develop a concern for the poor and laboring classes, and he established one of the first "institutional" churches and helped to organize charities dedicated to social reform and social justice. He was very tolerant of the views of others and was a close friend of Catholic priests and Jewish rabbis. He worked continuously and tirelessly for reforms and new public institutions. He died on December 10, 1891, at the age of 48, as a result of Hodgkin's disease. Price: $6.00
CRAZY CRATE JP 64 BOOK 6: TWO BOOKS ON SOUTH BEND, INDIANA.. 1) A Brief History of South Bend, Indiana, 1820 - 1969. Information about its Economic, Political, Educational, Religious and Social Development.
1.)By Elizabeth Dales and Katherine Edsall South Bend: South Bend Public Library. 1970. 69 pages. Plastic comb binding. This little booklet contains a brief overview of South Bend history. Much of it discusses businesses or educational institutions that were prominent in 1969. No photographs, two illustrations. The seven-page index covers over 600 entries.
2) SOUTH BEND, MISHAWAKA, INDIANA. By South Bend, Mishawaka Chamber of Commerce. Chicago: Windsor Publications. 1967. 78 pages. Softcover. Oversize. Note: ex library copy with tape along all of the corners of the front and back covers. The binding of the book is still tight. Designed as a promotional tool to attract business and visitors to South Bend and Mishawaka , the Chamber assembled almost 200 black and white and color contemporary photographs to highlight the cities, their manufacturers. retailers, hotels, churches, libraries and financial institutions. Sadly, nearly 80 percent of the features shown in the photographs have now been demolished, renovated or have gone out of business. Price: The set of two books for only $10.00
CRAZY CRATE JP 64 BOOK 7: Index to the Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Indiana. Second Volume:An Every Name Index to Volume IV. By Glenda K. Trapp. Evansville. Trapp Publishing Co. No date. 363 pages. Hardcover. This alphabetical index contains the names of over 54,000 Civil War soldiers who are listed in Volume IV of the Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Indiana, published in 1866. Volume IV contains the rosters of the Sixth Regiment through the Twenty-Ninth Regiment. In the original volume, each regiment - and the companies of each regiment - were listed individually. This book combines all of the names into one alphabetical listing, and indicates the page or pages where the soldier can be found in the original volume. Price: $50.00
CRAZY CRATE JP 64 BOOK 8: TWO BOOKS ON NATIVE AMERICANS: 1) Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. 2.) Genealogy Workbook. CherokeePublications. 1998. 28 pages. Softcover. This book guides you in preparing a family tree of your Cherokee ancestors. Including enrollment requirements for the Eastern Band. Twenty two pages contain the complete listing of all of the names on the 1924 Baker Roll. 2) AMERICAN INDIAN PORTRAIT POSTCARDS. 24 LITHOGRAPHS FROM MCKENNEY AND HALL'S 'INDIAN TRIBES' By Charles Bird King. Mineola, NY: A joint publication of the Athenaeum of Philadelphia and Dover Publications, Inc. Six pages with four removable postcards on each page. Softcover. In 1816 President Madison appointed Thomas Loraine McKenney as Superintendent of Indian Trade. McKenney hired Charles Bird King, who had studied under famed painter Benjamin West, to paint the portraits of the Native American delegations that were going to Washington to negotiate and conclude treaties. King also rendered the work of other artists that was sent to him. McKenney conceived the idea of a work on Native Americans that would incorporate lithographic reproduction of the portraits, and spent the rest of his active life in realizing the project. With a text by James Hall, the work, featuring 120 portraits, was published in three volumes between 1836 and 1844. This work is called the History of the Indian Tribes of North America. Although McKenney never realized the profits from the project that he had anticipated, his History stands as a monument of American publishing. The original portraits that McKenney had commissioned were given to the Smithsonian Institution in 1858, and were consumed in a fire in 1865. The costumes depicted in the portraits show what the subjects actually wore, frequently a blend of Native American and European cultures. The gorgets and peace medals that frequently figure in their dress were coveted gifts given by the government. 24 of the 120 portraits appear in this book: "A Chippeway Widow", "Young Ma Has Kan", "Oke-Makee-Quid", "Chippeway Squaw and Child", "Tai-O-Maah", "No-Wauy-Ke-Sug-Ga", "Kish-Ke-Kosh", "Mah-Has-Kah", 'Mistippee", "Pow-A-Sheek", "Chon-Ca-Pe", "Wa-Pel-La", "Kish-Kal-Wa", "Chon-Mon-I-Case", "Ap-Pan-Noo-Se", "Tens-Kwae-Ta-Waw", "Shingaba W'Ossin", "Not-Chi-Mi-Ne", "Assoela" (Osceola), "Ma-Ka-Tai-Me-She-Kia-Klah" (Black Hawk), "Hoo-Wan-Ne-Ka", "Pes-Ke-Le-Cha-Co", "Ne-O-Mon-Ne", "and Keokuk". Price for the set of books: $10.00
CRAZY CRATE JP 64 BOOK 9: Experience of a Private Soldier of the Civil War. By George Morgan Kirkpatrick. 42nd Regiment Infantry. 1973 reprint of original edition. 64 pages. Softcover. The Civil War experiences of George M. Kirkpatrick, Private, were recorded by him in notes, letters and miscellany. George M. Kirkpatrick was born in German Township, Vanderburgh County, Indiana, on a farm on January 5, 1846 - the youngest of nine sons and six daughters born to Samuel and Elizabeth Kirkpatrick. At the age of fifteen he enlisted in Company A, 42nd Indiana Volunteer Infantry in July 1861. Six brothers, four brothers-in-law, three nephews and twenty-seven cousins were in the Civil War on the side of the Union, while six cousins were in the Rebel Army. His memoir begins with his enlistment in 1861, covers many numerous minor incidents, his near court-martial, camp movements, several battles, house burnings, and more. During the Battle of Chickamauga he was wounded in both arms while aiding his commanding officer. In September 1864, he was shot near the heart by a sharpshooter, then sent to several hospitals to recover, transferred to the Veteran Reserve Corp and finally sent to Cleveland, Ohio, to muster out. He was discharged at Cleveland on July 12, 1865, at the age of nineteen years and five days, having seen forty-four months of service. He was in 25 battles, one hundred skirmishes, and was wounded five times. After the war, he "worked at every trade except undertaking" in Indiana, Kansas, Missouri and Illinois then moved to Evansville, Indiana, where he was employed by a florist. He eloped with the florist's daughter and they were married on May 7, 1870. After more movements, he and his wife moved to Chicago where they lived for more than 50 years and raised a large family. Also included are 23 letters written to his sister during the war, giving details not mentioned in his memoir, and three poems. Each letter home ends with "Yours until death," showing the ever shadowing expectancy of death at any moment. A brief service record indicates that he served at Perryville, Stone River, Chickamauga, LookOut Mountain, Missionary Ridge, Ressaca, Dalton, Kennesaw, Peach Tree Creek and Atlanta. He died at the National Soldiers Home in Virginia in 1924 or 1925. Price: $20.00
CRAZY CRATE JP 64 BOOK 10: The French Army in the American War for Independence. Text by Rene London: Osprey, a division of Reed Consumer Books. 1997. Reprint of 1991 edition. 47 pages. Softcover. (Osprey Men-at-Arms Series) The American Revolution was one of the finest hours for France's military and naval forces. This short study looks at the transformation which occurred in the French armies and navy from 1763. Although the French were involved in the American colonies, they also had forces elsewhere, and this book gives a global view of the French armed forces deployed around the world during the struggle. The book provides a chronology of battles in which the French participated, as well as an overview of French participation in the conflict. Forty-seven color and black plates and illustrations of uniforms and battles enhance the book. This book is a quick, excellent source for getting all of the basic facts. Price: $14.95
CRAZY CRATE JP 64 BOOK 11: GOLD, GUNS, AND GALLOWS. By James I. D. Horan and Howard Swiggett. Fort Wayne, IN. Public Library of Fort Wayne and Allen County. 1957. 54 pages. Softcover. (Reprint of part of Chapter 2 of The Pinkerton Story, published by G. P. Putnam's Sons. 1957. 54 pages. Softcover. No part of police work is so satisfactory or valuable as is the suppression of outlaws. This warfare reached its greatest intensity in the years between 1866 and 1900. During that time outlaw gangs led by Jesse and Frank James, the Younger Brothers, the Daltons and the Wild Bunch as well as many others caused the Pinkerton Agency to be taxed to its capacity. But before there were the James and the Younger gangs another desperate gang had paved the way. The Reno Brothers were the first gang to "invent" and commit a train robbery! (they successfully robbed four trains in all), committed dozens of safecracking raids and robberies (including taking $14,000 from the Harrison County, Iowa, Treasury and $12,000 from the Mills County, Iowa, Treasury), organized the nation's first band of counterfeiters, burned a town to the ground, then bought it for six hundred dollars, and finally fled to Canada to became the cause of an extradition wrangle between British and American statesmen. Born and raised in southern Indiana (yep, not the "Wild West"), they became the scourge of Indiana, Iowa, Illinois and Missouri. This booklet tells the complete story of the Reno brothers, their violent crimes and their violent end. It took Jesse James fifteen years to gain the reputation that Frank, John, Simeon, and William Reno earned in just three short years. The Reno Brothers robbed their first train (in Indiana) in 1866: Jesse James is usually credited with the first train robbery in the West (Iowa), but he didn't do it until 1873. Two photographs and three illustrations enhance the text. Price: $5.00
CRAZY CRATE JP 64 BOOK 12: The Washington Community, 1800 - 1820. By James Sterling Young. New York: Harcourt, Brace and World, Inc. 1966. 307 pages. Softcover. Note: the binding is tight and the pages are clean, but the outside front and back covers are soiled and a little worn, possibly from use. With this prize-winning study we have at last an accurate reconstruction of the early governmental establishment in Washington during the Jeffersonian era. Though political scientists long noted the disparity between the kind of government planned by the framers of the Constitution and the government that in actual practice emerged, Professor Young was the first to look for explanations in the Washington community itself - its political and social structures, its inner life and values, its attitudes toward power and politics, its strengths and weaknesses. This book begins with an appraisal of a government in isolation from its citizenry and goes on to give fascinating descriptions of the profoundly separated congressional and executive establishments. It analyzes the pattern of congressional boardinghouse fraternities as voting blocs, the nature of the Presidency and its relationship to Congress, and the rise and fall of executive leadership during Jefferson's administration. The final chapters discuss the meaning of this brief important political episode for the subsequent course of American government.
The five-page index contains nearly 500 entries. Price $ 5.00
CRAZY CRATE JP 64 BOOK 13: INDIAN AMERICA: THE BLACK HAWK WAR. By Miriam Gurko. Illustrated by Richard Cuffari. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Co. 1970. First printing. 223 pages. Hardcover. Note: ex library copy with label on spine, check out pocket, and tape on plastic protective cover. Andrew Jackson's Indian Removal Act was a betrayal to American Indians, many of whom had been living peacefully with their white neighbors. But the white man's greed for land brought disaster to Native Americans who were forced to give up their ancestral lands.
The brief and disastrous war of Chief Black Hawk against the United States epitomizes the conflict of Indians and whites in America. Heroism and betrayal, stubborn pride and innocent misunderstandings were all part of the conflict. Focusing on the Black Hawk War, the author has traced the whole tragic chronicle of Indian-white relations from the earliest settlements to the present day. Vivid scenes and historical insights are combined in a moving account of a continuing national problem. The book is divided into three parts: Part One covers Indian and European conflict through the Trail of Tears. Part Two contains sixteen chapters on the Black Hawk War. Part Three discusses the aftermath of the war and Indian-white relationships through various land rushes. Six illustrations accompany the text. The ten-page index covers nearly 500 entries. Price: $7.00
CRAZY CRATE JP 64 BOOK 14: SHOOTING STAR: THE STORY OF TECUMSEH. By William E. Wilson. Illustrated by Edward Shenton. New York: Farrar and Rinehart, Inc. 1942. 248 pages. Hardcover. Note: this is an ex-library copy, with call number on spine, check-out card, etc. Several of the pages have tears, probably by people turning the pages. The cover is rounded at the corners. This book was aimed at the older juvenile market when it came out and contains the standard history of Tecumseh, with fictional dialogue added to enhance the story. The author has described with great sympathy and tenderness the lovable papoose in the Indian village of Piqua, Ohio, the adventurous youth roaming the Wabash Valley and the plains country of the West and the South, the spokesman of the red nations at Vincennes and Chillicothe, and finally the great warrior in Canada. Eight illustrations accompany the text. By today's standards, this book should be considered more ofa collector's piece than a good biography, but it does bring out the important parts of his life and will acquaint readers with this important Native American warrior. Price $5.00
Pat's Note: John that was a great selection of books! I would like to have a couple of them just to read one time, then I will pass them on to your customers who might not mind waiting a week or two while I read them through. I doubt very much that I will find anything of interest in one of them concerning the Black Hawk War, but I have an ancestor, buried right here in Indianapolis, Indiana, about whom I have collected a lot of information.
In one of our trips to the National Archives, I requested his military file be brought to the Reading Room for me to peruse. I found something so personal in his file that it made a very deep impression on me. There is, in the file, a letter he wrote to the government after completing his service, for a period of one month, in a unit whose job was to leave Indianapolis on a mission to walk to Chicago and back to look for Indians that might be still lurking around in northern Indiana.
The letter, which I saw that day made a lasting impression on me and my memory of it is as fresh as if it had happened only yesterday. When I saw the paper, I received the impression it was actually vibrating with anger, frustration and indignation. It felt almost alive!
Settling down to read the original, I found this letter was written to a general officer of the U. S. Army, by my ancestor, who was furious about something!
I am paraphrasing the letter because I don't have ready access to my files as they are in the warehouse at the present time.
He begins with a litany of complaints. He says, "You took me from my home, you took me from my wife, you took me from my newborn son, you took me from my work, [he was a lawyer in our town,] and you walked me all the way to Chicago and back, you gave me nothing but a stone for a pillow and not even a blanket, and I didn't see one single Indian!
That was what he was so furious about, not all the things he was complaining about, but the fact he
did not even SEE an Indian.
I suppose, rightly so, that he thought if he were to be sent to collect Indians, the very least the government could do would be to provide some Indians for him to chase and capture, and he was really mad that they had not furnished any Indians for him to chase and capture, or even SEE!
Obviously he was a very busy man, involved, maybe even pre-occupied, with family and work. He had other important things to do! And here he had wasted a month of his life walking to Chicago and back!
He did, however, manage to avenge his plight, by living to a ripe old age and collecting a monthly pension for years because of his efforts. Rather late in life he married the sister of his son-in-law, who was a young woman at the time. He would have felt totally vindicated for his efforts, pain and suffering to know that she continued to draw her widow's pension for many years after he had passed away.
Don't you just love genealogy! Pat
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