Friday, December 2, 2016

1996 St Cloud Bethlehem Lutheran Boy Scout Troop Camping

For three years, I served as a Assistant Scout Master for the Bethlehem Lutheran Troup of Boy Scouts, along with Scoutmaster Gary Engler and fellow Assistant Scoutmaster Ron Schmid - We all had sons born in the mid 1980's  - Here are a couple of the campouts that we participated in back in 1996  ----
 Here we are setting up camp in the spring of 1996, behind the Weaver Nature Cabins, then stewarded by the Jim and Melanie Weaver family and the Sue and Tom Weaver family -  Pictured are the Schmid, Engler and Weaver campers, as well at Howie Heath, is looks to be playing a Native American Flute, an educator originally from Faribault and a long time high school  teacher in northern Minnesota -

Alex and Ron Schmid (left0 with ?? white rain gear?, Jesse Weaver, Charlie Engler, with Howie Heath holding his flute  ----

 Zac Engler with the early staminate and pistelate flowers (male and female) of the hazel shrubs with another scout on the Pelican Lake property

Another Campout at Lindbergh State Park, Little Falls, by the Mississippi River in 1996
 Cook stoves and tent setting up

Overview of the camp set up at Lindbergh State Park - Jesse Weaver, Mark Vasquez, and Alex Schmid in the front row setting up tents  --
 Troop Scoutmaster, Gary Engler, with other leader and scout, planning where to set up the stoves  --
 Mark and Jesse sharing water at the hand pump --- Mni Wiconi from the earth
Jesse and Mark at the Playground at Lindbergh Park

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Immigration in the American South - WL Glessner publisher connections

In November 2011, the month I drove to southern Georgia, through Macon to Americus,  I found a reference to the scholarly  book, Immigration in the American South 1864-1895, A Documentary History of the Southern Immigration Conventions by Jason H Silverman and Susan R Silverman -
I wrote and purchased a copy directly from the authors, Dr Jason Silverman and Susan R Silverman

The Back cover of the book with authors bio -  

Jason from

College of Arts and Sciences

Faculty Profile

 Silverman, Jason   Name:  Jason Silverman

 Dedication to Glessner Family history in the South (Wm Legget Glessner, the first born son of Lewis Glessner,  had brothers and sisters who immigrated to Georgia from Ohio as well) See William Legget Glessner on Find a grave to see siblings "
  William Legget Glessner (1840 - 1926)*Sep. 27, 1840 Ohio,  d Jan. 5, 1926 Augusta, Georgia
Edward Cowles Glessner (1844 - 1864)*  b May 23, 1844 Ohio,  d Jun. 28, 1864 Kinnesaw Mt Georgia,
  Fredrick Henry Glessner (1846 - 1936)* b Nov. 1, 1846, Ohio d Dec.,  Dec 10 1936 Fostoria Ohio
  Florence Glessner (1849 - 1926)* Mar. 6, 1849 Ohio, d Sep. 21, 1926 Griffin Spalding County Georgia
  Clara Glessner (1851 - 1863)* b Aug. 4, 1851 Ohio ,d  Jan. 8, 1863 Findlay, Ohio
  Leonard Cowles Glessner (1853 - 1936)* (this authors great grandfather) Mar. 17, 1853 Ohio, Dec. 11, 193 Findlay,Ohio
  Douglas Glessner (1856 - 1910)* b Nov. 26, 1856 Ohio, d Jun. 10, 1910 Griffin, Georgia
  Laura E. Glessner (1859 - 1958)* b Jan. 16, 1859 Ohio, d Sep. 12, 1958 Brunswick, Georgia
  Eleanor Glessner White (1863 - 1940)"b Jan. 22, 1863,  d Oct. 4, 1940 Spaulding Co, Georgia

p 20 of Immigration in the American South, documenting WL Glessner stepped up to manage the Central Railroad of Georgia's Bureau of Immigration in March of 1888, and that he would accompany a train car into the Northwest including the Columbus ohio, exposition in October  
WL Glessner Editor of Southern Empire, Americus GA, Sept 1891 - note census data of assessed values in 1890 and 1880 in the text -  above and below issues of Dixie and even a colony to compare with the "Rugby" idea, promoted in Tennessee during that era - from Wiki "Founded in 1880 by English author Thomas Hughes, Rugby was built as an experimental utopian colony. While Hughes's experiment largely failed, a small community lingered at Rugby throughout the 20th century,_Tennessee
Even the idea of world markets for cotton, a major crop of Georgia written on pages 339-40, in the Southern Empire, edited by William Legget (WL) Glessner, the first born son of Lewis Glessner of Delaware Ohio
 I sense the "fine hotel" referred to here in 1891 is the Windsor Hotel. Built in 1892, to attract winter visitors from the north, the Windsor was a 100-room, five story Victorian structure complete with towers, balconies, and a three story open atrium lobby. It occupies nearly an entire city block, and was the site of numerous balls and celebrations. As famous as the structure is, are the visitors who have graced its halls. see

Pecan tree in front of the Glessner Home in Americus, that I visited in Nov 2011 

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Era around 1920 Presidential Election - Ohio Centered - Two Newspaper Men - In Black and White NEW photos

Looking to find solace and a sober perspective about what it means to be "presidential" during this 21st Century on Turtle Island, known politically as the United States of America.   I was raised in rural Minnesota in the 50's and early 60's by parents who were raised in Ohio and mostly by those, in the Glessner and Weaver families who had been Taft Republicans.  I tend to be a middle of the road, red road, person who is fiscally conservative (I rarely have given money to politicians at all, and am socially the root, like Henry David Thoreau of the 19th C who lived by Walden Pond, I love to learn from Mother Earth and Creation and be connected to her. And noticing with an "Easy Does It" balance of heart and mind, that the current campaign with Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton on the blue side of the Democrats and The Donald Trump now on the red, Republican side, has a lot of drama and money at stake. And the media is so different now in the digital and mostly post TV environment my sons have experienced.  I am up meditating here in a gentle thunder storm on an early June morning...and find the photos of my ancestors, help me to drop into a calm reality.   And have experienced many politicians to speak with forked tongue.....just to get elected.  And I have enjoyed the Obama Presidency very much as Barack and Michelle have seemed grounded and bright, raising their two Afro- American daughters with grace during their 8 years in office.  Midwesterners through and through and for me, open hearted and intelligent ambassadors, just the right folks.  

Presidential Candidates in 1920 were both newspaper men, and knew the printed media to influence thinking and actions prior to radio and TV.    
Election humor of 1920, and the Harding vs Cox campaign, an all Ohio affair.  
1920 Doll like boy with a Cox  beanie, likely a campaign hat during the Harding - Cox Ohio election campaign.  NEW album 

Ca 1919-20 Henry Eicher, Noah Elwood Weaver and Paul Henry Weaver, 3 generations enjoying watermelon....
In 1920, Noah Elwood Weaver took photos of his travels to Marion Ohio, where Warren Gamaliel Harding, was running his presidential campaign from his porch.  from wiki
 "Harding begins his front porch campaign by accepting the Republican nomination, July 22, 1920. 
 Here is a photo during the campaign of Florence Kling Harding on the steps for the Marion home, by NEW.
Harding campaigning on his front porch in Marion OH - 1920 NEW family Album 
Context of the times, when Edna Eicher Weaver and son, Paul Henry Weaver with his grandpa, Henry Eicher are visiting Cleveland Ohio, the bigger city near Mansfield, Canton area where Uncle Hans and Phenie Hansen lived.
1920 license plate and Henry Eicher in the front seat of the family car, parked in front of the Mansfield Ohio State Reformatory where Han O Hansen worked as the head of the furniture factory to teach the men at the reformatory to have a skill and profession when leaving the facility. (This building was made famous by the film Shawshenk Redemption 1994, which saved what is left from the wrecking ball to preserve as a historic site
CA 1920 Mansfield area Summer Picnic with Weaver - Eicher  and Hansen cousins.  L - R Phinnie, Josephine Brandt Hansen,  Edna Eicher Weaver,  Hans O Hansen, Henry Eicher, by NEW
CA 1920 Paul Henry Weaver with swan, at Pond likely by the Mansfield Reformatory.  looks like the "beanie" hat was the style of the day for boys.
Swan in NEW Album.

Attire of regular folks during the era.Perhaps gathering in Marion to hear Warren G Harding from his porch
Black 2 cent stamp issued with the death of president Harding in 1923.
Commemorative gold coin issued for first lady Florence Harding in 2014.  

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Eicher Family and Miamisburg Lutheran Church 1922 Sept or Memorial Day ?- Hillgrove Cemetery

 Trinity Lutheran Church over the door, Rev Pence on the sign with a crowd on Memorial Day ? Sign says "Rally Day, Sept 24" ?
1922 Photo Hillgrove Cemetery, Miamisburg Ohio, likely Memorial Day after a service at the Lutheran Church in town and picnic. Trinity Lutheran.....Traditional German front Edna Eicher Weaver, her tall sister, Emma Esther Eicher, 11 yr old Paul Henry Weaver (my dad) and Henry Eicher, standing near his tombstone, where is wife, Helena Paul Eicher was interred in 1913. 

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Welcoming Spring with the 42th Annual MayDay Parade in Minneapolis

When I arrived on Sunday morning, I parked my van and rode my bike to the west side of Powderhorn Park and visited the Youth Farm, gardens ready for planting. 
At the north end of the lake, vendors were already setting up at 11 AM with the parade to start at noon.  Met the students supporting the SAVE the BWCA booth and signed yet another petition there...Grateful to see all the environmentally concerned younger generations here.

Connected with Bob and we met with our bikes near this stairway up to 15th and 34th where the parade enters the park and noticed the purple crepe paper on the railings and just knew a lot of folks would be honoring our local musical son, Prince Rogers Nelson, who was raised here in Minneapolis..

Here is Bob, chatting with the woman who had the vision to share the color purple.  Bob and I each took some to have on our bikes to honor the memory and the music!
 Supporting Youth and local sustainable farming....even got a coupon!  Bob and vendors by the park.
 From our spot at 33rd and Bloomington, we met a lot of kids and families there to celebrate the day. The first float of the parade..
 Colorful banners, Heart of the Beast Theater.....

 While standing on the corner, Paula Overby came by and met Bob.  Paula and I served together on the Twin Cities Men's Center Board, and she plans to run for Congress as an independent, in the district south of the river, Dakota, Scott, and Rice co.
 A lot of purple attire along the parade route....

And honoring the medicine wheel, a moving sight for sure.  

Another St Louis Park resident, and fellow MKP initiate, Rick "Rocky' Gravrok showed up with a Prince with the symbol of The Artist Formerly Known as Prince T shirt....

Rocky and Paula were telling jokes to enliven the day.  
 Here is Rocky, the playful geezer, working the crowd with kids jokes...
Puppets including the loon, the MN state bird.
I smelled the copal, a cleansing resin medicine from Central America, before I saw the dancers and heard the drumming.  Mexica, also called Azetec Dancers enliven the atmosphere.  Just prior to Bob's and my heading south with our bikes - as we had other events to attend...grateful for the energy..

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