Thursday, December 31, 2020

QUO VADIS, COUSIN SAM?

this page updated 4 January, A.U.C. 2773  [A.D. 2020]

Coulee Dam Service was operated by my
parents from the mid 1940s to 1953.
Grand Coulee Dam is in the background.
Route 132, Candiac, Quebec, Canada
     The initial focus of this blog is the area of Washington encompassing the Big Bend Country, the Northern counties of Eastern Washington, the Spokane area, with particular emphasis on the Grand Coulee Dam; and the people who have lived in the area; and particularly the ascendants and descendants of Thomas Brownfield Seaton (1843 - 1920), Louis Joliet (1645-1700), Thomas-Jacques Taschereau (1680-1749), Maria Jane Beamish (1819-1889), Eleonore de Grandmaison (1620-1692), Andreas Peterson Longacre (1657-1718), and Col. George Eskridge (1660-1735), and many other direct ancestors; and James Alexander (1749-1835) and Samuel C. Rinker (1844-1912), who are related, and many others to whom I am connected, and who explored and settled a continent and helped to build two great nations (at the expense of the people who were here before). My extended family tree includes the Lee family of Virginia and all of the first 44 Presidents.  It also includes the British Royal Family: Queen Elizabeth is an 18th cousin once removed. As this work progresses other parts of the United States, Canada, Great Britain, and much of Western Europe will come into focus.



      "People will not look forward to posterity who never look backward to their ancestors." - Edmund Burke in Reflections on the Revolution in France, 1793.


      "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." - George Santayana in Reason in Common Sense, 1905.

      "Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it." - Attributed to George Santayana (1863-1952)





      This post is set to remain at the top of the blog as a home page, with a general table of contents and other information.  (Quo Vadis means "where are you going.")



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BLOG TABLE OF CONTENTS


IN THE NEWS
Indexes for the years 1850 to 2039 have been constructed. Content will be added as I get to it.

      About this section

      shortcut to current half:  JANUARY — JUNE, 2020

      shortcut to previous half:  JULY — DECEMBER, 2019


THEM DAM WRITERS ONLINE
An online magazine by a group of people whose roots are in the Grand Coulee Dam area. "Our mission is to preserve and share history vividly through written word and art."


THIS DATE IN HISTORY
including fixed holy days, commemorations, birthdays, anniversaries, deaths, and other special occasions, as well as significant local, regional, national, and world events


Daily Quotations
From "Thought for today" postings on Facebook

Connections Index  [new section under construction]
How I'm Related or Connected to Famous People

PICTURE GALLERIES

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MANUSCRIPTS

FROM PIONEERS TO POWER
Having received permission, I have begun posting the book, FROM PIONEERS TO POWER, about the building of the Grand Coulee dam and the people who pioneered the area, including many members of my family.  TABLE OF CONTENTS

A HISTORY OF COULEE CITY, WASHINGTON
By Leslie Edwin Lillquist, WSU Dpt. of History, 1969
Permission received in a conversation a few months before his death.

ROSS FAMILY RECORD
This is the book that really got me into blogging.  This unpublished manuscript, prepared by Henry Ross Wiggs in 1971, tells of the descendants of J. William Ross (d. 1824), his son Drummond Ross (1816-1856), Drummond's wife Maria Jane Beamish (1824-1889), and her second husband, Achille-Antoine Fleury Taschereau (1836-1886).  Maria and Fleury were my great grandparents.  Index


BOOKS

AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF THE BIG BEND COUNTRY
embracing Lincoln, Douglas, Adams, and Franklin counties, state of Washington
Western Historical Publishing Co. 1904. 2011 C. S. Blog edition
archive details:      Part 1 (pp. i - 520)      Part 2 (pp. 521 - 1024)

AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF STEVENS, FERRY, OKANOGAN AND CHELAN COUNTIES,
Western Historical Publishing Co. 1904.
archive details

CONQUEST of the COEUR D'ALENES, SPOKANES & PALOUSES
The Expeditions of Colonels E. J. Steptoe and George Wright against the "Northern Indians" in 1858.  By Benjamin Franklin Manring; Inland Printing Company, Spokane, Wash. 1912.
archive details
Col. Edward Jenner Steptoe was my 3rd cousin 5x removed.

NEZ PERCE JOSEPH
HIS ANCESTORS, HIS LANDS, HIS CONFEDERATES, HIS ENEMIES, HIS MURDERS, HIS WAR, HIS PURSUIT AND CAPTURE;
by Howard, O. O. [Oliver Otis], BRIG. GEN. U. S. A.
BOSTON, LEE AND SHEPARD PUBLISHERS 1881
archive details

FROM SEA TO SEA (chapters 22-37)
In Vol. 16 of THE WRITINGS IN PROSE AND VERSE OF
RUDYARD KIPLING ©1899
NEW YORK.  CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS.  1906.
An account of Kipling's visit to America in 1889

HISTORY OF THE CITY OF SPOKANE AND SPOKANE COUNTRY, WASHINGTON
From Its Earliest Settlement to the Present Time, By N. W. DURHAM
The S. J. Clarke publishing company, 1912.
archive details:      VOLUME I      VOLUME II      VOLUME III

SPOKANE AND THE SPOKANE COUNTRY, PICTORIAL AND BIOGRAPHICAL
De Luxe Supplement.  The S. J. Clarke publishing company, 1912.
archive details:      VOLUME I      VOLUME II

Illustrated history of Spokane County
Rev. Johathan Edwards, W. H. Lever, Publisher, 1900
archive details

Early Okanogan History
by William Compton Brown
archive details

History of Old Walla Wall County
embracing Walla Walla, Columbia, Garfield and Asotin Counties
W. D. Lyman, S. J. Clarke publishing co. 1918
archive details:     VOLUME I      VOLUME II

History of the Yakima Valley, Washington
comprising Yakima, Kittitas, and Benton Counties
W. D. Lyman, S. J. Clarke publishing co. 1919
archive details:      VOLUME I      VOLUME II

An Illustrated History of Klickitat, Yakima, and Kittitas Counties
with an outline of the early history of the state of Washington
Interstate publishing co., Chicago, pub 1904
archive details      full text

An illustrated history of north Idaho
embracing Nez Perces, Idaho, Latah, Kootenai and Shoshone counties, state of Idaho
Western Historical Publishing Co. 1903
archive details      full text

An illustrated history of the State of Idaho
THE LEWIS PUBLISHING COMPANY, Chicago, 1899
archive details      full text

HISTORY OF IDAHO
A Narrative Account of its Historical Progress, Its People and its Principal Interests
by Hiram T. French, THE LEWIS PUBLISHING COMPANY, Chicago and New York, 1914
archive details:      VOLUME I      VOLUME II      VOLUME III

Gems of thought and history of Shoshone County
Kellogg Evening News Press, 1940
archive details

The History of Cass and Bates counties, Missouri
containing a history of these counties, their cities, towns, etc. : biographical sketches of their citizens, general and local statistics, history of Missouri, map of Cass and Bates counties, etc
 National Historical Company (Saint Joseph, Mo.) 1883
archive details      full text


OTHER

COULEE CITY INDEX

BIG BEND TOWNS INDEX

BIG BEND CEMETERIES

ANCESTRY INDEX

OBITUARY INDEX
(family tree members):

FAMILY TREE RESEARCH INDEX

FAMILY SCRAPBOOK INDEX
Grand Coulee Dam, Coulee City, Military Service, Spokane

JUDITH BURDACK ARTICLES

THE LEES OF VIRGINIA

SCRAPBOOK MISCELANEOUS INDEX

INDIANS (NATIVE AMERICANS) INDEX

RAILROADS INDEX
Many of the settlers in the Big Bend area, including many members of my family tree, came from their previous homes in the Railroad Migration after the completion of those lines in the late 1880's and early 1890's.  These railroads were and continue to be essential to the region.

WASHINGTON FAMILY INDEX

COMING EVENTS
[not currently being  maintained]

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COUSIN SAM'S LIBRARY
On July 12, 2011, I opened this blog as a reference library for much of the source material related to research for my other blogs, as well as other material, such as collections of quotations, web links, Archive links, and such, so that I can keep the  focus of this blog on family and place.

COUSIN SAM'S FAITH
On July 13, 2011, I opened this blog on religion, politics, and opinion, which are matters of faith, with faith being understood as not merely believing, but what we believe and why.  These subjects are not well suited for inclusion in my other blogs, which are concerned with who, what, when, and where. This blog is about the fifth "w", why.

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CONTRIBUTIONS


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     If you have articles, stories, letters, or documentation that you think may be of interest to this blog, you may send it to me either by e-mail or snail mail.

e-mail: rfsamt@gmail.com

snail mail:  S. F. Taschereau
                 4822 N Nelson, Apt 5
                 Spokane, WA 99217

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Ancestry Research Web Sites & Links:     http://cousinsam.blogspot.com/2011/06/web-sites-links-ancestry-research.html  Including Open Library selections

Internet Archive is a non-profit digital library offering free universal access to books, movies & music, as well as 150 billion archived web pages. http://www.archive.org/index.php

state history publications:
http://www.sos.wa.gov/history/publications.aspx

The Hubert C. Blonk photograph collection
https://dc.ewu.edu/blonk/index.9.html?fbclid=IwAR2JWV7jozbZPEw8CgY0nQE3IYE6WcWSBydEXeXp0C71Xceq-s_CmoffmOw

University of Idaho Historic Photograph Collection List


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Monday, December 28, 2020

THIS DATE IN HISTORY INDEX


JANUARY


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FEBRUARY


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MARCH


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APRIL


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MAY


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JUNE


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JULY


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AUGUST


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SEPTEMBER


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OCTOBER


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sources:

This Day in History — History.com — What Happened Today in History

On This Day - NYTimes.com

This Day in History: October 24 — Infoplease.com
www.infoplease.com/dayinhistory

On-This-Day.com - The best source for daily historical events ...
www.on-this-day.com/

Today In History. What Happened This Day In History – Facts Of The ...
www.historynet.com/today-in-history

Gaston gazette


Wednesday, July 15, 2020

JANUARY — JUNE, 2020



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JANUARY


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(see 1964, 1992)

Friday, January 17, 2020

In the news, Friday, January 10, 2020


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JAN 09      INDEX      JAN 11
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from FEE (Foundation for Economic Education)
RIGHT-CENTER BIAS, HIGH, non-profit organization

8 Venezuelan Industries Hugo Chavez Nationalized (Besides Oil)
Hugo Ch├ívez set his people on a path to serfdom from which there was no turning back. Steel, Agriculture, Banking, Gold Mining, Telecomms, Electricity, Tourism and Travel, Transportation

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from Hoover Institution
Nonprofit Organization in Stanford, California

Roiling The Waters: Changing Alignments, New Threats, And American Withdrawal Symptoms In The Contemporary Mediterranean
The Mediterranean is destiny, the cradle of our civilization. Think Mesopotamia, Egypt, and Persia, then Jerusalem, Athens, and Rome. What the Romans called “Mare Nostrum”—our sea—joined three continents. It was the highway of trade and culture, conquest and war. The basin was practically the world then, and a constant object of desire. This is where civilizations clashed and empires rose and fell for millennia. In the Age of Discovery (1500 ff.), the arena expanded into the Atlantic, the Indian Ocean, and the Pacific. This is where until 1945 the great wars were fought out, on land and on the seas. As a result, the Mediterranean became “smaller.” In the 20th century, this theater lost its centrality, though not its importance. Unlike Venice, Habsburg-Spain, and the Ottoman Empire, the key powers were no longer abutting on the Med: the U.S., Britain, Germany, Russia, Japan, and now, China. The contest became world-wide, and the Med contracted into a battlefield for regional powers, notably Israel and the Arabs. The U.S. and the U.S.S.R. did stake out their claims, but never fought each other in the one million square miles extending from Agadir to Aleppo.

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from HumanProgress.org  Education Website

Heroes of Progress, Pt. 35: Enrico Fermi
Today marks the 35th installment in a series of articles by HumanProgress.org titled Heroes of Progress. This bi-weekly column provides a short introduction to heroes who have made an extraordinary contribution to the well-being of humanity. This week, our hero is Enrico Fermi, the Italian-American physicist who created the world’s first nuclear reactor. Although controversial among many, nuclear power remains the main source of zero carbon energy that, scientists from NASA calculate, saved millions of people from air pollution-related deaths. Today, 26 percent of electricity in the European Union and 20 percent of electricity in the United States is generated by nuclear power. Those numbers will likely rise in the coming decades.

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from The Spokesman-Review
Newspaper in Spokane, Washington

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In the news, Thursday, January 9, 2020


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JAN 08      INDEX      JAN 10
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from The Spokesman-Review
Newspaper in Spokane, Washington

Facebook again declines to limit political ad targeting
Despite escalating pressure ahead of the 2020 presidential election, Facebook reaffirmed its freewheeling policy on political ads Thursday, saying it won’t ban them, won’t fact-check them and won’t limit how they can be targeted to specific groups of people. Instead, Facebook said it will offer users slightly more control over how many political ads they see and make its online library of political ads easier to browse. The company said it was guided by the principle that “people should be able to hear from those who wish to lead them, warts and all, and that what they say should be scrutinized and debated in public.”

100 years ago in Spokane: Project to send Pend Oreille River water to Columbia Basin found feasible
A state commission declared that the proposed Columbia Basin irrigation project was perfectly feasible and presented “no serious engineering difficulties,” the Spokane Daily Chronicle reported. No, this was not the Grand Coulee Dam plan, which we know today. This was a grand scheme to take water from the Pend Oreille River and send it 130 miles to a spot south of Ritzville, where it would be distributed to the arid Columbia Basin.

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In the news, Wednesday, January 8, 2020


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from AP  Associated Press - Media/News Company

The U.S. and Iran stepped back from the brink of possible war on Wednesday as President Donald Trump signaled he would not retaliate militarily for Iran’s missile strikes on Iraqi bases housing U.S. troops. No one was harmed in the strikes, but U.S. forces in the region remained on high alert. Speaking from the White House, Trump seemed intent on deescalating the crisis, which spiraled after he authorized the targeted killing last week of Iran’s top general, Qassem Soleimani. Iran responded overnight with its most direct assault on America since the 1979 seizure of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, firing more than a dozen missiles at two installations in Iraq. The Pentagon said Wednesday that it believed Iran fired with the intent to kill.

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from Intellectual Takeout
Nonprofit Organization in Bloomington, Minnesota

Voters Widely Accept Misinformation Spread by the Media
NBC News reporter and political director Chuck Todd recently railed against “misinformation” and singled out President Trump and “the right” for having an “incentive structure” to spread it. Todd, who according to NBC, “is responsible for all aspects of the network’s political coverage,” also stated that Republicans criticize the media for “sport” and “the loudest chanters of fake news” are “the ones who, under a lie detector, would probably take our word over any word they’ve heard from the other side on whether something was poisonous or not.” Speaking directly to those unsupported claims, a scientific survey commissioned by Just Facts shows that many people are indeed misinformed – but contrary to Todd – this is a bipartisan affair. In fact, the survey found that the most commonly believed misinformation accords with left-leaning narratives spread by the press, and Democrat voters are more likely to accept these falsehoods than Trump voters. Furthermore, sizable portions of Trump voters have swallowed some of these media-promoted liberal fictions, as well as some conservative ones.

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from Mises Institute
RIGHT-CENTER BIAS, MIXED

HOW THE US WAGES WAR TO PROP UP THE DOLLAR
At Counterpunch, Michael Hudson has penned an important article that outlines the important connections between US foreign policy, oil, and the US dollar. In short, US foreign policy is geared very much toward controlling oil resources as part of a larger strategy to prop up the US dollar.

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from POLITICO

Opinion: Trump Is Neither Neocon Nor Isolationist
"Trump’s red line to Iran didn’t have to do with our values, or shipping lanes, or any humanitarian impulse. It reflected the most basic imperative of a nation protecting its own: Don’t harm Americans. When a rocket attack by an Iranian-supported militia killed an American contractor and injured other Americans at a base in Iraq, Trump’s response was also characteristically Jacksonian: a stunning, bolt-out-of-the-blue droning of an enemy commander who was thought to be safely out of bounds, designed to create the maximum deterrent bang for the buck. If this was incredibly bold, it was also quite limited. After the Iranians retaliated in a deliberately circumscribed fashion, Trump seemed happy to pocket what he achieved and gave a White House speech reverting to his policy of seeking a better Iran deal through pressure on the regime.»

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from The Spokesman-Review
Newspaper in Spokane, Washington

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from The Star (Grand Coulee, WA)

Artist wins national award
Local artist and Colville Tribes member Virgil "Smoker" Marchand is one of four recipients of a 2020 Community Spirit Award from a national organization.

Sign outlining "Coulee Corridor" up after years of effort
Tourist and locals alike might learn a little history by stopping at North Dam Park. Framed by basalt pillars, a kiosk detailing the Coulee Corridor National Scenic Byway was placed at North Dam Park in late December 2019 and details some of the history of the Ice Age Floods, the Grand Coulee Dam, recreation in the area, and more.

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from The Washington Examiner
News & Media Website in Washington, DC

Australian wildfires were caused by humans, not climate change
Alarmists have been quick to blame climate change for the recent, horrific fires in Australia and California. Although human actions do bear a large share of the blame for the scale of this ongoing tragedy, the cause is primarily bad management policies, not dreaded climate change. Governmental decisions, made under pressure from environmental groups, have made what would normally be big fires into hellish conflagrations.

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from The Washington Free Beacon
Website in Arlington, Virginia

National Park Replaces Signs Predicting Disappearance of Glaciers By 2020
The Glacier National Park is set to replace signs predicting glaciers would disappear by 2020 due to climate change. The glaciers remain. The signs were posted in the Montana park a decade ago because, at the time, climate change forecasts predicted the glaciers would be completely melted by 2020. ... The new signs will still warn visitors that the glaciers are disappearing but won't offer an expected deadline this time.

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In the news, Tuesday, January 7, 2020


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from Forbes

The capital-I Internet—and any future communications platforms or splinternets of whatever incarnation—need protection from both the banned speech sought by the left, and from the forced conservative ride-along speech sought by the right. Here’s a thought. Embrace your bias; but let others embrace theirs.

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from The Heritage Foundation
RIGHT BIAS,  MIXED  American conservative think tank based in Washington, D.C.

War With Iran? Some People Think We’re Already in One. They’re Wrong
It is how countries choose to react to incidents or situations that determines when a nation goes to war. In the drone case, President Trump and America chose not to view the shoot down as an act of war. The U.S. has said it doesn’t want war with Iran. The question is how Iran will react.

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from The Spokesman-Review
Newspaper in Spokane, Washington

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