Thursday, December 31, 2020

QUO VADIS, COUSIN SAM?

this page updated 4 September, A.U.C. 2773  [A.D. 2019]

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.")



COPYRIGHT, PERMISSIONS & BLOG POLICY






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:  JULY — DECEMBER, 2019

      shortcut to previous half:  JANUARY — JUNE, 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.
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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


     It takes a lot of time to research and transcribe the kind of information going into this blog. Donations using the PayPal Donate button at the top right are most welcome.  Donations in the form of checks made out to Samuel Taschereau will also be accepted at the snail mail address.

     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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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, January 15, 2020

JULY — DECEMBER, 2019


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Sunday, October 13, 2019

In the news, Friday, October 4, 2019


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OCT 03      INDEX      OCT 05
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from The Heritage Foundation
RIGHT BIAS,  MIXED  American conservative think tank based in Washington, D.C.

A Judge’s Wrongheaded Ruling Saves Harvard’s Non-Colorblind Admission Policy
Wittingly or not, the judge has kicked the matter closer to the Supreme Court, where this heinous practice will eventually be ended. The university regularly rates Asian American applicants lower on criteria such as “leadership qualities” and “sense of humor.” Harvard’s discriminatory program—which is hardly an outlier among Ivy League institutions—appears to be heading to the Supreme Court.

The New York Times’ 1619 Project Reeks of Herbert Marcuse’s Divisive Ideology
Marcuse and the other critical theorists who came from Germany, escaping Hitler, discovered an America filled with happy consumers, and that royally bummed them out. The critical theory Marcuse and his colleagues created has now been recast as “critical race theory.” The New York Times undoubtedly will never apologize for its deceptive “1619 Project.”

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from HumanProgress.org  Education Website

Heroes of Progress, Pt. 28: Lucy Wills
Introducing the hematologist who discovered that folic acid can be used to prevent life-threatening types of anemia, Lucy Wills.

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from The Spokesman-Review
Newspaper in Spokane, Washington

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from Vatican News
Religious Organization · Media/News Company

Ecuador declares National State of Emergency
The Government of Ecuador is ending an almost half century of fuel subsidies and this is causing demonstrations so severe that a National State of Emergency has been declared.

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In the news, Thursday, October 3, 2019


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from BBC News (UK)

Single malt Scotch whisky targeted by United States tariffs
Single malt Scotch whisky exported to the United States is to face a tariff of 25% from 18 October. The new duty is part of a raft of measures being imposed by the US in retaliation against EU subsidies given to aircraft maker Airbus. Other goods being targeted include cashmere sweaters, dairy products, pork, books and some machinery.

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from The Guardian (UK)

Philip Pullman attacks politicians claiming to know the 'will of the people'
The Dark Materials author Philip Pullman has attacked politicians for claiming “the will of the people” as a basis for power. “Any political power that rules in the name of something that cannot be questioned is extremely dangerous,” he told fans in London on Wednesday, at the launch of volume two of his Book of Dust trilogy, The Secret Commonwealth. Pullman also spoke at the Alexandra Palace event about the dangers of being blinkered. Quoting William Blake – “May God us keep / From Single vision & Newtons sleep” – he said that “single vision” was “the kind of vision that only sees the things that can be measured”.

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

"Stop Scaring the Children"
Gloomy stories of the coming apocalypse have become commonplace in schools, textbooks, churches, movies and even children’s bedtime stories. For those under the age of 30, listen up: You will live longer, healthier lives with more material wealth than any previous generation. You will inherit a world with less poverty, less disease, more leisure time, less pollution, and more material wealth, less discrimination, and more opportunity to achieve your dreams and aspirations than any other generation — except for that of your children’s and grandchildren’s. You are not inheriting a severely injured planet but one in which a storehouse of thousand of years of accumulated human knowledge make you capable of combatting almost any conceivable problem or catastrophe.

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from HumanProgress.org  Education Website

Impending Defeat for the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse
Most of you think that the world, in general, is getting worse. You are wrong. Citing uncontroversial data on major global trends, I will prove to you that this dark view of humanity's prospects is, in large part, badly mistaken. In Christian tradition, the four horsemen of Famine, Pestilence, War, and Death usher in the apocalypse. Compared to 100 years ago, deaths from infectious diseases are way down; wars are rarer and kill fewer people; and malnutrition has steeply declined. Death itself is in retreat, and the apocalypse has never looked further away.

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from The Living Church
Magazine of The Living Church Foundation (Anglican)

GOING OUT OF BUSINESS?
Rather like a restaurant facing a marked decline in clientele, the Episcopal Church decided to offer a confused menu crowned by a new prayer book, suffused with a text drawn from that proposed by the Second Vatican Council, tastefully rendered. Progressivism was embraced, to the fury of conservative Episcopalians. Love was featured on the dessert menu, unconditional and uncritical. The only remaining sins were either social, or perceived disloyalty to those who ran the church. This rather confusing combination pitted the wording of liturgical texts (e.g., the collects for mission in the prayer book’s offices) against the religion offered from pulpits and synods (e.g., General Convention resolutions). It is evident that this menu attracted and continues to attract disaffected Roman Catholics and evangelicals, but not enough to offset critical decline, caused by death, marrying out, failure to evangelize the past two generations, and a societal drift away from organized religion.

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from The Spokesman-Review
Newspaper in Spokane, Washington

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In the news, Wednesday, October 2, 2019


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from The Guardian (UK)

Portrait of Richard III goes on public display for first time
There are many who believe Richard III has an undeservedly malignant reputation. For the historian David Starkey it is not malignant enough. He was a “murderous thug”, Starkey said on Tuesday as he unveiled a late 16th-century portrait of the king, which goes on public display from Wednesday for the first time. The portrait has been purchased from a private collection by Hever Castle in Kent to hang in its Long Gallery, filling a gap in its remarkable collection of royal historic portraits.

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from The Spokesman-Review
Newspaper in Spokane, Washington

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In the news, Tuesday, October 1, 2019


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SEP 30      INDEX      OCT 02
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from BBC News (UK)

Manu Gandhi: The girl who chronicled Gandhi's troubled years
On the evening of 30 January 1948, Mahatma Gandhi stepped outside the house of an Indian business tycoon in Delhi where he was staying and walked to a prayer meeting in the garden. Accompanying Gandhi, as usual, were his grand-nieces, Manu and Abha. As the 78-year-old leader climbed the steps of the prayer platform, a man in khaki emerged from the crowd, pushed aside Manu, pulled out a pistol and pumped three bullets into the frail leader's chest and abdomen. Gandhi fell, invoked the name of a revered Hindu deity, and died in the arms of the woman who had become his confidante, caregiver and chronicler in his troubled and turbulent final years.

If the US election were like Canada's...
As the American presidential campaign season grinds into its 10th month, the Canadian general election, which started just last month, is nearing its conclusion. Before it's over, take a moment to contemplate what a US presidential election would look like if it were a bit more, well, Canadian.

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from Psephizo  (blog)

Will God act ‘soon’ in answer to prayer?
What does the New Testament say about how soon and how quickly God answers prayer? Are they the same thing? Unless you are a deist (even perhaps a moral therapeutic deist) then belief in the orthodox understanding of the Trinity implies an expectation that God, by his Spirit, is at work in the world and in the life of the believer. In 1 Corinthians, Paul describes the active work of the Spirit in the congregation at Corinth; in Romans 8 he particularly focusses on the work of the Spirit in the individual believer; Luke in Acts recounts how the work of the Spirit amongst the apostles and others in the early church continued the work and ministry of Jesus amongst them and in public ministry. The claim of the New Testament is that, even though we live in different times in history, we inhabit the same theological time: the season of the post-Pentecost outpouring of the Spirit, and so (in some way or other) we should have the same expectations.

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from The Spokesman-Review
Newspaper in Spokane, Washington

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In the news, Monday, September 30, 2019


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from BBC News (UK)

'Revolutionary' drug for prostate cancer
Olaparib could become a revolutionary treatment for prostate cancer - the first genetically targeted drug for fighting the disease, say experts. The precision medicine is already used by the NHS for ovarian cancer and has been called a game-changer by cancer doctors.

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from The Guardian (UK)

Welsh nationalism and the wider ramifications
Readers respond to Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett’s argument that Brexit is giving independence fresh appeal

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from The Spokesman-Review
Newspaper in Spokane, Washington

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from The Washington Times
News & Media Website in Washington, D.C.

Bill Maher: U.S. will be 'paralyzed for a very long time' if House moves ahead with impeaching Trump
Liberal comic Bill Maher voiced reluctance about Democrats moving to impeach President Trump, warning his removal from office would result in the country becoming “paralyzed.”

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from World Socialist Web Site
LEFT BIAS, HIGH, News & Media Website of International Committee of the Fourth International
(ICFI) (a Trotskyist orgnization

Democrats praise CIA whistleblower on Ukraine, persecute Manning, Assange and Snowden
Over the past week, congressional Democrats have suddenly discovered their support for whistleblowers. They have rushed to the defense of the CIA agent assigned to the White House who has been at the center of the conflicts within the state over Trump’s call to the Ukrainian president in July. On Thursday, the House Intelligence Committee released the complaint by the agent claiming that Trump sought to “solicit interference from a foreign country” in the 2020 US elections.

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