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

Floods Of May June 1948 In Columbia River Basin
Prepared under the direction of C. G. PAULSEN, Chief Hydraulic Engineer
A presentation of data on floods, gathered from selected gaging stations and other sources
With a section on Magnitude and Frequency of Floods By S. E. RANTZ and H. C. RIGGS
UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE WASHINGTON : 1949
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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13      14      15      16      17      18      19      20      21      22      23      24

25      26      27      28      29      30      31



FEBRUARY


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13      14      15      16      17      18      19      20      21      22      23      24

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MARCH


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25      26      27      28      29      30      31



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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NOVEMBER


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DECEMBER


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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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FEBRUARY


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SUN 23      MON 24      TUE 25      WED 26      THU 27      FRI 28      SAT 29



MARCH


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SUN 08      MON 09      TUE 10      WED 11      THU 12      FRI 13      SAT 14

SUN 15      MON 16      TUE 17      WED 18      THU 19      FRI 20      SAT 21

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SUN 29      MON 30      TUE 31



APRIL


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SUN 05      MON 06      TUE 07      WED 08      THU 09      FRI 10      SAT 11

SUN 12      MON 13      TUE 14      WED 15      THU 16      FRI 17      SAT 18

SUN 19      MON 20      TUE 21      WED 22      THU 23      FRI 24      SAT 25

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MAY


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SUN 03      MON 04      TUE 05      WED 06      THU 07      FRI 08      SAT 09

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SUN 24      MON 25      TUE 26      WED 27      THU 28      FRI 29      SAT 30

SUN 31



JUNE


                  MON 01      TUE 02      WED 03      THU 04      FRI 05      SAT 06

SUN 07      MON 08      TUE 09      WED 10      THU 11      FRI 12      SAT 13

SUN 14      MON 15       TUE 16      WED 17      THU 18      FRI 19      SAT 20

SUN 21      MON 22      TUE 23      WED 24      THU 25      FRI 26      SAT 27

SUN 28      MON 29      TUE 30



(see 1964, 1992)







Saturday, July 4, 2020

In the news, Friday, June 26, 2020


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JUN 25      INDEX      JUN 27
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from BBC News (UK)

Coronavirus: Is the pandemic getting worse in the US?
The news in the US has been dominated by anti-racism protests in recent weeks, but coronavirus is now back in the headlines. Several states have seen a record number of cases this week, leading to fears that the country is experiencing a second wave of infections. But Vice-President Mike Pence said those fears were "overblown" and accused the media of using "grim predictions" to scare the American people. So what is going on in the US?

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

California Legislature Votes to Strike ‘the State Shall Not Discriminate’ from Constitution, Opening the Door to Legalized Discrimination
Equality before the law is at the heart of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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from Fox 11 Los Angeles

Despite pandemic, Trump administration urges end to ACA
As coronavirus cases rise in more than half of the states, the Trump administration is urging the Supreme Court to overturn the Affordable Care Act. The administration's high court filing at 10:30 p.m. Thursday came the same day the government reported that close to half a million people who lost their health insurance amid the economic shutdown to slow the spread of COVID-19 have gotten coverage through HealthCare.gov.

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from Mises Institute
RIGHT-CENTER BIAS, MIXED


The Second Round of Lockdowns Won't Be As Easy as the First
The pressure is already mounting for state and local governments to move again toward coerced stay at home orders and mandatory business closures. A second round of lockdowns will assault an America already suffering from widespread unemployment and a fragile economy. Even worse, round 2 is likely to last longer than round 1, bringing an even larger economic and social toll.

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from National Review  RIGHT BIAS

Federal Judge Rules Cuomo, De Blasio Exceeded Authority by Restricting Religious Services While Condoning Protests
A federal judge on Friday ruled that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo violated the Constitution by restricting religious services to stem the spread of the coronavirus while simultaneously condoning mass protests that took place across the state. U.S. District Judge Gary Sharpe granted a preliminary injunction blocking New York from enforcing its stringent coronavirus restrictions on religious services. The state’s current restrictions require houses of worship to operate at 25 percent capacity and later at 33 percent capacity when New York enters Phase Four of its re-opening plan.

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from The Spokesman-Review
Newspaper in Spokane, Washington

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In the news, Thursday, June 25, 2020


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JUN 24      INDEX      JUN 26
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from BBC News (UK)

Coronavirus: 'Very significant' resurgences in Europe alarm WHO
Europe has seen an increase in weekly cases of Covid-19 for the first time in months as restrictions are eased, the World Health Organization (WHO) says. In 11 places, which include Armenia, Sweden, Moldova and North Macedonia, accelerated transmission has led to "very significant resurgence", said Regional Director Dr Hans Henri Kluge. His warnings about the risk of resurgence had become reality, he said. If left unchecked, he warned health systems would be "pushed to the brink". More than 2.6 million cases of Covid-19 and 195,000 deaths have been reported in the WHO's European region, which is expansive, covering 54 countries and seven territories across Europe, the Middle East and Central Asia.

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from Idaho State Journal
Newspaper in Pocatello, Idaho

Justice Department: Helicopter hounded trail building crew
A low-flying helicopter last weekend harassed a work crew building a public trail on an easement crossing private land that connects the popular tourist destinations of Redfish Lake and Stanley in central Idaho, the U.S. Department of Justice said. The department on Wednesday asked a judge to prohibit future harassment during work on the trail that’s at the center of a federal lawsuit.

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from Mises Institute
RIGHT-CENTER BIAS, MIXED


A Never-Ending Story of Bailouts, Moral Hazard, and Low Economic Growth
The recent economic downturn has created the environment for a new round of bailouts by the government and the Fed. Last time they did this they told us it would be the last one, but anyone who knows our history knew that was not going to stand. Now we are told again that this is an exceptional situation and we must bail out businesses in trouble so that the economy can restart again as quickly as possible. But this is the same argument the government has always made when pushing for a bailout. What is more, every time the government has bailed out businesses, they have promised us that this will not create moral hazard.

The Corona Crisis Could Bring a New Era of Decline for American Core Cities
Manufacturing company 7-Sigma made headlines when it decided to leave Minneapolis as a result of the company's plant being burned by rioters. "They don’t care about my business,” 7-Sigma owner Kris Wyrobek old the Star-Tribune. After more than thirty years in the city, the company isn't staying, nor are any of the company's fifty jobs.

Why Central Banks Are a Threat to Our Savings
The US personal savings rate jumped to 33 percent in April from 12.7 percent in March and 8 percent in April last year. An increase in savings is regarded by popular economics as less expenditure on consumption. Since consumption expenditure is considered as the main driving force of the economy, obviously a rebound in savings, which implies less consumption, cannot be good for economic activity, so it is held. Saving and wealth—what is the relation? Contrary to what many modern economists say, increased saving is not a problem for the economy. The real problem stems from declines in production and saving, and these often result from central banks' monetary policy.

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from Orthodox Christianity – orthochristian.com
Religious Organization in Moscow, Russia

PATRIARCH BARTHOLOMEW “SADDENED AND SHAKEN” BY ERDOGAN’S PLANS FOR AGIA SOPHIA
Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople is upset by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s current attempts to convert the world-renowned Agia Sophia from a museum back into a mosque. “What can I say as a Christian clergyman and the Greek patriarch in Istanbul? Instead of uniting, a 1,500-year-old heritage is dividing us. I am saddened and shaken,” the Patriarch said exasperatedly in an interview with the Washington Post yesterday. Erdoğan now hopes to turn the UNESCO-protected monument back into a mosque, envisioning it as a glorious symbol of the Muslim conquest of Byzantium. The State Council of Turkey will officially review the possibility of such a change on July 2, which would mean the canceling of Ataturk’s 1934 decree.

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from The Spokesman-Review
Newspaper in Spokane, Washington

Sue Lani Madsen: Let’s not let personal decisions about mask-wearing become divisive
Of all the things we could fight over with people we see every day, to mask or not to mask isn't worth it.

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