Saturday, December 31, 2022

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.")



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:  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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Wednesday, December 28, 2022

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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MARCH


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

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


Friday, January 15, 2021

JULY — DECEMBER, 2020


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JULY


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

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AUGUST


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SEPTEMBER


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OCTOBER


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SUN 04      MON 05      TUE 06      WED 07      THU 08      FRI 09      SAT 10

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SUN 25      MON 26      TUE 27      WED 28      THU 29      FRI 30      SAT 31



NOVEMBER


SUN 01      MON 02      TUE 03      WED 04      THU 05      FRI 06      SAT 07

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

SUN 22      MON 23      TUE 24      WED 25      THU 26      FRI 27      SAT 28

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DECEMBER


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(see 1964, 1992)

Saturday, October 24, 2020

In the news, Friday, October 16, 2020


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OCT 15      INDEX      OCT 17
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from The Guardian (UK)
LEFT-CENTER, HIGH, British daily newspaper published in London UK

Twitter softens policy on hacking after row over blocked New York Post story
Twitter has softened its policies against the sharing of hacked material after the backlash over its decision to block a New York Post story about Joe Biden’s son. Republican senators declared their intention to subpoena the Twitter co-founder, Jack Dorsey next week, forcing him to explain the decision, after he apologised for the lack of communication about the blocking. The story, supposedly based on materials stolen from Hunter Biden’s laptop by a computer repair shop, was blocked by Twitter on two grounds, the company said. First, it contained personal information such as private email addresses; and second, it contained hacked material, violating a policy instituted in 2018 to try to limit “hack-and-leak” information operations of the sort run by the Russian state in 2016. That latter policy had now been weakened, Twitter’s policy chief, Vijaya Gadde, said late on Thursday.

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from KAPP-KVEW Local News
TV Channel (ABC Tri-Cities/Yakima, WA) (yaktrinews.com)

Snow-lovers can rejoice, this forecast is for you! NOAA just released their annual winter outlook on Thursday, and it’s looking pretty likely the Pacific Northwest will see both a cooler and wetter winter ahead. Now, this doesn’t mean that each day will be snowy, but the averages will likely be cooler and wetter than a typical winter.

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

Biden’s support for Pat. Bartholomew and the Patriarchate also included support for their project of creating the schismatic “Orthodox Church of Ukraine” in 2018.

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from Reuters
International news agency headquartered in London, UK

Pfizer Inc PFE.N said on Friday it could file in late November for U.S. authorization of the COVID-19 vaccine it is developing, suggesting that a vaccine could potentially be available in the United States by the end of the year. That timeline makes it unlikely, however, that a vaccine will be available before the U.S. election, as President Donald Trump has promised. Pfizer, which is developing the vaccine with German partner BioNTech 22UAy.F, said that it may confirm if the vaccine is effective as soon as this month but that it also needs safety data from a 44,000-person clinical trial that will not be available until next month.

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from The Spokesman-Review
Newspaper in Spokane, Washington

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from UPI News Agency (United Press International)
Media/News Company

The United States cleared Romania to purchase coastal defense missiles in a $300 million deal, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced Friday. The State Department approved the sale of two Naval Strike Missile Coastal Defense Systems and related equipment. The system includes missiles suited for land attack missions because they can climb and descend with the terrain as well as having sea-skimming capabilities.

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In the news, Thursday, October 15, 2020


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OCT 14      INDEX      OCT 16
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from AP (Associated Press)
LEFT-CENTER BIASED, VERY HIGH, News Agency in New York City

The Trump White House has installed two political operatives at the nation’s top public health agency to try to control the information it releases about the coronavirus pandemic as the administration seeks to paint a positive outlook, sometimes at odds with the scientific evidence. The two appointees assigned to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Atlanta headquarters in June have no public health background. They have instead been tasked with keeping an eye on Dr. Robert Redfield, the agency director, as well as scientists, according to a half-dozen CDC and administration officials who spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal government affairs.

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from The Epoch Times
RIGHT BIAS, MIXED, Media/News Company in New York

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani says he spent three weeks authenticating the materials on a copy of a hard drive that once allegedly belonged to Hunter Biden, the son of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. The contents of the drive are the subject of a series of explosive reports by the New York Post that shed further light on Hunter Biden’s dealings with China and Ukraine. ... The Post’s first story on Hunter Biden quickly became the top hit on the newspaper’s website and, after Twitter and Facebook took unprecedented steps to prevent people from sharing the article, rose to the national spotlight as prominent figures expressed outrage over the apparent censorship ahead of the election. The article described alleged Hunter Biden emails suggesting that in late March or April of 2016 he introduced his father, Joe Biden, who was the vice president at the time, to a top executive from Ukrainian gas firm Burisma. At the time, Hunter Biden held a paid position on the board of Burisma.

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from Grunge.com

If we're asked to imagine society's biggest saviors, we might imagine firefighters, doctors, or even Superman himself. Society is indeed full of heroic figures like these. But when it comes to the total number of lives saved, there is one man who has all these others beat. That man is the American agricultural expert Norman Borlaug, who, according to the University of Michigan, may have prevented over a billion deaths.

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from HumanProgress.org  Education Website

We measure abundance in Time Prices. A Time Price is the length of time that a person is required to work in order to earn enough money to buy something. It is the money price divided by hourly income. Money prices are expressed in dollars and cents, while Time Prices are expressed in hours and minutes. For example, if a barrel of oil costs $75 and you earn $15 an hour, the Time Price will come to five hours. If oil falls to $60 a barrel and your income increases to $20 an hour, the Time Price will decrease to three hours. The money price falls by 20 percent, but because your hourly income rose by 33 percent, the Time Price will fall by 40 percent. ... Our research into Time Prices and resource abundance began when we looked at updating the famous wager between the late University of Maryland economist Julian Simon and the Stanford University biologist Paul Ehrlich. The wager was based on the inflation-adjusted prices of five metals: chromium, copper, nickel, tin, and tungsten, and lasted from October 1980 to October 1990. Ehrlich predicted that because of population growth, metals would become more expensive. Simon argued that because of population growth, metals would become cheaper. ... Simon, as is well known, won his bet with Ehrlich when the real (which is to say inflation-adjusted) price of the five metals fell by 36 percent between October 1980 and October 1990. Simon’s victory would have been even more impressive had he used, as we do, Time Prices. Those fell by 55 percent between 1980 and 1990.

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from The Spokesman-Review
Newspaper in Spokane, Washington

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In the news, Wednesday, October 14, 2020


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OCT 13      INDEX      OCT 15
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from New York Post
RIGHT-CENTER BIAS, MIXED,  Newspaper in New York

Hunter Biden discussed leveraging his connection to his father in a bid to boost his pay from a Ukrainian natural gas company, according to an email he sent around the time he joined the firm’s corporate board. In a lengthy memo to his then-business partner, Devon Archer, who already sat on the Burisma board, Biden repeatedly mentioned “my guy” while apparently referring to then-Vice President Joe Biden. Under President Barack Obama, the elder Biden was the point person for US policy toward Ukraine, and he held a press conference there with Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk on April 22, 2014. Hunter Biden’s email to Archer is dated a little more than a week earlier.

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from The Spokesman-Review
Newspaper in Spokane, Washington

Every voter is a first responder in suppressing voter fraud. If you do suspect fraud, if someone boasts of having beat the system, contact your local county elections office. They take voter fraud seriously.

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Friday, October 23, 2020

In the news, Tuesday, October 13, 2020


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from HumanProgress.org  Education Website

For years, the prospect of using hydrogen as a readily available and clean energy source was not much more than a pipe dream. Now, further research and innovation are showing that it might turn into a reality sooner rather than later. Scientists have discovered ways to turn water into usable hydrogen by means of a process called electrolysis, which splits the hydrogen and oxygen elements of water using an electric current. A recent technological breakthrough that would vastly reduce hydrogen costs and improve the efficiency of its use could pave the way for humanity’s clean energy future.

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from The Spokesman-Review
Newspaper in Spokane, Washington

Tribal leaders see everything at stake, from their way of life to their treaty rights, in the election between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden. Trump has signed some bills important to Native Americans, including compensation to the Spokane people for loss of their lands in the mid-1900s, and reauthorization of funding Native language programs. And he did not block federal recognition of the Little Shell Tribe of the Chippewa Indians in Montana. But the bigger picture is bleak from a Native perspective.

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