Category Archives: Indiana

O, FOR HISTORY: Teddy Roosevelt visits Indiana in 1902

While doing some research for one of my writing projects I discovered President Theodore Roosevelt visited Indiana in 1902. While passing through a Massachusett’s city, a trolly car ran into the president’s horse-drawn carriage.  The president was propelled from the … Continue reading

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: Death Certificate

This afternoon, my friend Nancy Sumner, located and sent my the death certificate of my great-uncle Ronald Monroe Clary who died from a brain injury after being thrown from a horse on the family farm in Boone Township, Madison County, … Continue reading

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Lady America & The Ball State University Singers

While growing up in Central Indiana I always attended the spring event, SPECTACULAR, a dynamic, two-hour theme park style concert presented by the internationally known, Ball State University Singers. Several times, I heard the theme song in the medley, “Lady … Continue reading

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MY DAY: The country needs you, Harry Truman

When I was in 5th grade, my maternal uncle, Ron Barmes, gave me an 8-track tape player and several 8-track tapes.  My favorite was CHICAGO’s Chicago VIII, 1975. “Harry Truman.”  That was my favorite song and I listened to it … Continue reading

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: Along the tracks

I was fortunate to have grown up or to have at least known, all my grandparents, all but one great-grandparent, and only two great-great grandparents. I was even more blessed to know many of my great uncles and aunts, 2nd-great … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Saxophone Dessert

It was the first time both the seventh and eighth grade bands would play together and I was quite nervous.  I was comfortable with my fellow seventh grade band students, but today, I would be meeting the eighth graders for the … Continue reading

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: William & Harriet Greenlee

I located a photograph of my fourth-great-grandparents, William & Harriet Greenlee. William Greenlee 23 Feb 1816  Charleston, Kanawha County, West Virginia, USA 11 Jan 1898  Madison County, Indiana, USA Harriet Sayre Greenlee 24 Jun 1822   Pomeroy, Meigs County, Ohio, USA 13 Jan … Continue reading

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: Front Porch Swing

Where I live, in the Dayton suburbs, I rarely see front porch swings. Once upon a time, you could walk through your neighborhood and nearly every home had folks sitting on the front porch.  It was a neat adventure calling … Continue reading

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: Andrew Taylor Greenlee

While thrashing through some items I located this article printed in a Madison County Indiana newspaper in 1983 about, and by, my third great-grandfather, Andrew Taylor Greenlee. The genealogical line: Andrew Taylor Greenlee Anna Greenlee Jones Mary Belle Jones Clary … Continue reading

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: The Ice Fishing House

    On a cold, snowy day in January 1970, my maternal grandfather and I hopped into his blue and silver Buick Skylark for the two-hour drive north toward Syracuse and North Webster.  We were spending the day ice fishing … Continue reading

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Winding down…

The Haasienda is winding down from a not-so-busy weekend. FRIDAY Quintin’s friend David spent Thursday night Made blueberry pancakes Read-researched Watched some documentaries Dined with Brian & Joanie Pollock On-going training at ACTION Adoption Services SATRUDAY Read Napped Wrote Watched … Continue reading

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The Knit Jumper…

At Washington Elementary School, Roger Smith and I were the only ones in our class who did not have any siblings.  In first grade, Roger became a big brother. That left only me with a single sibling. The summer of … Continue reading

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Pokey… a fine dog!

“If no one responds to the ad in the paper, you can keep him.” I am sure I was not the only boy in the country to hear those words from his mother.  I heard those words in September 1970. … Continue reading

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Darren Paquin: An OUTLINE for living…

I am sitting in my study, as I do four days a week, writing.  Each afternoon through mid-evening I teach private lessons. But prior to teaching, I have three-scheduled hours of writing time, cheerfully followed by errands, and household chores. … Continue reading

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A beautiful February day…

Navi, Chief and Flyer were not about to rouse themselves at 5:00am when The Haasienda began stirring as Quintin showered, and readied himself for a 6:00am rehearsal prior to the MEPA/Bellbrook HS competition. After Quintin left, Mother and I talked … Continue reading

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…Before the sun is up…

My alarm went off at 5:10am.  I squinted through very eye-lids to see the bathroom door closed, and heard the sound of water smacking against the bathtub… whew… Quintin was awake, and showering.  I smelled coffee I knew Mother was … Continue reading

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…Frost/Nixon…

“A man is not finished when he is defeated. He is finished when he quits.” – Richard Nixon This morning, while relaxing, I watched the movie, FROST/NIXON (2008), starring Frank Langella and Michael Sheen, and directed by Ron Howard.  I … Continue reading

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…Winter Percussion Season…

Quintin has been enjoying his time with the Fairmont Winter Percussion ensemble, which has been sweeping up contests, left and right. Here is a glimpse of Quintin’s primary love at the moment.  Several of the photographs are courtesy of Patti … Continue reading

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…An End of an Era: Mother Retires from EPD…

This morning, my brother, Destin, and I received an email from Mother: As of February 3rd, I am retired from the Elwood Police Department. Despite the fact Mother had expressed some consideration along this topic, we were not aware that … Continue reading

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…The Wonderful Weekend of Rah's…

The weekend was a delightful world-wind of activity, all centered around music and friends! Friday evening after teaching, Quintin and I headed for Beavercreek High School where I served as a judge for the show choir’s invitational.  Friday was middle … Continue reading

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…Enter ANGELS, Stage-Right…

Since childhood I have always sensed energizing, protective, and unseen guiding presences in my life.  For several years a lovely lady visited me regularly during my sleep – or at least, what I thought was my sleep.  Today, at age … Continue reading

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"Your Dog's Dead"

Several folks have asked me if I’ve ever had a pet die. Yes, I have; however, my first dog, an American Eskimo, died when I was about two or three years old, and my second dog, Pokey, died my senior … Continue reading

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'1776' at Wilmington

‘1776’ – John Adams: “One useless man is called a disgrace; two are called a law firm; and three or more become a Congress.” This afternoon, my 16 year old son, Quintin, and I drove 35 miles to Wilmington, Ohio … Continue reading

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Garry "Todd" Jolliff 1964-2011

Garry “Todd” Jolliff Jan. 30, 1964 — July 2, 2011 The Herald Bulletin ALEXANDRIA, Ind. — Garry “Todd” Jolliff, 47 of Alexandria, died July 2, 2011, at St. John’s Medical Center in Anderson. He was born Jan. 30, 1964, in … Continue reading

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Being Darin Haas means you are blessed to have Destin Haas as your brother!

Without going into detail, I can honestly say, “I am glad last week is behind me.” I truly value my younger brother, Destin, all the more, as a shining example of what our nation’s education needs in the leadership arena. … Continue reading

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