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My roots

The first hospital in Jeffersonville Indiana was Mercy Hospital 1898. In 1922 Clark Memorial Hospital was built at the same location. It is still going strong as a part of Norton Hospitals. At least one famous person was born there. Me.

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In the good ole winter time

This 1910 photo is New York State no specific location given. Though it appears to have been digitally enhanced, I think the setting is charming. The brick building may be a school built on the side of a hill, but the house is gorgeous. Despite the cold, the woman is smiling.

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Today (February 20) is President’s Day.

I salute our president, President Joe Biden.

A shoutout to President Abraham Lincoln, born in Larue County, Kentucky, about 50 miles south of me. (his grandfather was killed by Indians about 4 miles from me)

Another shoutout to President Zachary Taylor whose plantation is about 3 miles from me.

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Mystery Man

The Legend of George “Crum” Speck (1824-1914) was a member of the St. Regis Mohawk tribe. He ran a restaurant in New York state and served homemade potato chips to his customers. Though he never claimed it, some call him the inventor of the potato chip. But numerous old cookbooks had recipes for potato shavings. He is on some lists as an African American inventor—he may be, but no one knows for sure. Weirdly enough, Frito-Lay used to have a potato chip plant in Louisville on Crums Lane—coincidence I assume.

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Take me back to Tulsa

Last Man Standing

Bob Wills is the King of Western Swing, but it wasn’t always so.

Charlie Poole and the North Carolina were very popular, their music often called Carolina Swing, but he died in 1931 under controversial circumstances. He’d been invited to Hollywood to record for movies.

Milton Brown and his Musical Brownies were at their height when he died in a 1936 car wreck. He is often called the Father of Western Swing.

Clayton McMichen and the Georgia Wildcats were from Louisville. My dad listened to them on the radio. Clayton had been a star with the Skillet Lickers, a country band. Preferring jazz, he settled in Louisville and refused to tour. Though he hired great musicians, he recorded few records and the world forgot him.

Spade Cooley, part Cherokee, had a string of hits. He called himself the King of Western Swing. In 1961, he was sent to prison for murdering his wife.

That left Bob Wills King of Western Swing.

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Be careful!

Attention: I am monitoring police radio: A poorly clad lad fired arrows at a local man and woman. They were last seen heading for a coffee shop. Other unconfirmed sightings were in local parks. Be careful.

Happy Valentine’s Day: Cupid was the son of Venus, Roman goddess of love. His name comes from Latin for desire, his arrows also filled with desire.

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19th Indiana Infantry Regiment was in the Iron Brigade which fought with the Army of the Potomac.  Historians list the Iron Brigade as the best Union soldiers of the Civil War. The 19th Indiana Regiment fought in most of the major battles from 1861 to 1865. All volunteers, they mustered in Indianapolis and were famous for wearing slouch hats (similar to cowboy hats) in place of the usual kepi. In the TV series, “The Rifleman,” the Rifleman was a vet of this regiment. The commanding officer was born in Virginia, so some southerners were loyal.

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Winter morning on the Ohio

This is Six Mile Nature Preserve (6 mile island), Indiana to the far left, 6 miles up the Ohio River from Louisville, the turn around spot for the Great Steamboat Race. This incredible photo taken by Eric Suddeth 021123.

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Valentine’s soon

Schimpff’s Confectionery, Jeffersonville, Indiana

The Schimpff family emigrated from Germany and started candy shops, 1850s on Preston Street, Louisville. This is likely near Broadway, just north was the wealthy section of town. !872, Charles Schimpff started a candy business at Spring and Chestnut, across the river in Jeffersonville Indiana. In 1891, the business moved to 347 Spring Street, its present location. They also have a deli and serve sandwiches, ice cream, and so on. My parents, Charles Suddeth and Mary Katherine Pait went on their first date here so posting this a week before Valentine’s seems right.

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Clang, clang

Toonerville Trolley (Toonerville Folks) was a newspaper comic strip from 1908 to 1955. It was created by Fontaine Fox of Louisville. It is said to be inspired by the Brook Street trolley, which was a short line often getting used or shabby equipment. Brook Street runs parallel to I-65, on the east side of northbound I-65. This trolley ended in 1930.

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