Category Archives: History

My Home – All things Willamette

Our married life began in Minnesota in 1965. Then we spent 28 years in California, escaping from there in 1993 back to Minnesota farm country where we were for 18 years until moving to Oregon in 2011. One of the … Continue reading

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WW I Vets were subject to the first peacetime draft in 1940

This post is being updated on 9/24/2017 to include historical information regarding the peace time draft first imposed in 1940. I was born in 1944 so that was all before my time – and I had not pieced together the … Continue reading

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April 18, 1905

Frederic and Johanna Hansen are pleased to announce the birth of their 6th daughter, Her name is Edith Mathea. She might have been the 8th  (or the 7th)of the twelve daughters; I don’t have the records handy but wanted to acknowledge … Continue reading

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Band Day in May: circa 1957

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The first Band Day in Williston, North Dakota was held in 1932 which was not a very good year. The Depression was settling in and making itself at home. An invitation was sent to high schools in the small agricultural … Continue reading

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National Security and National Solvency~~According to President Eisenhower

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May Day: Eisenhower, Khrushchev and the U-2 Affair (Michael Beschloss, Harper and Row, 1986) is a review of the international context and disastrous events of the U-2 loss over the Soviet Union just two weeks before a summit meeting scheduled in … Continue reading

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Paul’s Sermon Text in Antioch Pisidia

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About 53-57 AD, the Apostle Paul preached a sermon in Antioch of Pisidia which is about 300 miles northwest of “the other Antioch” which is about 20 miles from the Mediterranean Sea and just within Turkish borders. The ancient remains … Continue reading

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Mom’s Trip to the Holy Land

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Early in her planning, we seven children had each been asked by Mom if we thought it was a good idea for her to go on a 1972 trip to the Holy Land. We certainly did and were so glad … Continue reading

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The Korean War: June, 1950–July 1953

The Korean War is not generally characterized as a war of attrition or as a holding action or as a war we weren’t allowed to win, even though apparently that is exactly what it was, some time before the Vietnam War … Continue reading

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Immigration: circa 1911

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This post is just a translation of immigration tips for Danish immigrants in 1911 by Holger Rosenberg in 100 nyttige Raad for Udvandrere.  Each piece of advice was followed by a shorter or longer explanation (which are not included here).  This provides a … Continue reading

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Now That I Think Of It……..

 Strangers on our little red scoria roads in eastern Montana were met with the same suspicion as the unrecognized small plane flying north to south (more on that in a moment).  If I were an artist, I could paint my mother’s back as … Continue reading

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The SR-71 Blackbird

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It’s called “the Sled” by those who flew it.     They’ve published a couple of coffee table books that are good reading if you enjoy the remarkable achievements of remarkable people who did their visionary planning in the 1950’s and production in the early 1960’s. … Continue reading

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Lightning War: Six Days in 1967

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The term “lightning war” refers  to tactics developed by the German Army in World War II.  Their word was blitzkreig.  Blitzkreig strategy was a huge step away from the static battle lines still in evidence in the trench warfare of World War I.  It made use … Continue reading

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Danes Just Don’t Like Fighting

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Palle Lauring has a two-page discussion in A History of Denmark* in which he analyzes the historical reluctance of Danes to spend material, men or money in the interest of a constant state of military defense. This missing piece in the essential business of self-preservation … Continue reading

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The Bonus Army and the Baby Chicks

  In 1924, Congress authorized payments of $1.25 per-day-of-service for all veterans of The Great War as a bonus for their service in Europe and on the high seas. Dad’s Navy service had been on the USS Plattsburg of the … Continue reading

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Others Lived There First

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Some who drive through eastern Montana on I-94 today believe it’s a place you go to only to go through. Even those who love Montana understand that.  One time my Dad said with a chuckle, “I think we should just … Continue reading

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Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.” ~~Dietrich Bonhoeffer By age 30, he had made significant theological contributions both inside … Continue reading

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The Yalta Conference: When They Knew

Because of the anger and fear I’ve experienced  as our nation goes through so much upheaval, my thoughts have gone back  to the Yalta Conference of 1945, what my parents knew about Yalta and when they knew it. Here’s why: My brother was … Continue reading

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Those Pesky Danes

Four Against the Arctic: Shipwrecked for s\Six Years at the Top of the World   David Roberts, Simon and Schuster, 2003       “It would not be until 1925, with the signing of the Treaty of Paris, that by … Continue reading

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Psalm 36:1

“An oracle within my heart concerning the transgression of the wicked.  There is no fear of God before his eyes.” In The Burning Tigris,  (Peter Balakian, 2003) describes the astounding evil perpetrated against the Armenians over a period spanning decades, culminating … Continue reading

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