Reading Room opened at
Shenandoah National Park
Park’s archivist, Harry G. Heiss, has opened a public reading room to
accommodate researchers in exploring the park’s historical collection. The
reading room is part of a six-year project to establish a professional
museum management program at the Park. The collection’s primary focus is
on the establishment and subsequent development of Shenandoah National
Park. Its holding include Park resource management records from 1931-1965,
various assembled collections related to the Civilian Conservation Corps,
Skylined Resort, and former President Herbert Hoover’s Rapid an Camp (Camp
Hoover). According to a press release dated 5/14/01, the collections
contain no known family or public records dating prior to 1924 with the
exception of Skylined Resort materials or those incidentally documented by
the Commonwealth of Virginia in 1927 property appraisals. The reading room
is open by appointment only at limited times. Details are at
http://www.nps.gov/shen/pphtml/newseventsdetail/ or by contacting Reed
Eagle 540-999-3495 or fax 540-999-3493 or e-mail
Thanks to FGS Forum.
It is with deepest
regret we announce the October 20, 2001, passing of Herb Jacobs,
immediate Past President of the Clan MacLachlan Association of North
He is survived by his wife,
Grandma Snodgrass’ 1886
Egg Butter Recipe
Patt Ricketts was looking
through some of her mother’s cookbooks and found this recipe in the
Kansas Official Centennial Cook Book. 100 Year (1861-1961), Favorite
recipes gathered from families throughout Kansas, published by American
Association of University Women, Manhattan, Kansas Branch printed by J.M.
Hart Co., Inc., Topeka, Kansas.
2 cups dark syrup; 2 eggs;
1 tsp. Butter; ½ cup sugar; and let come to a boil, stirring constantly.
Pour into dish and sprinkle with nutmeg. Use as a spread on bread.
Editor: Sounds good to me!!
Those were the days when people did not worry about sugar, butter or eggs.
Alas, it still sounds good! Thanks for sharing.
Thanks to The Mace,
Official Journal of the Snodgrass Clan Society.
The Hanna Family in the
Lawrence Ross Hanna has
provided the Odom Library with a CD copy of The Hanna Family in
the Westward Movement, by his aunt, Sister Ellen Mary Hanna S.S.N.D.,
in 1956. This was part of her Masters Degree in Historical research. Only
50 copies were printed. He has set the document in Microsoft Word 97 and
has added a chapter on the family bringing the information up to 2000. The
book in total is copyrighted; and while researchers at the Odom Library
are free to use it, copies are available from Mr. Hanna for $25. L. R.
Hanna, PO Box 1250, Lake Sherwood, MO 63357.
on ELIZABETH ANN MC DERMID, born W. Jamestown, Scotland, circa late
1890s. Married twice: FORD DEVAULT; NILS ERICKSON. Contact
Susan Lassabe, 54355 Addison Road,
Independence, Louisiana 70443.
Military Society, LTD.
Membership is open to all
who are of Scottish of Scotch-Irish descent who have served, or are
currently serving honorably in the Armed Forces of the United States or in
the Commonwealth Military Forces, and who accept and support Society
For information, contact
Alvin D. Ankrum, 5595 Hunting Horn Drive, Ellicott City, MD 21043 or
Pipers on a train ride
Eight pipers and their pip
major, along with three drummers and their drum major were in line to buy
train tickets to their upcoming performance. The drum major purchases four
tickets for the journey. The pipe major steps up to the booth and
purchases only one ticket. After a short discussion amongst the drummers,
the drum major approaches the pipe major and asks, "How do you plan to get
on the train with all of your pipers with just that one ticket?" "Watch
and Learn", was the only response the pipe major gave.
When they boarded the
train, the pipers all quickly huddled into a small restroom and became
very quiet. Soon, the call came for tickets, one by one the drummers
brought forth their tickets, just like obedient little drummer-boys are
supposed to do. Then there came a knock on the restroom door, "Tickets
pleas!" out came one hand with one ticket held firmly in the palm. "Than
you" and the man walked on. In just a moment out came eight pipers and a
After the performance and
time can to load the train, the drum major, after watching and learning
purchased a single ticket for his drummers and himself. He then noticed
the entire pipe corps loading the train without purchasing any tickets.
The drum major then again questioned the pipe major about his plans on
pulling this one off. "Watch and Learn" was again the only reply.
The drummers quickly
crowded into a small restroom and the pipers quickly followed suit in a
nearby restroom. In a few moments, the door where the pipers were hiding
opened and the pipe major quietly walked to the other restroom where the
drummers were huddled and in a booming voice demanded "Tickets, please!"
Out came a single hand holding the ticket. The pipe major quickly snatched
the ticket and laughing quietly he returned to his pipers and waited for
Thanks to The Patriot, SAMS,
5595 Hunting Horn Drive, Ellicott City, MD 21043
American drive up road
accident figures in Scotland
A study by the Scottish
Executive has shown that although US drivers account for only 10% of all
foreign drivers on Scotland’s roads, they account for 18% of all accidents
over a two year period. Accident rates in rural areas such as the
Highlands, Argyll, Dumfries, and Galloway were affected as a result.
French drivers turned out to be the safest (an amazing statistic to anyone
who has seen French drivers in Paris). The French accounted for 25% of all
foreign drivers but were involved in only 9% of accidents. Italians, who
accounted for 5% of the foreign tourist drivers, accounted for 10% of all
accidents involving foreign drivers, which makes them statistically the
worst. The main causes of accidents involving foreign drivers were driving
on the wrong side of the road, turning from a side roan into a main road
and leaving a parking place with out check in the right direction.
Thanks to The Merito.
All in the line of duty, a
group of tough Scottish soldiers of the 1st Battalion The Royal
Highland Fusiliers are using a fragrant ladies’ body spray designed to
moisturize tender skin. They are taking part in a trial at Fort George
near Inverness to test whether it protects them against the dreaded
Highland midges-small insects which delight in taking a bite out of us
humans. Apparently, the US National Guard uses the spray to fend off
mosquitoes and other bugs. It is rumoured that Mel Gibson used the spray
during filming of Braveheart. The unit at Fort George is about to
undergo mountain warfare training and they are being supplied with the
spray which is marketed under the name "Skin So Soft".
Thanks to The Merito.