The Thomas Flyer Auto Arrives in Norwalk – Setting a New Record

Another cool post by Dave at Firelands

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At five a.m. on a frigid Monday morning, one hundred-ten years ago today, a large (by 1907 standards) Thomas Flyer automobile, and its escort vehicle, chugged into Norwalk and stopped in front of the New St. Charles Hotel. A large white sign in the back of the Thomas Flyer proclaimed:

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The exhausted occupants, bundled in heavy overcoats against the cold, stumbled into the hotel for a few hours sleep, leaving the engine of the Thomas Flyer running. At eight-thirty p.m. the day before, they had unexpectedly run out of gas just before reaching Cleveland, after breaking the world record for continuously running an automobile engine (as their sign proclaimed). Less than two hours later, the engine again roared to life, and the driver vowed not to let it die until it had again broken it’s own record.

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thomas-motor-companyThe Thomas Motor Company had been in business since 1902, and following…

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Cries and Whispers – 1979 Triumph Broadside

If you are interested in automobiles (and I am), this is a great site. Interesting history on a car from my younger days.

Driven To Write

Driven to Write takes aim at Triumph’s putative TR7 successor and gives it both barrels.

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The Triumph TR7 is one of those unfortunate cars that if it hadn’t suffered from bad luck it would’ve had no luck at all. Created as the former BLMC crashed into bankruptcy and public ownership, its development was bedevilled by financial and regulatory uncertainty. 

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New Site

Hey folks, this is a new blog. My son and one of his buddies write the articles. If you like it, please follow!

LeBron is right. When compared to the Spurs or the Warriors, the depth of the Cavaliers’ roster comes up woefully short. Outside of LeBron and Kyrie, nobody else is really capable of effectively distributing the ball. Finding a functional playmaker, for a decent price, should be the top priority. However, the way LeBron aired his…

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Greatest Leaders of the American Revolution You Have Never Heard Of

Excellent history, posted on a great site! Please pay it a visit.

Emerging Revolutionary War Era

Part One 

When I was completing my graduate degree in American history from George Mason University a few years back, I took on the challenge of trying to examine the motivations of American soldiers during the American Revolutionary War.

The basis was to examine, “why they fought” if I can borrow a line used frequently by Civil War scholars and historians.

Being a native Marylander, I narrowed my focus on soldiers from that colony/state.

Yet, I was struck by the continued emergence of one name in particular and this gentleman became a focal point of mine.

This gentleman became through the war and could not be ignored with any mention of Maryland and her patriotic citizenry’s service in the war. His name is Otho Holland Williams.

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First a little background on Otho Holland Williams. Otho Williams’ early life mirrors that of many early American colonists. His parents…

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from Clio: Portsmouth, NH

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Hey folks, there have been some interesting developments regarding the Clio app. For those who are unfamiliar, Clio is an app that connects users to historic locations. A user who may be in, or will soon visit, a given area can access entries that detail many of that area’s historic sites. Each entry provides the location’s GPS coordinates, street address, hours of operation, fees, story, and much more. I had the privilege of creating many Clio entries. If you want to get a feel for the app, I have provided links to four Clio entries I created for historic sites in the Portsmouth, NH area. There is also a link to an article by Lacie Pierson, of the Huntington Herald Dispatch, that describes Clio’s new features.                                                     Continue reading “from Clio: Portsmouth, NH”

Hardship and Tragedy

Hey folks, please visit this blog. Great histories.

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George Woodruff and the other men started work the day after they arrived at Village House, clearing enough land to plant corn that spring. The soil in the area was a clay loam “well suited for agriculture, but before they could take advantage of its fertility, they needed to clear away the trees.

snowy-woodsThis was no easy matter. The forests were heavily timbered with enormous white oaks, whitewood and black walnut, generally eighty to one-hundred feet in height and three feet in diameter. Some were as much as six foot in diameter, and as they began to cut them down, George and the others found by their rings that those giants were upwards of three-hundred years old.

Game was abundant; deer and wild turkey, especially, and provided them with much needed food to supplement what they had brought with them. Wolves were also numerous, and their howling kept George…

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Book Review: Founding Rivals

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Chris DeRose, Founding Rivals: Madison vs. Monroe, The Bill of Rights, and the Election That Saved a Nation (Washington, DC: Regnery Publishing, Inc., 2011).

Before serving the young United States as President, or as Secretary of State, James Madison and James Monroe each eventually served the new republic in Congress. In the nation’s first election under the newly adopted Constitution, these two men faced each other in a contest to represent Virginia’s 5th Congressional District. Madison, author of the Constitution versus Monroe, a soldier hero of the Revolution. Madison, the Federalist versus Monroe, the Anti-Federalist. The Constitution’s survival as a governing document was at stake.
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