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Monday, June 30, 2014

UNION ARMY MILITARY UNITS WITHOUT PENSIONABLE STATUS

United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Pensions. Federal And State Military Organizations: History of Certain Federal Troops Which, by Reason of Short Or Disputed Service, Have No Pensionable Status, And State Militias Which Were Actively Engaged In the Civil War for Different Periods of Time, but Which Were Never Mustered Into the Service, And Which, Therefore, Have No Pensionable Status. Washington: G.P.O., 1910.

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SHOULD I REMOVE IT?

Some files on our computer are obviously necessary for its smooth operation—others, not so much. Should I Remove It can help you decide if a file is really necessary:

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INDEX TO THE ROLLS OF HONOR

Daughters of the American Revolution. Index of the Rolls of Honor (ancestor's Index) In the Lineage Books of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Volumes 1 to 40. Pittsburgh, Pa.: Press of Pierpont, Siviter & Co., 1916.

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REPORTS OF THE CONFEDERATE HOME OF MISSOURI

Annual & biennial reports of the Confederate Home of Missouri at Higginsville, 1894-1924 (incomplete run)

These reports include various lists of residents of the home, some of which contain the name of the Civil War unit in which the Confederate veteran served. Also includes photographs of some administrators, staff members, and members of the Board of Trustees of the home. The residents of the home comprised Confederate veterans and wives, widows, and children of Confederate veterans.

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GLUED TO GOTHAM

Many New York City residents weren’t born there—but the roots of some Gotham residents extend back four, five, even six generations:

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Saturday, June 28, 2014

GPO WWII BOOKS

Looking for a birthday gift for a WII vet / WWII buff? The GPO offers 180 very reasonably priced books on the subject (with free standard shipping worldwide):

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Note: It’s not too early to start Christmas shopping!

FRANKLIN COUNTY OLD SOLDERS

Do you have a photo of a Franklin County Civil War soldier, or a letter written by or to such a soldier? Sue Blesi wants to hear all about it:

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THE ERROR OF THEIR WAYS

Crowd sourcing can be a great way to further your genealogical research—-but only if the crowd’s info is accurate:

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GONE TO BIG SKY COUNTRY

If your Missouri Confederate disappeared for sometime during or immediately after the war, maybe he was in Montana:

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

FINDING YOUR ROOTS

And Finding Your Roots returns to PBS this September:

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WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?

It’s also returning this summer to TLC:

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GENEALOGY ROADSHOW NEWS

It’s coming back (in 2015), and one of the cities they’ll visit is St. Louis:

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OUR CONFERENCE SPEAKER

Guess what? Turns out our keynoter this year is a very big deal:

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Register for our annual conference:

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Sunday, June 22, 2014

BE A ROAD SCHOLAR!

Interested in Missouri Civil War War sites? You may want to book a Road Scholar Tour:

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BIG DOINGS AT FORT DAVIDSON

They’re having a summer speaker series at this historic Missouri Civil War site:

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ANCESTRY.COM TO FOCUS ON CORE OFFERINGS

Received from their PR Department:

We’re proud of the variety of products we’ve created over the years that enable people to discover, preserve and share their family history. We recognize that there are a lot of ways that we, as a company, can make family history easier, more accessible and more fun for people all over the world. And we’re continually innovating to make it a reality.

We’re always looking to focus our efforts in a way that provide the most impact, while also delivering the best service and best product experience to users. To that end, we’ve decided to retire some of our services: MyFamily, MyCanvas, Genealogy.com, Mundia and the Y-DNA and mtDNA tests.

Starting September 5, 2014, these services will no longer be available to access. Genealogy.com is the exception to the rule, and will continue in a slightly different form. If you are an active member or subscriber to one of these services, you will be contacted directly with details of how to transition the information you’ve created using these services.

We know these services have provided value to you. We think they’re pretty cool too, which is why this wasn’t an easy decision for us to make. In the end, it came down to priorities and we think our core offerings are a great place to spend our time and resources.

So here’s to revolutionizing family history, focusing on providing the best product experience we can offer and to the limitless possibilities that lie before us.

MoSGA AWARD WINNERS

The 2014 MoSGA Award nominations have been reviewed by the Awards Committee. We received some amazing nominations! It's so good to see volunteers putting forth such a high level of effort.

After much deliberation by the committee members, our decisions have been made. Notices to the award recipients, as well as those who nominated them, were put in the mail last Thursday. The award recipients will be announced formally at our Annual Conference in August.

Thank you to all who submitted a nomination and congratulations to the award recipients! We hope to see you in Columbia, Missouri the first weekend in August to receive your award in person at the MoSGA 2014 Annual Conference.

Details about the conference are available here. Thanks much!

2014 FGS CONFERENCE EARLY-BIRD REGISTRATION

“Gone to Texas” – A Conference for the Nation’s Genealogists

June 20, 2014 – Austin, TX. Discounted early-bird registration for the 2014 Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference will continue only until July 1st. Early registrants receive a $50 discount for the full four days, or a $20 discount for any single day. Details here.

The conference will be held August 27-30, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. This year’s conference theme is “Gone to Texas,” and the local hosts are the San Antonio Genealogical and Historical Society (SAGHS) and the Texas State Genealogical Society (TSGS). Platinum sponsors are FamilySearch, FindMyPast.com and Ancestry.com. Corporate sponsors are Dell and Lexmark.

The conference offers opportunities for all who are interested in researching their family history, with over 160 educational sessions on records, strategies, and tools for genealogists at all levels. The exhibit hall features over 70 vendors offering a wide range of genealogical products and is open and free to the public. Luncheons, workshops, and special events provide additional opportunities for networking and learning. Make sure to get your tickets to these conference “extras” early to guarantee your spot.

See you in San Antonio in August!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

OUT OF THE BOX AT BELLEVILLE

Out of the Ordinary - Out of the Box
Featuring Judy G. Russell, JD, CG (SM), CGL(SM)

and a second track with
Dennis Northcutt and Diane Walsh, CG (SM)

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Judy G. Russell, JD, CG(SM), CGL(SM), a genealogist with a law degree, enjoys helping others understand a wide variety of genealogical issues, including the interplay between genealogy and the law. She has been published in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly; her blog, The Legal Genealogist, received the American Bar Association Journal’s niche category winner in 2013. Ms. Russell brings experience as a legal educator and federal prosecutor to the world of genealogy. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Board for Certification of Genealogists®.

PLACE: August 2, 2014 at Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, Belleville, Illinois.
EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION: Early Bird reduced registration deadline must be received by July 16, 2014.
REGISTRATION & DETAILS: Registration and details: http://www.stclair-ilgs.org/conf2014.htm

Attendees choose four of the seven lecture topics designed to break down brick walls and introduce researchers to resources often and seldom used.

Lecture topics

Don't Forget the Ladies
No Vitals? No Problem!
Where There Is -- or Isn't -- a Will
Facts, Photos and Fair Use: Copyright Law for Genealogists
If These Walls Could Talk: Researching Your House's History
Your Genealogy: Fact or Fiction?
Research in the Prairie State

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Talks by Judy G. Russell

Session 1 - 9:30 a.m.
Don't Forget the Ladies
In early America, women were all too often the people who just weren't there: not in the records, not in the censuses, not on juries, not in the voting booth. The common law relegated women to "protected" – second -class – status and understanding how they were treated under the law provides clues to finding their identities today.

Session 3 - 10:50 a.m.
No Vitals? No Problem!
When there's no birth, marriage or death record, what's a genealogist to do? Learn how to use circumstantial evidence to build a family.

Session 5 - 1:30 p.m.
Where There Is -- or Isn't -- a Will
Where there's a will, there's a probate. And often when there isn't a will, there's still a probate. Understanding the process and finding the records created when our ancestors died can help break through those brick walls.

Session 7 - 2:50 p.m.
Facts, Photos and Fair Use: Copyright Law for Genealogists
Understanding what is and isn't copyrighted and what genealogists can and can't use is the key to staying out of trouble and to protecting our own work.

Talks by Diane Walsh or Dennis Northcott

Session 2 - 9:30 a.m.
If These Walls Could Talk: Researching Your House's History
Midwestern city directories, census records, neighborhood histories, photographs, and maps, are among the wealth of resources to help you learn about the history of your house and its former inhabitants. Dennis will use examples of these resources from the collections of Missouri History Museum Library and Research Center and provide instruction on how to get started researching the history of your house.

Session 4 - 10:50 a.m.
Your Genealogy: Fact or Fiction?
Designed for beginner and intermediate genealogists, this lecture illustrates the step-by-step process for creating a reliable genealogy, points out common mistakes, and introduces one way to summarize your family history.

Session 6 - 1:30 p.m.
Research in the Prairie State
Canadians, Europeans, enslaved peoples, and colonial Americans settled the region that became Illinois. Understanding the records they created and locating these gems -- much of which is not online-- will broaden research possibilities.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

GFH GOES GREEN

Hello to all,

Gateway Family Historian is going green. The current issue of St. Louis Public Library’s genealogy magazine (Vol. 13, Nos. 1-2; Alabama) was just published, and it will be the last print issue. Persons currently on our mailing list will receive a print copy as usual.

Our next issue, however, will be all-electronic. We have already begun the sign-up process for the digital edition. If you are interested, send an email to tpearson@slpl.org with RE: DIGITAL GFH in the Subject Line. That’s all you need to do!

Many thanks to all our print subscribers, especially those of you who have been with us since the beginning (2001).

Tom Pearson, Co-Editor
Gateway Family Historian

THE WORLD AFTER WORLD WAR I

Received from Julie Chitwood:

If you have an interest in WWI and St. Louis, you might enjoy a new book entitled The World After WW1, 1918-1921. It consists of letters written during that time period, covering just about everything that was going on in St. Louis, plus much overseas news. Details include troops coming home, strikes, entertainment, deaths, marriages, births, etc. It is available on Amazon in both paperback and Kindle editions, and runs about 700 pages.

If you know of anyone that had family in St. Louis at that time, I would appreciate you letting them know about the book. The letters were written by my two great aunts and my grandmother. Celeste O'Donnell was in St Louis, Rosalie O'Donnell was in the Red Cross serving overseas, while my grandmother, Anna Mae (O'Donnell) Malin was in the Chicago area.

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WRITING WORKSHOPS PLANNED

The Jefferson County Genealogical Society (JCGS) is holding a workshop to help people in the area write their family histories for the upcoming Jefferson County History and Families book.

The workshop is planned at Hope Lutheran Church located at 2308 Gravois Rd. in High Ridge on June 23 from 3 to 7 PM. Come when it is convenient and leave when one wishes. Copies of other books published by other counties will be on display. This will include examples of family submissions.

The Jefferson County Genealogical Society is hard at work compiling information for publication of a history of the county. The book will include family histories, plus the history of the Jefferson County. On behalf of the genealogical society, Christine Merseal, President of JCGS, urges each family to take advantage of this opportunity to submit a family sketch to be included in the volume. There is no charge for having your family story and photograph included. Histories should be 500 words or less.

Volunteers will be available at this event to assist individuals wishing to contribute to this publication, but don’t know how to start. Also a scanner will be available to create a digital image of any photograph brought to the event for the purpose of submission to the publication.

Pre-orders for the Jefferson County History and Families book will also be taken at the workshop. Copies start at $54.95. Contact the Jefferson County History and Families book project at 636-212-5667 or familystories@jcgsmo.org. One may also visit the Jefferson County Genealogical Society website for additional information at www.jcgsmo.org.

Monday, June 16, 2014

LEVELS OF SERVICE

As our nation works its way through the VA flap, questions about “levels of service” will likely become more important. After all, who should be entitled to free VA medical care? We like to call all our veterans heroes, but it seems obvious to me (and yes, I’m a vet) that the service of some of our vets is demonstrably “more heroic” than that of others. So what levels of service should entitle a vet to free medical care for life?

Certainly, men and women permanently disabled by wounds incurred or diseases contracted while serving in a combat zone.

Certainly, men and women awarded Medals of Honor, Silver and Bronze Stars, and other awards presented specifically for heroism under fire.

Certainly, men and women held prisoner by the enemy (although the Bowe Bergdahl situation makes this assumption seem less of a “sure thing”).

You might say, what about vets awarded a Purple Heart? Well, that depends—did he get it for a gunshot wound, or for a cut received while opening a C-ration can?

What about the 4 million WWII vets who never left the continental U.S.? Are they entitled to all the benefits earned by a vet who lost a leg at Iwo Jima or Anzio?

And what about a man or woman who sat at a desk in an air-conditioned office in Saigon during his/her entire tour in ‘Nam? These folks certainly served in a “combat zone”, but would likely have been in greater danger serving in a recruiting office in Detroit or East St. Louis. Do they deserve exactly the same benefits as a combat medic or helicopter door gunner?

You see, there really are differing “levels of service,” and it will be easier to resolve the VA flap if that fact is recognized by all the players involved.

What do you think?

TRIGGERMEN, PART II

16 million American men and women served in WWII, but how many were ever involved in a combat situation?

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TRIGGERMEN, PART I

Sure, lots of American men and women served in Vietnam, but what percentage ever actually took a shot at a guerilla or NVA regular?

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EVERYTHING YOU KNOW IS WRONG…

Well, maybe not everything, but many of the “facts” you know about Vietnam veterans are probably incorrect:

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Thursday, June 12, 2014

UPCOMING CLASSES AT SLPL

Hello to all:

The following classes will be held at Central Library in downtown St. Louis (1301 Olive Street)or at Buder Branch Library (4401 S. Hampton Avenue). Parking is free at Buder Branch. At Central Library, you can park at meters, on all-day parking lots, or you may park for free on the lot we own at 15th & Olive Streets (directly behind the Campbell House Museum).

More on the SLPL parking lot

SLPL Events Calendar

Genealogy Room Blog

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JUN 21
10:30 am-Noon
Caught in the Draft: Conscription Records of World War I

Tom Pearson discusses book, manuscript, microfilm, and Internet sources of information on WWI draft laws and records. Central Library, Training Room, 2nd Floor. To register/more information, email us here.

THURS
AUG 14
6:30 pm-8 pm
Con-tact: Using Jail and Prison Records in Genealogical Research

Tom Pearson discusses book, manuscript, microfilm, and Internet sources of information on convict / prisoner ancestors. Buder Branch Library, 4401 Hampton Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63109. To register/more information, email us here.

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OCT 23
6:30 pm-8 pm
Your Tax Dollars at Work: Records & Publications of the WPA

Tom Pearson discusses book, manuscript, microfilm, and Internet sources of information on records and publications of the Depression era federal agency known as the WPA (Works Progress Administration). Buder Branch Library, 4401 Hampton Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63109. To register/more information, email us here.

Note: On 18 October 2014, we will have a vendor table at the Jefferson County Family History Fair. Stop by and say hi if you’re in the neighborhood!

Where: Jefferson County Library, 5680 State Road PP, High Ridge, MO 63049
Time: 9:00 am-4:00 pm

ST. LOUIS GLOBE-DEMOCRAT COLLECTION

Another great tip from our friends at Missouri History Museum:

The St. Louis Mercantile Library's St. Louis Globe-Democrat Collection is a great index for searching for St. Louis names and subjects for the 1920s-1980s. You can search by Name (personal names) or St. Louis Subject (names of businesses, churches, schools, institutions, etc.). When searching by name, I find that keying in the surname only is usually the most effective method. For example, if you do a name search for Isler, Henry or Henry Isler, you'll get no results. However, if you search for Isler and browse through the results, you'll see a reference for Isler, -Henry. The hyphen that was keyed in before the name Henry caused the search for Isler, Henry to be unsuccessful. Hyphens before the first name occur frequently in this database.

Globe-Democrat Clipping File Names Index

Globe-Democrat Photographs Collection

Digitized Globe-Democrat Photos

AN ETERNAL FLAME?

41 years later, the fire at NPRC is still causing the claims of some veterans for benefits to be denied:

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Monday, June 09, 2014

WAR TALKS IN KANSAS

Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States. Kansas Commandery. War Talks In Kansas: a Series of Papers Read Before the Kansas Commandery of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States. Kansas City, Mo.: Press of the F. Hudson Publishing Company, 1906.

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MISSOURI DEATH CERTIFICATES

A tip from our friends at the Missouri History Museum:

In the Missouri State Archives' Missouri Death Certificates database, you can search for (and view digital images of) Missouri death certificates from 1910 to 1963. On the original death certificates, first names were often abbreviated (i.e., John was recorded as Jno., Charles was recorded as Chas., William was recorded as Wm.). For example, a search for last name Abend and first name William will not locate the death certificate that was entered into the database as Abend, Wm. To get around this, key in the last name only and browse through the results; or visit the Advanced Search page and key in last name Abend and first name "starts with" W.

Missouri Death Certificates, 1910-1963

Pre-1910 Birth & Death Records

2014 21ST CENTURY FUND GRANTS

The 21st Century Fund Committee, consisting of Ann Fleming, George Giles, David Sapp, Mark Stauter and Martha Henderson is pleased to announce the following 2014 21st Century Fund Grants:

1. Jefferson County Genealogical Society - $475.00 to scan Jefferson County church records
2. Northwest Missouri Genealogical Society - $900.00 to purchase archival supplies to preserve and store Buchanan County court records
3. Phelps County Genealogical Society - $625.00 to purchase archival supplies to preserve and store loose issues of old Rolla newspapers

The grants will be awarded to representatives from these three societies during the Annual Meeting at the MoSGA Conference, August 1-2, 2014 in Columbia MO. Congratulations to these societies for their efforts to preserve Missouri's rich genealogical and historical past.

Martha Henderson, Chair
21st Century Fund Committee

HOTEL RESERVATIONS FOR 2015 FGS & ROOTSTECH CONFERENCES

For Immediate Release

Book Your Room Today

June 6, 2014–-Austin, TX. Four Salt Lake City hotels are now taking reservations for the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) and RootsTech conferences, which will be held February 11–14, 2015 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City.

The Radisson Hotel Salt Lake City Downtown, Salt Lake Marriott Downtown at City Creek, Salt Lake Plaza Hotel, and Hilton Salt Lake City Center will offer reduced rates to attendees of both conferences. Each hotel is conveniently located near the Salt Palace Convention Center. Conference rates will be honored for reservation dates February 7–19, 2015. Reservations must be made by January 13, 2015 to receive the conference rates.

Rooms will be in high demand. Reserve yours now through the FGS conference website at http://www.fgsconference.org/2015/lodging.

Registration for both conferences will open in late August 2014. For additional information about the FGS conference visit www.FGSconference.org/2015.

Follow us on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/FGSgenealogy), Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/FGSgenealogy) and on our blog at (http://voice.fgs.org/).

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PO Box 200940
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phone: +1 (888) 347-1500
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Thursday, June 05, 2014

MISSOURI HISTORY MUSEUM UPDATE

The following sources have recently been added to the Genealogy and Local History Index. To search the index globally, visit the main page.

1. What More Can I Do? This Brochure Is Compiled to Give in Brief, Every-Day Terms, Facts Relating to the First Regiment Infantry Missouri Home Guard (ca. 1918).

2. Invitation to grand ball to be given by D. Walsh and Wm. Shaw at Lafayette Hall, Carondelet, on Saturday, September 11th, 1869.

3. Annual reports and biennial reports of the Confederate Home of Missouri at Higginsville, 1894-1924 (incomplete run)

4. Washington University commencement program, 1924

5. Washington University commencement program, 1926

PHONING HOME

Using smartphone apps to trace your tree:

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THEIR LONELY, CROWDED GRAVE…

The Catholic Church in Ireland is facing fresh accusations of child neglect after a researcher found records for 796 young children believed to be buried in a mass grave beside a former orphanage for the children of unwed mothers:

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COMING UP SHORTO

Author Russell Shorto decided to pursue his Sicilian roots, and the hunt led--of course--to Sicily:

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Tuesday, June 03, 2014

INSTRUCTABLES

If you’ve been thinking about making something with your own two hands, but aren’t sure where to start, Instructables is the place to go:

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D-DAY

June 6 marks the day 70 years ago when Allied troops famously stormed the beaches of Normandy in 1944. On D-Day, more than 160,000 men went up against the Germans' extensively fortified Atlantic Wall in northern France, breaking through to begin the invasion of German-occupied France. Offshore during this invasion, lending material and gunfire support, were 5,000 ships.

Search for your D-Day and other World War II heroes in Fold3′s WWII collection, and commemorate their service by creating or expanding a Memorial Page for them on the Honor Wall.

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SHSM’S ST. LOUIS RESEARCH CENTER

The photo database of the State Historical Society of Missouri's St. Louis Research Center is a valuable resource for locating photographs of the St. Louis area. Try searching for personal names, building names, street addresses, neighborhoods and communities, schools, churches, events, etc.

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Sunday, June 01, 2014

WORLD’S FAIR EXHIBITS (1904): DEPARTMENT OF MINES & METALLURGY

Louisiana Purchase Exposition Saint Louis, Mo.). Official Catalogue of Exhibitors: Universal Exposition, St. Louis, United States of America, 1904. Division of Exhibits; Department L; Mines And Metallurgy. Rev. ed. St. Louis: Committee on Press and Publicity, by the Official Catalogue Company (Inc.), 1904.

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THE UNIVERSAL EXPOSITION OF 1904

Francis, David Rowland. The Universal Exposition of 1904. St. Louis: Louisiana Purchase Exposition Company, 1913.

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HAVE THEY WORN OUT THEIR WELCOME?

They need a place to spend the day, but the franchise owner needs to make a living…

If you’ve invented a spray that repels elderly Koreans, a McDonald’s in Flushing, Queens would like to buy a case. They’ve got a group of elderly Koreans that comes in early every day and stays all day long. They buy very little food (often buying one bag of fries and passing it around), and most usually nurse a single coffee for hours. Staff have called police several times to roust them (before you protest such harsh treatment, realize that seating is extremely limited and retail space in Flushing is definitely not cheap), but most walk around the block and come right back in:

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TAMING THE RATS’ NEST

Is there a rats’ nest of cords/cables behind your computer/entertainment center? There are ways (some free, none expensive) to organize those cords/cables:

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