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Articles written by Charles Haddon Shank

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Creating Fiction From History: 5/18/2022

James Robert Bennet III was born into it, one might say! Making a grand entry into this world in late June of 1883, the 23rd, to be precise, Jim-Bob emerged into this life in the local physician's off...

 

Creating Fiction from History: 5/4/2022

"But I don't want you to go!" Janice had already been bereft of her father; now her mother was getting ready to leave her an actual orphan. Yes, she had plenty of aunts and uncles to live with; in...

 

Creating Fiction From History: 4/27/2022

"I've made my decision, Father! I know you wanted me to stay here where it's safe, but I'm sick and tired of being SAFE!" In actuality, Peter's father simply didn't want his beloved son running off...

 

Creating Fiction from History: 4/20/2022

The announcements had been sent out! Miss Jane Lippincot, daughter of Joseph and Mary Lippincot of St. Joseph, Missouri was to be wed to Richard Duane Journeyman, son of Everard and Janice Journeyman...

 

Creating Fiction from History: 4/13/2022

Harold was not sure what to do; he had never been in this position before. He had just been awarded an honorary Ph.D. by Harvard University. Then, over the past weekend, he met the loveliest lady he...

 

Creating Fiction from History: 4/6/2022

The following is part two of the A.B. Paxton story from the February 23rd edition of The Ledger. I was born Eliza Jane Whitfirth in the early morning hours of April 1st, in the Year of our Lord, 1887. My parents were James and Eliza. James was...

 

Creating Fiction From History: 3/30/2022

The year was 1915. Louisa Jane had just celebrated her eighteenth birthday. Being the only child of Sir Robert and Dalriadan Flockheart, she, of course, had not celebrated in any ordinary way. No, for...

 

Name to a Face: Heidi Lynn Austin

If you haven't had the privilege to meet Heidi Austin yet, you should make it a point to do so next time you see her around town. Heidi Lynn moved to Whitehall in July of 2021 with her husband, Will,...

 

Creating Fiction from History: 3/23/2022

Louisa grew up in the best of families. She never knew the darker side of life, for as the only child (a daughter, no less), she had never wanted for anything. Born Louisa Jane Flockheart she emerged...

 

Dear Editor: Need for Crosswalk

Dear Editor, It has recently come to my attention, or rather awareness, that there is a need for a posted crosswalk across from the Town Pump, near the northern end of Whitehall Street. While at the Mint Bar the other night for Pool League, I bumped...

 

Creating Fiction from History: 3/16/2022

John Schmitt was the newest member of the greatest rival to Al Capone’s organization, the O’Banion gang. Ole Gimpy himself had recruited him, so John Jacob, JJ for short, was feeling pretty good about his new position. The pay was pretty decent,...

 

Dear Editor: No More Public Restrooms

Dear Editor, It saddens me a letter like this must be written! I realize that I’m not the only one that has noticed this issue and not the only one bothered by it. But dang, people! This issue is most definitely NOT confined to our little town,...

 

Creating Fiction From History: 3/9/2022

“What can you tell us about the handsome young man in this old photograph?” As a professional researcher, Robert Lawton had gotten used to being accosted by random passersby with questions such...

 

Creating Fiction From History: 3/2/2022

Henrietta Asburges was born in Nichols, Iowa, just before the turn of the previous century, on the 15th of April 1899. This small town in South-Eastern Iowa was surrounded by farmsteads. Being of...

 

Creating Fiction from History: 2/23/2022

Ella Jean Berry was born October 4, 1905, to Franklin and Rosalind Berry, of Dubuque, Iowa. Both of her parents perished at an early age in a horrible train wreck. This unthinkable tragedy occurred...

 

Creating Fiction From History: 2/9/2022

Newsflash! The Archduke of Austria had not been kidnapped he had been outright killed. Assassinated! Both the Archduke and his wife Sophie were shot and killed as they traveled through the streets of...

 

Creating Fiction from History: 2/2/2022

Rosie, or more correctly Rosa Lynda Cabellharo, was born April 1, 1927, to Daniel and Felice Cabellharo. Proud to belong to one of the original Mexican families who inhabited the small town of Farmers...

 

Dear Editor: Whitehall Should Hop on the Cannabis Tide

Dear Editor, Yes, Virginia, federally speaking, cannabis/marijuana is STILL illegal! However, that being said, there are at least 16 states in this Union that have legalized marijuana for recreational use, including our own beloved Montana and...

 

Creating Fiction from History: 1/26/2022

John Charles Winchester was born into it, you might say. On a cold November day in 1897 Charlie, as he became known, was the fifth son of Charles and Edith Winchester. Considering the Winchester...

 

Creating Fiction from history: 1/12/2022

The year was 1918. The Armistice had just been signed and it was Frannie's birthday, her 18th, to be exact. Frannie, or more correctly, Francoise de Bordeaux, was born in the relatively small...

 

Dear Editor: A Clean Slate

Dear Editor, It’s that time of year again; the time for New Year’s Resolutions. Time for all the “New Year, new me” promises we make to ourselves. It IS that time of year. Yes, in fact, what better time to make those promises, those...

 

Creating Fiction from History: 1/5/2022

Barbara Jo Stafford, or Barbie as she was commonly known, was an only child. The circumstances of her emergence into this world were quite miraculous; some might even say magical and mysterious. Jo...

 

Dear Editor: Freedom

Dear Editor, I’m not what most people would call a patriot. Don’t get me wrong, I love where I live, but I’m not willing to die for the American Way. I certainly don’t view this country as my Fatherland or Motherland, for that matter....

 

Creating Fiction from History: 12/22/2021

At 102 (103 February next) Granny Hotchkins, as everyone back home called her, not only looked really good for her exalted age; she was also, without doubt, the oldest person to ever dare The Falls...

 

Dear Editor: Lying

Dear Editor, This may be controversial. This might cause a bit of a stir. It could even be esteemed to be a bit negative; but when, if ever, is it okay to lie? Much less, to our kids? For example, one of our kids comes up to us, asking what we think...

 

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