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Articles written by Charles Haddon Shank

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Dear Editor: COVID-19 Vaccines and Our Kids

Dear Editor, I realize that this is a rather touchy and perhaps even volatile issue, but it needs to be addressed if only to further educate people. This letter is in response to last week’s Letter to the Editor, co-authored by Timothy Bennett and...

 

Creating Fiction for History: 11/24/2021

Danette Jocelynn Holding was born on January 18th, 1899 at the office of Adolf Gundersen in La Crosse, Wisconsin. The hospital which would be known as Lutheran Hospital was not built until about three...

 

Creating Fiction from History: 11/17/2021

Adell Peregrine Huffman emerged into this cold, cruel world on a warm fall day in 1852. On September the 22nd of that year, the day after her parent's first anniversary, she set the stage for her...

 

Dear Editor: Climate Change in Whitehall

Dear Editor, As far as conspiracy theories go, one might note that the the subject of climate change has been growing in popularity over the past few years, maybe as much as a decade. I’m not a scientist, so I’m not even going to try to convince...

 

Dear Editor: Fear, Love and Motivation

Dear Editor, I would like to lead out with several paragraphs from an article I penned almost 6 years ago. To quote; “What passes for religion today is largely what drives the political engine of this nation! What people believe about a certain...

 

Creating Fiction from History: 11/3/2021

The tornado came, it saw, and it conquered! When the Donner twins were born, the Great Whirlwind which heralded their coming also signaled the course that their lives would forever take. With the...

 

Dear Editor: 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Dear Editor, Having just read approximately the first half of The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, as posted on the United Nations website (https://sdgs.un.org/2030agenda) I can affirm, with all the positivity I can muster, it SOUNDS pretty...

 

Creating Fiction from History: 10/27/2021

Mary and Jane Donner were born exactly one full minute apart, during a tornado on May 27th, 1896, in St. Louis, Missouri. For their parents, Robert and Miriam, their unique entrance into this life was...

 

Dear Editor: Kudos to Wortman

Dear Editor, First of all, kudos to Leonard Wortman! In response to his letter from last week, I would like to say that I find myself in almost full agreement with the majority of what he wrote. However, I must say that his comments about the new...

 

Guest Editorial: Evolution, Not Expansion

This is in regard to the Whitehall Master Plan meeting, which was held October 6, 2021. I am by no means a politician or even much of a reporter, but I’ll be honest, I really didn’t take much home from said meeting. However, as the meeting...

 

Creating Fiction from History

For many years, Frank and Harriet Jester had tried, God knows they had! In the late Spring of 1923, their patience was finally rewarded when little Charlotte Mae came into this world with hardly a...

 

Dear Editor: Law in our town

Dear Editor, I’m not one to complain, because it is what it is, but what is being done about the drug problem in our normally peaceful little town? At least on the surface, Whitehall has been a thriving little community in the past and even to...

 

Creating Fiction from History: Josaphyna Dundarsen

In turn of the century New England, short hair on women, even shoulder-length, brought the offending female under more than a bit of suspicion. Josaphyna Dundarsen was such a female! Not only did she...

 

Dear Editor: Mask Mandates

Dear Editor, Here in Jefferson County, particularly in our little burg of Whitehall, we have been pretty lucky when it comes to the mask mandate. Although health officials are still strongly recommending that we “mask up”, even those few...

 

Dear Editor: Cost of Living

Dear Editor, The cost of living seems to be increasing at an almost unthinkable rate! High as those costs climb though, Americans rise above it, because life must go on. Right?! The price of lumber, while it has fluctuated somewhat, is ridiculous....

 

Creating Fiction from History: 9/29/2021

The year was 1877. Having signed the contract in the year previous, "The Professor" officially became the Documenter for the Northern Pacific Railway's west-ward expansion. Young Frank Jay, or F. Jay...

 

Dear Editor: Johnson #2

Dear Editor, Not to be too negative, but this is getting ridiculous! Mr. Johnson’s latest representative statement, “People do not control guns. Guns control people” has become reductio ad absurdum (reduced to absurdity). Although I can...

 

Creating Fiction from History: Don Carroll & Victor Green

The year was 1907. College was all but a fading memory, but Don was determined not to let the memories of his old college mate, Victor, fade with them! Victor Green and Don Carroll, both of whom...

 

Dear Editor: Response to Gerald Johnson #1

Dear Editor, Once again (probably not for the last time either), I feel compelled to respond to Mr. Gerald Johnson’s almost ignominious “war” on firearms. I say almost because I do not believe he means to bring shame on his obviously favored...

 

Creating Fiction from History: Finnie Winkler

Mr. Hyram P. Winkler, Finnie to those who knew and loved him, was a young lad of 16 years when he left his family's wheat fields in Dorchester to labor full-time at the relatively new Waukon Iron...

 

Dear Editor: COVID-19 Vaccs

Dear Editor, Again, I felt compelled to voice my opinion on the question of vaccination, particularly for the COVID-19 “virus.“ As I said in my previous letter on this subject, I do not plan to get vaccinated, but neither will I condemn (or...

 

Creating Fiction from History: Bunnies

Little Chelsea loved everything about Easter, but her favorite part was bunnies! Those soft, cuddly little creatures that wiggled their cute little button noses most curiously, had enamored this...

 

Dear Editor: Response to Gerald Johnson

Dear Editor, Yes, here is yet another response to Gerald Johnson’s stance on gun control. As he seems to target the events of December 14th, 2012 (Sandy Hook), we’ll start there. Whatever happened there, banning guns is NOT the answer! It should...

 

Dear Editor: COVID-19 & 5G

Dear Editor, Jim Buterbaugh’s letter to the editor from last week’s paper got me thinking. Actually, this subject has been on my mind for quite some time now. I’m admittedly a bit of a conspiracy theorist and one of the theories I’ve...

 

Creating Fiction from History: Party crashers

'Twas a soiree to remember! This past Saturday evening in mid-July, the Gentlemen's Club of Jefferson County met, in a tent erected for this shindig, in the environs of Whitehall, Montana. This specta...

 

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