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Articles written by Charles Haddon Shank

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Dear Editor: My take on EVs

Dear Editor, Okay, this is me jumping on the proverbial bandwagon. Most, if not everyone, in town knows that I drive an electric vehicle. It’s not quite the same issue as a Tesla or a Prius but still, the principle still applies. There are...

 

Creating Fiction from History: 9/28/2022

Carlene Switzer, possibly pictured here, might have grown up to become one of the most infamous rum-runners in the South. Now, you might be thinking that should be 'moonshiner', but no, Carlene,...

 

Creating Fiction from History: 9/21/2022

The year was 1930. Even with all the hubbub going on further east over the stock market crash of the year previous, the jazz scene in Milwaukee was going strong! Now known as Bronzeville, the jazz...

 

Creating Fiction from History: 9/14/2022

Harriet Peregrin Smith, Hattie for short, possibly pictured here, was born to a mixed couple in Georgia. Her parents, Reginald and Darlene Smith, had been approved for a marriage license after special...

 

Creating Fiction From History: 9/7/2022

For an Irishman at the turn of the century Chicago, young Tom Thumb (Thomas O'Malley) had his work cut out for him! The dapper young fellow possibly featured in the photograph might later have become...

 

Creating Fiction from History: 8/31/2022

The year was 1905. Several years previous, Hans and Gisela Grothe, recent immigrants from Germany, had become the proud parents of twin girls, Sylvie and Monika. Monika was the darker-haired of the tw...

 

Creating Fiction from History: 8/24/2022

Tomas and Sylvia Svoboda had just recently arrived in America. They had sailed aboard the sail steamship City of Adelaide from the Port of Shanghai to San Fransisco. Being a distant member of the Bohe...

 

Dear Editor: Pandemic a Blessing in Disguise?

Dear Editor, These are just a few thoughts running through my head for a couple of years now. What if the recent so-called pandemic (some say Plandemic) has been a blessing in disguise?! Now, whether one believes there’s anything to all these...

 

Creating Fiction from History: 8/10/2022

Her parents might have had an inkling, but when little Destiny Phantasia Fairchild first appeared on the scene in September of 1871, she looked like a fairly normal newborn baby. Douglas and Antonia...

 

Creating Fiction From History: 8/3/2022

Persephone, Lilith, and Phantasia. Poor little girls! The first two names weren't so bad; they could be condensed to Percy and Lily (thought Percy sounded a bit boyish.) But Phantasia? What could...

 

Creating Fiction from History: 7/27/2022

Frederich Charles Blumenfeldt was born to Frederich and Florence Blumenfeldt, German immigrants who had settled on Makee Ridge in the area of what would become Waukon, Iowa. The town itself would not be incorporated as such for several decades. So...

 

Creating Fiction from History: 7/20/2022

Marbella and Dinae Washington were, respectively, both the daughters of a mixed-race couple from Panora, Iowa, in what has now been designated a Guthrie County Historical Village. Just a hundred feet...

 

Creating Fiction from History: 7/13/2022

"That's it! I'm done!" Bella felt these words to the bottom of her bottomless soul. She wanted to say them so badly, but this was unheard of in 1860s New England. So what Cymbelminne Rickmeister actua...

 

Creating Fiction from History: 7/6/2022

Born Mary Jane Wheeler, this mischievously beautiful person emerged kicking and screaming into this cold cruel world on the third of July, 1842. The second daughter of William and Janelle Wheeler, Mar...

 

Creating Fiction From HIstory: 6/22/2022

Ever wonder what porters did when they weren't working on the Underground Railroad, helping southern blacks migrate to safer climates in the North? In 1921, the Union persevered and slavery was offici...

 

Creating Fiction from History: 6/15/2022

Billy sure loved his rocks! Big ones, small ones, dull ones, shiny ones, light ones, heavy ones; if it caught Billy's eye (not many didn't), it soon found its way into his trusty (or make that...

 

Creating Fiction from History: 6/8/2022

John James Scanlan, Ph.D.: He liked the sound of that! John James entered this life on April 21st of the year 1894, son of John and Riordan Scanlan, of County Louth, on the East Coast of Ireland. Soon...

 

Dear Editor: We Have Forgotten Who We are As a People

Dear Editor, I apologize beforehand for the relative touchiness of the subject at hand. However, here we go again! The most recent school shooting has anti-gun, or at least stricter gun law advocates, in an uproar. I realize we’ve been here...

 

Creating Fiction From History: 6/1/2022

Andree de Villiers, of Basque ancestry, was a relative newcomer to this strange new world. She had emerged into the old world of the Biscay region of France, to be exact, in the mountain village of...

 

Op-Ed: The Importance of Water in Development

Imagine if you will, a lone figure trudging through a barren desert landscape with nothing but miles and miles of seemingly endless seas of sand to keep them company. Obviously, of primary importance to that person would be finding WATER and finding...

 

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...

 

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