Friday, December 20, 2013

Where We'll Never Grow Old

"And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away." Revelation 21:4
James Moore (1888-1962) was a Missionary Baptist minister, a singing teacher and a gospel songwriter from Georgia. He wrote over 500 songs. Sales of his phonograph records ran into the millions. His songs included I Believe in Jesus, Inside the Gate and the beautiful classic hymn, Where We'll Never Grow Old, written on April 22, 1914.

I have heard of a land on the far away strand
’Tis a beautiful home of the soul
Built by Jesus on high, where we never shall die
’Tis a land where we never grow old
 
Never grow old, never grow old
In a land where we’ll never grow old
Never grow old, never grow old
In a land where we’ll never grow old
 
In that beautiful home where we’ll never more roam
We shall be in the sweet by and by
Happy praise to the King through eternity sing
’Tis a land where we never shall die
 
When our work here is done and the life crown is won
And our troubles and trials are o’er
All our sorrow will end, and our voices will blend
With the loved ones who’ve gone on before
 

The Goodman Sacred Singers recorded their version of the song on Champion Records in 1928.



Andrew Means: "The Battle of Horseshoe Bend"



Andrew Means, Jr., was born Randolph County, North Carolina in 1791 and migrated to Overton County, Tennessee in 1808.

As a young man, he fought in the Battle of Horseshoe Bend as a private in Colonel Stephen Copeland's regiment of Tennessee Volunteers.

It was the War of 1812 and the place was Alabama. The Creek Indians had become divided into two factions: the Upper Creeks (or Red Sticks), a majority who opposed the American expansion, and the Lower Creek, who were more assimilated and sought to remain on good terms with the Americans. On March 27, 1814, General Andrew Jackson's troops attacked a red stick Creek village. The battle lasted for more than five hours before the Creek warriors were defeated. Roughly 800 of the 1,000 Red Stick warriors were killed. Jackson lost fewer than 50 men during the fight and reported 154 wounded.

After the war, Andrew and his family migrated to Missouri. He died there in 1879 and is buried in Means Cemetery near Liberty. Andrew and his wife, Sara, raised 11 children.

Andrew's brother, Benjamin Means, was my 4th great-grandfather.

(Andrew Means)


Hitler Rides In The Empty Seat: "Conserving In A War"




The Office of Price Administration was established on August 28, 1941. Its functions were originally to prevent wartime inflation by managing price controls and rents after the outbreak of World War II.

Everyone in the nation was encouraged to 'do their part' to conserve as much as possible. Folks were also reminded that the enemy might be 'closer than they thought.'

Advertising slogans during the war were many...


"Can what you can!"
 
"Team Up To Keep Food Prices Down!"
 
"Don't Bite Off More Than You Can Chew"
 
"Loose Lips Can Sink Ships!"
 
and of course....
 
"When you ride alone, you ride with Hitler!"


The OPA had the power to place ceilings on all prices except agricultural commodities, and to ration scarce supplies of tires, automobiles, shoes, nylon, sugar, gasoline, fuel oil, coffee, meats and processed foods. At the peak, almost 90% of retail food prices were frozen. The OPA was abolished on May 29, 1947.

Here are some of the print advertisements during the OPA's tenure.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Monday, December 16, 2013

The 12 Days Of Christmas Songs: 12. Joy To The World



"And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord." Luke 2:10-11

Written by English hymn writer Isaac Watts, based on Psalms 98, Joy To The World was first published in 1719. Watts wrote the words as a hymn glorifying Christ's triumphant return at the end of the age rather than a song celebrating His first coming. In the 20th century, it was the most-published Christmas hymn in North America.
 
 
Joy to the world, the Lord is come
Let earth receive her King
Let every heart prepare Him room
And Heaven and nature sing
And Heaven and nature sing
And Heaven, and Heaven, and nature sing
 
Psalms 98 
"O sing unto the Lord a new song; for he hath done marvellous things: his right hand, and his holy arm, hath gotten him the victory. The Lord hath made known his salvation: his righteousness hath he openly shewed in the sight of the heathen. He hath remembered his mercy and his truth toward the house of Israel: all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God. Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise. Sing unto the Lord with the harp; with the harp, and the voice of a psalm. With trumpets and sound of cornet make a joyful noise before the Lord, the King. Let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. Let the floods clap their hands: let the hills be joyful together Before the Lord; for he cometh to judge the earth: with righteousness shall he judge the world, and the people with equity."

The 12 Days Of Christmas Songs: 11. Silent Night


"And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid." Luke 2:8-9

The words to Silent Night were written in German by the Austrian priest Josef Mohr in 1816. The carol has been translated into over 300 languages and dialects. It was sung simultaneously in English and German by troops fighting in WWI during the Christmas truce of 1914.

The 12 Days Of Christmas Songs: 10. O Holy Night



"And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord." Luke 2:8-11


This well-known carol was composed by Adolphe Adam in 1847 to the French poem "Minuit, chr├ętiens" (Midnight, Christians) by poet Placide Cappeau. John Sullivan Dwight created a singing edition in 1855. In both the French original and in the two familiar English versions of the carol, the text reflects on the birth of Jesus and of humanity's redemption.

The 12 Days of Christmas Songs: 9. Away In A Manger



"And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn." Luke 2:7

This Christmas carol was first published in the late nineteenth century and used widely throughout the English-speaking world. The first two verses were published in the May 1884 in Boston, Massachusetts. The third stanza, "Be near me, Lord Jesus" was first printed in 1892.


 Away in a manger, no crib for a bed,
The little Lord Jesus laid down His sweet head.
The stars in the sky looked down where He lay,
The little Lord Jesus, asleep on the hay.
 
The cattle are lowing, the Baby awakes,
But little Lord Jesus, no crying He makes;
I love Thee, Lord Jesus, look down from the sky
And stay by my cradle till morning is nigh.
 
Be near me, Lord Jesus, I ask Thee to stay
Close by me forever, and love me, I pray;
Bless all the dear children in Thy tender care,
And fit us for Heaven to live with Thee there.

The 12 Days of Christmas Songs: 8. O Little Town of Bethlehem





"But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting." Micah 5:2


O Little Town of Bethlehem is a popular carol written by Phillips Brooks, an Episcopal priest in Philadelphia. He was inspired by visiting the Palestinian city of Bethlehem in 1865. Three years later, he wrote the poem and his organist, Lewis Redner, added the music. It was first published in the English Hymnal of 1906.

O little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie!
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep the silent stars go by.
Yet in thy dark streets shineth the everlasting Light;
The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight.
 
For Christ is born of Mary, and gathered all above,
While mortals sleep, the angels keep their watch of wondering love.
O morning stars together, proclaim the holy birth,
And praises sing to God the King, and peace to men on earth!
 
How silently, how silently, the wondrous Gift is giv’n;
So God imparts to human hearts the blessings of His Heav’n.
No ear may hear His coming, but in this world of sin,
Where meek souls will receive Him still, the dear Christ enters in.
 
O holy Child of Bethlehem, descend to us, we pray;
Cast out our sin, and enter in, be born in us today.
We hear the Christmas angels the great glad tidings tell;
O come to us, abide with us, our Lord Emmanuel!

The 12 Days of Christmas Songs: 4. O Come O Come Emmanuel

 
 
"Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel." Isaiah 7:14

O come, O come, Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear.
Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.
 
O come, Thou Wisdom from on high,
Who orderest all things mightily;
To us the path of knowledge show,
And teach us in her ways to go.
Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.
 
O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free
Thine own from Satan’s tyranny;
From depths of hell Thy people save,
And give them victory over the grave.
Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.
 
O come, Thou Day-spring, come and cheer
Our spirits by Thine advent here;
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night,
And death’s dark shadows put to flight.
Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.
 
O come, Thou Key of David, come,
And open wide our heavenly home;
Make safe the way that leads on high,
And close the path to misery.
Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.
 
O come, O come, great Lord of might,
Who to Thy tribes on Sinai’s height
In ancient times once gave the law
In cloud and majesty and awe.
Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.
 
O come, Thou Root of Jesse’s tree,
An ensign of Thy people be;
Before Thee rulers silent fall;
All peoples on Thy mercy call.
Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.
 
O come, Desire of nations, bind
In one the hearts of all mankind;
Bid Thou our sad divisions cease,
And be Thyself our King of Peace.
Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

The 12 Days of Christmas Songs: 7. The First Noel



"And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid." Luke 2:8-9


The First Noel is a classic English carol from the 18th century, if not earlier. In French, the word Noel means Christmas. In Latin, it translates as birthday. Its current form was first published in 1823. The current arrangement is credited to composer John Stainer in 1871.

The 12 Days of Christmas Songs: 5. O Come All Ye Faithful


"And it came to pass , as the angels were gone away from them into heaven , the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass , which the Lord hath made known unto us. And they came with haste , and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger." Luke 2:15-16


"Adeste Fideles" is a carol attributed to John Francis Wade but many other probable authors exist. The oldest manuscripts were found in Portugal, with a date prior to Wade's collection. The English translation, by the English Catholic priest Frederick Oakeley, is widespread in most English speaking countries.

The 12 Days of Christmas Songs: 6. It Came Upon A Midnight Clear




"And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid." Luke 2:8-9


This carol was written by Edmund Sears of Wayland, Massachusetts, who wrote the  five-stanza poem in 1849. Sears is said to have writ­ten these words at the re­quest of his friend, W. P. Lunt, a min­is­ter in Quin­cy, Mass­a­chu­setts. The hymn was first sung at the 1849 Sun­day School Christ­mas cel­e­bra­tion. A year later, in1850, composer Richard Storrs Willis wrote the melody.




The 12 Days of Christmas Songs: 3. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing



"And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men." Luke 2:13-14


This Christmas carol written by Charles Wesley first appeared in 1739. The arrangement was slow and solemn, not the joyful tune of today. Today's version is the result of alterations by various hands, notably Felix Mendelssohn. In 1840, music from a cantata he composed was adapted to fit the lyrics known today.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

The 12 Days of Christmas Songs: 2. Angels We Have Heard On High


"And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men." Luke 2:13-14


Angels we have heard on high
Sweetly singing o’er the plains,
And the mountains in reply
Echoing their joyous strains.'
Refrain
Gloria, in excelsis Deo!
Gloria, in excelsis Deo!
Shepherds, why this jubilee?
Why your joyous strains prolong?
What the gladsome tidings be
Which inspire your heavenly song?
Refrain
Come to Bethlehem and see
Christ Whose birth the angels sing;
Come, adore on bended knee,
Christ the Lord, the newborn King.
Refrain
See Him in a manger laid,
Whom the choirs of angels praise;
Mary, Joseph, lend your aid,
While our hearts in love we raise.
Refrain

Saturday, December 14, 2013

The 12 Days Of Christmas Songs: 1. We Three Kings


"Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him." Matthew 2:1-2

This Christmas carol was written by the Reverend John Henry Hopkins, Jr., who wrote both the lyrics and the music for a Christ­mas pa­geant at the Gen­er­al The­o­lo­gic­al Sem­in­ary in New York Ci­ty in 1857. It did not appear in print until his Carols, Hymns and Song in 1863.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Bustin' Stills

Sheriff Hige Boles posing with 24 moonshine stills he and his deputies busted between 1926 and 1929 in Clinton County, Kentucky.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

One Joyous Day of Prayer and Thanksgiving Long Ago

 

We know the first Thanksgiving was celebrated by the pilgrims in 1621, but it didn't become an official federal holiday until in 1863, when, during the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of "Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens."

Both my great-grandparents, Grant and Hettie Frost, were born soon after the civil war; Grant in 1867 and Hettie in 1870, and they were married four days before Thanksgiving Day in 1890 at Windy, Kentucky.

In his proclamation of November 8th that year, President Benjamin Harrison proclaimed Thursday, the 27th, as the date to be observed as a day of prayer and thanksgiving, inviting the people on that day to "cease from their labors, to meet in their accustomed houses of worship, and to join in rendering gratitude and praise to our beneficent Creator for the rich blessings He has granted to us as a nation and in invoking the continuance of His protection and grace for the future."

For Grant and Hettie Frost, and their families, Thanksgiving Day of 1890 was probably the most joyous of their time spent together. I can picture all of them gathered together to celebrate this union of marriage. As the president said in his proclamation, God did indeed provide them with protection and grace during their long life together. They were married 65 years and God blessed them with many children. Ulysses Simpson "Grant" Frost was the son of Corydon and Almira Owens Frost. During the civil war, Cord was a Private in Co. H, 13th Kentucky Calvary. Hettie Huffaker was the daughter of Henry and Margaret Shearer Huffaker. All are buried at Gap Creek Church Cemetery at Windy.

Friday, November 22, 2013

A Message From The Goat Man



The Goat Man, Charles McCartney, traveled the highways and bi-ways of America for more than 30 years. The stories told by those who saw him or met him are legendary.

For more about this legendary character, read "Long Live The Goat Man."

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Remembering A President

Eight months before President John F. Kennedy was assinated he made a visit to Arlington National Cemetery. It is said that he passed beyond the soldiers' graves and walked to the top of a hill. The story goes that as he paused there reflecting on the beauty of the area, he was quoted as saying, "I could stay here forever."

On November 25, 1963, the President was buried on that hill after being shot dead three days earlier.

Monday, November 11, 2013

A Hero Unaware

In 1942, the U.S. government began quietly acquiring more than 60,000 acres in Eastern Tennessee for the Manhattan Project --the secret World War II program that developed the atomic bomb. The government needed land to build massive facilities to refine and develop nuclear materials for these new weapons, without attracting the attention of enemy spies. So, it had to be top secret! Not even the 45,000 construction workers knew what the facility was for. Companies, such as Chrysler, Union Carbide and Dupont, who risked their own money and reputations to assist the military in ending the war, were not told anything about the building of a bomb. Yet, they still agreed to help. Secrecy was of the highest priority. The entire area was fenced in and armed guards were posted!

In early 1943, ground was broken for the first production building at the Y‑12 Electromagnetic Separation Plant. It's purpose was to make enriched uranium.

The Y-12 electromagnetic plant units were initially operated by scientists from Berkeley. They were then turned over to operators, some with college degrees, but many with only a high school education. But, in a test to see who was best, those young "hillbilly" girl operators outproduced those with PhDs. One of those "hillbilly" girl operators was my great aunt, Mada Boles. She went to work soon after the facility at Oak Ridge opened and continued to work there in department B12H in the Y-12 plant up until she married in 1948.

I was sitting beside my then-90 year old aunt Mada at her kitchen table one day and we were looking out the window at a whipper wheel that was perched upside down on a feeder. She would sit there, sometimes for hours, watching those birds and when I would visit her, she would ask me to sit there beside her and she would tell me stories about her friends and family. It was on this particular day that my aunt Mada told me the story of how she made the bomb.

This story begins with my grandfather, Elmer Boles who had been on board the U.S.S. Samuel D. Champlain during the Normandy Invasion. When the ship returned home, most of the crew was dropped off on the east coast for a brief leave, while the ship continued on through the Panama Canal to the west coast. Elmer boarded a troop train that went from New York to Oakland, California, where he boarded a ship and set sail for the south Pacific and the Phillipines.

Meanwhile, President Truman had encouraged the country to unite in the war effort, and asked each citizen to do their part. Since my grandmother was busy at home raising the children, aunt Mada decided she would do what she could to assist the troops, and her brother. She had heard of the new government plant opening in Tennessee and how it was to "help" in the war effort, and although she did not have a clue what she would be doing, soon she was heading south...to Oak Ridge.

On August 8, 1945, two days after the bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, aunt Mada, and the rest of the world, found out what had really been going on at Oak Ridge. On that day, when it came time for her supper break, she did her usual thing, head for the cafeteria. As she sat down at a table, she couldn't help but notice the headline on the front page of the newspaper a co-worker was reading at the next table: "PARTS OF THE BOMB MADE AT OAK RIDGE!"

The news was out! Thirty months after Oak Ridge began its secret work, the success of Y‑12’s mission was announced to the world. Two atomic weapons - the uranium bomb, Little Boy and the plutonium bomb, Fat Man - were detonated, causing the Empire of Japan to surrender and bringing World War II to an end. Y-12, where aunt Mada had worked, had separated the uranium used in Little Boy.

Aunt Mada could not believe what she had read. When her shift ended, she went to her dormitory room, sat down at a table and addressed a post card to my grandfather in the south Pacific. She couldn't wait to tell him about the goings on at Oak Ridge.

The card reached my grandfather's ship a couple of weeks later. He described what happened this way: "It was normal for shipmates to read each others mail because they were so far from home and homesick and the letters served as a sort of newspaper for them. Of course pages that contained close personal matters were not passed around." As Aunt Mada's letter with the news about Oak Ridge began making its way around the ship, soon everyone onboard was saying that "BOLES' SISTER MADE THE BOMB!"

So there you have the story about how my aunt Mada helped bring WWII to an end. When she finished telling me this remarkable story a smile came across her face. We went back to watching that whipper wheel perched upside down on the feeder, but I was entranced by her words. Her story and its climax had taken my breath. My thoughts were racing to a time, a secret time, when the whole world was on edge. In school, I had learned about the Manhattan Project, but I had no idea that my beloved aunt Mada, so small and frail at age 90, was called a hero during WWII. Life sometimes does have it's little surprises.

The photo is from the Y-12 Bulletin, which was published weely at the Oak Ridge facility and shows my aunt Mada and uncle Lester just before they were married. The marriage was the end of aunt Mazda's career at Oak Ridge.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

He Leadeth Me

"As a young man who recently had been graduated from Brown University and Newton Theological Institution, I was supplying for a couple of Sundays the pulpit of the First Baptist Church in Philadelphia. At the mid-week service, on the 26th of March, 1862, I set out to give the people an exposition of the Twenty-third Psalm, which I had given before on three or four occasions, but this time I did not get further than the words “He Leadeth Me.” Those words took hold of me as they had never done before, and I saw them in a significance and wondrous beauty of which I had never dreamed. It was the darkest hour of the Civil War. I did not refer to that fact—that is, I don’t think I did—but it may subconsciously have led me to realize that God’s leadership is the one significant fact in human experience, that it makes no difference how we are led, or whither we are led, so long as we are sure God is leading us. At the close of the meeting a few of us in the parlor of my host, good Deacon Watson, kept on talking about the thought which I had emphasized; and then and there, on a blank page of the brief from which I had intended to speak, I penciled the hymn, talking and writing at the same time, then handed it to my wife and thought no more about it. She sent it to The Watchman and Reflector, a paper published in Boston, where it was first printed. I did not know until 1865 that my hymn had been set to music by William B. Bradbury. I went to Rochester, New York to preach as a candidate before the Second Baptist Church. Going into their chapel on arrival in the city, I picked up a hymnal to see what they were singing, and opened it at my own hymn, He Leadeth Me." - Joseph Henry Gilmore
He leadeth me, O bless├Ęd thought
O words with heav’nly comfort fraught
What ’er I do, where’er I be
Still ’tis God’s hand that leadeth me

Refrain He leadeth me He leadeth me By His own hand He leadeth me His faithful follower I would be For by His hand He leadeth me

Sometimes mid scenes of deepest gloom Sometimes where Eden’s bowers bloom By waters still, over troubled sea Still ’tis His hand that leadeth me

Lord, I would place my hand in Thine Nor ever murmur nor repine Content, whatever lot I see Since ’tis my God that leadeth me

And when my task on earth is done When by thy grace the vict’ry’s won E’en death’s cold wave I will not flee Since God through Jordan leadeth me


Joseph Henry Gilmore was the son of New Hampshire Governor Joseph A. Gilmore. He was born on April 29, 1834 in Boston, Massachusetts, and died on July 23, 1918 in Rochester, New York.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Marty Brown: Back Where He Belongs



"I feel like I am putting a star back up in the sky. That's where you belong." - Shirley Brown (wife of Marty Brown)
 

Marty Brown of Franklin, Kentucky (formerly of Maceo) was on America's Got Talent 2013 - San Antonio Auditions the other night and impressed the panel with his take on a Bob Dylan classic, To Make You Feel My Love. Howard Stern called him a "great, undiscovered talent," but he isn't exactly undiscovered. Around 1990, Brown recorded a demo tape and hitchhiked to Nashville, where he was profiled on the news magazine 48 Hours and in 1991, secured a contract with MCA. Brown released three albums for MCA: High and Dry (1991), Wild Kentucky Skies (1993) and Cryin', Lovin', Leavin' (1994).

Though he never had what you might call a 'substantial hit,' Marty Brown won a devoted following among hardcore country fans thanks to his twangy, classic-style honky tonk and a nasal delivery straight from the hills of Kentucky. Although all three albums received critical acclaim for his traditional style and solid songwriting, Brown and MCA parted ways and he signed with the independent label Hightone and debuted for them in 1996 with Here's To The Honky Tonk. Brown also co-wrote Tracy Byrd's "I'm From The Country" and "The Hits" for Perfect Stranger.

I loved Marty Brown's style and was always more than happy to play his songs on the radio. But, unfortunately, as country music became more pop-oriented, Marty Brown disappeared from the limelight and his career just faded away. In subsequent years, Brown's name occasionally appeared in the local newspaper in unfortunate stories unrelated to his music. In 1997, he pleaded guilty in Indiana to a misdemeanor charge for taking an old engine block and selling it for scrap metal. He explained that he found the block in an alley. He was sentenced to one year's probation and ordered to pay $300 in restitution and perform 24 hours of community service. But, that was a long time ago and Marty Brown has paid his dues. His first time around as a bona fide country star didn't end up so well, not that it was his fault.

The show is called America's Got Talent and Marty Brown HAS talent. I believe in second chances and this is what America's Got Talent is all about for him. He wants this and I hope he makes it because he deserves it. I love how he sings and he writes great lyrics. Judging by country music's current state (the last two award shows were a joke), I am hoping country music fans might also believe in second chances and let Marty Brown back in.

I would love to hear him on the radio again, putting out the hits that he is capable of.

For me, the thing that stood out about Marty Brown's performance on the America's Got Talent - San Antonio Audition was his desire to be back on the big stage once again. You could see it in his performance. You could see it on his face. You could see it in his reaction of the panels' decision, and from his reaction to the audience's acceptance during and after his performance. It was emotional.

Following his audition, Marty's wife, Shirley, whose idea it was for Marty to audition for AGT, said to him: "I feel like I am putting a star back up in the sky. That's where you belong."

I agree. That is where he belongs.

Good luck, Marty Brown, in your next appearance on America's Got Talent from Las Vegas.

I hope you make it!

 

Monday, May 27, 2013

Saluting Capt. Robert Higginbotham, 5th KY Cavalry



This Memorial Day, the Notorious Meddler salutes Robert Higginbotham of Albany, KY who served as Captain of the 5th KY Cavalry, US Army during the Civil War.

The 5th Kentucky Volunteer Cavalry Regiment served in the Union Army was organized at Columbia, Kentucky beginning on December 1861 and remained in that area until February 1862. The troops were mustered in for a three year enlistment at Gallatin, Tennessee on March 31, 1862 under the command of Colonel David Rice Haggard. The 5th Kentucky Calvary saw action in the Kentucky Campaign, the Battle of Chickamauga, the Atlanta Campaign, the Battle of Resaca, the Siege of Atlanta, the Battle of Jonesboro, the Battle of Lovejoy's Station, Sherman's March to the Sea, the Battle of Griswoldville, the Carolina's Campaign and the Battle of Bentonville before being mustered out of service on May 3, 1865. The regiment lost a total of 213 men during service. Four officers and 32 enlisted men were either killed or mortally wounded, while five officers and 172 enlisted men died of disease.

Robert Higginbotham's great-great-grandson, Lynn McWhorter, said Robert raised several boys and that all of their names included the middle initial 'L.' When asked why he did that, Robert said that it stood for 'Lazy.' Obviously, he was a man of great humor. Today, Lynn is very blessed to have most of Robert Higginbotham's correspondence from his Civil War days.

Robert Higginbotham was born on May 5, 1829 and died on February 19, 1891.


A 'Good' Voter...Or Not

 
A story about the 1858 election for U.S. Representative in Kentucky's 4th District...
William Clayton Anderson of Lancaster was elected to the 36th Congress as an Opposition Party candidate, serving from 1859 to 1861. His opponent was attorney James Stone Chrisman of Monticello, who had served in the 33rd Congress, from 1853 to 1855. Chrisman contested the vote totals from the 4th Congressional District by claiming that illegal votes were cast. Clinton County, being in that district, was one of the counties contested. So, depositions were taken before Circuit Judge William Vann on November 8th and 9th at the courthouse in Albany. In the end, Chrisman's contest failed, but during the depositions, several voters were challenged in Clinton County, and none more than P.H. Clark, who was challenged because, in the words of Chrisman, 'he is not a free white man; that he is of mixed blood, being at least one-fourth African blood.'

Clark was thought by some to be black. Others considered him a Mulatto, a person of mixed white and black ancestry. He apparently came to Clinton County about 18 months prior to the election and resided in the Piney Woods community, and he apparently left the county just after the election. No one who testified knew where he came from and no one who testified knew where he went after the election. Clark's case was definitely one of racial identity at the polls during that August election in 1858. His parentage and genealogy were unknown. No one knew anything about this man. But, when he showed up at the Piney Woods Precinct to vote in the August 1858 Clinton County Kentucky General Election, without knowing anything at all about Clark's background, the men at the polls were compelled to fall back on his physical appearance as a guide to his race. Several of the men who testified went into great detail describing Clark's physical appearance; his kinky hair, lips, nose, skin color. One even testified that Clark was known as 'Mr. Dick's Negro,' in reference to where he lived. There were some, apparently, who did not mind Clark's physical appearance. As you will see, one man testified that Clark came to eat at his house one morning, with several 'white men.' No one seemed to mind, except Guthrie's wife who suggested that 'next time Clark should eat in the kitchen.' If members of the white community were more or less in agreement that Clark was black, it is surprising that he was allowed to vote. The acting sheriff at the Piney Woods precinct on election day described Clark as being black. The democratic judge at the precinct said his skin was 'too dark to be a good voter,' that me must be Mexican or something else other than European descent. But, the Oppositionist judge insisted Clark was a legal voter. After several minutes of discussion, the precinct sheriff ruled Clark was an eligible voter and he was allowed to vote. Personally, I can't help but think that Clark was Mulatto. If he had been African-American, I don't think he would have shown up to vote, knowing he would not be allowed to.

The deposition of J. A. Morrison
Are you or not acquainted with P. H. Clark? Answer. I know him, as an officer; I had him in custody not long since.

Is or not his vote recorded on the poll-book of district number two of this county for W. C. Anderson, for Congress, at the late election? Answer. I see it so recorded on said poll-book.

Describe him fully, his color, etc. Answer. He is very dark; his nose is flat, his lips are rather thick, his hair is kinky, and he has the actions and speech of a negro. I had him in custody two days, and examined him closely.

From your knowledge of him, do you believe him to be tinctured with African blood? If so, how much? Answer. I think he is tinctured with African blood; and have frequently said that I believe he is at least half African.

Is he or not more than one-fourth African? Answer. I think he is.

Where is the said P. H. Clark at this time? Answer. I know not; it is reported, and generally believed, that he has left this county.

Has or not P. H. Clark the appearance of a mulatto? Answer. I suppose he has, slightly; he is rather too dark for a bright mulatto.

 
The deposition of John Guthrie
Are you acquainted with P. H. Clark, who voted at district No. 2 in this county, at the late election? Answer. I was acquainted with him when he resided in this county, he having left since the late election.

Describe said Clark, his appearance, color, etc. Answer. He was dark, or rather brown. I think his hair was kinky, his lips thick, and his nose flat.

From your knowledge of the man, do you or not believe him to be tinctured with African blood; if so, to what extent? Answer. I believe him to be tinctured with African blood to the extent of one-fourth or more.

Question by Anderson's attorney. Do you know anything about the parentage of P. H. Clark? Answer. I do not.

When you say his hair is kinky, do you or not mean that his hair is curly, more so than is usual? Answer. I do mean that his hair is more curly than is a white man's hair.

 
The Deposition of Mark Marlow
Question by Chrisman. Are you or not acquainted with one P. H. Clark, who voted for W. C. Anderson for Congress in district No. 2 in this county, at the late election? Answer. I was acquainted with him some fourteen or fifteen months. He lived about a mile from my house.

Please describe the said Clark, his appearance, color, etc. Answer. He had very much the appearance of a negro. His hair, instead of being only curly, was kinkymore so than any white person; his nose was flat, and his lips thick. Both his nose and lips were more like a negro's than a white person. His actions and speech were also more like a negro's than a white person's.

From your acquaintance with the man, do you or not believe him to be tinctured with African blood; if so, state to what degree? Answer. I believe he is tinctured with African blood, and to the extent of one-half at least, if not more.

After a controversy was raised in reference to the vote of said Clark, did or not he leave for parts unknown? Answer. He has left the neighborhood in which he formerly resided, and has gone I know not where.

Was he or not known and reputed in the neighborhood in which he lived as a negro Answer. When he was spoken of by the neighbors he was generally called Mr. Dick's negro, as he resided on the land of Rufus K. Dick.

By Anderson's attorney. Do you know anything about the parentage of P. H. Clark? Answer. Nothing at all.

How long had he resided in district No. 2 previous to the election? Answer. I suppose something near fourteen months. He came there about the 1st of June, 1858.

 The Deposition of R. A. Burchett
Question by Chrisman. Are you or not acquainted with one P. H. Clark who voted in district No. 2, of this county, and for W. C. Anderson for Congress in the late August election? Answer. I am acquainted with the P. H. Clark who voted as stated in your question.

Were you or not sheriff of the late election in district No. 2, of this county? Answer I was.

When said Clark presented himself at the polls, and asked to vote, did or not one of the judges of said election object, to his voting? If so, what were his reasons for so objecting, and to what political party does the said judge belong? Answer. When said Clark presented himself to vote, Martin B. Owens, one of the judges at said election, did object to his voting, saying that his skin was too dark for him to be a good voter; that he must be of Mexican or some other descent than European; but Miles H. Davis, the other judge, insisted that he was a legal voter; and after parleying about it for some time, some one remarked that when the judges "differed' the sheriff was to decide. Then the said Owens remarked that he would let him pass; and thus he was permitted to vote.

Please give a description of said Clark, his appearance, color, etc. Answer. His skin was very much the same complexion as that of a negro; his hair was nearly as kinky as any negro's; his nose was tolerably flat; his lips were tolerably thick; his speech and actions were like those of a negro.

Has or not P. H. Clark blue eyes? Answer. I think not.

 
The Deposition of Abijah Guthrie
Are you or not acquainted with one P. H. Clark who voted in district No. 2, in this county, at the late election, and for W. C. Anderson for Congress? Answer. I am.

Has he or not frequently visited your house? Answer. He has been there many times.

Did or not your lady in your presence refuse to let him eat at the table where white people generally ate? Answer. Clark did come and eat at my house with some white men one morning, and my wife came to me complaining that that negro was eating with the white men, and said that next time she would send him to the kitchen.

Please describe said Clark, his color, etc. Answer. He was about the color of a dark mulatto; his hair was coarse and rough, pretty much like a negro's wool; his actions and speech were like those of a negro.

The deposition of P. H. Smith
Did you or not tell William J. Dabney that you would not have wanted the vote of as dark a man as Clark; and that if Anderson was elected only by Clark's vote he ought not to accept the seat, or what did you say? Answer. I might have said that I would not want as dark a man's vote as Clark was. I don't recollect that I said Anderson ought not to accept if elected by his vote only.

The Deposition of Montgomery Howard
By Chrisman's attorney. Did or not a certain negro or mulatto, by the name of P. H. Clark, vote for William C. Anderson for Congress, in the Piney Woods precinct, No. 2, at the last August election? Answer. I don't know Clark to be a negro or mulatto; but I see the name of P. H. Clark recorded on the poll-book for the said precinct No. 2, at the late August election, as voting for W. C. Anderson for Congress. I knew a fellow at and before the said election in that precinct by that name. He had the appearance of being mixed blooded. From his looks, I would not like to let him eat at my table or sleep in my beds with white folks.

Did or not his cross appear to be between the white race and the African negro race? Answer. From his general appearance, I consider him a mixture of the white race with the black.

By same. Was he or not a fellow that made his appearance in this county from parts, unknown, and whose parentage and genealogy were unknown in this country; and has he or not since voting left here for parts unknown? Answer. I don't know where he came from when he came into our precinct about eighteen months ago. I know nothing, nor have I heard anything, about his parentage, or race, or relationship; he has left, or at least I have not seen or heard of him since the election.

Were there or not some friends of the said W. C. Anderson trying to get the said mulatto to vote: and were they or not notified that he was mixed blooded, and therefore not entitled to vote, and warned not to vote him? Answer. I told Valentine Brown and Hiram Hyden, who were friends of Anderson, and, as I thought, trying to vote him, that if I was in their place that I would not vote him, giving as my reason, in substance, that he was mixed blooded.

Chrisman's contest of the election failed. After his first term in Congress, Anderson chose not to seek re-election; and was elected instead as a Unionist to the Kentucky House of Representatives. Sadly, he died on December 23, 1861 while on the house floor during a session of the state legislature in Frankfort, three days shy of his 35th birthday. During the Civil War, Chrisman served as a representative from Kentucky to the First and Second Confederate Congresses. After the war, he served as a Kentucky State Representative and then later, resumed his law practice in Monticello, where he died in 1881.

After the Civil War, the Constitution was changed to make sure black men had the right to vote. For twelve years after the Civil War, soldiers of the Union Army helped make sure that Blacks would get to vote in the South. When the soldiers left, though, Whites in the South invented many ways to keep Blacks from voting. They succeeded for almost one hundred years. Blacks were finally allowed to vote in 1965, following the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.



Clark was not the only vote questioned in that 1858 election in Clinton County. So were several others. You can read about it in several places, including...

* Source: Miscellaneous Documents of the U.S. House of Representatives (1859-1860)


Sunday, May 26, 2013

In Memory of PFC Cecil Ray Pennycuff, 21st Marines, USMC


"I placed an American flag today on the grave of my cousin Cecil Ray Pennycuff. Each year I do this and always feel that I'm standing on sacred ground in the presence of a hero. God bless those soldiers that paid the supreme sacrifice." - Jim Pennycuff.

This Memorial Day, the Notorious Meddler pays tribute to PFC Cecil Ray Pennycuff of Albany, KY, who was killed in action at Iwo Jima.

Pennycuff was a member of Company A, 2nd Bn, 21 Marines, 3rd Marine Division. For the Battle of Iwo Jima, the 3rd Marine Division was initially in reserve for the battle, however, they were committed one regiment at a time as the initial regiments that landed needed to be relieved. The 21st Marines came ashore on February 20th. The 21st fought on Iwo Jima until the end of organized resistance on March 16th and the subsequent mopping up operations for the next month. The fighting on Iwo Jima would cost the 3rd Marine Division 1,131 killed in action and another 4,438 wounded.

All total, in 36 days of fighting, 6,800 American troops were killed or wounded, and virtually all 22,000 Japanese soldiers perished.

At Iwo Jima, 27 U.S. military personnel were awarded the Medal of Honor for their actions, 13 of them posthumously. 22 medals went to a Marine.

Cecil Ray Pennycuff was the son of Herschel Ray and Cora Tuggle Pennycuff. He was born on October 3, 1924 in Clinton County. He was killed at Iwo Jima on February 23, 1945.

As Jim Pennycuff said...

"God bless those soldiers that paid the supreme sacrifice."

Friday, May 10, 2013

Are You On The Lord's Side?


During the Civil War, soldiers on both sides prayed for victory before each battle. Both presidents, Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis, asked their supporters to pray for victories. The average citizen leaned on their faith to get them through the war. Religious people used their faith to get them through the war, and in the end it was their faith that helped them come to terms with the outcome and pretty much the whole entire meaning of the war. Each side in the war, as in any war, believed God was on THEIR side and in the end, said the outcome was simply God's will.



The 1st Kentucky Cavalry was organized at Liberty, Burkesville and Monticello, and mustered in for a three year enlistment on October 28, 1861, under the command of Colonel Frank Wolford of Liberty. The unit included 85 volunteers from my hometown of Albany. The unit was known as The Wildcats after a battle on Wildcat Mountain near London, Kentucky. There were several brave and gallant men in the 1st Kentucky Calvary, but none were more dedicated to the troops of the First Kentucky Calvary than its Chaplin, W. H. Honnell of Harrodsburg.

At age 35, W.H. Honnell was a model clergyman, not that he preached much, or appeared sanctimonious, or intruded his religious notions upon any one, but because of his devotion to the sick and wounded. Not a soldier could be taken sick without his knowing it. He visited and conversed with all, ascertained their wants, and had them supplied if it was possible. Nor was this conduct occasional, it was continual and unceasing. His name was blessed a thousand times by sick and helpless soldiers. When any died, he was foremost in providing them a decent and Christian burial. He was not only kind and tender to the sick and wounded, but treated every one with gentleness and respect. Further, he was no coward. He delighted to be upon the battlefield, encouraging the soldiers by his presence, waiting upon and caring for the wounded, and praying for the success of arms while the battle was in progress. When marching, he was always in front near his gallant Colonel, and when the conflict raged, he could be seen where the danger was greatest.

He was at the battle of Mill Springs, administering to the necessities of the disabled, and was near General Felix Zollicoffer when he fell. Dismounting from his horse, the chaplain lifted the General from out of the road, where excited combatants were dashing to and fro, and carried his dying form to a place where it would not be trampled beneath the horses' feet.

Chaplain Honnell was at the front during a fight at Lebanon, Tennessee. He became separated from his regiment, and rode into the rebel ranks, mistaking them for Union troops, where he was captured - sort of.

Colonel John Hunt Morgan: "You take a position yonder," directing him to the rear.
Honnell: "I desire to go to my own regiment."
Morgan: "I told you where to go."
Honnell: "I don't like to be treated in such a way. I am chaplain of the 1st Kentucky cavalry, and want to go to my regiment."
Morgan: "It is hard for you to understand that I am Colonel Morgan, and you are my prisoner. My men need your prayers as well as Wolford's."

Honnell saw the position he was in, and submitted quietly. When Morgan commenced his retreat, he took Honnell along with him. After traveling at a pretty rapid gait for some distance, and the Unionists getting pretty close to them, Morgan said, "Well, Chaplain, I suppose we will have to separate, but before going you must pray." About this time a squad of Union cavalry dashed up, and Morgan had to proceed without the Chaplain's prayer.

As the above story indicates, during the Civil War both sides believed that God was on their side.

After losing the second Battle of Bull Run, President Lincoln said, "In great contests each party claims to act in accordance with the will of God. Both may be, and one must be, wrong. God can not be for and against the same thing at the same time. In the present civil war it is quite possible that God's purpose is something different from the purpose of either party."

During his second inaugural address on March 5, 1865, he said "Neither party expected for the war the magnitude or the duration which it has already attained. Each looked for an easier triumph. Both read the same Bible and pray to the same God, and each invokes His aid against the other."

So how could God be on BOTH sides?

President Lincoln re-framed the question and offered a startling conclusion: Neither side could claim God’s special favor. "The prayers of both could not be answered. That of neither has been answered fully. The Almighty has His own purposes."

President George W. Bush once said, "Faith teaches us to respect those with whom we disagree. It teaches us to tolerate one another. And it teaches us that the proper way to treat human beings created in the divine image is with civility. Yet, you also know that civility does not require us to abandon deeply held beliefs. Civility and firm resolve can live easily with one another."

When we have deeply held beliefs, like most do, it is tempting to believe God is only on our side. But, there is a chance that He may very well be on their side, too!

So, then what?

Like it or not, the fact is God's offer of mercy is for ALL people.

I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. 1 Timothy 2:1-4

So back to the question 'have you ever wondered which side the Lord is on?'

During the Civil War, President Lincoln overheard someone remark that he hoped the Lord was on the Union's side. Lincoln replied...

"I am not at all concerned about that, for I know that the Lord is always on the side of the right. But it is my constant anxiety and prayer that I, and this nation, should be on the Lord's side."

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Alvin C. Bertram: A Baptist Preacher for 54 Years

 
The Bertram family that were a huge part of Clear Fork Baptist Church in Albany, Kentucky from the late 1890's through the 1930's, originated in England and came to Virginia during Colonial times. As a young man, William Bertram, a preacher, migrated to Wayne County. Pleasant Hill Church in Wayne County was started very near the Bertram home. His son, Jonathan, also a preacher, became a large landowner in Wayne County and, likewise, was a preacher.

One of Johnathan's sons was Alvin Bertram. In 1865, near the end of the Civil War, Alvin moved to Clinton County, where he continued his family's tradition of being a farmer. He soon followed in his father and grandfather's footsteps by accepting the call to preach, which he did for 54 years, mostly as pastor of Clear Fork Baptist Church.

There were four pastors of Clear Fork prior to Alvin Bertram; Isaac Denton, 1802-1848, Daniel Hancock 1849, James Abston 1852-1854 and Joseph Denton 1854-1886. Following the death of Joseph Denton, Bertram was selected as pastor for one year, beginning in November of 1887. J.C.J. Selvidge served as Pastor for the next seven months before Bro. Bertram was asked to come back. The Church apparently loved him so much that in February of 1898, after 11 years, when Bro. Bertram asked to be released as pastor, the Church refused, and he remained pastor until his death on July 14, 1926 at the age of 79. His last regular sermon at Clear Fork was on July 26, 1924. Assistant pastors' J.R. Hagan and James Fairchilds filled in during those last two years, with Bro. Fairchilds being chosen the next pastor in 1926.

Besides being a preacher and a farmer, Alvin Bertram also enjoyed politics. He represented Clinton and Wayne counties as a Kentucky State Representative during the 1894 and 1898 sessions.

Alvin married Rosa Young on May 12, 1864. They had six children: William, Elza, Joe, Oscar, Printus and Lena. All of them followed in their father's footsteps, either as a farmer, a preacher or in politics. Printus became a preacher. As a matter of fact, he served as Clear Fork's 10th pastor, from May 1932 to May 1933. He died in 1936 at the age of 59. His brothers, Elza and Oscar, practiced law in Albany for nearly 25 years as Bertram & Bertram before moving the practice to Monticello. In 1910, Elza ran for congress, but lost. Later that year, he was elected to the Kentucky State Senate. In 1933, he became a Judge with the Kentucky Court of Appeals.

Both Alvin and Rosa Bertram are buried at Albany Cemetery.


 
 
 

Friday, March 22, 2013

Blog Recognizes Song Written By My Dad



I wish I had seen this earlier.

On March 6, 2012, a popular gospel music blog, Southern Gospel Views From The Back Row, rated the Speer Family's 'Big Singing Day' LP as the groups' number one album. That makes me smile because two Albany boys wrote that song, my dad and Gene Coulter. And, not only did the Speer Family record the song, they made it the title of their album!

The Southern Gospel Views From The Back Row blog regularly publishes a 'Ten On Ten' feature and the March 6, 2012 blog highlighted the the Speer Family, which has always been referred to as 'first family of Gospel music.' Mom and Dad Speer (George and Lena Speer) started singing in 1921. Eventually, the article states, all the kids would be a part of the group and Brock and Ben Speer would go on to spend their entire singing careers with the Speer's.
The blogs writer, Steve Eaton, wrote "In trying to determine the Speer Family’s pinnacle recording, it came down to the top four. Big Singing Day, from 1968, ended up at #1. Brock and Ben Speer along with Harold Lane, Ann Downing, Jeanne Johnson and Bob Johnson were members during the time of this recording. Some of the best singing from the Speers was found on this recording. "There’s Nobody Like Jesus", "Salvation In My Soul", "When Jesus Breaks The Morning", "Joy In The Camp", "I Don’t Want To Walk In The Darkness" and "Going Home" all highlight this album."

What excites me about this article is Big Singing Day beat out the 1971 album The King Is Coming, which ended up at #2. The Speer Family were the group to popularize the Bill and Gloria Gaither's classic song. It became a signature song for the group and many groups would go on to record the song over the course of the last 40 years. 

Here is the rest of the top ten....

3. He’s Still In The Fire (1989)
4. Especially Warm (1975)
5. In Concert (1972)
6. The Speer Family Album (1955)
7. Between The Cross And Heaven (1976)
8. Sacred Hour (1963)
9. Touring That City (1973)
10. The Singing Speers (1960)
Eaton concluded in his article, "Rarely do you have an artist in any genre of music that has released a 60th anniversary recording, a 70th anniversary recording and even a 75th anniversary recording, but the Speer Family has. They are a true Southern Gospel institution that should never be left out of discussions on Southern Gospel music’s biggest trend setters."

Thanks Southern Gospel Views From The Back Row for recognizing an album that my dad had a part in, The Speer Family's Big Singing Day. Click PLAY below to listen to dad's group, The Gospel Servants, sing Big Singing Day....






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Saturday, March 16, 2013

My 78 r.p.m. Record Collection

My 78 r.p.m. record collection represents 234 sides from the years 1912 to 1951, and includes the following artists. (The early Edison and Victor artists were the very first recording artists.)


ARA Records (1)
Bob Crosby - Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow (RM129A) 1946
Bob Crosby - In The Valley (RM129B) 1946

BAMA Records (1)
John Daniel Quartet - Land Across The Sea (43) 1950
John Daniel Quartet - If You Gain The Whole World (44) 1950
 
Capitol Records (8)
Ella Mae Morse - Get Off It And Go (424) 1946
Ella Mae Morse - Old Shanks' Mare (424) 1946
Margaret Whiting - Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man (901) 1946
Margaret Whiting - Come Rain Or Come Shine (912) 1946
Nat "King" Cole - You Can't Lose A Broken Heart (57-749) 1949
Nat "King" Cole - (Here Is My Heart Nalani (57-749) 1949
Ray Anthony and His Orchestra - Bamboo (4335Y) 1950
Ray Anthony and His Orchestra - Count Every Star (4334Z) 1950
Stan Kenton and his Orchestra - Come Back To Sorrento (20086 1137) 1946
Stan Kenton and his Orchestra - Artistry In Bolero (20086 1197) 1946
Stan Kenton and his Orchestra - Willow Weep For Me (20087 1217) 1946
Stan Kenton and his Orchestra - Fantasy (20087 1218) 1946
Stan Kenton and his Orchestra - Opus In Pastels (20088 1311) 1946
Stan Kenton and his Orchestra - Safranski (20088 1196) 1946
Stan Kenton and his Orchestra - Ain't No Misery In Me (20089 1194) 1946
Stan Kenton and his Orchestra - Artistry In Percussion (20089 1195) 1946

Capitol Records "Criterion Series" (4)
Bob Hope Broadcasts to the U. S. Army Pt. 1 (10047) 1946
Bob Hope Broadcasts to the U. S. Army Pt. 2 (10048) 1946
Bob Hope Broadcasts to the U. S. Army Pt. 3 (10049) 1946
Bob Hope Broadcasts to the U. S. Army Pt. 4 (10050) 1946
Bob Hope Broadcasts to the U. S. Army Pt. 5 (10050) 1946
Bob Hope Broadcasts to the U. S. Army Pt. 6 (10049) 1946
Bob Hope Broadcasts to the U. S. Army Pt. 7 (10048) 1946
Bob Hope Broadcasts to the U. S. Army Pt. 8 (10047) 1946

Champion Electrograph (18)
Carolina Ladies Quartette - Don't Put Off Salvation Too Long (15879A) 1929
Carolina Ladies Quartette - My Loved Ones Are Waiting For Me (15879B) 1929
Cliff Carlisle - High Steppin' Mama (16239A) 1931
Cliff Carlisle - Alone And Lonesome (16239B) 1931
Cliff Carlisle/Wilbur Ball - Birmingham Jail (45029A) 1932
Cliff Carlisle/Wilbur Ball - True And Trembling Brakeman (45029B) 1932
Dan Hughey (Bradley Kincaid) - Angels In Heaven Know I Love You (15771A) 1929
Dan Hughey - Will The Angels Play Their Harps For Me (15771B) 1929
Dan Hughey - Cindy (15851A) 1929
Dan Hughey - My Little Home In Tennessee (15851B) 1929
Goodman Sacred Singers - Working For The Master (15330B) 1927
Goodman Sacred Singers - I Am Redeemed At Last (15547A) 1928
Goodman Sacred Singers - Rocking On The Waves (15547B) 1928
Goodman Sacred Singers - Give The World A Smile (15612A) 1928
Goodman Sacred Singers - He'll Tell Us All About It (15612B) 1928
Goodman Sacred Singers - Keep Holding On (15773A) 1928
Goodman Sacred Singers - Where We'll Never Grow Old (15773B) 1928
Goodman Sacred Singers - That Glory Land Way (16100A) 1928
Goodman Sacred Singers - Singing On The Journey Home (16100B) 1928
Hamlin Quartette - When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder (15330A) 1927
Hutchens Brothers - Praise The Lord It's So (15464A) 1928
Hutchens Brothers - Meet Me There (15464B) 1928
Hutchens Family Trio - I Will Praise Him Hallelujah (16013A) 1930
Hutchens Family Trio - Sweeping Through The Gates (16013B) 1930
Jackson County Barn Owls - I Wonder How The Old Folks Are At Home (16031A) 1930
Jackson County Barn Owls - Bake That Chicken Pie (16031B) 1930
Jim Taylor/Bill Shelby - It Won't Be Long Till My Grave Is Made (15730A) 1929
Jim Taylor & Bill Shelby It's Sad To Leave You Sweetheart (15730B) 1929
John Hutchens - The Sinking Of The Submarine (15427A) 1927
John Hutchens - The Marian Parker Murder (15427B) 1927
Saul Meyer - Cohen On The Telephone (15506A) 1928
Saul Meyer - Cohen's New Auto (15506B) 1928
Tex Ritter - Nobody's Darling But Mine (45153A) 1935
Tex Ritter - My Brown Eyed Texas Rose (45153B) 1935
Welling Trio - Just Inside The Eastern Gate (16035A) 1930
Welling Trio - Will The Circle Be Unbroken (16035B) 1930

Columbia Records (11)
Doris Day with the Mellomen - Bewitched (38698) 1949
Doris Day - Imagination (37698) 1947
Doris Day - I May Be Wrong (But I Think You're Wonderful) (38727) 1950
Frank Sinatra - You Go To My Head (36918) 1945
Frank Sinatra - I Don't Know Why (36918) 1945
Frank Sinatra - Why Shouldn't I (36920) 1945
Frank Sinatra - Try A Little Tenderness (36920) 1945
Frank Sinatra - Someone To Watch Over Me (36921) 1945
Frank Sinatra - Paradise (36921) 1945
Frank Sinatra - I Only Have Eyes For You (36921) 1945
Frank Sinatra - It All Depends On You (36921) 1945
Frank Sinatra - Lost In The Stars (38650) 1946
Frank Sinatra - The Old Master Painter (38650) 1946
Gene Krupa & his Orchestra - You May Not Love Me (37049) 1946
Gene Krupa & his Orchestra - Chiquita Banana (37049) 1946
Harry James and his Orchestra - I Tipped My Hat (37305) 1947
Harry James and his Orchestra - Heartaches (37305) 1947
Harry James and his Orchestra - Get Happy (38727) 1950
The Modernaires w/Paula Key - Juke Box Saturday Night (36992) 1946
The Modernaires w/Paula Key - Salute To Glenn Miller (36992) 1946
Xavier Cugat Orchestra - South America Take It Away (37051) 1946
Xavier Cugat Orchestra- Chiquita Banana (The Banana Song) (37051) 1946
Decca Records (3)
Bing Crosby - Now Is The Hour (Maori Farewell Song) (24279A) 1948
Bing Crosby - Silver Threads Among The Gold (24279B) 1948
Jimmy Davis - I'll Be True To The One I Love (5955A) 1941
Jimmie Davis - My Mary (5955B) 1941
Mills Brothers - You Always Hurt The One You Love (23930A) 1938
Mills Brothers - Till Then (23930B) 1938
 
Edison Records (33)
American Symphony Orchestra - Wedding Of The Winds Waltzes (50065-R) 1912
Andre Benoist - Valse In E Flat (50292-R) 1915
Andre Benoist - Old Black Joe (50292-L) 1915
Anna Case - Annie Laurie (83059-R) 1916
Anna Case - Old Folks At Home (83059-L) 1916
Betsy Lane Shepherd - I'll Remember You, Love In My Prayers (80484-R) 1917
Billy Murray - Are You From Dixie ('Cause I'm From Dixie Too) (50357-R) 1916
Charles Hart & Elliot Shaw - Is My Name Written There? (80529-R) 1919
Charles Hart, Elliot Shaw and The Calvary Choir - Shall You? Shall I? (80529-L) 1919
Chester Gaylord - Love's Old Sweet Song (80613-L) 1920
Collins and Harlan - On The Hoko Moko Isle (50348-R) 1916
Edison Band - Medley Of American War Songs (50212-R) 1914
Edison Band - Medley Of American Patriotic Airs (50212-L) 1914
Edison Quartet - America (My Country 'Tis Of Thee) (80172-R) 1914
Edison Quartet - The Star Spangled Banner (80172-L) 1914
Edison Quartet - Let The Lower Lights Be Burning (80204-R) 1914
Edison Quartet - He Lifted Me (80204-L) 1914
Edna White - Recollections of 1861-65 (80613-R) 1920
Elizabeth Spencer - Call Me Your Darling Again (80098-L) 1916
Elizabeth Spencer & Thomas Chalmers - Abide With Me (80276-L) 1915
Elizabeth Spencer & Frederick Wheeler - Dreams Of Galilee (50002-R) 1915
Elizabeth Spencer/Vernon Archibald - Ever Of Thee I'm Fondly Dreaming (80010-R) 1920
Ernest L. Stevens Trio - Red Mon Waltz (51026-R) 1922
Ernest L. Stevens Trio - If I Had My Way Pretty Baby (51026-L) 1922
Ford Hawaiians - Ellis March (50455-R) 1916
Fred Bacon - Massa's In De Cold, Cold Ground (50351-R) 1915
Fred Bacon - Old Black Joe (50351-L) 1916
Fred East & Lewis James - Only A Step To Jesus (80549-R) 1920
Fred Van Eps - Darkey's Dream and Darkey's Awakening (51145-R) 1922
Fred Van Eps - Medley Of Southern Melodies (51145-L) April 1923
Helen Clark and George Wilton Ballard - I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles (50534-R) 1919
Helen Clark & George Wilton Ballard - In The Old Sweet Way (50534-L) 1919
Jaudas' Society Orchestra - Poor Butterfly (50428-R) 1917
Jaudas' Society Orchestra - The Missouri Waltz (50428-L) 1916
John Young & Frederick Wheeler - When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder (80276-R) 1915
Maggie Teyte & The Lyric Male Quartet - I'se Gwine Back To Dixie (82159-R) 1919
Maggie Teyte - Ma Curly-Headed Babby (82159-L) 1919
Metropolitan Quartet - Darling Nellie Gray (80010-L) 1914 
Metropolitan Quartet - Annie Laurie (80098-R) 1913 1914
Metropolitan Quartet - I Love To Tell The Story (80300-R) 1914
Metropolitan Quartet - I Will Sing Of My Redeemer (80300-L) 1914
Metropolitan Quartet - Come Where The Lillies Bloom (80321-L) 1915
Metropolitan Quartet - The Little Old Log Cabin In The Lane (80484-L) 1918
Orpheus Male Chorus - Dixieland Memories No. 1 (80395-R) 1917
Orpheus Male Chorus - Dixieland Memories No. 2 (80395-L) 1917
Rae Eleanor Ball; Jessie L. Deppen, pianoforte - Wonderland Of Dreams (50857-R) 1921
Rae Eleanor Ball; Jessie L. Deppen, pianoforte - Havana Moon (50857-L) 1921
S.W. Smith, U.S.N. And Bugle Squad - U.S. Army Bugle Calls Pt. 1 (50452-R) 1917
S.W. Smith, U.S.N. And Bugle Squad - U.S. Army Bugle Calls Pt. 2 (50452-L) 1917
Sibyl Sanderson, Fred Hager and Harvey Wilson - Sundown In Birdland (80453-R) 1918
Sibyl Sanderson Fagan - L'Ardita-Magnetic Waltz (80453-L) 1918
Thomas Chalmers - Nearer My God To Thee (50002-L) July 21, 1913
Thomas Chalmers - My Old Kentucky Home (80321-R) 1914
Thomas Chalmers - Beulah Land (80549-L) 1920
Thomas Chalmers - O Holy Night (82055-R) 1914
Thomas Chalmers - The Palms (82055-L) 1914 
Thomas Chalmers - Battle Hymn Of The Republic (82133-R) 1917
Thomas Chalmers - Recessional (82133-L) 1916
Vasa Prihoda - (a) Songs My Mother Taught Me (b) Poem (82236-R) 1921
Vasa Prihoda - On Wings Of Song (82236-L) 1921
Venetian Instrumental Quartet - On The High Alps (50065-L) 1914
Waikiki Hawaiian Orchestra - One, Two, Three, Four Medley (50455-L) 1917
Walter Van Brunt - Hickey Dula (50348-L) 1916
Walter Van Brunt - Don't Bite The Hand That Feeds You (50357-L) 1916
Walter Van Brunt - I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen (80160-R) 1914
Walter Van Brunt & Elizabeth Spencer - On The Banks Of The Brandywine(80160-L) 1914
 

Imperial Records (1)
Charlie "Boogie Woogie" Davis - I Know What It's All About (5021A) 1947
Charlie "Boogie Woogie" Davis - How I Miss Old Memphis Tennessee (5021B) 1947



Majestic Records (1)
Danny O'Neil - That's My Home (7198A) 1946
Danny O'Neil - And Then It's Heaven (7198B) 1946
 
Melotone Records (1)
Gene Autry - The Answer To Nobody's Darling (LA1108) 1935
Gene Autry & Jimmy Long - Answer To Red River Valley (16576) 1936
 
Mercury Records (1)
Frankie Laine - Waiting At The End Of The Road (5332 - 2849) 1949
Frankie Laine - Don't Do Something To Someone Else (5332 - 2851) 1949
Okeh Records (6)
Andrew Jenkins & Frank Hicks - The Old Account Was Settled Long Ago (45443) 1930
Andrew Jenkins & Frank Hicks - Don't Stop Praying (45443) 1930
Billy Beard & Al Bernard - Henry Jones (Your Honeymoon Is Over) (41388) 1928
Billy Beard & Al Bernard - Cindy (It Am Wedding Time (41388) 1928
Charles Richardson & O.S. Gabehart - God Is Still On The Throne (45371) 1929
Charles Richardson & O.S. Gabehart - The Unclouded Day (45371) 1929
Gene Autry - You're The Only Star (03097) 1935
Gene Autry - Mexicali Rose (03097) 1935
W.T. Narmour and S.W. Smith - Charlestown No. 1 (45317) 1929
W.T. Narmour and S.W. Smith - Carroll County Blues (45317) March 1929
W.T. Narmour and S.W. Smith - Charleston No. 2 (45377) 1929
W.T. Narmour and S.W. Smith - Carroll County Blues No. 2 (45377) 1929
 

Orthacoustic Radio Recording-NBC (1)
Alameda Coast Guard Band - Armed Guard Fighting Song
 
Palex Records (3)
Paul Villard - When I Was A Boy (501A) 1946
Paul Villard - Foggy Foggy Dew (501B) 1946
Paul Villard - My Hometown (502A) 1946
Paul Villard - Venezuela (502B) 1946
Paul Villard - Trade Winds - Sea Fever (503A) 1946
Paul Villard - September Song (503B) 1946
 
Perfect Records (2)
Callahan Brothers - She's My Curly Headed Baby No. 2 (351028A) 1935
Callahan Brothers - I'll Be Thinking Of Days Gone By (351028B) 1934
Carter Family - The Fate Of Dewey Lee (13153A) 1935                                            
Carter Family - East Virginia Blues No. 2 (131353B) 1935
RCA Victor (6)
Cecil Campbell's Tennessee Ramblers - Steel Guitar Wiggle (21-0445-A) 1951
Cecil Campbell's Tennessee Ramblers - Coconut Island (21-0445-B) 1951
Eddy Arnold and his Tennessee Plowboys - I Talk To Myself About You (20-1801A) 1946
Eddy Arnold and his Tennessee Plowboys - (I'll Have To) Live And Learn (20-1801B) 1946
Perry Como - A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes (20-3607A) 1949
Perry Como - Bibbidi Bobbidi-Boo (20-3607B) 1949
Sammy Kaye - It's A Lie (20-2037A) 1946
Sammy Kaye - I Used To Work In Chicago (20-2037B) 1946
Tony Martin - There's No Tomorrow (20-3582B) 1949
Tony Martin - A Thousand Violins (20-3582B) 1949
Vaughn Monroe - How Soon (Will I Be Seeing You) (20-2523A) 1948
Vaughn Monroe & His Orchestra - True (20-2523B) 1948
 
Sacred Records (1)
Alan McGill - He Lives (300A)
Alan McGill - No One Ever Cared For Me Like Jesus (300B)
 
Superior Records (7)
Charleston Sacred Quartette - The Saviour Said (2615A) 1930
Charleston Sacred Quartet - Turn Away (2615B) 1930
Clyde Ashley - Got Them Drunken Blues (2636A) 1930
Clyde Ashley - The Hand Car Yodel (2636B) 1930
Gene Autry - T.D. Blues (2710A) 1930
Gene Autry - Blue Days (2710B) 1930
Joe Lester & Dick Moss - That Silver Haired Daddy Of Mine (2632A) 1930
Joe Lester & Dick Moss - I'm Always Dreaming Of You (2632B) 1930
Mitchell Family Trio - Picture On The Wall (2641A) 1929
Mitchell Family Trio - A Flower From My Angel Mother's Grave (2641B) 1929
Murphy Brothers - When Katie Comes Down To The Gate (2716A) 1931
Murphy Brothers - A Little White Rose (2716B) 1931
William Harper & Nelson Hall - Going Down In The Valley (2602A) 1931
William Harper & Nelson Hall - Nailed To The Cross (2602B) 1931
 
Victor Records (8)
American Quartet - When You Wore A Tulip (17652A) 1914
Binkley Brothers Dixie Clodhoppers - I'll Rise When The Rooster Crows (V40048A) 1928
Binkley Brothers Dixie Clodhoppers - Give Me Back My Fifteen Cents (V40048B) 1928
Carter Family - When Roses Bloom In Dixieland (V40229A) 1927
Carter Family - No Telephone In Heaven (V40229B) 1927
Carter Family - The Poor Orphan Child (20877A) 1927
Carter Family - The Wandering Boy (20877B) 1927
Carter Family - Single Girl, Married Girl (20937A) 1927
Carter Family - The Storms Are On The Ocean (20937B) 1927
Kelly Harrell - Hand Me Down My Walking Cane (20103A) 1914
Kelly Harrell - My Horses Ain't Hungry (20103B) 1914
Peerless Quartet - The Red, White and Blue (17652B) 1914
Vaughan Quartet - Sunlight and Shadows (V40097A) 1928
Vaughan Quartet - In Steps Of Light (V40097B) 1928
Wayne King and his Orchestra - Star Dust (24509A) 1933
Wayne King and his Orchestra - Speak Easy - Bolero (24509B) 1933

My Trials Are God's Mercies

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