New Hogan’s Dam

In 1907, it was a very wet year for the City of Stockton, CA and its surrounding towns. 21 inches of rain had already fallen when they received a 3-day deluge. There was flooding, some of it severe. On Tuesday, March 19, 1907, the swollen Mokelumne River spilled over its already saturated banks. Muddy water surged over farmland, flooding Clements,…

Cmdr John Mape KIA

In 1966,Cdmr John Mape took off from the aircraft Carrier, the USS Ticonderoga in another combat run. Piloting the  Douglas Attack Sky Raider (A-1H) Cmdr Mape and leading  “Mape’s Apes”  of the Attack Squadron 52, Carrier Air Wing 5, was to take part in Operation Rolling Thunder. During this operation the Ticonderoga’s air group delivered over 8,000 tons of ordnance in…

Walter Potter’s Whimisical Taxidermy

Walter Potter (1835 -1918), the son of the proprietors of the Bramber, Sussex pub, the White Lion, became a taxidermist at the tenderage. His first attempt at taxidermy was preserving the body of his own pet canary.  At the age of 19, after perusing an illustrated book of children’s rhymes his sister Jane showed him, he created the diorama “The…

The California Academy of Sciences

The California Academy of Sciences is not only among the world’s  largest  natural history museum, it is a pretty awesome place to visit.  The Academy has a long and varied history that includes helping out during World War 11 (they repaired and fixed the US Navy’ optics). It houses a rainforest dome, Steinhart Aquarium, Africa hall, Planetarium. There is Foulcault…

The Battle of New Orleans

“In 1814 we took a little trip Along with Colonel Jackson down the mighty Mississip We took a little bacon and we took a little beans And we caught the bloody British in a town in New Orleans”   The song the Battle of New Orleans’ sung by Johnny Horton, although a fun song, speaks of a very real battle….

Baseball’s Rice~Did He Or Didn’t He?

Sam Rice (born Edgar Charles Rice) was born on February 20, 1890  in Morocco Indiana.  The oldest of 6 children, Rice was known as Eddie during high school. In 1908 he married, worked at several odd jobs, ran the family farm and tried out for various  baseball teams.  It wasn’t until 1912 that he got a spot on a minor league team….