Tom and Eliza Felps lived in a cabin on Miller Creek in Blanco County, Texas with their two children (Callie, aged 2 and Tom Jr., aged 6 months). That summer, Tom and Eliza took their children to the White ranch to stay with her mother while Eliza’s father, a county judge named Simeon Tracy White, was away on court duties. On July 21, Mrs. White kept the children while Tom and Eliza went to Cypress Creek to catch fish for dinner. There, they were attacked and killed by Comanches.
I remember the first time I heard them. It was a sunny day in 1992, either before or after school. I was a lowly freshman and was at the mercy of my big sister for rides. And if that wasn’t bad enough, guess who had control of the radio? Somehow, though (my sister took momentary leave of her senses?), that day, a powerful, snarly, thrashy, and melodic song found its way through those speakers. Could it be? Was there really music out there I actually enjoyed listening to that made me feel something?
On March 25, 1911, a fire broke out in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York City. There were 147 fatalities; most were women. David Von Drehle, in his book, Triangle: The Fire That Changed America, chronicles the events leading up to and after the tragedy.
Running. Who needs it? Well, this guy. But I have a really hard time staying motivated to run, usually before I start running but even while my feet are shuffling along on the trail. Like many others out there, I get bored with running. It’s tedious, hard work, and awkward, especially if you like to do the T-Rex to conserve arm strength, which is great for that purpose but not so great when you’re scaring small children as you run past the jungle gym. Plus, after hearing the same songs or artists for long enough, it can make you go crazy. Shuffle can only help you for so long.
Recently, I was trying to find something new to read. None of my favorite authors have anything coming out in the near future, so I was a little stumped on what to read in the meantime. It just so happened that MCPL recently introduced a new Books and Reading database called BookPsychic. It looked interesting and had a catchy name, so I decided to give it a try.
I have heard from a lot of customers, lately, saying they are at a loss because they have read all of the books by their favorite authors, and now, they don't know what to read next. Has this ever happened to you? It has happened to me.
Have you ever wanted to spend the night in a Library? How about resurrecting the ghosts of ancestors and celebrating them close to Halloween? You’ll get your chance soon; this year, the Midwest Genealogy Center will host our "Let Your Skeletons Dance" lock-in event for the sixth year in a row.
Midwest Genealogy Center subscribes to approximately 500 periodicals per year. Each year, we look for new and exciting periodicals to add to our collection. Our periodical collection is located on our first floor. You might want to stop in the periodicals area on your way up the stairs, or maybe even on your way back down the stairs after searching through our wonderful book collection. If you know of a good genealogical periodical title that you would like in our library, let us know. We might be able to get a subscription.
Local Author Anola Pickett on her New Novel, Whisper Island
Anola Pickett, Kansas City native and long-time resident, recently launched her second historical novel for children, Whisper Island, published by Sweetwater Books. Ms. Pickett was kind enough to stop by MCPL for an interview. Read on!
Laura: Welcome to Mid Continent, Anola. You’ve been a long-time patron of MCPL. Have you had just one home branch all these years?