Book Review Thursday: Thunderstruck

I sometimes wonder how the Victorian era managed to spawn so many sensational murder mysteries.  This story by Erik Larson is on a par with the likes of Lizzie Borden and Jack the Ripper.  In fact, the detective who finally solved the mystery of who killed Cora...

Ghost Town Wednesday: Indianola, Texas

Indianola is referred to as the “queen of Texas ghost towns” and could actually be filed under two Digging History Wednesday categories – ghost towns and wild weather.  German immigrants began settling in the area in the mid-1840’s and in 1846 the town of Indian...

Tombstone Tuesday: Charles C. Mack

Charles C. Mack was born on January 4, 1810 to parents Jesse and Mary Ann (McCollister) Mack in Washington County, New York.  It appears that Charles might have still been living with his parents in 1830, but around 1832-1834 he married Sophia Brown.  Their first son,...

Surname Saturday: Renfrew

I haven’t done a Surname Saturday in awhile and today seemed a good day to highlight this particular surname after stumbling across an interesting story this week – and possibly a link to my own family history.  The name I actually ran across while working on an...

Ghost Town Wednesday: Running Water, Texas

Ranchers were first attracted to this area of Hale County, Texas because of an abundance of water.  The J.N. Morrison ranch was established in 1881 and many settlers who came to the area worked there.  Ranch operations continued to grow as other cattleman joined the...