Consumption Hits the Blalock Mansion

Consumption Hits the Blalock Mansion

Deathly illness at the Blalock Mansion in the mid-1890s. The family had enjoyed the mansion for nearly 10 years, but divorce, infighting, and petty jealousies made the house especially cold and hostile. Rebekkah Blalock hung in there even though husband Frederick was gone on business more than he was at home. Becky and only daughter Barbara […]

The Blalock Orphanage

The Blalock Orphanage

Once the Great Depression began, a number of orphaned children showed up at the Blalock Mansion. The Wood County Orphanage,  one of the larger ones, at one point held almost 40 children ages under one to 16. Girls and boys on different floors, staffed by public employees as well as one nurse present at all times. The […]

Job Safety Is Nearly Number 1

Job Safety Is Nearly Number 1

Rick and Tom work together, go out together, and at times don’t go out together by watching MMA fights on TV at Tom’s house. Their talk is most often about feeling sorry for the ladies of the Amery area who, too bad,  aren’t going out with them. Today the two proudly declared that they have gone almost 24 hours […]

Daisy and the Grandsons

Daisy and the Grandsons

When our grandsons stayed overnight, we’d pull out the sleeper bed and they’d have warmth and quiet privacy. But Daisy knew that morning meant they’d soon be waking up. Here she’s next to Nicholas, looking for signs of life. Almost like kids on Christmas morning wanting their parents to get moving. Daisy wasn’t overbearing, but […]

The Missing Kid

The Missing Kid

Another pranktical joke. This popular story came out a few years ago, timely now as the school year winds down and practical jokes gear up. In a high school with some clever pranksters, overnight students released goats into the hallways. When principals opened the doors that Friday, SURPRISE.  Small goats, with numbers painted on their […]