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ALEXANDER HAMILTON (January 11, 1755 or 1757 – July 12, 1804) : New 5x7 Photo: Founding Father and Statesman ...


He was born in the West Indies
On an island called Nevis.
The fourth son of a Scottish laird
Would be known for his avis.

His Mother was Rachel Fawcett
His Father was James Hamilton.
Rachel was already married
Moved from St. Croix, she left a son.

There is some uncertainty
As to the year Alex was born.
Aware of his illicit birth
Always sensitive he would scorn.

Father abandoned the family
Mom passed in seventeen-sixty eight.
The son from Nevis had appeared
All the valuables he did take.

Young Alexander now orphaned
Went to work for Nicholas Cruger.
Had impressive flair for business
Kept clear and accurate ledger.

A Presbyterian minister
From the island of St. Croix.
He had influenced Hamilton
Of practical evils and joy.

From a remarkable letter
Alex wrote and was recounting.
Was then Mr. Cruger and Knox
Sent young Hamilton for schooling.

They sent him to America
In seventeen-hundred-seventy-three.
He attended King’s College
Known as Columbia University.

In seventeen-hundred-seventy-five
A company called Hearts of Oak.
Formed from the New York militia
An artillery unit he did evoke.

In Boston he trained volunteers
At the graveyard of St. Paul’s Chapel.
He led the first engagement
To fight the British he’d grapple.

An American politician
A statesman and financier.
Founded the Federalist Party
And a military officer.

Had clout in the new Government
First Secretary of the Treasury.
Until an insulting remark about Burr
A duel was set in New Jersey.

An exchange of three testy letters
July eleventh, eighteen and four.
Dead was Alexander Hamilton
Was shot and killed by Aaron Burr.




 Avis:A*vis”, n. [F. avis. See Advice.] Advice; opinion; deliberation. [Obs.] –Chaucer.
(January 11, 1755 or 1757 – July 12, 1804)
Hamilton’s mother had been married to Johann Michael Lavien on the island of St. Croix. When she moved to Nevis she left a son from that marriage. (The spelling of Lavien varies; this is Hamilton’s version, which may be a Sephardic spelling of Levine. The couple may have lived apart from one another under an order of legal separation; since Rachel was the guilty party, re-marriage was impossible. Hugh Knox, a Presbyterian minister, came to St. Croix. He opened his library to Hamilton and preached about the practical evils produced by slavery. He influenced Hamilton greatly; some biographers derive Hamilton’s opposition to slavery from Knox. He won the interest of Nathanial Greene and George Washington by the proficiency and bravery he displayed in the campaign of 1776 around New York City, particularly at the Battle of Harlem Heights. Hamilton achieved the rank of lieutenant, studied military history and tactics on his own and, under fire from the HMS Asia, led a successful raid for British cannon in the Battery, the capture of which resulted in the Hearts of Oak becoming an artillery company thereafter. He was the first Secretary of the Treasury and had much influence over the rest of the Government and the formation of policy, including foreign policy. He convinced Congress to use an elastic interpretation of the Constitution to pass far-reaching laws. They included the creation of a national debt, federal assumption of the state debts, creation of a national bank, On December 14, 1780; he married Elizabeth Schuyler, daughter of General Philip Schuyler, and thus joined one of the richest and most political families in the state of New York.

Posted by: Jonathan Caswell | April 1, 2020


Sitting into my chair,

Soon he’s giving that stare…

“Master” at ease

Play with me please,

Day and at night he’s there!

Jonathan Caswell



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Alvin Cullum York (1887-1964) | WikiTree FREE Family Tree


The third of eleven children
Son of William and Mary York
Was born in Pall Mall, Tennessee
In the Valley of the Three Forks.

As was typical of the times
Farming and hunting what they could.
As a result young Alvin became
An expert marksman in the woods.

Quite a nuisance when he was young
Was often drunk and lots of fights.
A bad event he changed his ways
His best friend was killed one night.

Soon became a devout Christian
Was thought a conscientious objector.
Application for this status
Was filed by Mother and his pastor.

Was at the start of World War I
York refused to sign these papers.
Eventually was drafted
Ending rumors of that nature.

Nineteen-hundred and seventeen.
Assigned to the 82nd
In the United States Army
Now to fight his mind had reckoned.

Reassigned as a corporal
To the 328th.
As history is recorded
The date was October eighth.

At the Battle of Meuse River
A region belonging to France.
This was the decisive battle
That stopped the Germans advance.

In command of his detachment
After three NCOs were killed.
Almost single handedly
Instinct showed he was back woods skilled.

With one rifle and one pistol
He silenced thirty-five machine gun nests.
Without York and his quick actions
We lost ten men, but he saved the rest.

Without question he was a hero
Never claimed he acted alone.
York in fact was still a corporal
By three Countries their thanks were shown.

Received the Distinguished Service Cross
And promoted to Sergeant York.
This is the name that’s known world wide
This man from the Valley of Three Forks.




NCO, noncommissioned officer
(December 13, 1887 – September 2, 1964)
York was something of a “nuisance” as a youth, frequently getting into drunken brawls. In 1914, his best friend was killed in a bar fight, prompting York to change his ways. He became a devout Christian after that incident, joining the denomination known as the Church of Christ in Christian Union. York eventually was drafted into the United States Army and assigned to the 82nd Infantry Division in 1917.At some point he experienced a change of heart and decided he would fight, but would never be proud of his war-time exploits. York deserves credit for his heroism is without question. Unfortunately, however, his exploit has been blown out of proportion with some accounts claiming that he silenced thirty-five machine guns and captured 132 prisoners single-handedly. York never claimed that he acted alone, nor was he proud of what he did. Twenty-five Germans lay dead, and by his accounting, York was responsible for at least nine of the deaths. Only two of the seven survivors were acknowledged for their participation in the event; Sergeant Early and Corporal Cutting were finally awarded the Distinguished Service Cross in 1927. Initially, York’s chain of command honored this accomplishment by awarding him the Distinguished Service Cross. France, whose forces he was directly aiding and whose territory was involved, added its Croix de Guerre and Legion of Honor. Italy and Montenegro, also allies, awarded him their Croce di Guerra and War Medal, respectively. The Distinguished Service Cross was upgraded to the Medal of Honor, which was presented to York by the commanding general of the American Expeditionary Force, John J. Pershing. Returning home as a war hero, York founded a private agricultural institute in Jamestown, Tennessee, near his home community of Pall Mall. The Alvin C. York Agricultural Institute never thrived under his management and was eventually turned over to the State of Tennessee. Alvin York died September 2, 1964, of a cerebral hemorrhage and was buried at the Wolf River Cemetery in Pall Mall.

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JOHN CHAPMAN (1774-1845)

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John Chapman born in Leominster,
A small town in Massachusetts.
Was known as Johnny Appleseed
Same person, we won’t confuse it.

Was born September, twenty-six
In the year of seventy-four.
Grew up to be a nurseryman
Was all of that and much more!

In the Continental Army.
Nathaniel Chapman was his Dad
At Concord in seventy-five
While Johnny was just a lad.

Mom was Elizabeth Symond.
Their third child died after birth.
Elizabeth passed three weeks later
From tuberculosis left this earth.

In seventeen-hundred-and eighty
Nathaniel married his second wife.
Lucy Cooley of Longmeadow,
For his family a new life.

A new home and eight half siblings
For John and sister Elizabeth.
From Leominster to Longmeadow
This is who they chose to live with.

In ninety-two John went to Ohio
Realizing the farmers needs.
Taking his half-brother Nathaniel
To start a service supplying seeds.

Contrary to many beliefs
He did not just scatter his seeds.
Thousands of seeds he had planted
To fulfill each farmers needs.

Elder Chapman with his family
In eighteen-hundred-and five.
Relocating to Ohio,
All Johnny’s nurseries did survive.

When the Chapman’s were all settled
Young Nathan joined them it is known.
This left Johnny with his seeds,
Spent the rest of his life alone.

The year eighteen-hundred and six
A load of seeds to deliver.
Was nicknamed “Johnny Appleseed”
While canoeing down the river.

Records show eighty-eight counties
Where he planted nurseries.
His passion for all Gods creatures
A “Gentle Hero,” in history.




John Chapman (September 26, 1774-March 18, 1845)
His father, Nathaniel Chapman, was one of the Minutemen who fought at Concord on April 19, 1775, and later in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. John’s mother, Elizabeth Symond Chapman, had three children: Elizabeth, who was born in 1770, John, and Nathaniel Jr., who died shortly after birth in 1776. John’s mother, who was sick from tuberculosis, died just three weeks after her third child. Although there is no proof, it is reasonable to assume that Elizabeth’s parents took care of John and his sister while their father was in the Army. Nathaniel married his second wife, Lucy Cooley of Longmeadow, Massachusetts, in 1780. With their family of ten children, Nathaniel and Lucy lived in Longmeadow for many years. Johnny and Elizabeth lived with them for at least part of that time. In 1792, an 18-year-old Chapman went west, taking 11-year-old half-brother Nathaniel, with him. Their destination was the headwaters of the Susquehanna. There are stories of him practicing his nurseryman craft in the Wilkes-Barre area, and of picking seeds from the pomace at Potomac cider mills in the late 1790s. There is little authentic information available about Johnny’s life with the new family. However, he did start his westward journey about 1792. “Johnny Appleseed” was not a scatter of seeds many people believe. He was a practical nurseryman.
By 1806, when he arrived in Jefferson County, Ohio, canoeing down the Ohio River with a load of seeds, he was known as Johnny Appleseed. He had used a pack horse to bring seeds to Licking Creek in 1800, so it seems likely that the nickname appeared at the same time as his religious conversion. Johnny Appleseed’s beliefs made him care deeply about animals. Henry Howe, who visited all 88 counties in Ohio in the early 1800s, collected these stories in the 1830s, when Johnny Appleseed was still alive. Despite his best efforts to give his wealth to the needy, Johnny Appleseed left an estate of over 1200 acres of valuable nurseries to his sister, worth millions even then, and far more now. At the time of his death, he owned four plots in Allen County, Indiana including a nursery in Milan Township, Allen County, Indiana with 15,000 trees.

Posted by: Ron DuBour | March 13, 2020

Tanka week VI (Friday)~by Jeremy J Croucher



Tanka week VI (Friday)

The penultimate
Nine lines more to speak my voice
Not to wane or waste
but here for ‘carpe diem’
Seize the day and capture all


[Tanka – Japanese expressive poetry comprising 31 syllables over 5 lines in a sequence of 5, 7, 5, 7, 7]

Photo – ‘Kamikochi Heights’ from the series “Eight Scenic views of Japan” by Koga Kano (1928)

Posted by: Ron DuBour | March 13, 2020

Daily missive for Friday the 13th of March.~by Peter Forster



Daily missive for Friday the 13th of March.

Stay, foolish heart
In its wish to flee
This sleeve
Does it deign to wear
Itself regally
Or captivated
By an erotic
Charge of imprisonment
A biased observer
Barred from leaving
Though barely aware
Of the ease
With which
Freedom can be bartered
Life is no escape
Death is
Forever wary
Of its confinement
And the temptation
To believe
There is an answer
To mortality
In the frequency
Of its invocation
Is a reckless
Of the fallen

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Was born in St. Simons, Georgia
Parents divorced when he was young.
Mom and James moved to Long Island
Always to his Mom he clung.

Attending Manhasset High School
Earned thirteen letters playing sports.
And despite his many talents
Going to college seemed out of sorts.

Benefactor, Kenneth Malloy
At Syracuse University
Paid for James first year of college.
Knew of his sports abilities.

Graduated from Syracuse.
Not only earned a scholarship
Many records he did produce.

Recognized All-American
In both football and lacrosse.
To play professional football
Drafted by Cleveland on a toss.

They wanted Dawson from Purdue
Their regrets did disappear.
As their second choice was James Brown
When he won Rookie of the Year!

In all but two of his nine seasons
During his stay with the Cleveland Browns.
He rushed more than one-thousand yards
Another record to mark down.

Over two-hundred-ninety-one carries
In nineteen-hundred and sixty-three.
Unheard of six point four yards per
In his hands he would make this be.

Not one game did Jim Brown miss
He had great durability.
Rushed for over fifteen-thousand yards
Plus one-hundred and twenty-six TDs.

Very few athletes will achieve
One of the greatest in his sport.
His name is in three Halls of Fame
A rare triple crown of sorts.

In nineteen-hundred-eighty-eight
He left football with no regrets.
Turned to the underprivileged youth
To teach them goals that they could set.

In Los Angeles he started
A program called Amer-I-can.
Another record he would set
To save a life of his fellow man.

His goal to save as many kids
From their violent street gang scene.
Jim Brown is a living legend
Being a hero is routine.


Jim Brown was selected in the 1st round of the 1956 NFL draft out of Syracuse by the Cleveland Browns. At Syracuse University, Brown was All-America in both football and lacrosse and a letterman in basketball. Brown began his legendary career with the Browns rushing for 942 yards, and 9 TDs, which earned him the NFL Rookie of The Year honors. Brown continued to dominate the NFL for 9 more seasons, accumulating career totals of 12,312 rushing yards, 15,459 combined net yards for a total of 126 touchdowns, statistics which easily eclipsed the current records of the time.
In all, Brown’s amazing achievements included first team All-NFL eight times, Pro Bowl selection nine times, and named the NFL’s Most Valuable Player four times. Brown amazingly decided to voluntarily cut short his legendary career in 1966 when he announced his early retirement. For all the records Brown held and still holds, the most impressive point could be that he achieved all of this in such a relatively short period of time. Brown’s memorable professional career led to his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1971, while The Sporting News selected him as the greatest football player of all time in 1999. Brown also earned a spot in the Lacrosse Hall of Fame, Brown being one the greatest in that sport as well. Brown’s football talents at Syracuse garnered him a berth in the College Football Hall of Fame, giving him a rare triple crown of sorts as well as being one of the few athletes to be a Hall of Fame member in more than one sport. Brown currently works with kids caught up in the gang scene in Los Angeles through the Amer-I-Can program, which he founded in 1988. It is a self-esteem-building organization that operates in inner cites and prisons. He is devoted to helping the youth find direction and determination in their future. Countless young people he has turned around to lead a very productive life. James Nathaniel “Jim” Brown is a true hero.
Posted by: Ron DuBour | March 6, 2020

Daily missive for Friday the 6th of March~by Peter Forster



Daily missive for Friday the 6th of March

There is nothing
Beyond understanding
It is a place to be
Neither Fortunate
Nor Elysian
Where existence
Is called into question
With the likely outcome
A selfish gene
There is little to answer
When the inquisitor
Is an altered perception
An introjection
Of old values
A parental anomaly
Is a divisive figure
In the foreground
Of sensitive souls
Laid low
By circumstance
Cognitions oppressed
Held hostage
By the captors’ fortune
Machiavellian seed
Feeding the frenzy
Of fundamental beliefs
Holding the reins
Of the horsemen
As insidious greed
Darkens the light
Of the world

Posted by: Ron DuBour | March 6, 2020

Sunshine as a friend~by ‎Jeremy J Croucher‎



Sunshine as a friend

Yellow, warming
lifts my soul
Catches, comforts
makes me whole
Brings a shoulder
to console
the sunshine as a friend

Gives a smile
when scarce are they
Keeps the blues
quite well away
Brings a welcome
to the day
the sunshine as a friend

Heals me always
ever there
Sometimes hidden
sometimes rare
But always with
a joy to share
the sunshine as a friend


Photo – Jempics

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In nineteen-hundred-and-fourteen
In New York City he was born.
A son named Jonas Edward Salk
To help others he would be sworn.

For Dora and Daniel B. Salk
Jonas was the first son of three.
He wanted to be a lawyer
But, Mom discouraged him to be.

She asked him what his reason was
And he would never win a case.
You cannot win an argument
You’re too timid in the first place.

She pushed him into medicine
And this was clearly her advice.
Now at an age where he had learned
When Mother spoke she was concise.

He received his first diploma
A Bachelor of Science degree.
From City College of New York
Now with Mother he did agree.

Then the College of Medicine
At New York University.
In June of nineteen-thirty-nine
He earned his medical degree.

At college he met Ms. Calfin
They were married in thirty-nine.
They had three children all were boys
In time their marriage would decline.

A well known disease in that time
His quest to find a cure would begin.
He started as a staff physician at,
Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

In forty-seven moved to Pittsburgh.
Jonas developed and refined
As he led the Virus Research Lab
A successful cure they did find.

He opened the Salk Institute
For Biological studies.
Of molecular biology
Genetics and antibodies.

In nineteen-hundred-fifty-two
There were sixty-thousand cases.
The vaccine became available
It almost completely erases.

Vaccine to Europe was exported.
In nineteen-hundred and seventy-nine
Only ten cases were reported.

His dream complete and successful
A cure for polio was found.
The lives he saved from this disease
A hero known the world around.




Born, October 28, 1914; Died, June 23, 1995
During his life, he received many awards and honors: The Lasker Award (1956), The Bruce Memorial Award (1958), The Jawaharlal Nehru Award (1975), Congressional Gold Medal of Honor and Presidential Medal of Freedom (1977).
While at college he met his future wife, Donna Lindsay Calfin, whom he married on June 9, 1939. They had three children: Peter, Darrell, and Jonathan. In 1947, he moved to Pittsburgh, where he led the Virus Research lab at the University of Pittsburgh. During the 1950s, he developed, tested, and refined the first successful polio vaccine. In 1955 he began immunizations at Pittsburgh’s Arsenal Elementary School in the Lawrenceville neighborhood and made international news as the man who beat polio. In 1968, he was divorced, and in 1970 Salk married Francoise Gilot.
Dr. Salk’s last years were spent searching for a vaccine against AIDS. Jonas Salk died on June 23, 1995. He was 80 years old; he died in LaJolle, California.
The vaccine was instrumental in the near eradication of a once widely-feared disease. Polio’s outbreak in 1916 left 6000 dead and 27,000 paralyzed. In 1952, 57,628 cases were recorded. After the vaccine became available, polio cases in the U.S. dropped by 85-90 percent in only two years. In 1979, only 10 cases were reported.

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