La Révolution française (1989)

The other day, I stumbled upon a captivating movie titled La Révolution française. This 1989 French-Italian historical drama film directed by Robert Enrico and Richard T. Heffron is a two-part, nearly 5-hour epic film that tells the story of the French Revolution from 1789 to 1794. The film stars an ensemble cast including Jane Seymour (Marie Antoinette), Peter Ustinov (Comte de Mirabeau), and Sam Neil … Continue reading La Révolution française (1989)

A History of Mower County

My great-grandfather, Patrick O’Malley, was born in Ontario, Canada, in 1851. His family were early pioneers in Minnesota who settled in Mower County in 1856. The woman who, in early 20th century, wrote chapter twenty-three of the History of Mower County (1911) was of the same generation as Patrick. In this post I provide the complete text of the chapter that I supplied a portion … Continue reading A History of Mower County

Louisville Silver Band

I recently got temporary access to the archives of a number of Louisville Kentucky newspapers going back as far as the 1860s and earlier, and the first thing I did was to search for my Bannon and Kollros ancestors. One of the things that I learned was that my great-grandfather was working as a professional musician earlier than I had thought. In searching for, “Kollros” … Continue reading Louisville Silver Band

German American Heritage Month 2021 is in October

This was originally posted September 2010 during German American Heritage Month In 2021, it is observed in the month of October. In the post, I discuss the intolerance and bigotry shown towards German Americans a little over 100 years ago during WWI. I hope that by posting this readers will understand that we need to stop the cycle of violence & racial injustice and come … Continue reading German American Heritage Month 2021 is in October

He Was Mean to His Slaves

In the 1920s, when those who had been adults during the War between the States had almost all gone off to either their great reward, some fallen to damnation, or some like my great, great-grandmother Mattie J. Dobbs, were languorously lingering through their ninth decade on God’s green earth, their sons, daughters, nephews, nieces, and grandchildren now felt that they could speak more freely about … Continue reading He Was Mean to His Slaves

Before Facebook, There was the Cigar Maker’s Journal

This post was first published about ten years ago. It is pretty amazing when you think about how we keep in touch with friends and family today. It is equally amazing when you think that social networking sites have only been around for a few short years. The “Internet” came about in the early seventies, but was not until the mid-nineties when most of us … Continue reading Before Facebook, There was the Cigar Maker’s Journal

My Dad Predicted Obamacare in 1972

My father, David DeBacker, was a hospital administrator and both he and his father, a doctor, were proponents of what some folks would call “socialized medicine.” In the 1972, he gave a speech at a conference in San Antonio Texas in which he essentially predicted that we would have something like Obamacare by the year 1980. I found the following article, dated February 4, 1972, … Continue reading My Dad Predicted Obamacare in 1972