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Five Spring

Moya L Andrews Quarry Books ePub

Pronounced:

er-AN-this

Also known as:

winter aconite

Family:

Renunculaceae

Colors:

yellow, white

Zones:

3–7

Description: There are about seven species of these low-growing perennials native to Europe and Asia. The leaves are palmate and dissected and look like a frill of green beneath the flowers, which are made up of five to eight sepals. The actual petals are modified into small nectaries. Though the small tubers are sold in bulb catalogs, aconites are best propagated by division.

Cultivation: E. hiemalis (hi-MAL-is) has sessile 2- to 6-inch-high yellow flowers in early spring, when it blooms with the snowdrops. It can be grown in zones 3–7 but likes cold and thrives in shaded moist sites. Since it is an ephemeral, it should be planted where it won’t be disturbed when it dies down later in the season. It increases over time into colonies, and its acid-yellow blooms light up the landscape even amid patches of late snow during early spring thaws. Put a few little blooms in tiny bottles indoors so that you can admire them up close.

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9 Ice Man

Mike Roos Quarry Books ePub

At the edge of a large pasture on a bitterly cold, snow-covered Saturday morning in January 1961, David Small was hopping rapidly up and down on his toes in an effort to keep himself warm, while his father, Herman Small, worked on the guts of the family’s orange Allis-Chalmers tractor, which had turned recalcitrant while in process of clearing dead timber from the field. To ease his boredom, Dave squatted and put his hands into the six-inch-deep snow to compress some into a frozen ball. Then he rose up in the studied manner of a World Series pitcher, selected a fence post about fifty feet away as his catcher, and looked for a sign.

Curveball? Nope. Dave shook it off. Change-up? Dave shook that off too. Fastball? Dave nodded. Then, slowly and deliberately, he went into his windup, in the mode of Sandy Koufax, his hero, first stepping back with his right foot, in the process bringing both hands together and lifting them high over his head, all the while keeping his eyes fixed on his target, then turning his body, rearing his right knee to the level of his chest, and extending the leg as far forward as possible while pushing off with his powerful left leg to fire a blistering overhand fastball that struck the fence post dead in the center about knee high, leaving a small circle of powdered snow where it splattered.

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10 Houses and a Hospital

Carrol Ann Krause Quarry Books ePub

Chapter

10

 

HOUSES AND A HOSPITAL

W. EDWARD AND NELLIE had each enjoyed luxurious weddings, and now it was the turn of their cousin, Maud Showers’s daughter Beryl. She and her new husband, the osteopath Dr. J. E. P. Holland, celebrated an enormous “society” church wedding in September 1903 “in the presence of about 400 friends,” as the paper reported.1 The church was artfully adorned by a professional floral decorator, who observed a red-and-green theme using asparagus ferns and roses; the family home, where the huge reception was held, was similarly decorated. Maud herself, dressed in white moiré silk with lace, gave away the bride to her new son-in-law. The wedding gifts occupied four entire tables. This lavish wedding was in stark contrast to that of young Maude (James’s daughter), who married Dr. Burton D. Myers on March 3, 1904, with little public warning. “Surprise wedding this morning,” read the paper. “Miss Maude Showers becomes the bride of Dr. Burton Myers.—Wedded at 10 o’clock this morning. Left on 11 o’clock train for Chicago.” This young couple was united the old-fashioned way at the residence of the bride’s parents, James and Belle Showers, with only the immediate members of the family present. “The bride is one of Bloomington’s most popular and beautiful women,” the paper noted, adding that she was an Indiana University graduate of the class of '01 and a member of Kappa Alpha Theta. “The groom is the head of the department of anatomy at the University and is an excellent teacher…. He came to IU last fall term when the School of Medicine was established here.”2

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7 Prosperity and Loss

Carrol Ann Krause Quarry Books ePub

Chapter

7

 

PROSPERITY AND LOSS

HENRY HEWSON, Irish born and a soldier in the Civil War, had married the youngest Showers sister, Annie. He had been a Bloomington shoemaker since at least 1869, as shown by advertisements in the Bloomington Progress. An advertisement some years later read, “Henry Hewson, just east of the old Greeves Corner, has purchased a handsome, carefully selected stock of Ladies, Misses and Children’s Fine Shoes, and asks an inspection of them before you purchase. Also, best Low Button and Congress Shoes for Men EVER OFFERED in this Market.”1 This all sounded promising—the Showers family was now connected to another Bloomington businessman—but the following month a new item appeared: “Owing to a dull trade, etc., Mr. Henry Hewson, the well known boot and shoe maker, next to the Greeves Corner, has been compelled to close his retail department. His assets are about $1,400, with some $2,400 of liabilities. Showers Brothers hold a mortgage on the stock for $600. This misfortune of Mr. Hewson’s does not interfere with his custom business, and he will continue to manufacture the best boots and shoes in Bloomington, for his old customers. Don’t forget Hewson when you need something in this line.”2 Hewson had obtained a loan from the First National Bank with James and William as his sureties; in return they had taken a mortgage on his stock and fixtures. He defaulted on his bank loan and then failed to pay off the mortgage within the time agreed upon.3

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1890 Washington Park

Kenneth J. Schoon Quarry Books ePub

Martin Krueger. Old Lighthouse Museum

Washington Park was the dream, and is now the legacy, of six-term Michigan City mayor Martin T. Krueger. The city’s lakefront was a wasteland when Krueger was first elected mayor in 1888. Commercial fishing and shipping were in decline. Yet selling the idea of a lakefront park was not easy, and for access to the site the city would have to build a bridge across Trail Creek. At that time, there were no parks along the Lake Michigan shoreline in Indiana. This one would be the first.

Today, Washington Park is so well-used and in such a perfect location that it is hard to imagine the opposition that arose to Krueger’s idea. The bridge would be too expensive; it would harm navigation; it would be a “bridge to nowhere.”

Evidently, Mayor Krueger was as persistent as he was persuasive. In 1890, he succeeded in getting some county money and bonds approved to pay for the bridge. In 1891, a new state law allowed cities and towns to create and to levy taxes for public parks. Fortunately, the editors of the Michigan City Dispatch supported him. The bridge was built, land was acquired, and every citizen was asked to provide a tree. The park was born.

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