Youngville on Lincoln Highway

Let’s visit again the Youngville Cafe.

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Youngville in its Prime Youngville in its Prime

Lincoln Highway

I grew up not too far off of Highway 30 which is the current number for most of what used to be the Lincoln Highway, so I’ve always known about it. Friends from other parts of the country haven’t, but the Lincoln Highway is right up there with Route 66 in highway/travel legends. It was the first coast to coast highway and was the first to be paved the entire way (although that took a long time). Watch an introduction about the Lincoln Highway in my previous post here:
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2012/01/31/lincoln-highway-introduction

Road Architecture

As these kind of major roads got started, roadside businesses sprung up. Sometimes they were cafes/gas stations, sometimes they added in functions like hotels, dance halls, and even grocery stores. These were the sort of places you see in 1930s and 1940s movies where the heroine meets the male lead. They serviced…

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Red Chief Tablets

Does your one-room school have a Big Chief tablet?

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Red Chief Tablet Plant Red Chief Tablet Plant in St. Joseph, MO

Starting in 1906, a common sight in one-room schools was the Red Chief Tablet which was lined

Big Chief Print Block Big Chief Print Block, Big Chief Tablet Mini-Museum

rough paper in a tablet with a red cover featuring the portrait of a Native American chief. The chief was a line drawing of a Chief from the Great Plains complete with a full feathered, headdress. These were originally manufactured by the WesternTab Company in the pictured building in St. Joseph, Missouri. It was eventually bought out by Mead who kept the operation there until 2007. (Dates given on the tour of the building.) Mead found that the costs for updating the building to change manufacturing styles was cost prohibitive and they liquidated all production there. This might have partially been under pressure to be politically correct because while many Mead paper products and designs were made…

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New Theme Trial 3

At the beginning of the summer I decided to switch themes so I decided to try a few of them. I started off intending to do a new theme every 3 weeks and to live with them awhile. Instead I ended up using Fictive all summer.

I think it’s pretty and it moves all the links to the left hand column which I think a good thing. Unfortunately I had to add the search box, the page links – which I put a lot of information on my pages – don’t show, and I don’t like trying to get from one post to another. So I may be back, but I’m going to go ahead and try the next one.

Fictive Theme

Fictive Theme

The current theme is called Flounder. What I like about this one from the get go is how the pages are separated out from the rest of the stuff. I don’t like the set up at the top as well as Fictive. But we’ll try living with it.

Flounder Theme

Flounder Theme

Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales striving to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on FacebookTwitterGoogle+ LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

Travel Times at the Iowa State Fair

Gearing up for the Iowa State Fair.

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4H Building at Iowa State Fair

Travel Times is the travel element of Trundlebed Tales Radio. We seek out people with interesting hobbies and trips and try to give you an insiders point of view. In tonight’s episode we interview my mother, Susie Uthoff whose family has been visiting the Iowa State Fair since the 1920s.
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/trundlebedtales/2011/08/10/travel-times-iowa-state-fair

See my post on the Butter Cow here:
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2011/06/28/butter-cow

I wrote about our visit in 2007 here:
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2007/08/17/iowa-state-fair

Another family’s memories of the fair:
http://www.desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2011308140024

Running from the TARDIS Running from the TARDIS

Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales striving to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around…

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July 2016 Laura Ingalls Wilder Update

This is just a quick round up of some products that have come out that you might want to know about. These should be available at all the homesite giftshops.

2017 Laura Ingalls Wilder Calendar $12.95 – It’s put together by Tessa Flak at the Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society in DeSmet with photos contributed by all the homesites. This is the 3rd year they’ve produced them. Make sure you get a copy.

Garth Williams: American Illustrator: A Life $26.95 – A biography of the illustrator of the standard edition of the “Little House” books.

Little House in the Hollywood Hills by Charlotte Stewart $24.95 – A biography by the actress who played Miss Eva Beadle on TV’s “Little House on the Prairie” 

The Selected Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder by William T. Anderson $26.99 – A collection of the important letters by Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales striving to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on FacebookTwitterGoogle+ LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

Top Ten Posts July 2016

Here are the blog posts that have had the most views last month. Take a look maybe there is something there that will interest you too. :)

Pioneer in the Kitchen With Laura

Pioneer in the Kitchen With Laura

July 2016 Laura Ingalls Wilder Events
Laura Ingalls Wilder Conference 2017 South Dakota
Oregon Trail Again
One-Room School Lunch Survey
James Wilder’s First Wife
August 2016 Laura Ingalls Wilder Events
Laura Homesites Open for the Season 2016
Trip to DeSmet 2016 Day 3
Missouri Public Affairs Hall of Fame
Trip to DeSmet 2016 Day 2 Part 1
Selling Old Books

Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales striving to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on FacebookTwitterGoogle+ LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

August 2016 Laura Ingalls Wilder Events

August is a quieter month than July, but there are still plenty of events to choose from.

Times 2016

Keystone SD – Longtime Home of Carrie Ingalls Swanzey

Keystone Area Historical Association always hosts an event on August 3rd, Carrie’s actual birthday no matter what day of the week it falls on.

Old World Wisconsin – Eagle WI

World of Little House – July 16 – August 7, 2016 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/calendar/event/4466/the-world-of-little-house

Genesee Country Village and Museum – Mumford, NY

Laura Ingalls Wilder Days  August 6-7, 2016 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Vinton IA

Mary Ingalls Society Pageant – August 5, 6, and 7 2016. The 7th will be a Sunday Maintee.

Malone/Burke NY

Find more on events.

Cultural Festival-Irish Fenian Festival – Saturday, August 27, 2016, 10 am-4 pm

  • Celebrating the Irish heritage of the area in the mid-19th century with food, music, demonstrations, and more, Fenian Raid reenactments. More details to follow.

Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales striving to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on FacebookTwitterGoogle+, LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.