The Name and the Story Behind An Indiana Couple

Many fourth graders are required to study their states history.  If you live in Indiana you probably studied this name.  Perhaps all of us should know the name and story behind this couple…

“Fair Trade” During the Civil War

Perhaps you’ve heard of “fair trade” products you can purchase in this country that guarantee the producers in developing nations are paid a fair wage for their work.  We may think it’s a relatively new idea, but you can find the idea being practiced before the Civil War…

Carrying On Without Saying A Word

The work of the Underground Railroad needed to be secretive of course.  But it seems many in this town knew what was going on, yet there was good reason to simply carry on without saying a word…

The Secretive Work of the Couple From Fountain City

In Fountain City, Indiana you will find an older brick home with quite a story.  If you step inside you’ll learn the secretive, yet important work of the couple you lived there…

A Life Bigger Than a Patent

He made millions with an important invention for an automobile.  But his life was far bigger than just that patent he received.  His life is quite a tale…

An Inspiration for Small Town Basketball Teams

Once upon a time, I started for my high school basketball team in the smallest class of schools at King City, Missouri.  We were one game shy of making it to the state’s final four.  Back then, many of us could draw inspiration from another small town that beat the biggest of schools to win the prize…

A Town You May Know As Hickory

There’s a chance you’ve heard of Milan, Indiana, but many of you have not.  Or maybe you did but you know it by a different name.  For if you have watched one very well-known sports movie, then you may know this town as Hickory

Ali vs. Frazier

It was Ali versus Frazier. Not that Ali versus Frazier, but their kids…

Not Listening To Her Father

Sometimes parents influence their children in a direction they think best for them.  In this case, the father encouraged the daughter not to follow in his footsteps.  She didn’t listen and became a champ herself…

Hearing about “The Champ” From His Daughter

He was simply known as “the champ.”  He had the physical abilities to take him to the top of his sport and the social abilities that drew large crowds

Not a Covered Bridge

Most people see this structure and think it’s just a covered bridge.  That answer is partially correct.  When you uncover the details about what you are looking at, you’ll realize you are gazing at the last one of these in the entire nation…

The Power Source Before Electricity

Today we flip a switch and use electricity to run most conveniences around our homes and businesses.  However, before the days of electricity, this power source was one of the most important in early America…

Getting From One Point to Another

In the days before roads crisscrossed the nation, rivers served as one of the best ways to get from one point to another.  And when a river wasn’t available, some locations made their own waterway to spur growth…

All Kinds of Currencies

One, five, ten, twenty? Those are the denominations of bills we normally see when paying for items. Now imagine that not only were there more denominations, but there were dozens of different types of bills in circulation. What you would have is a major mess–and that’s exactly what banking could be like in the 1850’s…

Clean Water and Good Health

Clean water is an important part of maintaining good health.  So it may seem odd to us today that thousands of people once drank some of the nastiest smelling water on Earth, all in an effort to promote better health…

Pluto…But Not the Planet…or the Disney Character

For most of us, the name Pluto is recognized as the name of a planet, or whatever they are calling it these days, or a Disney character.  But in the mid 1800s, Pluto was something far different in this town…

A Town With An Unusual Name

It’s one of the most unusual town names you’ll find in the nation.  But when you dig a little deeper you’ll see there was good reason it earned that title.  And no doubt you’ve heard of it, or maybe even traveled there…

A Beloved War Correspondent

When this journalist died, the president of the United States personally took to the airwaves to announce his death to the nation.  The beloved correspondent lives on through his writings…

Reporting The ‘Common Man’ During World War II

When America sent troops to war during World War II, this man was there, alongside the infantry and reporting the role of the common man in winning a global conflict…

A Fellow American Countryside Traveler

I must admit, I feel a kinship with the person we feature today.  For he too was a traveler of the American Countryside.  Someone who had a career this broadcaster can take a lesson or two from…