Friday, July 26, 2019

Coming soon to this location: West Washington Place


Photo by Retiring Guy

Developer proposes mixed-use project for former Hotel Washington site.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 7/25/2019)
Amid continuing demand for housing, a developer is proposing to demolish a two-story gas station, convenience store and office building for a five-story mixed-use project with 51 apartments on West Washington Avenue south of the state Capitol. 
The site once held the historic Hotel Washington and its renowned Club de Wash, which was destroyed by fire in 1996.

Georgia Ann Valentine Kargle (1930-2019) Warren High School class of 1948



1948 Dragon yearbook

Joanne's high-school activities:
Girls' Club (4); Stenographers' Club (3);  Assembly Programs (3, 4); Chorus (2); A Capella Choir (3, 4); Carnival (3).

1967 Warren City Directory
  • Valentine George (Carrie; Valentine Dispotal) r707 Cobham Park Road
1983 Warren City Directory

Although she peaked at #87 in 1900, Georgia remained in the top 200 for 54 years (1900-1953), and she is now working her way up to that level.

Other class of '48 graduates:
2019
Shirlie Jean Kauffman.  (5/22/2019)
Joanne Swanson Massa.  (2/23/2019)

2018
Joanne Chester.  (11/13/2018)
Betty Burke Dickinson.  (9/1/2018)
Stephen Cosmano.  (8/29/2018)
Beulah Fox Boll.  (3/16/2018)

2017
Phyllis Miller Maze. (12/27/2017)
Dorothy Anderson Turner.  (9/27/2017)
Margaret Mathyer Conroy.  (4/26/2017)

2016
Ruth Figliuzzi.  (11/5/2016)
Donna Mack Schuler.  (3/19/2016)

2015
Carol Jean Niver Hampson.  (10/22/2015)
Frank Marlett.  (9/13/2015)
John Giltinan.  (7/76/2015)
Lela Nichols Akeley.  (6/24/2015)

2014
Ella Atwell Blum.  (12/24/2014)
Betty Carlson Johnson.  (10/26/2014)
H. Kent Peterson.  (10/1/2014)
Kenneth Lundahl.  (9/21/2014)

2013 
Carl Leave.  (12/26/2013)

Population loss in North Dakota: Dunn County


It all started here.

Population loss as in major -- 50% or more. 

Source:  Wikipedia (Dunn County, Manning)


Manning is the county seat of Dunn County.

Population loss by degrees:  80-90%70-79%, 60-69%, 50-59%.


Percentage of population 25 and older with a bachelor's degree:
  • 23.0% - Dunn County
  • 28.9% - North Dakota
  • 30.9% - U.S.
Percentage of population 65 and older:
  • 15.9% - Dunn County
  • 15.3% - North Dakota
  • 15.6% - U.S.
The last time Dunn County voted Democratic in a presidential election was 1976.  Trump won 79% of the vote in 2016.

Other North Dakota posts:
Divide County/Crosby.  (7/23/2019)
Golden Valley County/Beach.  (7/24/2019)
Billings County/Medora.  (7/24/2019)
Slope County/Amidon.   (7/25/2019)
Adams County/Hettinger.  (7/25/2019)
Hettinger County/Mott.  (7/26/2019)

Other population loss series:

Population loss in North Dakota: Hettinger County


It all started here.

Population loss as in major -- 50% or more. 

Source:  Wikipedia (Hettinger County, Mott)


Mott is the county seat of Hettinger County.

Population loss by degrees:  80-90%70-79%, 60-69%, 50-59%.

Percentage of population 25 and older with a bachelor's degree:
  • 14.5% - Hettinger County
  • 28.9% - North Dakota
  • 30.9% - U.S.
Percentage of population 65 and older:
  • 22.4% - Hettinger County
  • 15.3% - North Dakota
  • 15.6% - U.S.
The last time Hettinger County voted Democratic in a presidential election was 1964.  Trump won 81% of the vote in 2016.

Other North Dakota posts:
Divide County/Crosby.  (7/23/2019)
Golden Valley County/Beach.  (7/24/2019)
Billings County/Medora.  (7/24/2019)
Slope County/Amidon.   (7/25/2019)
Adams County/Hettinger.  (7/25/2019)

Other population loss series:

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Keeping tabs on Wright Morris in LINKcat



Memorialized at In Praise of Wright Morris, by Peter Orner.  (The New York Times, 7/18/2019)

LINKcat is batting .182, below the Mendoza line.  

SourceLINKcat

Forgotten, indeed.

Around Town Middleton: Tree in neighbor's yard is not looking well


One side of it, anyway.

August 30, 2017  (First bit of color appeared in late July.)
Photos by Retiring Guy


July 25, 2019.  (This year, the canopy is noticeably thinner on the right side of the tree.)

Around Town Middleton posts
July 2019
Why are there so many cars parked on South Avenue by the MCPASD Services Center in the middle of summer?  (7/11/2019)

June 2019
"ROAD WORK AHEAD" trumps "DRIVE LIKE YOUR KIDS LIVE HERE" on Park Street.  (6/27/2019)
Free lunch Friday.  (6/24/2019)
CBD, just like everywhere else in Wisconsin.  (6/24/2019)
 
February 2019
According to chapter 8.07 of the city ordinances....  (2/4/2019)

January 2019
More than a snow fort, but not a standing-room igloo.  (1/2/2019)
 
December 2018
This section of sidewalk was replaced in 1980.  (12/18/2018)
The post office's new and improved self-service kiosk.  (12/18/2018)

November 2018
Spell checker.  (11/19/2018)

August 2018
Must be on a tight schedule.  (8/6/2018)

July 2018
What type of seeds?  (7/6/2018)

Why are there so many cars parked on South Avenue by the MCPASD Services Center in the middle of summer? June 2018
If it's not one thing, it's another.  (6/23/2018)
Bloom Bake Shop to reopen as Bloom Bindery, a bakery/bookstore.  (6/15/2018)

May 2018
The Tiedeman Pond frog chorus.  (5/15/2018)

March 2018
Tiedeman Pond winter fish kill.  (3/30/2018)
Hear that lonesome whistle blow.  (3/22/2018)
Explosion on Elmwood Avenue.  (3/20/2018)
Googling 'Henry Hubbard'.  (3/18/2018) 
A not-so-faded Flo strikes a new pose.  (3/12/2018)

February 2018

UPDATE: Marathon County's Gary Beastrom snags initial 2019 nomination for Wisconsin County Boards Hall of Shame



Reported in June will remain Pride Month in Marathon County after contentious reconsideration debate.  (Wausau Daily Herald, 7/24/2019)

The majority of Beastrom's constituents lives in the towns of Bern, Halsey, and Hamburg.

Source:  Marathon County Board of Supervisors (red arrows added)

The 34th is a part of Trump's America.


Original 7/22/2019 post starts here.


Marathon County Board to consider walking back Pride Month resolution Tuesday night.  (Wausau Daily Herald, 7/22/2019)

His biography

Minutes of the 6/25/2019 county board meeting

GET ME REWRITE: Sniveling Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald show appalling lack of leadership, empathy



Scott Fitzgerald slams agriculture secretary over comments on farmer mental health.   (Wisconsin State Journal:
In response to:  “As of today, DATCP has funding to provide just five more counseling vouchers to farmers in need of mental health care,” Pfaff said. “If the Joint Finance Committee doesn’t want to move this funding forward immediately, then they have a choice to make: which five farmers will (get mental health care)?” 

I suspect Fitzgerald doesn't like these inflammatory headlines either.

The need for mental health resources for struggling farmers is nothing new for Wisconsin or the United States. Many crisis helplines and programs started during the 1980s farm crisis, including the Farm Center from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. And a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention using data from 2012 found people in farming, fishing and forestry jobs had the highest rate of suicide compared to other occupational groups.
Wisconsin, which had a record 915 suicides in 2017, may be seeing a surge in suicides and suicidal thoughts among farmers, who are facing some of the worst economic challenges in years, experts say. 
Exact numbers of suicides among farmers aren’t available, and authorities say some deaths reported as farm accidents are actually suicides.   
But calls to the Wisconsin Farm Center, which helps distressed farmers, were up last year, including a 33 percent increase in November and December compared to the same two months the previous year.

A new survey shows America's farmers are feeling less optimistic about the future. Results from the monthly farmer sentiment survey have hit a two-year low. Farmers are facing financial troubles and that's causing more mental health emergencies as well.

Population loss in North Dakota: Adams County


It all started here.

Population loss as in major -- 50% or more. 

Source:  Wikipedia (Adams County, Hettinger)


Hettinger is the county seat of Adams County.

Population loss by degrees:  80-90%70-79%, 60-69%, 50-59%.

Percentage of population 25 and older with a bachelor's degree:
  • 27.4% - Adams County
  • 28.9% - North Dakota
  • 30.9% - U.S.
Percentage of population 65 and older:
  • 27.9% - Adams County
  • 15.3% - North Dakota
  • 15.6% - U.S.
The last time Adams County voted Democratic in a presidential election was 1976.

Other North Dakota posts:
Divide County/Crosby.  (7/23/2019)
Golden Valley County/Beach.  (7/24/2019)
Billings County/Medora.  (7/24/2019)
Slope County/Amidon.   (7/25/2019)

Other population loss series:

Population loss in North Dakota: Slope County


It all started here.

Population loss as in major -- 50% or more. 

Source:  Wikipedia (Slope County, Amidon)


Amidon is the county seat of Slope County.

Population loss by degrees:  80-90%70-79%, 60-69%, 50-59%.



Percentage of population 25 and older with a bachelor's degree:
  • 26.8% - Slope County
  • 28.9% - North Dakota
  • 30.9% - U.S.
Percentage of population 65 and older:
  • 22.9% - Slope County
  • 15.3% - North Dakota
  • 15.6% - U.S.
The last time Slope County voted Democratic in a presidential election was 1964.

Other North Dakota posts:
Divide County/Crosby.  (7/23/2019)
Golden Valley County/Beach.  (7/24/2019)
Billings County/Medora.  (7/24/2019)

Other population loss series:

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

The State of Kansas: One career politician deserves another



Susan Wagle, GOP leader of Kansas Senate, launches bid to replace Pat Roberts in 2020.  (Kansas City Star, 7/23/2019)
The Wichita Republican will officially launch her campaign for U.S. Senate on Wednesday after hinting for months at her interest in succeeding retiring Republican Sen. Pat Roberts. Wagle, a 65-year-old cancer survivor and the only woman to be chosen Kansas Senate president, said she plans to continue to work as the Kansas Senate’s top Republican through the next legislative session.\ 
The Wichita Republican will officially launch her campaign for U.S. Senate on Wednesday after hinting for months at her interest in succeeding retiring Republican Sen. Pat Roberts. Wagle, a 65-year-old cancer survivor and the only woman to be chosen Kansas Senate president, said she plans to continue to work as the Kansas Senate’s top Republican through the next legislative session.

Save money and make your own croutons


You can do better than this.

Photo by Retiring Guy

You can't go wrong with this recipe from Gimme Some Oven.



Suggestions:
  • oil (olive)
  • seasonings (salt, peppper, garlic powder, Italian seasonings
  • (They'll store for longer than 2 weeks.)

UPDATE. And the hits just keep on coming -- to Youngstown, Ohio


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Brown: Vindicator closing will hurt the area.  (Youngstown Vindicator, 7/22/2019)
The newspaper’s closure comes a few months after GM ended production in March of the Chevrolet Cruze at the 53-year-old Lordstown plant in March, eliminating about 1,600 jobs left at that facility. As recently as January 2017, there were 4,500 workers there. 
The association’s mayors said they’re seeing GM workers in their communities putting their houses up for sale as they leave the area for jobs at the automaker’s other plants. 
[U.S. Senator Sherrod] Brown said he’s heard nothing new about the future of the idled Lordstown facility.

Original 1/9/2019 post, "Disappearing U.S. city of the day:  Youngstown, Ohio", starts here.

Source:  Wikipedia

Youngstown's population peaked at 170,002 in 1930.  Its 2017 estimated population is 64,604 -- a drop of 105,398, or 62%.


African-Americans comprised 12.7% of the population in 1950.

Youngstown in located in Mahoning County, where the population peaked at 303,424 in 1970.  Its 2017 estimated population is 229,796, a drop of 24%.  

Related reading:
America's Fastest Shrinking City:  The Story of Youngstown, Ohio.  (The Hampton Institute, 6/18/2013)
Nearly one hundred years ago, the steel city of Youngstown, Ohio was on the rise. Like many cities and towns in what was the "Industrial Heartland of North America," Youngstown steadily boomed with the rise of manufacturing. The population of the city rose from 33,000 in 1890 to 170,000 in 1930. Youngstown became the center of Mahoning Valley, better known as the "Steel Valley." Steel mills lined the Mahoning River for miles. Enormous industrial concerns like Republic Steel (founded in Youngstown) the U.S. Steel Ohio Works and Youngstown Sheet and Tube's Brier Hill Works operated day and night, dominating the city's skyline and encasing the heavens around Youngstown in a leaden haze. Few seemed to mind though, for as one steelworker put it, "Everybody breathing dirt, eating dirt-they call it 'pay dirt,' for Youngstown clean would be Youngstown out of work."  Youngstown grew as an economic monoculture. Steel dominated every aspect of life.

The disappearing cities:
Aliquippa, Pennsylvania.  (1/12/2019)
Baltimore, Maryland.  (12/31/2018)
Benton Harbor, Michigan.  (1/15/2019)
Buffalo, New York, (1/8/2019)
Cairo, Illinois.   (1/5/2019)
Cleveland, Ohio (1/2/2019)
Detroit, Michigan.  (1/1/2019)
East St. Louis, Illinois.  (1/11/2019)
Flint, Michigan.  (1/7/2019)
Gary, Indiana.  (1/4/2019)
Johnstown, Pennsylvania.  (1/6/2019)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (1/13/2019)
St. Louis, Missouri.  (1/2/2019)
Scranton, Pennsylvania.  (1/14/2019)
Wheeling, West Virginia.  (1/16/2019)
Youngstown, Ohio.  (1/9/2019)

They're not alone.  Other population loss series.

Population loss in North Dakota: Billings County


It all started here.

Population loss as in major -- 50% or more. 

Source:  Wikipedia (Billings County, Medora)

In 1912, the western portion of Billing County was partitioned off to form Golden Valley County.  Two years later, its then southern portion became Slope County.  Consolidation should now to be topic of conversastion.


Medora is the county seat of Billings County.

Population loss by degrees:  80-89%70-79%, 60-69%, 50-59%.


Percentage of population 25 and older with a bachelor's degree:
  • 23.1% - Billings County
  • 28.9% - North Dakota
  • 30.9% - U.S.
Percentage of population 65 and older:
  • 22.4% - Billings County
  • 15.3% - North Dakota
  • 15.6% - U.S.
The last time Billings County voted Democratic in a presidential election was 1964.

Other North Dakota posts:
Divide County/Crosby.  (7/23/2019)
Golden Valley County/Beach.  (7/24/2019)

Other population loss series:

Population loss in North Dakota: Golden Valley County


It all started here.

Population loss as in major -- 50% or more. 

Source:  Wikipedia (Golden Valley County, Beach)


Beach is the county seat of Golden Valley County.

Population loss by degrees:  80-89%70-79%, 60-69%, 50-59%.

Percentage of population 25 and older with a bachelor's degree:
  • 22.0% - Golden Valley County
  • 28.9% - North Dakota
  • 30.9% - U.S.
Percentage of population 65 and older:
  • 24.4% - Golden Valley County
  • 15.3% - North Dakota
  • 15.6% - U.S.
The last time Golden Valley County voted Democratic in a presidential election was 1936.

Golden Valley County Library

Related reading:
With Crime This Low, Honesty is Easier.  (The New York Times, 9/2/1996)
A gas station run on the honor system is not just peculiar to Golden Valley County but is reflective of the state of North Dakota, which routinely ranks as having the lowest crime rate in the nation. According to Federal Bureau of Investigation statistics for 1994, the latest year available, North Dakota had the nation's lowest murder rate, lowest robbery rate, lowest violent-crime rate and lowest state prisoner incarceration rate. 
From this farming town to Fargo, the state's largest city, the low level of crime allows for human behavior that would seem bizarre elsewhere.

Other North Dakota posts:
Divide County/Crosby.  (7/23/2019)

Other population loss series:

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Rose Quiggle Barney (1937-2019) Warren High School class of 1955



1955 Dragon yearbook


1967 Warren City Directory
1983 Warren City Directory
  • Barney Rose Q cafeteria manager Starbrick School h2588 Pennsylvania Avenue West Ext.
  • Quiggle Gifford O & Maude V  h204 Monroe Street

The popularity of Rose is graphed here.  Let's look at granddaughter Brooke.


Brooke made her first appearance in 1953, hanging around -- barely -- for just 2 years. She returned in 1961 and gained traction a few years later. She eventually spent 31 years (1979-1984, 1987-2011) in the top 100, peaking at #43 in 2003.
Other class of '55 members:
2018
Donald Mahaffey.  (1/5/2018)

2017
James Rose.  (12/17/2017)
Carol Burgeson.  (6/9/2017)
Theoidore Huber.  (5/3/2017)
Mary Sperry.  (4/11/2017)
James Graziano.  (3/28/2017)
2016
Lavonne Devore Saber.  (12/8/2016) 
Martin Gage.  (12/5/2016)
Sally Jean Nelson Kittner.  (11/15/2016)
Lester Nero.  (9/8/2016)
2015
Cleo Stack Yaegle (10/24/2015
Carl Stranburg.  (1/30/2015)