Saturday, January 22, 2022

Joan Dobbs Lucia (1928-2022) Warren High School class of 1945


1945 Warren Dragon yearbook

:   Legacy

Joan's high school activities:
Bookkeeping Club (2); Carnival (2); Chorus (2); Dramatic Club (2); Girls' A. A. (2, 3); Girls' Club (2); Junior Chamber of Commerce (2); Junior Shorthand Club (3); Stenographers' Club (4).

1967 Warren City Directory
  • Dobbs Felix N (Verna) retired h3 New Castle
1983 Warren City Directory

The popularity of Joan as a baby name is graphed here.  Let's take a look at Felix.

Since 1900, Felix has never charted below 400.  Most of the 20th century was a very slow but steady decline for him, but he's turned things around in the 21st.  Nonetheless, his best year remains 1902, when he reached #154.

Other members of the class of 1945 (29):



Roger Nuhfer.  (12/15)

Myron Sorenson.  (9/8)
Paul Dickerson.  (9/2)
Robert Uhr.  (7/16)

Glenn Slocum.  (4/9)
Violet Bimber Kavinski.  (1/25)

Richard Peterson.  (1/4)
Ruth Peterson Bennett.  (11/5)
Jean Park Johnson.  (10/23)
Marion Cook Klakamp.  (3/30)
Raymon Billstone.  (1/29)

Barbara Coe Sly.  (9/20)
Richard Olney.  (7/4)
Robert Scalise.  (3/21)
Doris Dinsmoor Lyle.  (2/6)

Mary Ann Masterson.  (9/28)
Clara Gelotte Wooster.  (7/19)
Dorothy Smith Bowser.  (6/30) 
Charles "Lindy" McConnell.  (2/14) 

Ruth Campbell Freeman.  (2/3)
Dixie Eaton Weldon. (1/25) 

Dorothy Kavinski Wycoff.  (12/21)
Robert Hammerbeck.  (12/14)

Friday, January 21, 2022

Glen Briggs (1943-2022) Warren Area High School class of 1961


1960 Dragon yearbook

  Warren Times Observer

1967 Warren City Directory
  • Briggs G B employee Sylvania r1232 Jackson Run Road
1983 Warren City Directory
  • (county section ) lives in Youngsville

The popularity of Glen as a baby name is graphed here.  (Not making a comeback.)  Let's take a look at classmate Wallace

Wallace spent the first half of the 20th century in the top 200, peaking at #69, in 1923.  After 1950, he quickly fell out of favor, dropping off the chart after 1993.  He reappeared in 2018, but you can hardly call it a comeback.

Other members of the class of '61 (27):

Michael Long.  (10/22)

Get your shit together, in a manner of speaking, in this historic South Milwaukee home

DiChristopher compared the design to a communal shower and said she’d seen two commodes before, but not four. “It’s definitely not the oddest thing I’ve ever seen in real estate,” she said, offering one example of carpeted walls and ceilings. 
“This wasn’t something that shocked me when I saw it.” The “Hawthorne House” in South Milwaukee has been getting attention for having four toilets in one bathroom. 
The home was built in 1851 and was once used by the Girl Scouts of America.  Built in 1851 by the Fowle family, the commonly called “Hawthorne House” was the first-ever home built on Hawthorne Avenue, according to the listing on Milwaukee-based Mahler Sotheby's International Realty. The 3,913 square-foot home at 300 Hawthorne Ave. has six bedrooms, two full baths and two half baths. It is for sale and listed at $450,000.

Omicron in Iowa: Record set for most new cases in one week


New York Times (arrow added below)

That number is still mainly fueled by people who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Of those patients hospitalized primarily for COVID-19, 64% were not fully vaccinated against the disease, nor were 72% of those requiring intensive care for COVID-19 complications. {emphasis added]
Omicron has shown more ability to evade immunity from either a prior infection or vaccination, particularly if the original vaccination was completed more than five months ago and not boosted. That increases the pool of people who might get sick, to some degree or another, and perhaps infect others.

Mostly rural counties in the top 10 with most new cases during the past 7 days.

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Ditto with most hospitalizations per 100,000 residents.

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Related post:
Wisconsin. (1/21/2022

Omicron in Wisconsin: We haven't peaked yet


This week, state data showed 6,270 new infections for those younger than age 18. They account for one-third of the state's seven-day average of nearly 19,000 infections per day.' 
COVID-19 infections among children are typically less severe. But as with adults, the overwhelming majority of severe cases are among those who have not been vaccinated against the disease.  [emphasis added]
"We're seeing that the majority of children who are hospitalized or in the ICU are unvaccinated," Zapata said. "The best way to prevent severe illness and deaths is to get vaccinated, and that's one of the best ways we can protect our children."
New York Times

Thursday, January 20, 2022

Kentucky Republican Mitch McConnell, 79, racist or demented. You make the call.


Yet another big reveal about McConnell deep-seated racism.

“What’s your message for voters of color who are concerned that without the John L. Lewis Voting Rights Act they’re not going to be able to vote in the midterm?” he asked. 
McConnell replied, “Well, the concern is misplaced, because if you look at the statistics, African American voters are voting in just as high a percentage as Americans.” 
As you might expect, this phrasing was poorly received.\


Original 6/22/2021 post, "Mitch McConnell sez:  STOP IN THE NAME OF HATE", starts here.

Meet racist, nativist, homophobic, transphobic (add your -ists and -phobics here) Moscow Mitch.

And if you of the robotic mindset think Retiring Guy is being disrespectful, take a gander at this headline:

Roger Douglas Jenkins (1947-2022) Warren Area High School class of 1966


1966 Dragon yearbook

Tribute Archive

1967 Warren City Directory 

  • Jenkins Emerson D (Blanche S) collection officer Internal Revenue Service h3 Conewango Place
  • Jenkins Roger r3 Conewango Place
  • Nasky Harold G (Majella M) engineer Sylvania h105 Center Street

1983 Warren City Directory

  • Jenkins Blanche Mrs S hConewango Place

The popularity of Roger as a baby name is graphed here.  Let's take a look at Emerson.

Emerson bounced around in the 300-range of the baby names chart during the first two decades of the 20th century, then zigzagged his way to the bottom of the chart, falling off after 1969.  He came up for air multiple times, but it wasn't until after 2000 when he regained his strength and quickly moved up the ladder.  His current position at #267 is his personal best.

Other members of the class of '66 (16):

Loren Sederberg.  (3/15)

Edward Houser.  (10/22)
Michael Phillips.  (6/12)

Sue Ellen Strandbert Nazario.  (11/25)
Frank Chiaravalloti.  (9/21)
Howard Johnson.  (8/3)
Albert Conklin.  (4/11)
Betsy Colt Brinkley.  (3/9)

Deborah Snyder Sproveri.  (8/8)

Sally Johnson Horrocks.  (4/3)

Charlene Postlethwait Knowlton. (10/8)
Dennis Peterson.  (8/31)

Robin Vos wakes up and asks himself, "What role l shall I play today? Kingmaker? Martinet? Dick? Clown?"

Photo by Retiring Guy

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos of Rochester said Kevin Nicholson, a former candidate for U.S. Senate, should change his plans to enter the governor's race this week — calling his entrance a problem for Republicans' effort to defeat incumbent Democratic Gov. Tony Evers. 
"If Kevin Nicholson is listening — you need to not run for governor," Vos said during an interview at a Wednesday event hosted by in downtown Madison. Nicholson, who is expected to announce his run this week, shot back — telling Vos to get his own house in order. 
"Thanks, @repvos, for the political advice," Nicholson tweeted. "Our elections are a mess, law & order is eroding, schools are failing. How about you focus on doing your job?" 

Related posts:
Projncting:  It's what Republicans do best!  (1/20/2022)

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Wisconsin GOP is at it again -- offering legislation to shred the safety net for workers


Assembly Bill 937 would link how long one can receive benefits to the state's unemployment rate. 
Now, the unemployed can receive regular benefits for up to 26 weeks. That would drop to 14 weeks under the legislation because the state's unemployment rate of 2.8% is at a historic low. 
The number of weeks of benefits that would be available would rise along with the unemployment rate, topping out at 26 weeks when the unemployment rate is at 9% or higher.
If you know the names of the sponsors, you'll recognize the worst of the worst of the GOP members of the Wisconsin legislature 

This callousness is brought to you by....

1/19/2022 update starts here

The measures include a plan that would cut the maximum number of weeks of unemployment insurance by nearly half when the unemployment rate is low. Also included is a bill that would penalize people who turn down extra work in order to qualify for BadgerCare. 
"The more people that are on these programs who don't truly need them, the more the programs are stressed, and the less funding is available to help the truly needy," said Rep. Tyler August, R-Lake Geneva, at a Madison press conference Tuesday introducing the package.

Original 6/2/2021 post, "Wisconsin GOP:  Out of work?  Shit out of luck!", starts here.

Reckoning with Whiteness:  Meet the Wisconsin GOP power quartet:  Devin LeMahieu (Senate Majority Leader), Robin Vos (Assembly Speaker), Mark Born and Howard Marklein (Joint Finance Committee co-chairs)

The GOP-authored budget for the Department of Workforce Development passed 12-4 along party lines Wednesday and would reinstate drug-testing requirements for some individuals on unemployment benefits. 
It also would direct the department to study converting the state's unemployment system to one that adjusts the number of weeks a claimant would be eligible for benefits based on the state's unemployment rate. The study would examine other changes to the unemployment system to provide incentives to find and keep employment. 
"We've got to get folks back into the workforce, that's one of the most important things facing us right now," said committee co-chair Rep. Mark Born, R-Beaver Dam.

Next up, cream pies at 10 paces


Rep. Janel Brandtjen of Menomonee Falls, the chairwoman of the Assembly Elections Committee, signed a contract in November with attorney Joseph Voiland to defend the committee in a lawsuit over the election review. 
Vos, of Rochester, suggested to reporters the contract isn't valid. 
“He has no contract with the Legislature,” Vos said of Voiland. “The committee can't sign one. … There's no contract.”

Meet Joseph Voiland. 

Ozaukee County Circuit Joseph Voiland, who has had a strained relationship with many of his courthouse peers since defeating Thomas Wolfgram over the incumbent's decision to sign a Gov. Scott Walker recall petition, will not seek re-election to a second term, he announced Wednesday. 
Voiland prompted two state investigations of his courthouse peers, sued another judge over open records and has taken the first step toward suing a newspaper for libel over its coverage of it all.

Who will step up in Wisconsin's 5th Assembly District now that Jim Steineke is not running for re-election?


From his mug shot, Steineke appears to be 5'10".  Back in his mullet days.

In a statement, Steinke said he won’t run for reelection this fall, and that “the time has come to pass the torch,” as he returns to the private sector. Speaker Robin Vos called Steineke “a dedicated, strong conservative voice.” 
“As I refocus my efforts on returning to the private sector in the weeks and months ahead, I remain committed to doing everything in my power to advance conservative policies and serve as a check against the governor and his administration to prevent extreme ideologies from being enacted,” Steineke said.
Under the "Biography" heading at his Wisconsin State Assembly homepage, Steineke lists his career as "realtor, salesman" information page.  Awaiting his announcment that he's accepted a postion as lobbyist with ________.

This gerrymandered district is safely Republican.

Richard Cedarquist (1945-2021) Warren Area High School class of 1963


1963 Dragon yearbook

1967 Warren City Directory

  • Cedarquist Louis E (Dorothy J) welder Deluxe Metal Products h101 1/2 Elm Street
  • Cedarquist Richard US Navy r101 1/2 Elm Street
1983 Warren City Directory
  • Cedarquist Louis E & Dorothy J) retired h101 1/2 Elm Street

The popularity of Richard as a baby name is graphed here.  Let's take a look at Lottie.

  Social Security Administration

A holdover from the 19th century, Lottie spent her time in the 20th experiencing an increasingly steeper slide.  She fell off the chart ater 1959. 

Other class of 1963 graduates (15):

Sharyn Stone. (6/10)

Charles Rounds.  (11/11)
James Falvo.  (7/1)
Ronald Morse.  (2/6)

The suburbs aren't so white anymore: Chicago/Cook County, Illinois


Chicago/Cook County, Illinois

Skokie and Morton Grove are first-ring suburbs east and north/northwest of of The Loop.

Incorporated in 1888, Skokie experienced its biggest growth spurt during the 1950, when its population increased 300%.  It peaked in 1970 but has been trending upward since 1990.

Incorporated in 1895, Morton Grove experienced its biggest growth spurt during the 1950, when its population increased more than 400%.  It peaked in 1970 but has been trending upward since 1990.

While price was naturally a factor, a number of additional considerations tipped the scales in Skokie's favor. Infante, 37, says he and his wife were impressed with the school system and park districts. Demographics also mattered. "One of the things that's most important to me, being a minority myself, was having diversity for my kids, both ethnic and religious," says Infante, whose Cuban parents came here in 1971. With a large mix of immigrants -- in particular, more than one-fifth of Skokie's approximately 64,000 residents have Asian ancestry -- and a large Jewish population, "Skokie really sticks out in those aspects."


Detroit/Wayne County/Oakland County, Michigan 

Southfield and Redford are first-ring suburbs east and northwest of Detroit.

U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts 

Incorporated as a city in 1958, Southfield's growth exploded during the 1950s and 1960s.  Its population peaked in 1980 and has been treading water ever since. 

Metromode, 2/19/2015
What distinguishes Southfield from other suburbs, however, is that its economic growth coincided with demographic change as more people of color, especially African Americans, moved there. In 1970, less than one percent of Southfield's residents were black. Today, 70 percent of the city is African American, 25 percent is white, and the rest is a mix of Latino, Native American, Asian, and multiracial families. Over 36 percent of residents hold at least a bachelor's degree (the national average is just under 29 percent, while the state of Michigan's is less than 26 percent). Median household income is $49,841, making it one of two majority-black cities in Michigan with a higher median household income than that of the state of Michigan. (Lathrup Village, an enclave city of Southfield, is the other.) [emphasis added]

Incorporated in 1917, Redford (officially, the Charter Township of Redford) experienced its largest growth during the 1950s, a nearly 300% increase.  Its population peaked in 1970 and has decreased 32% since then.

Cleveland/Cuyahoga County, Ohio, part 2

South Euclid and Garfield Heights are first-ring suburbs east and south of Cleveland.

Incorporated in 1917, South Euclid experienced its largest growth during the 1940s and 1950s.  Its population peaked in 1970 and has decreased 28% since then.

Incorporated in 1919, Garfield Heights experienced its largest growth during the 1920s and 1950s.  Its population peaked in 1970 and decreased 33% since then, although it showed a slight uptick in 2020., 8/16/2021
Take one case study, in Garfield Heights, where the population grew by nearly 1,000 to 29,781 – exclusively attributable to people of color. While the white population decreased by 38%, the number of Black residents increased by 63%. The Hispanic population nearly doubled, and more than twice as many residents identify as multi-racial than in 2010. 
Mayor Matt Burke said he was unsurprised to learn that his East side suburb has become increasingly diverse in the past decade. He has long observed the turnover from an older, white population to young families, many of them Black, brown or multi-racial, who are attracted to Garfield Heights’ affordable housing stock.

Cleveland/Cuyahoga County, Ohio, part 1

Euclid and Cleveland Heights are first-ring suburbs east of Cleveland.

Incorporated as a village in 1903 and a city in 1930, Euclid experienced its largest growth during the 1940s and 1950s.  Its population peaked in 1970 and decreased 30% since then, although it registered a slight tick in the latest census.

Incorporated as a village in 1903 and a city in 1921, Cleveland Heights experienced its largest growth during the 1920s.  Its population peaked in 1960 and decreased 27% since then.

Related reading:

St. Louis/St. Louis County, Missouri, part 3

Florissant and Hazelwood are first-ring suburbs northwest of St. Louis.  

Florissant experienced a boom during the 1950s and 1960s.  Its population peaked in 1970, then declined a bit and is now levelling off.

Incorporated in 1949, Hazelwood experienced its first growth spurt in the 1950s and 1960s.  Then it took a breather before another spurt took place in the 1990s.

This is not your grandpa’s St. Louis. 
Following a national trend, the St. Louis metro area continues to diversify, according to the most recent census data, released this month. Nonwhite populations skyrocketed over the last decade, from St. Charles to Madison counties. Asian and Hispanic communities grew regionwide. And, in a place that has long defined itself as either white or black, the number of white residents and Black residents tumbled by thousands each.


St. Louis/St. Louis County, Missouri, part 2

University City and Overland are first-ring suburbs west of St. Louis.  

University City experienced it largest population growth during the 1920s and 1950s.  Its population peaked in 1960 and has decreased 32% since then.

Incorporated in 1939, Overland experienced its largest population growth during the 1940s and 1950s.  Its population peaked in 1970 and has decreased 38% since then.

Related reading:

This area’s second superhighway, known as the Third Street Expressway, opened in 1955 from the riverfront to Gravois Avenue at 12th Street. It ran all of 2.3 miles. Viewed by today's standards, it was quaintly obsolete from day one. 
St. Louis, crammed with 856,700 residents in 1950, was losing 200 each week to new subdivisions eight and more miles beyond the Third Street Expressway’s reach. Suburban growth, slow during the Depression and World War II, exploded as people abandoned 15 years of deprivation and crowded city apartments in a rush for the good life. 
Thus the booms in babies and new single-family homes surrounded by grass. St. Louis County’s population was 274,200 people when the war began. By 1960, it would top 700,000 and keep climbing.


St. Louis/St. Louis County, Missouri, part 1

Ferguson and Jennings are first-ring suburbs northwest of St. Louis.  

Ferguson was incorporatedin 1894 but experienced it largest population growth during the 1950s and 1960s.

Ferguson was also dealing with a racially charged controversy. Residents of Kinloch, the city’s tiny all-black neighbor, wanted Ferguson to remove a barrier on its border that blocked a major avenue and prevented motorists from using it to drive into or out of Kinloch. 
Ferguson Mayor John Brawley ordered the street opened in 1968, the same year Larman Williams became one of the first African Americans to buy a home in Ferguson. But a councilman’s efforts to build a 10-foot fence between the two communities — the so-called “Berlin wall” — would continue into the 1970s and make national headlines

Jennings was incorporated in 1946, and its population peaked in 1960.

New York Times, 11/18/2021

The suburban school is an imagined space that invites an unhealthy amount of hyperbole, misinterpretation and fear. All-white classrooms with a few token Asians, expansive, well-kept playing fields and pickup circles filled with Volvo S.U.V.s driven by anxious, potentially reactionary mothers might still exist in small pockets of the country. But even many of those privileged spaces have likely seen significant demographic change over the past few decades. 

Millions of minority families have moved outside the country’s largest cities over the past 20 years. At the same time, the number of people in these areas who are living under the federal poverty line grew by 57 percent between 2000 and 2015.


St. Paul/Ramsey County Minnesota edition

Maplewood and Little Canada are first-ring suburbs north and east of St. Paul.  (Not Maplewood's odd shape on the map below.)

Both Maplewood and Little Canada were incorporated as villages in the 1950s and, apparently, still have room to grow.

(Compaire Twin Cities headline below)
Some cities and counties are diversifying much faster than others. Suburbs like Maplewood, North St. Paul, Landfall and Oakdale saw some of the biggest metro increases in their diversity index scores. That index measures the likelihood that two randomly selected people from a community would be different races and ethnicities.  
Maplewood Mayor Marylee Abrams said that in her 2 ½ decades living in the city, she has seen examples of increasing diversity "everywhere. Everywhere." In the local school district, two-thirds of students identified as a race other than white, or two or more races. At the Maplewood Mall, the number of businesses owned by people of color has climbed.


Minneapolis/Hennepin County edition, part 3

Richfield and Hopkins are first-ring western suburbs of Minnepolis.  

Richfield's population boomed during the 1940s, especially after World War II, and throughout the 1950s, increasing  more than 1000% during this period. It peaked in 1970, declined sharply in 1980 but has since leveled off.

Hopkins also experienced its largest population growth during the 1940s and 1950s, but its population has continued to increase steadily in each subsequent census.

Minneapolis/Hennepin County edition, part 2

Columbia Heights and Fridley are first-ring suburbs just north of Minneapolis.

Both suburbs show similar patterns of population growth, a boom in the 1950s and 1960s followed by a slight decline and leveling off.

Twin Cities, 8/22/2021
People of color now make up nearly 24 percent of Minnesota’s 5.7 million residents, up from about 15 percent of the state population a decade ago. The demographic changes were driven by growing populations of Black, Asian, Hispanic and multiracial residents, while the number of white Minnesotans declined for the first time in state history. 


Minneapolis/Hennepin County edition, part 1

Brooklyn Center and Brooklyn Park are northwestern suburbs of Minnepolis.  Brooklyn Center is a first-ring suburb whose population boomed in the 1950s and peaked in 1970.

Wikimedia (boxes added)

Related reading:
Brooklyn Center, Minnesota's Most Diverse City, Is In The Spotlight After Shooting.  KPBS, 4/18/2021)

Madison/Dane County edition starts here