Syd Albright

HISTORY CORNER: Robert Newell from Mountain man to Oregon Pioneer

October 22, 2017 at 5:00 am

Robert Newell never had much education but by the time he’d spent some time in the wilderness trapping beaver and shooting for food, he’d learned a lot about mountain medicine — removing Indian arrows, fixing broken bones, sewing up cuts an...

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History Corner: The troubled mind of William Tecumseh Sherman

October 15, 2017 at 5:00 am

William Tecumseh Sherman was a Union Army general during the Civil War who was both famous and infamous. In Georgia he ordered his troops to pillage, plunder and burn the countryside from Atlanta to the sea, and then told the people that he...

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HISTORY CORNER: The Seattle Seahawks emblem story from Asia to the Super Bowl

October 01, 2017 at 5:00 am

The Seattle Seahawks National Football League team’s emblem has deep roots in history — from Asia to the American Northeast. The logo is an adaptation of a design from a mask in a museum in Maine, 2,522 miles east of Seattle. The mask was c...

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HISTORY CORNER: Cowboy in Nevada, con man in California, Death Valley Scotty was a legend

September 24, 2017 at 5:00 am

“My mine is where the devil himself can't find it. It's in Death Valley in the mountains where no man can ever go — no man but Wallie Scott …I'm worth $1 million to $20 million and it's all there in the mine.” None o...

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HISTORY CORNER: LBJ’s fake news drags U.S. into Vietnam War

September 17, 2017 at 5:00 am

In the 1960s, the Cold War was on, in Indochina the French were out, and the Americans were quietly in because communism was spreading in Southeast Asia.Neither President Kennedy nor President Johnson publicized U.S. military advisers being...

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HISTORY CORNER: The world-class Royal Canadian Mounted Police

September 03, 2017 at 5:00 am

When Blackfoot Chief Crowfoot signed the Blackfoot Treaty No. 7 in 1877, he said, “If the police had not come to this country, where would we all be now? Bad men and whisky were killing us so fast that very few of us would have been alive t...

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HISTORY CORNER: Indians attack settlers in one-day 1856 Battle of Seattle

August 27, 2017 at 5:00 am

Word was out that some of the Native American tribes in Washington Territory were rumbling for a fight against white settlers, so the U.S. Navy sent a sail-rigged sloop-of war called the USS Decatur bristling with guns to defend them.In 185...

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HISTORY CORNER: The Mormon Battalion and Brigham Young’s prophecy

August 20, 2017 at 5:00 am

The president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Brigham Young, faced monumental problems in the 1840s, but he was up to the task of handling it all. Founder Joseph Smith had been assassinated; the Mormons were persecuted a...

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Life and times of Uncle Nick among the Indians

August 13, 2017 at 5:00 am

Uncle Nick was shy about the scar on his head from being shot by an Indian arrow and always wore a cap. Most folks would show it off as a conversation opener, and Uncle Nick wasn’t shy about conversation.He always had plenty to talk about.A...

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HISTORY CORNER: Big Nose George, the ashtray, shoes and medical bag

August 06, 2017 at 5:00 am

It was a grim ending for Wyoming outlaw “Big Nose” George Parrott — he strangled at the end of a lynch mob’s noose, the top of his skull became an ashtray, pen holder and doorstop, and his skin a pair of shoes, coin purse and medical bag.He...

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