Syd Albright

HISTORY CORNER: Tough discipline at sea in early days of the Royal Navy and USN

November 19, 2017 at 5:00 am

Two centuries ago, the Royal Navy considered sleeping on watch aboard ship a very serious offense because it endangered the ship, but they were reasonably lenient. For a first offense, a bucket of sea water was poured over the culprit’s hea...

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HISTORY CORNER: Three times a year America commemorates for whom the bell tolls

November 05, 2017 at 5:00 am

It was Nov. 11, 1918, and World War I had been raging across Europe, the Middle East and Africa for four and a half years. “My watch said nine o’clock,” wrote Col. Thomas R. Gowenlock in his book “Soldiers of Darkness” (1936). “With only tw...

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HISTORY CORNER: Senator Weldon Heyburn battled Teddy Roosevelt, Congress over Idaho wilderness

October 29, 2017 at 5:00 am

Like the spiny back of a prehistoric Stegosaurus, Mount Heyburn looms above the Idaho forest surrounding it. The mountain was named after a senator who didn’t want the federal government taking over his state’s wilderness, and wasn’t afraid...

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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 of it was true. “De...

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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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