Monday, July 27, 2015

Wild Mushrooms of Ainsworth: Scrambled-Egg Slime

Also known as dog-vomit slime, this stuff popped up overnight a couple of times when the weather was miserably hot and humid.

2015-7-27. Scrambled Egg Slime
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It soon becomes dark and crusty, and when it's dried and you run over it with the lawn mower, it sends up a dark cloud of spores.

OK, so it's not a true mushroom, but it's in my mushroom identification guide.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

The Vote of the Ladies Is Respectfully Solicited

Several acquaintances were running in the primary election in the spring of 1922, and every candidate was asking for the vote of the recently enfranchised women. Earnest Walter was the father of the Walter Bros. Robert Harper lived near Ainsworth and, last I heard (1917), served as its marshal. John Harms lived on Cleveland Avenue and was part of the large Harms family that populates this blog.

2015-7-25. Harper et al. running in primary
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Hobart News 23 March 1922.

The "Local and Personal" column is crammed with people we know. The John Crisman, Jr. with rheumatism may be Dorothea's father … or perhaps her 16-year-old brother. Earl Blachly and his second wife, née Annie Witt, had recently shed all their farming-related possessions. Mrs. William Killigrew and Mrs. Dwight Mackey had grown up east of Ainsworth as Etta and Ruth Bullock. And apparently Otto and Lesta (Raschka) Maicke have moved back to Ainsworth, after living in Hobart for some time.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Larvae of Ainsworth: Cecropia Moth Caterpillar

Found this thing when I was pruning the privet hedge. The red knobs are at its front end.

Cecropia 1
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It will grow up to be a large night-flying moth of a kind I think I have seen once or twice in my life.

Cecropia 2

While researching this critter, I came across this photo-essay by someone who raised some Cecropia caterpillars to maturity.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Daisy and Lesta

Let's move forward two years from our earliest pictures of the young Raschka family. Now it's 1898, and William and Carrie have two little girls.

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Image courtesy of John Fleck.

Lesta had been born in December of 1897.

As we know, in the spring of 1921 she became Mrs. Otto Maicke.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Update re: Huffman's Mill

I have updated the entry about Huffman's Mill with higher-resolution scans of the 1981 photographs of what was left of the mill building, courtesy of the photographer.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Peck & Ehrhardt

John Naumann's sudden death left behind a prospering auto-repair and tire-vulcanizing shop. Scarcely two weeks later, that shop was bought by Clinton Peck and Nick Ehrhardt (who himself had gone through sudden bereavement just a few months earlier).

2015-7-21. Peck & Ehrhardt
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Hobart News 23 March 1922.

To the best of my knowledge, the "Morton block" was at 308-310 Main Street.

A bit puzzled by why, in 1922, vulcanization was still being done in shops and not at the tire factory, I did a little research on it and, while I didn't get an answer to my specific question, I came upon an interesting article about how Charles Goodyear discovered the process (and also one about the "rubber" industry that resulted from this discovery).

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Elsewhere on the same page, we see complaints about the condition of the roads. The "Ainsworth road near the township line" would be Grand Blvd./S.R. 51 near 61st Ave.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Update: The Dick Sykes Farm

I have updated the post about the lye incident on the Dick Sykes farm with information about where the farm was.