TSGS Cruiser Blog

Friday, August 27, 2010

From the FIRST MATE's


Since 1975, the Eville Iron Street Rod Club
has put on one of the largest street rod events in America!

It is called The Frog Follies Street Rod Show and begins today thru Sunday at 2PM. Everywhere you go in the Evansville area, you will see these classic vehicles in parking lots everywhere like the photo below (click on photos to enlarge the images).
As I was driving my son to work this morning we saw several Model T's and I mentioned that they used to call these older vehicles "horseless buggies"... Phillip said, you mean "horseless carriage" and I said that was right and that I think that the term "car" came from "carriage" and that "automobile" meant self-moving. Then, as Phillip will do, he asked how did they come up with the term "truck?" Of course I did not know and was not sure if I was correct about the origins of "car" & "automobile"... so, to the Internet & I Googled my way around to learning a few things! I found a nice article "The History of the Automobile" that gave me a lot of info! I was exactly right about the origins of "automobile" but was off a little on the term "car" (from the site): "The other popular name for an automobile is the car. The word car is derived from Celtic word 'carrus' - meaning cart or wagon." And for the Phillip's of the world here is two more word origins I found ~ "Vehicle" Origin: Latin vehiculum, from vehere, to carry. "Truck" Origin: < ? L trochus, a hoop < Gr trochos, a wheel, disk:
Above is a 1937 Packard from Benton, Kentucky and below is a pretty little car from 1936 from Illinois.
If you would like to go to the Vanderburgh County (Indiana) 4-H Center to see the bulk of these some 3,000 to 5,000 cars on display, it is only $5 to get in. Not only is the fee affordable, this money plus money from concession stands go to a lot of charitable causes with a large amount going to Easter Seals to help Evansville's Rehabilation Center. Go to the Frog Follies website: http://frogfollies.org/ The 2010 Frog Follies will be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday at the 4-H Center, just west of U.S. 41 North on Boonville-New Harmony Road. Admission is $5, free for those age 12 and younger.
If you would like to send me some photos from this year's Frog Follies, I will select some to be posted next Wed.
My email addy is: jgw.mylines@gmail.com

- Photos taken & submitted by JGWest

Thursday, August 26, 2010

From My Email Box - "Links!"


I get several links from TSGS members, SAR/DAR members and from various email lists that I subscribe. I like to share as many as I can on this blog.

Bill Cook had sent me this one of some great Civil War photos in the spring of 2009 and were posted on this blog at that time. My good friend Carol Lantaff just sent the same link to that web site and since it has been almost a year and a half since it was posted, I will post it here again: http://www.mikelynaugh.com/VirtualCivilWar/New/Originals2/index.html This collection of photos are about 150 years old and are quite interesting (see the 19 Apr 2009 blog "For Our Civil War Buffs!").

Past TSGS President Virginia Aldridge sent an update to the Vanderburgh County, Indiana email list for the Cumberland Presbyterian Church Records on her site "The Tie That Binds". This is her links page that has some great research links and other very good links of genealogical/historical interest.

Recently, Jamal Masood (aka CuriousJM), a retired Chief Engineer, asked permission to use a couple of photos I had taken of New Harmony's Roofless Church that was posted on this blog on 18 Feb 2009: From the FIRST MATE's PHOTO ALBUM... CuriousJM has a very neat site "Travelogue of An Armchair Traveller" Visit his site and do some traveling in your armchair via your computer.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Eloise Weller (1923-2010)


Eloise Weller, 87, died Sunday

Eloise was a long time TSGS member serving for many years on the book aquisition committee. She maintained the inventory of all of the books and other research materials that the society obtained and placed on the shelves for the general public to use in their genealogical research. Her involvement & support of the society will be missed. she was a very kind and gentle lady that many of us will miss as a friend.

Her husband, Lowell, and Eloise were married for 66 years. See her obituary in the Evansville Courier & Press here: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/courierpress/obituary.aspx?n=eloise-weller&pid=144865803