Syd Albright

HISTORY CORNER: Civil War becomes training ground for Wild West Outlaws

January 12, 2020 at 5:00 am

While the famous battles of the Civil War were raging in the eastern part of the nation, there was a war-within-a-war going on straddling the Missouri-Kansas border. Union volunteer militia nicknamed “Jayhawkers” were fighting Confederate i...

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HISTORY CORNER: Climbing the famous Matterhorn

January 05, 2020 at 5:00 am

Somewhere buried in the ice of Zmutt Glacier on the north side of Switzerland’s famous Matterhorn, straddling the border with Italy and overlooking the quaint Alpine town of Zermatt, lays the body of 19-year old Lord Francis Douglas. They’v...

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HISTORY CORNER: Fake archeology includes ‘Idaho explorer G.E. Kincaid’

December 24, 2019 at 5:00 am

In the early 1900s, giant skeletons up to 12 feet tall found in the United States were sent to the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C., the official depository for nearly all things American — and never seen again.Well, so the story g...

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HISTORY CORNER: ‘The hills are alive with the sound of music…’ — The Christmas story of ‘Silent Night’

December 22, 2019 at 5:00 am

It was Christmas Eve in 1818 and the young priest Joseph Mohr was despondent. The organ in St. Nikola Church where he was serving in the Austrian village of Oberndorf near Salzburg was broken.The steepled church sat on the banks of a sharp ...

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HISTORY CORNER: Two great Native American leaders named Hiawatha and ‘Peacemaker’ united five tribes, changed America

December 15, 2019 at 5:00 am

Ask anyone “who was Hiawatha?” Most don’t know, confuse the name with Pocahontas or Sacagawea, or remember seeing Disney’s 1937 “Little Hiawatha” cartoon about the little Indian boy hunting while his pants kept falling down.Hiawatha was no ...

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HISTORY CORNER: U.S. Navy Idaho veteran recalls close call at sea as two ships collide

December 08, 2019 at 5:00 am

The ocean is a dangerous place. Dave Sheldon, now a retired Navy Chief Petty Officer (CPO) living in Hayden, found that out the hard way on Feb. 10, 1986, while serving aboard the USS Jason (AR-8).They were sailing on a moonlit night about ...

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HISTORY CORNER: California Gold Rush miner from Mexico Joaquin Murrieta avenged death of family, then turned bandit and killer

November 24, 2019 at 5:00 am

During California’s 1849 Gold Rush, Joaquin Murrieta came from Mexico to try his luck, only to turn from being another miner hoping to strike it rich and live peacefully, but that all changed on one tragic day in 1853.A great deal of resear...

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HISTORY CORNER: ‘Mumpers’ Tom Bell and Bampfylde in the days of the Founding Fathers

November 17, 2019 at 5:00 am

America was blessed with men of great character in the Founding Fathers, but lurking in the shadows of society — and sometimes even in the spotlight — were purveyors of deceit, dishonesty and dread.They called those scallywags “mumpers” — “...

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HISTORY CORNER: The fighting Sullivan brothers

November 10, 2019 at 5:00 am

All five gave their lives in World War II

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HISTORY CORNER: The fighting Sullivan brothers

November 10, 2019 at 5:00 am

All five gave their lives in World War II

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