Sunday, December 30, 2007

francis slocum, child of two americas

For anyone coming here on a Francis Slocum search:

This or any book about the Miami Indians by
Otho Winger is worth reading.

See short video below for Miami Indian Cemetery.


I find television very educating.
Every time somebody turns on the set,
I go into the other room and read a book.

Groucho Marx

Do you make your own envelopes?

I found an ad and thought the "book on the fork"
looked enticing. The upper pic is the front,
the lower one the back.

Far left: the Professor,
middle front: Actress portraying Francis Slocum,
Far right Mildred, curator of Miami County Historical Museum.

Last evening, we took Jack (91) and his wife
to see a re-creation of the Francis Slocum story.

She had grown up in Wilkes Barre, Pa and
was captured by the Delaware Indians.
She ended up in Indiana, married a
Miami Chief and the rest has been left
to historical novels.

If you dare, their info is here.

Jack has a slide show he has given for many, many
years. He actually took his family to Pa and drove
and took pictures of all the spots located on her
journey out here to Indiana.

Unfortunately, the Professor
who put this 40 minute film together,
used a source that skimmed all
the more interesting facts.

If this is any indication of the accuracy
of what is shared with students in school
today, the dumbing down of america
has reached a crisis point.

No offense to him at all, but even I
know there are many sources and one
must read them all or as many as one
can to reach an overview of the facts.

We know the material and not enough
was given to make you care at all
about anything in this real life story.

The film was a disappointment on many levels.
Acting was "not" good and the story
was not compelling at all as related.


Bobby D. said...

Very interesting boigraphy!

Re: The dumbing down of America trivia

In "A Christmas Story" Ralphie Parker's 3rd grade class is reading "Silas Marner".

My father's elementary school class read Dickens (Great Expectations) by the 6th grade---but it wasn't assigned to my generation until 9th grade. We only got Disneyfied versions of things before then.

Suzie-Q (S-Q) said...


You always have such interesting stories!

Happy New Year!


Georg said...

Bonjour Coffee,

This word from Groucho Marx is really great and very much to the point.

In my family there are many kids who practically live in front of the telly.

I wonder what kind of human being they make when twenty.


Coffee Messiah said...

dcb: I remember reading Poe, Twain and others. Although when we were given Les Miserables to read, it was the condensed version. I found the real book and was mesmerized by the sights and smells and visualization of that time period. The arts themselves and their loss and lack of them in schools today may be one of the reasons people are the way they are????

sq: My best to you and yours and Thanks for stopping by when you do! ; )

georg:It's become a mind number, hasn't it! ; (

Anonymous said...

Yes---I had to watch out when buying from used bookstores--I accidentally bought the condensed version of Les Miserables, and my book loving friend Grace told me to get rid of it and start fresh with the Penguin Classic version--I did and read the book twice. Books can be so entertaining-- kids aren't taught to open their minds to books anymore, to enjoy unusual words--I remember having classes in "Memorization" they started us memorizing two lines of poetry--even the dullest kid in the class would get excited over a memorization from time to time--I remember when the baddest (and cutest) boy in 4th grade fell in love with Robert Louis Steveson's poetry--the other boys laughed at him--but too late--he was smitten. His schoolwork improved by leaps and bounds. It was an entire personality change.

Teachers put up with overcrowded classrooms in NYC and very bad kids (no one was drugged back then) But they did their best to civilize us and make us appreciate literature. Lit. was always very big in NYC schools.


robin andrea said...

Did you ever see the Story of Stuff? I don't know why this post reminds me of it, but it does. I think it may be because our culture is so pre-occupied with stuff that the literary and artistic essence of life has been utterly diminished while empty crap has risen to take its place. A shame, really.

Happy New Year to you, coffee. Maybe next year will bring peace and a resurgence of literature.

Coffee Messiah said...

ched: I still say creativity is the key to mind expanding thinking! Obviously, those in power do not want such ideas to occur anymore! ; (
But, we're out there, whether they like it or not! ; )

robin: Yes, my Best to you and Roger of course! We're on the downside of gw & co and can only hope no more damage will occur between now and next Jan!