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Re: T - 346 Days and counting....
« Reply #60 on: November 14, 2007, 09:40:37 AM »
For those of you who are interested, here are excerpts from an article I wrote about Fort Hartsuff for an other organizations newsletter.

Fort Hartsuff is located near the center of Nebraska in the beautiful North Loup River Valley between the present day towns of Ord and Burwell. Fort Hartsuff was established in 1874 on the site chosen for it by General E.O.C. Ord, the Department of the Platte Commander. Members of Co."C" 9th infantry started construction in early September, but were transferred to Fort Laramie in April 1875 before they could complete the fort. CO. "A" 23rd Infantry completed the construction by early 1876. As was the official Army policy in the mid-70s, Fort Hartsuff was built from materials that were available locally. With a generous supply of gravel and lime in the area, concrete walls were called for. Trees from a cedar filled canyon 6 miles up river provided the lumber and shingles. Originally the plans called for a 2-company fort, with a company of infantry and a troop of cavalry manning the garrison. However, before the construction could be completed the fort was downsized to a single company of infantry. During its life, Fort Hartsuff housed men from Co."C" 9th Infantry, Co. "A" 23rd Infantry, and Co.'s "I" and "K" 14th Infantry. The primary duties of the men of Fort Hartsuff were to stop the miners using the Grand Island (Nebraska) to Deadwood (South Dakota) road and to check the flow of war parties between the Sioux reservation and the Pawnee reservation and back. Company "C" of the 9th was again posted here when the fort was abandoned in 1881. Following its abandonment the Union Pacific Railroad was given title to Fort Hartsuff but sold it when it was decided to build the tracks on the south side of the river. From that time until 1962, the buildings of Fort Hartsuff served as a farm headquarters. In 1962 Dr. Glen Auble donated the 20 acres that the fort sits on to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission to be used as a state historical park. 13 years later Roy Lindsay was appointed Park Superintendent and the major restoration of the buildings began. Restoration continues at Fort Hartsuff SHP and is currently about 95% complete. "Captain" Lindsay officially started the living history program at Fort Hartsuff State Historical Park in the early 80s with himself and a couple of other men and a handful of hand-me-down Civil War look-alike uniforms. In the mid 80's Fort Hartsuff hosted a couple of the General Miles Marching and Chowder Society encampments. The exchange of information sparked a decided improvement in the living history program at the fort and many M1874 uniforms were purchased from the Quartermaster Shop. This is where I came in.
   Through the 90's we have continually striven to improve our impressions as well as the entire program. Our Volunteers can currently animate nearly every building on the post with skilled craftsmen such as wagoneers, carpenters, bakers, saddlers and the like. The year 2000 witnessed probably our best year (so far) for living history at the fort. We held several special events to celebrate the summer holidays and hosted our first encampment in September of 2000. Our feminine volunteers take great pride in the historical accuracy of their dresses and a local seamstress produces highly accurate uniforms for our soldiers.  We hope to continue to improve our impressions through contact with other living history groups. In September of 2005 year Park Assistant Superintendent, Jim Domeier and I traveled to Lubbock Texas to retrieve a restored original U.S. Army ambulance that the park will use in it’s living history program.
   We feel that contact with other living history groups is one of the most important tools we have for improvement in our program.
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Re: T - 324Days and counting....
« Reply #61 on: December 09, 2007, 08:56:56 PM »
Col. Pitspitr, Sir:

Since this isn't "stickied" I thought I'd send it BTT so we can all keep the dates in our (my  ;) ) mind.  I'm really looking forward to spending time in that Barracks.  Also, Col. I'm trying to get Jed Cooper, GAF# 500, to stay in the barracks, too.  Will there be room?

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Re: T - 324Days and counting....
« Reply #62 on: December 09, 2007, 09:52:02 PM »
I will add him to the list.
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Re: T - 300 Days and counting....
« Reply #63 on: December 10, 2007, 03:24:40 AM »
Col Pitspitr:

I will not know if we will be able to make it to the 2008 Match/Muster or not at this time.
But I have it pencilled in on my work calendar now.
Our military calendar goes by FISCAL YEAR (01 OCT to 30 SEP) instead of calendar year.
So Oct 2008 is actually "work year 2009" and I can't schedule any leave just yet.  >:(

Report on the SASS Convention Color Guard---IT WENT VERY WELL.

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Re: T - 300 Days and counting....
« Reply #64 on: December 10, 2007, 06:22:00 AM »
Report on the SASS Convention Color Guard---IT WENT VERY WELL.

You're home already? Must have flown. I hope you got Pix, if so please post them in the Inspection Tour to the West to the West thread
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Re: T - 5 Days and counting....
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Re: T - 300 Days and counting....
« Reply #65 on: December 10, 2007, 09:42:36 AM »
Is there a printable flier or registration form for the muster? 
Do you want any vendors?  and how "period correct" does the vendor display have to be?
We would like to bring some bulletts to sell and join in the shootin'.
'Course we would probably be shooting as Scouts.

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Re: T - 300 Days and counting....
« Reply #66 on: December 14, 2007, 05:43:46 PM »
There are no historical requirements for Vendors. 
Civilize them with a Krag . . .

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Re: T - 300 Days and counting....
« Reply #67 on: January 17, 2008, 09:33:25 AM »
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Re: T - 300 Days and counting....
« Reply #68 on: January 22, 2008, 08:13:34 AM »
Since this isn't stickied, I want to keep it as close to the top as possible.
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Re: T - 261 Days and counting....
« Reply #69 on: January 22, 2008, 06:22:22 PM »
I sent a PM to Major Lewis and asked him if he put a piece of gum on the top of the thead to make it Sticky. ;)

BTW, Major, if you need some PC gum, I have most of a case of Beeman (Case, not display pack ;D)  That stuff dates to the late 1880's. ;)
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Re: T - 5 Days and counting....
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Re: T - 261 Days and counting....
« Reply #70 on: February 02, 2008, 06:43:45 AM »
I currently have reservations in the barracks for the following people. Since the barracks will only house 40, you can see that we've got it half full already.

1Col. Pitspitr
2J. Dawg
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Re: T - 261 Days and counting....
« Reply #71 on: February 02, 2008, 08:10:37 AM »
Col P:

Thanks for the hooch reservation.
I will PM you shortly, Sir!

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Re: T - 261 Days and counting....
« Reply #72 on: February 02, 2008, 09:44:33 AM »
.... Since the barracks will only house 20, you can see that we've got it half full already. ....

In the words of a favorite "non-human" TV character of my lost youth ..... (monotone) "That does not compute."   :-\   ;)   ;D
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Re: T - 261 Days and counting....
« Reply #73 on: February 03, 2008, 10:32:22 AM »
In the words of a favorite "non-human" TV character of my lost youth ..... (monotone) "That does not compute."   :-\   ;)   ;D

Oops, no it didn't compute. I've fixed it.
BTW I never noticed you had pointed ears   ::) ;D
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Re: T - 261 Days and counting....
« Reply #74 on: February 03, 2008, 11:39:42 AM »
More like Robby in a Bearskin Shako . . .
Civilize them with a Krag . . .

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Re: T - 261 Days and counting....
« Reply #75 on: February 03, 2008, 12:12:05 PM »
BTW I never noticed you had pointed ears   ::) ;D

Aaaahhhh .... the 'innocence' of youth .....   ::) 

I wasn't referring to that johnny-come-lately Spock!   :-\

Rather, the line I quoted was frequently uttered by the bubble-headed robot ("Model B-9 Environmental Control Robot") on the original "Lost in Space" series .... along with such other memorable gems as: "Danger, Will Robinson!  Danger!"   :o

I assume other "elderly" curmudgeons besides myself (.... such as, say, General Scout and River City John ....) will recall the series.   ;D

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Re: T - 261 Days and counting....
« Reply #76 on: February 03, 2008, 12:18:33 PM »
Aha!  I see that Sgt. Drydock fits into the "elderly crumudgeon" category!   ;D




Unless his knowledge arises from mere "re-run exposure", that is  .....   :'(












 
(Mind you, it's a "Feather Bonnet", Sergeant, not a "Bearskin Shako" ....)   ::)     ;)
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Re: T - 261 Days and counting....
« Reply #77 on: February 03, 2008, 01:38:11 PM »
I'm so,. . . .uhmmmm, let's see, how was it so eloquently put, 'elderly and a curmudgeon', that I remember the first appearance of Robby the Robot in "Forbidden Planet" ;D


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Re: T - 261 Days and counting....
« Reply #78 on: February 03, 2008, 02:16:50 PM »
My, My John!  You are .... ummmm .... 'elderly', aren't you!

Well, if your fading eyesight is up to it, I'm sure you'll enjoy this clip:


Although entitled "Robot Robby from Forbidden Planet (1956)",  there is actually a lot more footage of Anne Francis strutting about in a high dudgeon (.....  a word entirely unrelated to' curmudgeon', by the way ....) before Robby appears at the end of the clip.

(Not actually the same robot, by the way, but clearly of the same "lineage" .....)


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Re: T - 261 Days and counting....
« Reply #79 on: February 03, 2008, 02:38:54 PM »
Rattlesnake Jack,

Mini skirts in 1956? ;D ;D ;D

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