Syd Albright

HISTORY CORNER: The Mormon Battalion and Brigham Young’s prophecy

August 20, 2017 at 5:00 am

The president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Brigham Young, faced monumental problems in the 1840s, but he was up to the task of handling it all. Founder Joseph Smith had been assassinated; the Mormons were persecuted a...

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Life and times of Uncle Nick among the Indians

August 13, 2017 at 5:00 am

Uncle Nick was shy about the scar on his head from being shot by an Indian arrow and always wore a cap. Most folks would show it off as a conversation opener, and Uncle Nick wasn’t shy about conversation.He always had plenty to talk about.A...

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HISTORY CORNER: Big Nose George, the ashtray, shoes and medical bag

August 06, 2017 at 5:00 am

It was a grim ending for Wyoming outlaw “Big Nose” George Parrott — he strangled at the end of a lynch mob’s noose, the top of his skull became an ashtray, pen holder and doorstop, and his skin a pair of shoes, coin purse and medical bag.He...

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HISTORY CORNER: Lewis and Clark expedition’s rugged Field brothers

July 30, 2017 at 5:00 am

The Blackfeet Indians were a dangerous lot to deal with on the Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery expedition. At a tense breakfast in Montana on July 27, 1806, the Field bothers were two soldiers on the team who found that out.The expeditio...

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HISTORY CORNER: Buffalo Jones, hunter, cowboy and icon of the American West

July 20, 2017 at 5:00 am

Charles Jesse Jones was a repentant cowboy of the Old West who once slaughtered as many as 60 American bison a day. Then when the great animals of the American West became nearly extinct, he smashed his hunting rifle and devoted the rest of...

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HISTORY CORNER: They executed Joe Hill whom even President Wilson couldn’t save

July 16, 2017 at 5:00 am

Even President Wilson couldn’t save wrongfully accused union organizer

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World War 2.5: Andy Rooney versus Ernest Hemingway

July 09, 2017 at 5:00 am

Rambouillet is a historic chateau community near Versailles southwest of Paris within cycling distance. Napoleon had one of his imperial homes there. But in August 1944 the Germans were there on-and-off — along with French guerillas, the Am...

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HISTORY CORNER: Quiet for 1,000 years, majestic Mount Rainier may again cause death and destruction

July 02, 2017 at 5:00 am

Like a giant octopus, three dozen tentacles of ice radiate in all directions from the snowcapped summit of Washington’s Mount Rainier, making it the largest glacier system of any single-peak mountain in the world.The tall, beautiful and dom...

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HISTORY CORNER: Remembering ‘The Forgotten War’ in Korea

June 25, 2017 at 5:00 am

Don Bradway of Garwood, Idaho, was only 3 and never really knew his father, Capt. Judson Jack Bradway, a U.S. Marine Corps pilot who lost his life during the Korean War in 1951.President Harry S. Truman called the war a “police action.” Oth...

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Could today’s young women survive the 1800s American West?

June 18, 2017 at 5:00 am

“I would make a brave effort to be cheerful and patient until the camp work was done. Then starting out ahead of the team and my men folks, when I thought I had gone beyond hearing distance, I would throw myself down on the unfriendly deser...

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