Syd Albright

HISTORY CORNER: Pals Will Rogers and Wiley Post, both part Cherokee, flew together and died together

April 08, 2018 at 5:00 am

In 1928, Will Rogers was flying to the Republican National Convention in Kansas City in the early days of commercial aviation. The first leg of the flight was from Los Angeles to Las Vegas aboard a Western Air Express open-cockpit, canvas c...

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HISTORY CORNER: Nevada-born activist Anne Henrietta Martin’ life included jail time, Stanford and winning voting rights for women

April 01, 2018 at 5:00 am

Occuquan Workhouse was no “workhouse.” It was more like a concentration camp. Thirty-three women from the National Women’s Party fighting for voting rights were locked up there in 1917, after being the first protesters to picket the White H...

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HISTORY CORNER: Two Canadians changed the course of American history in Pacific Northwest

March 25, 2018 at 5:00 am

Two Canadians met in the Oregon wilderness and what they did changed America. One was a fur trader and the other a preacher. They faced disease, violence, death and failure, but in the long run, they helped make the Pacific Northwest part o...

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HISTORY CORNER: The long and the short of the history of beards

March 18, 2018 at 5:00 am

Beards have a long and tangled history. “God wished women to be smooth, and rejoice in their locks alone growing spontaneously, as a horse in his mane; but has adorned man, like the lions, with a beard, and endowed him, as an attribute of m...

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HISTORY CORNER: Japanese immigrants faced dark times, then lived the American dream

March 11, 2018 at 5:00 am

World War II was over, and the Japanese legally living in West Coast states who had been incarcerated in detention camps in Idaho, Wyoming, Utah, California, Colorado and Arkansas by Franklin Delano Roosevelt were released to try to put the...

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HISTORY CORNER: George Armstrong Custer: Last in class at West Point and last stand at Little Big Horn

March 04, 2018 at 5:00 am

West Point cadet classmates called George Armstrong Custer “Cinnamon” because he’d primp his hair with cinnamon oil. Later, as an officer, he designed his uniform made of black velvet with coils of gold lace, wore a red scarf and large broa...

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HISTORY CORNER: A Washington State bridge called ‘Galloping Gertie’ and all that went wrong

February 25, 2018 at 5:00 am

The winds blew and the bridge shook as the roads twisted and turned and finally gave up. The bridge collapsed and fell into the icy waters below — along with a car and Tubby the cocker spaniel.It was a sad day for driver Leonard Coatsworth,...

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HISTORY CORNER: Linus Pauling, Oregon’s controversial Nobel Laureate, and other geniuses

February 11, 2018 at 5:00 am

Even at age 15, Linus Carl Pauling showed that he was very bright. “Like thousands of other boys, I had a little chemical laboratory in our cellar and think that some of our friends thought me a bit crazy,” he said. He used chemicals he fou...

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HISTORY CORNER: Seventy years of Plains Indian Wars started in Wyoming with a lame cow

February 04, 2018 at 5:00 am

On Aug. 19, 1854, a West Point second lieutenant barely out of his teenage years led 29 U.S. Army soldiers, and two civilians into a Sioux Indian camp in eastern Wyoming, and were all killed on the spot or died a few days later.It was all b...

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HISTORY CORNER: Mobster Bugsy Siegel brought Hollywood glamor to Las Vegas and then was murdered

January 28, 2018 at 5:00 am

He looked more like a movie star than a mobster and killer that he was. “My friends call me Ben, strangers call me Mr. Siegel, and guys I don’t like call me Bugsy, but not to my face,” he’d say.Someone who’d no doubt call him Bugsy shot Ben...

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