The Veteran Memorial Fountains

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The Veteran Memorial Fountains is a beautiful park in Huntsville, Alabama. 

The flowing water symoolizes the blood which has been spilled defunding our nation’s freedom.  The Freedom Fountain reminds us that this is a living tribute to all veterans and gives the sense of life, liberty, and freedom springing forth from a grateful community.  (source: Memorial stone at the park)

The Long Lost Yearbook Adventure

I found a 1946 Huntsville High School yearbook at a thrift store.  I thought it was so cool, I had to buy it.

There was a name and address written on the inside cover and I wondered if her house was still standing.  My friend (Malia) and I plugged the address into the GPS and headed to downtown Huntsville, Alabama.

We were able to find the address, but I wasn’t sure if it was the house where Sally lived.  I walked up to the front door and knocked.  The owner opened the door and looked at me with a stern expression.  I introduced myself, showed her the yearbook, and explained my mission.  I was wondering if she knew when the house was built.  The current home owner became interested in my quest and we had a great conversation.

After talking with her and her neighbor, it was confirmed that the house was built in the 1920s, so this is where Sally lived 73 years ago.

I spent the rest of the evening wondering about Sally.  What ever became of her?  I am sure she never dreamed some random person would find her yearbook at a thrift store in 2019 and start researching information about her life.

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Weeden House Museum – Huntsville, Alabama

I throughly enjoyed my visit to the Weeden House Museum.  There are a lot of interesting things to see and the tour guide did a fabulous job.

The Weeden House was built in 1819, by H.C. Bradford.  The intricate woodwork and the federal architectural style is stunning.  The Weeden family owned the home from 1845 to 1956.

Maria Howard Weeden (1846-1905) lived in this house her entire life.  She was a poet and an artist.  Maira was particularly interested in the lives of the black people she encountered on a regular basis.  She was bothered by the way they were treated and wanted to give them a voice in the world.

Maria Howard Weeden painted realistic portraits of the black people, instead of the cartoonish images that were popular during the Reconstruction period.

Maria also spent hours talking to the black people she painted, so she could learn their life stories.

Maria used poetry to expose the horrible circumstances of their lives.  The rhythm and cadence reflected the positive personalities of the people, in spite of their lifelong suffering.

Maria Howard Weeden was truly a woman ahead of her time.

Lily Flagg – The Famous Cow

Lily Flagg was a Jersey cow and the world’s top producer of milk in the 1890’s.  She was owned by W. E. Mathews and General Samuel Moore of Huntsville, Alabama.

Lily Flagg won numerous state fairs and was invited to compete at the Chicago World Fair, which was an extreme honor.  While in Chicago, an inexperienced farm hand was given the job of caring for Lily Flagg.  He thought by not milking her for a couple of days, she would produce even more milk during the competition.

However, failing to milk a cow on a daily basis results in swelling of the udders and can lead to infection.  As a result, Lily Flagg did not perform well and lost the competition.

Lily Flagg went on to win other awards and was later used for breading.  Cows with Lily Flagg in their pedigree sold for top dollar.

Lily Flagg was the most famous cow in Alabama.  In Huntsville, there is a road named after her.  Her name continues to live on, even thorough she died over a hundred years ago.

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