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Sunday, August 20, 2017

The Colored Tri State Fair

African Americans had attended and participated in the Tri-State Fair well into the 1870's.  Following the collapse of Reconstruction and the 1896 "separate but equal" legalized segregation,  Memphis blacks and whites occupied two separate societies.  In 1911, prominent African-Americans founded, organized, and ran their own fair called the "Negro Tri-State Fair". It was held at the Fairgrounds a few days after the white fair closed.  This was an important event in the black community for decades.  When the white fair changed its name to the Mid-South Fair in 1928, the black fair became simply the Tri-State Fair until it was discontinued in 1959.  The Mid-South Fair was integrated in 1962.


The Shelby County Building At The Fairgrounds In Memphis TN

Montgomery Park Race Track

Montgomery Park Race Track was an American thoroughbred racetrack in Memphis, Tennessee.


The track was originally constructed in 1851 on plantation land southeast of Memphis. In 1882, Colonel Henry A. Montgomery organized the New Memphis Jockey Club, which purchased the race track and the surrounding land. The facility was named Montgomery Park at this time.
The track ran its last race meet in 1906 due to the outlawing of gambling by the Tennessee legislature. Following the closure, the track land and facilities were first leased and then purchased by the city of Memphis and incorporated into the Mid-South Fairgrounds.

Physical Attributes:

The track consisted of a one mile dirt oval 65 feet wide at all points.

Click Here to check out this site that shares pictures and a story about the Park.


Saturday, July 29, 2017

Reminiscing – Dad’s 1940 Ford

1940 Ford

1940 Ford, excerpt from ad below. Image courtesy of

[Editor’s note: This “Reminiscing” story, edited by Richard Lentinello, comes to us from Hemmings Classic Car reader Thomas Murphy.]

One memory that I will never forget is about my father’s 1940 Ford Opera Coupe. It had the jump seats in the rear which, when not in use, folded up parallel to the sides of the rear compartment. Back in 1950, those jump seats were usually occupied by my brother and I; I was just five years old at the time.
My father was one of the original hot-rodders. The Ford had a flathead truck V-8 block which was bored out – apparently truck blocks allowed for thicker cylinder walls for purposes of over boring. The engine was equipped with a 3/4 racing camshaft, high compression Granatelli aluminum cylinder heads, a four-barrrel carburetor, exhaust headers and dual exhausts and Lincoln Zephyr gears for the second gear.
That old Ford would wind out to 90 miles per hour in second gear before shifting to third was required due to those Zephyr gears. There was not much on the street in 1950 that would touch it. The Ford looked stock, being a black 1940 Deluxe Coupe. Only two rusty exhaust pipes sticking out the rear belied it was not stock.

One day we were on a touring vacation in Canada in the Fall of 1950. We were stopped on a gravel road which had an overhead stop light hanging from a wire traversing the intersection on a four-lane road. What pulled alongside us at the light was a brand-spanking new Powder Blue Oldsmobile “Rocket 88” fastback coupe. The Olds still had the price and equipment sticker on the rear-side window. When I looked over from my jump seat out the side rear window of the Ford, the driver of the Olds was smiling like a Cheshire cat and glancing at his buddy in the passenger seat, while revving the Oldsmobile’s engine.
When the light changed, my father, who was never one to ignore a challenge for a race, took off. From the light we were side by side with the Oldsmobile. In First gear we were fender to fender, and the Olds owner was looking a bit quizzical at our evenness. Bear in mind that the loser of this gambit would be eating the winner’s dust from the gravel road. In Second gear I remember the Ford winding out to 90 miles per hour, and it ended up two car lengths ahead of the now vanishing Olds when the shift to Third gear occurred.
So much for the much-heralded Rocket 88 Oldsmobile. That ’40 Ford was fast!

Source: Richard Lentinello on Jul 12th, 2017

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Falling Creek, GA

        The Falling Creek HBN Basin is in the southern part of the Piedmont physiographic province in central Georgia (Figure 8.Map of the study area in the Falling Creek Basin and photograph of a typical tributary stream). The basin drains 187 km² of rolling terrain that ranges in elevation from 113 to 244 m. The USGS gaging station is 8 km east of the town of Juliette, Ga., at latitude 33°05'59'' and longitude 83°43'25''. Falling Creek is a south-flowing tributary of the Ocmulgee River with a channel length of about 18 km upstream from the gage and an average stream gradient of 3.8 m/km. The main channel is perennial, and average daily discharge ranges from 0.31 m³/s in September to 4.2 m³/s in February. Average annual runoff was 30 cm from 1965 through 1995 (U.S. Geological Survey, Water Resources Data, Georgia), of which almost 60 percent occurs during the 20 to 30 storm events each year (Rose, 1996). Climate of the area is temperate with warm, humid summers and mild winters (Payne, 1976). Precipitation averages 122 cm annually and is fairly evenly distributed throughout the year except for the fall months that are slightly drier (Plummer, 1983). Average daily air temperatures range from 7.3°C in January to 26.6°C in July. Freezing occurs on slightly more than one-half the days between December and February, although snowfall is rare (Payne, 1976).
Freeman Creek (12/90; A.Mast)
Freeman Creek
        The basin lies in the Southern Mixed Forest ecoregion (Bailey and others, 1994) and is covered by second-growth pine and mixed pine-hardwood forest types. Pine forests, which naturally reforested previously farmed or logged areas, are composed of loblolly pine with an understory of dogwood and redbud. Hardwood forest types are concentrated along the creek bottoms and in small, sheltered, upland valleys. The lowland hardwood species are predominantly sweetgum, water oak, and willow oak, and the upland hardwood stands are dominated by white oak, post oak, red oak, and hickory. Most soils in the basin are classified as Ultisols and are mapped in the Davidson series (Payne, 1976), which includes well- drained soils that have formed in residual material weathered from mafic crystalline rocks. A typical soil profile has a dark reddish-brown surface layer of loam (18 to 30 cm) that is underlain by dark-red clay subsoil that extends to a depth of almost 2 m. Soils are moderately to strongly acidic (pH 5.1 to 6.0) and have a low organic-matter content (Payne, 1976). Soil mineralogy is dominated by detrital plagioclase, potassium feldspar, pyroxene, biotite, hornblende, and quartz and pedogenic kaolinite with minor amounts of vermiculite (Rose, 1994). Soils are underlain by a layer of saprolite as much as 30 m thick that is the primary source of base flow to the stream (Rose, 1996).
        Bedrock in the basin consists of interlayered felsic and mafic gneiss of Precambrian age. The felsic gneiss accounts for about one-third of the bedrock and consists of oligoclase, microcline, and quartz with accessory biotite, muscovite, garnet, sphene, magnetite, zircon, apatite, and epidote (Matthews, 1967). The primary minerals of the mafic gneiss include hornblende, andesine, and quartz with accessory epidote, magnetite, and apatite. The mafic gneiss weathers to an orange-red saprolite with a boxwork structure. Ultramafic rocks also are present in the basin including a large body of gabbro (12 km by 1.5 km) mapped along the northern basin divide roughly parallel to State Highway 83 (Vincent and others, 1990). The gabbro consists primarily of plagioclase, clinopyroxene, orthopyroxene, and olivine.
        The Falling Creek Basin drains parts of Jasper and Jones Counties in central Georgia. Sixty percent of the basin is in the boundaries of the Oconee National Forest and 40 percent is in the boundaries of the Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge (PNWR). The PNWR is part of the National Wildlife Refuge System administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the refuge headquarters is located just inside the southern basin boundary. About one-half the land in the National Forest boundary is owned by private individuals or logging companies. Most areas of the basin are accessible by the 50 km of Forest Service and county roads that traverse the area. The PNWR is open year-round for general public use, although some roads in the refuge may be closed during hunting season or in bad weather.
        Public land in the basin was purchased by the Federal Government in the mid-1930's after almost 100 years of cotton farming had left severely eroded lands and nutrient-depleted soils. The PNWR was established in 1939 to develop techniques for reclaiming depleted areas and to restore suitable habitat for native animals (Riley and Riley, 1979). Current (1997) land cover in the basin is more than 95 percent forest and the dominant land use is for timber harvest, wildlife habitat, and recreation. Management policies of the PNWR are designed primarily to provide habitat for the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker. Pine forests in the refuge are managed on an 80-year rotation in stands of 4 to 12 ha, and hardwood stands are left to develop naturally (Ronnie Shell, Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge, oral commun., 1994). The refuge also manipulates water levels in natural wetlands, beaver ponds, and manmade ponds to improve food sources for birds. Pine forests in the Oconee National Forest are harvested on a 60-year rotation in a checkerboard pattern by clearcutting 12-ha parcels or thinning slightly larger areas (John Moore, Forest Service, oral commun., 1994). Some logged areas are left to revegetate naturally, whereas others are reseeded. Logging on private land has increased significantly during the past decade with clearcutting being the primary method of removal (John Moore, oral commun., 1994). Logging on private land has increased significantly during the past decade with clearcutting being the primary method of removal (John Moore, oral commun., 1994).
Hillsboro Creek (12/90; A. Mast)
Hillsboro Creek
        Other manmade features in the basin include several gravel pits and feldspar mines that were operated until the early 1980's and have since been revegetated or turned into ponds. A feldspar-processing plant, located just outside the northeast basin boundary, has discharged industrial wastewater into a settling pond at the head of Falling Creek for more than 30 years. The ore processing involves the use of hydrofluoric and sulfuric acids that generate acidic wastewater (Georgia Department of Natural Resources, 1985). The wastewater is treated with a caustic rinse to raise the pH then pumped into the settling pond. Discharge from the settling pond has been identified as a point source of both suspended sediment and chemical contamination to Falling Creek (Georgia Department of Natural Resources, 1985). A sample collected from the outlet of the settling pond in 1985 had a pH of 7.1 and fluoride and sulfate concentrations of 13.8 mg/L (730 meq/L) and 50 mg/L (1,040 meq/L), respectively (Georgia Department of Natural Resources, 1985). The impact of the industrial wastewater on the chemistry of Falling Creek is the reason this station was removed from the HBN in 1994.

Historical Water-Quality Data and Time-Series Trends

        The chemical data set analyzed for this report includes 187 water-quality samples that were collected from October 1967 through June 1994 when the site was removed from the HBN. Water-quality samples were collected as frequently as monthly from 1968 through 1982 and quarterly from 1983 through 1994. Although not documented, water-quality samples in the early part of the record probably were analyzed at one of the three USGS laboratories (Raleigh, N.C.; Ocala, Fla.; Tuscaloosa, Ala.) that provided analytical services in the Southeastern Region (Durum, 1978). After establishment of the Central Laboratory System, samples were analyzed at the Central Laboratory in Atlanta, Ga., from 1973 through 1985 and at the NWQL in Arvada, Colo., from 1986 through 1994. Daily discharge records for Falling Creek (station 02212600) are available beginning in July 1964. Continuous records of water temperature at the gage were published from August 1965 through September 1979.
        Calculated ion balances for 175 samples with complete major ion analyses are shown in figure 9. Ion balances ranged from -27 to +12 percent, and more than 85 percent of the samples had calculated values within the ±5 percent range, indicating that the analyses were of high quality. The mean charge balance of all samples was 0.2 percent, indicating that unmeasured constituents, such as organic anions, do not contribute significantly to the ion balance of stream water at this site.
        Time-series plots of the major dissolved constituents were inspected for evidence of method-related effects (Figures 9a and 9b. Temporal variation of discharge, field pH, major ion concentrations, and ion balance at Falling Creek, Georgia). For example, several higher than average sulfate concentrations were reported during the late 1980's. This pattern coincides with the use of a turbidimetric titration for sulfate analyses at the NWQL between March 1986 and December 1989 (Fishman and others, 1994). In 1989, the NWQL determined that sulfate concentrations can be over-estimated by this technique and changed the method to ion chromatography in 1990 (Office of Water Quality Technical Memorandum No. 90.04, Turbidimetric Sulfate Method, issued December 21, 1989, at URL Sulfate and chloride both show a pattern of slightly smaller concentrations during the early 1970's. The fact that both silica and fluoride are missing for these same analyses may be an indication of a change in analytical laboratory during this period of record. The time-series plot of field pH shows an abrupt downward shift in pH around 1974 and many uncharacteristically low pH values during the next 6 years (fig. 9). Although not documented, these low values may have been caused by a change in the pH electrode used by field personnel. Some instrument-electrode systems are known to give erroneous read­ings when measuring pH in low-conductivity waters, and the electrode commonly is the critical component (Office of Water Quality Technical Memorandum No. 81.08, Electrodes for pH Measurement in Low-Conductivity Waters, issued February 10, 1981, at URL
        Table 14 gives median concentrations and ranges of major constituents in stream water collected at the gage and VWM concentrations in wet-only deposition measured at the Georgia Station NADP station about 65 km west of the basin. Wet- precipitation chemistry at the NADP station is dilute and slightly acidic with a VWM pH of 4.6. During 17 years of record, the dominant cations in precipitation were hydrogen, which contributed 50 percent of the total cation charge, and ammonium and sodium, which contributed 19 and 15 percent, respectively. Sulfate was the dominant anion, accounting for 62 percent of the total anions, whereas nitrate and chloride accounted for 23 and 15 percent, respectively. These data indicate that solutes in precipitation in the basin are primarily a mixture of strong acids derived from anthropogenic emissions of sulfur and nitrogen compounds, which cause acid rain.

Source: pubs.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Proof That English Is Quite Bizarre

English is the easiest language to learn, mostly because it doesn't make use of male/female for everything, like other languages do. But even as an 'easy language', it doesn't mean it's easy to master, or that it doesn't have some pretty weird features that have made their way into the language with time. Enjoy these 3 examples of why English is a crazy language!
1. Things that make no sense!
English language, funny
Let's face it - English is a crazy language. There is no egg in eggplant, nor ham in hamburger; neither apple nor pine in pineapple. English muffins weren't invented in England nor French fries in France. Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads (which aren't sweet) are meat. We take English for granted. But if we explore its paradoxes, we find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square and a guinea pig is neither a Guinea nor is it a pig...

And why is it that writers write but fingers don't fing, grocers don't groce and hammers don't ham? If the plural of tooth is teeth, why isn't the plural of booth, beeth? One goose, 2 geese. So one moose, 2 meese? One index, 2 indices? Doesn't it seem crazy that you can make amends but not one amend? If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one of them, what do you call it?

If teachers taught, why didn't preachers praught? If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat? Sometimes I think all the English speakers should be committed to an asylum for the verbally insane. In what language do people recite at a play and play at a recital? Ship by truck and send cargo by ship? Have noses that run and feet that smell?
English language, funny
How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites? You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language in which your house can burn up as it burns down, in which you fill in a form by filling it out and in which, an alarm goes off by going on.

English was invented by people, not computers, and it reflects the creativity of the human race, which, of course, is not a race at all. That is why, when the stars are out, they are visible, but when the lights are out, they are invisible.

PS. - Why doesn't 'Buick' rhyme with 'quick' ? 
2. Words with double meanings
English language, funny
1. The bandage was wound around the wound.
2. The farm was used to produce produce.
3. The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.
4. We must polish the Polish furniture.
5. He could lead if he would get the lead out.
6. The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.
7. Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present.
8. A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.
9. When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.
10. I did not object to the object.
11. The insurance was invalid for the invalid.
12. There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.
13. They were too close to the door to close it.
14. The buck does funny things when the does are present.
15. A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line.
16. To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.
17. The wind was too strong to wind the sail.
18. Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear.
19. I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.
20. How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?


Saturday, February 11, 2017

1955 Huffy Radiobike

Christmas has come and gone, and some of us may not have gotten exactly what we were wishing for. Many of us receive Christmas money from grandparents, and other relatives, fueling our desires to get that one thing we really wanted for Christmas, like this bicycle. This 1955 Huffy Radiobike is a great survivor that is rare, and complete. The Radiobike was made for 1955 and 1956 making some very lucky kids the coolest kids on their street, being able to have portable music built right into their bicycle. Unfortunately, not long after the Radiobikes release, the transistor radio came out making it very easy to take music with you any, and everywhere. This rare two wheeled mercury vapor tube radio is offered at $1,800. Find it here on ebay out of Ohio.

Within this tank lies a narrow mercury vapor tube radio. There is a volume knob, as well as a tuning knob, and the key is a locking on/off switch to prevent others from draining your batteries when you aren’t with your bike. The white tube coming out of the bottom of the tank is the antenna. Wearing the lovely “Flamboyant Red” color, the Huffy Radiobike was also offered in “Flamboyant Green” and “Flamboyant Blue”. Although the Radiobike was offered for 2 years, it is speculated that there were only 8,500 bikes made. 8,500 doesn’t sound like too low of a number, but the Radio built into the tank was not cut out for the outdoors, and many fell subject to failure. Upon out living their usefulness as a radio with wheels, the transistor radio would become a quick replacement, and the “Muscle” bikes of the 1960s didn’t do the Radiobikes any favors, making them appear old and outdated.

Fortunately, this radio looks to be in fair health, needing to be cleaned and tested. Also fortunately the on/off switch key is with this bike as well. This 3 tube radio was designed, and manufactured by Yellow Springs Instrument Company.

In nice survivor condition, there are areas where some surface rust has developed.  The radio side of the tank has some minor surface rust, but much of the paint, and graphic on the tank is present. There is also some surface rust forming on the chain guard as well as the rear fender. The battery pack compartment is very clean. Thankfully someone removed the batteries preventing corrosion to the battery area.  The 1955 only headlight is nice with no rust, or paint issues. The handle bars and fork crown are beautifully shiny, although the wheels have not aged as well. There is some corrosion, and even minor rust forming on the rims. These wheels are likely suitable to ride, but they are just a bit ugly as far as condition goes. But we aren’t too picky, we would gladly welcome this 2 wheeled find to our collection. How about you?