Saturday, August 1, 2015

Crankin' It Up With Our Old Buddy Brat: Hot Jazz Tonight!

Tiger Rag And San, Univeristy Six by TrueBlueSam

The University Six, aka The California Ramblers on the Columbia label, recorded these sides for the Harmony label on May 12, 1926. The Puritone label was marketed by Straus and Schram, Chicago.

Not My Victrola, A Good Old Jolson Song, Irving Berlin. This song is great for Fox-Trotting around the living room.

I Caught A Live One!

I am always running across dead cars or parts of cars out in the woods, but this time I caught a live one. I stopped to mail a letter in downtown Wayne City and caught this 1915 brass T on its way to the annual festival in Johnsonville, IL.

Steam Events!

Rushville, Indiana is coming up next week! August 6-9, 2015.

Rough and Tumble Historical Association, Kinzers, PA is going to be in two weeks.

American Threshermen at Pinckeyville, IL will also be in two weeks!

Bonus Video from Kinzers!

Friday, July 31, 2015

Charles W. Bartholow, Jr. ...

March 31, 1933 – July 26, 2015

Charles, Bernard, Bea, Charles Jr., Helen

Charles W. Bartholow, Jr., coffee-drinker, varmint-hater, suspender-wearer died Sunday July 26, 2015 at the VA Hospital’s Palliative Care Unit in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Know by many names, Chuck/Chucky B./Chas/Chief, Charles lived more life in 82 years than most people could live in three lifetimes.  He was a veteran of the Korean War Era, had mingled with some of the most influential people in the military world, and contributed to the building of the Lunar Module, but none of those things were what made him proud.  Building his homestead from nothing into a very unique something, figuring out a formula to compute square root by longhand, and catching that possum or coon or snake that had been pillaging his barn made his mouth, covered with his signature white mustache, curl up in a smile. 

Those who knew Chuck will remember the little man with a big personality, driving his little white truck to and from service calls to fix a washer or dryer.  Those who knew Chuck well will remember the man who loved to talk for hours, share stories of his life, and used almost any circumstance to teach a useful lesson.  To all of us, we will remember him as one of the smartest men we’ve ever known.  

Survivors include his sister, Bea Johnson of Washington, IA, brother, Bernard Bartholow and wife Judy of Muscatine, IA, son, Charles T. Bartholow and wife Linda of Jefferson, IA, daughter, Carla Collins of Bartlesville, OK, two granddaughters, Celina Johnson and Krisann Draman, and three great-grandchildren, Jade, Spencer, and Zoey.
There will be no services, per Chuck’s request that upon his death, we all “get back to work”. 

Obituary by Celina Johnson


Tigger was abandoned just down the road from us in 2000 along with Donna Cat. Donna is still with us, but she is a short-timer now. Tigger had a cancer eating the left side of her jaw, and she made her final trip to the vet today.

She is buried next to Woody, Leonardo, Nellie, Marvin, and HeyJoe.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Mom Made The Big Move

June and July have been busy for Bea. Living alone in her house was getting to be too much of a chore, so she checked out local retirement homes. Halcyon House a retirement community run by the Methodist Church was having a 20% off sale, and Mom pounced on a good deal while it was hot. She secured a two bedroom apartment, hooked up with a realtor, called a mover, and had a rummage sale. It's all over but closing on her house now, and that should happen in the next few days. I have noted that there are not any gun-free-zone signs on the doors, so some of the residents could actually be packing heat when they go to the dining rooms.

July 30, 1945...

...The Indianapolis was torpedoed. Most Americans had never heard of the Indianapolis until the movie Jaws came out in the 1970's. Go read one of the survivor's story, and look around on the site to learn more of the history. Woody's Story Here.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Maples; I Gotta Keep Saying It...

...Don't let one grow within 100 feet of your house. This one was solid, but had bad branch angles.

And while we are on the subject of trees and targets...

Take down the decadent old tree before you build a new house. The damaged gutter is a cheap lesson compared to what it could have been.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Ruger's Auction To Benefit Honored American Veterans Afield

This week Ruger is offering you the opportunity to buy an early production New Model Blackhawk in .357 Magnum, from February, 1974. Click Here, or on the photo to read all about it and to place your bid. This fine magnum revolver will sell mid-day, Wednesday, July 29, 2015. 100% of the proceeds will go to benefit Honored American Veterans Afield.

$500, Someone got a bargain!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Not My Victrola: The Little Ford Rambled Right Along

Henry Ford said that every Ford joke sold a Model T.

Sighting In With Inches, Minutes, Clicks

 I had to do more editing than I like with this video because of walking out and back to change targets, but both of these rifles sighted in well. The 10/22 is a 1985 model that I bought used down at Larry's Gun Shop in McLeansboro many years ago. It came with the walnut Sporter stock and a Tasco scope. It now has the stock off of Pattie's rifle, because we put an aftermarket adjustable length stock on hers. The trigger group in this old rifle is from Susan's Magnum Research 1722 (Copy of Ruger's 10/22)  because we put her trigger group from the Sporter in the new rifle. That trigger is one of Ruger's all metal assemblies with the addition of some Volquartsen parts. The trigger pull on that one is just over 2 pounds. The trigger that came in the Magnum Research rifle is a polymer frame Ruger trigger group, and the pull is 3 pounds. I need to change the trigger return spring to make it more to our liking. The scope is a Redfield Battlezone TAC 22 from Midway, because they are on sale right now. The Red Dot is a Sightmark that we picked up from Amazon, and we are going to try that on steel plates on Pistol League nights. It should work well on 'possums and racoons, too. The adjustment clicks seemed to be right on the money on both of these scopes, and that is always a good thing to see when you are working with a new scope.

Crankin' It Up With Brat And Bart: Battleship Connecticut March by Arthur Pryor's Band

Bart came along and started bumping the tripod, so I put him up on the Brunswick, too. This was the only record I pulled out of a drawer this morning, and it is a good one. The Battleship Connecticut was part of the Great White Fleet that was part of Teddy Roosevelt's U.S. Navy. It had two big triple expansion engines, two screws, and a top speed of 18 knots.

Mr. Completely e-Postal Reminder!!!!!!!!!

This is the final weekend in July, so print your targets, head to the range, and start pokin' holes. Click the pic for the link to Billll's rules and the pdf link.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Our Country Is Infested With Monsters

This passage from The Grapes Of Wrath* came to mind last week, the memory awoken by the news about Planned Parenthood: From Chapter 15, somewhere along Route 66. "The big cars on the highway. Languid, heat-raddled ladies, small nucleuses about whom revolve a thousand accouterments: creams, ointments to grease themselves, coloring matter in phials-black, pink, red, white, green, silver-to change the color of hair, eyes, lips, nails, brows, lashes, lids. Oils, seeds, and pills to make the bowels move. A bag of bottles, syringes, pills, powders, fluids, jellies to make their sexual intercourse safe, odorless, and unproductive. And this apart from clothes. What a hell of a nuisance!"

In just a few decades children went from being an undesirable nuisance to a non-viable tissue mass to be torn out of its mother, to a commodity to be parted out and sold as if it was livestock.  Has our nation lost its fear of God and His judgment? "You created every part of me; you put me together in my mother's womb." Psalm 139, verse 13.

*The Grapes Of Wrath, John Steinbeck, copyright 1939, renewed 1966 by John Steinbeck.

I'm A Sucker For Old Barns....

...Here's a good one I saw recently.

Those ventilators look a bit Steam Punkish, don't they?

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Dad Never Saw True Grit

Ten years ago today Dad got out of intensive care eight days after having a lung removed. It was a tough week, with several crises, but he was feeling good the day he moved to a room at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City. He even got out of bed and walked a short distance. He realized then that life was going to be difficult with one lung. I told him that John Wayne made True Grit after he had a lung out, and Dad said he'd never seen True Grit. I told him I would get a copy for him.

Dad was looking good, and I needed to get back to work, so I headed back to Southern Illinois on the 23rd. I shot down to St. Louis, over the bridge, and stopped at Fairview Heights to shop at Best Buy. I found a DVD of True Grit and hit the road again. Just a few miles down the road, Susan called me and gave me the bad news. It was this little guy's fifth birthday.

That makes it easy for me to remember one birthday. Well, Isaac, Grandpa didn't mean to die on your birthday. I will have to get another copy of True Grit and watch it with Isaac one of these days.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Ruger's Auction To Benefit Honored American Veterans Afield

This Ruger Mk II, made in 1999 is proving popular with the collectors. It is a limited edition made for Lipseys, and returned to Ruger by a distributor. It has target sights, a  4" bull barrel, and thick rosewood laminated grips.

This is a great gun for a collector, or for someone who wants a special gun to pack on hikes and wood-walks. 100% of the proceeds will go to benefit Honored American Veterans Afield, and it will sell at 4:51 or later, Wednesday, July 22, 2015. Click Here to read the full description and to place your bid.


Monday, July 20, 2015

What Did You Learn At Vacation Bible School And Church Camp?

It's hard to recall all that I learned. I saw a kid nearly killed by a baseball to the throat, but he came out of it OK. I really liked Onward Christian Soldiers and other songs we sang. Teachers get all flustered when someone asks "What's a womb?" and those were farm women! Man's primary purpose is to glorify God. That's the big one. and if a kid goes to Sunday School, VBS, and other church activities, that soaks in. What happens in other cultures? That's a hard lesson that you need to learn. I was visiting with a friend who knows about such things, so I asked him,"How many of the mosques in this country are preaching Jihad?" He gave me a look that made me realize that I had asked a very dumb question. "All Of Them! 100%! That's what imams do" You hear that there are good muslims, and that must be true, but you have to understand that every muslim who attends a mosque is instructed to wage jihad against you. You! When you hear muslim leaders say "Death To America" that means you, your family, your friends, your government. It is not a quaint or funny expression. They want You dead. Here is what kids learn when they go to muslim summer camp, from the UK Daily Mail. You don't have to look for motives; this is what the religious leaders teach the followers of the religion of peace.  (Photos cropped, from the UK Daily Mail)

Click on the Religion Of Peace website link on the sidebar every week and catch up on what muslims are doing around the world. Right now there is a ramadan scoresheet with a tally of the mayhem that has transpired during their holy month. It started out with a bang, with beheadings by det cord, and wound up with the masacre in Chattanooga. The news hacks and the government are not going to inform you, so you must go out and seek this information yourself. Hard times are ahead. Educate yourself.

And Heaven Help You if an imam suspects you are a homosexual.

Boonville Antique Steam And Gas Engine Club's Summer Show, July 24-26, 2015

 TheBoonville club is hosting its 52'nd year this summer and fall.  It is always a good time in a shady grove, and next weekend the weather is going to be perfect! Weather hacks are calling for highs in the mid-80's, so pack up the old station wagon and head for southern Indiana. Here are some videos we shot during previous visits.

Tuesday Turbo Boost