Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Mike Marquart, Civil War, James Taylor Lewis and the Planning Commision

James Taylor Lewis was the 9th Governor of Wisconsin and took office after the famous and well known Edward Salomon was Gov who took office after Louis P. Harvey accidentally drowned in the Tennessee River near Shiloh in 1862.  His body was found 14 days and 65 miles downstream.

Louis's wife established the veterans hospitals in Wisconsin . . . but . . . I digress.

James moved to Columbus in 1845 from New York and frankly there is not a lot of fascinating information about James on the internet.  He was the last Wisconsin Gov to hold office in the Civil War.  It looks like his claim to fame was that he like to visit the troops.

ANYWAY - he had a cool house.

NOTE - I must make one correction in yesterdays blog.  Seems some or all of the Planning Commission were not invited to the  Lewis house soiree so if they would have shown up I would have had to label them as party crashers (just to keep up my trend of insulting everybody).  Sorry guys and gals. I was misinformed.

ANYWAY - I'm sure the planning commission will get the full story of what is going on with the former Govs house.

Anybody have any problems with Columbus becoming a wedding destination?
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Speaking of the Civil War - today in 1862 the Second Battle of Bull Run began and our side lost. But the big news happened in 1939 with the very first televised baseball game between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Cincinnati Reds.  Red Barber called the game which used two cameras.  It was actually a double header and was broadcast from the Empire State building and could be seen for 50 miles.

The ball was basically invisible from the two stationary cameras.

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Mike Marquart
My buddy from my old rock band has put out his latest album video - former backup drummer of A Flock of Seagulls, Mike played drums for Wonderhouse many moons ago.



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