Thomas Wilson, The Man Who Loved Nellie

Nellie Sheridan Wilson On the square

Thomas  C. Wilson, sometimes T.C. Wilson, was the man who loved Nellie Sheridan enough to wait fifteen years before marrying her so that she could keep her position as postmistress.  Although clearly deeply in love, the couple didn’t always share the same points of view, religion,  or culture, but theirs was truly a relationship based on mutual admiration and respect.

Thomas was the grandson of  Judge James W. Wilson (1781-1852) and  Martha Ann Ashby(1786-1880).  It was his grandfather, James, who had come to Perry County and settled in Clayton Twp., Perry County, Ohio.  Graham’s 1883 History of Perry and Fairfield County stated the following information on  Thomas’s grandmother,  Martha Wilson:

Martha Wilson, wife of Judge James Wilson, one of the earliest settlers, was born in Alleghany county, Maryland, Feb. 1786, and died March, 1880, in the ninety-fifth year of her age, and was the last of the pioneer women in Clayton…

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Abandonment of Train Service to Troy, New York



The picture above is the Green Island Bridge between Green Island and Troy

Trains in Troy operated over the Troy Union Railroad (TURR)
Congestion in Troy, New York led to the formation of the Troy Union Railroad in 1851, owned jointly by four roads. It opened in 1854. One of the lines was eventually bought by the D&H RR (Rensselaer & Saratoga RR), two were merged into the New York Central RR (Troy & Schenectady RR and the Troy & Greenbush RR),
and the fourth became part of the Boston & Maine RR (Troy & Boston RR).

In other major cities, early 1900’s grade crossing elimination programs rebuilt the right-of-way above or below the streets. Similar plans were drawn up for Troy, but never were built. Numerous streets required a gate guard, to flag the crossing or drop the gates. The track ran part of the…

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Hush, little baby, don’t say a word, Mama’s gonna buy you a mockingbird

Through Open Lens


F/7.1, 1/800, ISO 200.

If that mockingbird don’t sing,
Then we will wait till he’s done eating.

And if he’s done eating and he doesn’t sing

Then hmmmm? I know that the lyrics to the song are to buy a diamond ring. ( But what would a baby do with a diamond ring ?! ) 🙂

Interesting Fact: Northern mockingbirds tend to imitate other birds and sounds they hear.  This bird is very territorial and will not hesitate to attack intruders.  ( )

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Batu Caves: A Mix of Culture, Nature and Adventure

My Life

Batu Caves is a limestone hill that has a series of caves and cave temples in the Gombak district, 13 Kms from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It takes its name from Batu River, which flows past the hill. The cave is one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside India, and is dedicated to Lord Murugan. It is the focal point of Hindu festival of Thaipusam in Malaysia.

Entrance shrine at Batu caves.. Entrance shrine at Batu caves..


This place has became famous only after the limestone hills were recorded by colonial authorities including Daly and Syers as well as American Naturalist, William Hornaday in 1878. Batu Caves was promoted as a place of worship by K. Thamboosamy Pillai, an Indian trader. He was inspired by the ‘vel’-shaped entrance of the main cave and was inspired to dedicate a temple to Lord Murugan within the caves.

In 1890, Pillai, who also founded the Sri Mahamariamman Temple, Kuala…

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Basil Worthington comes to Paris


Thank goodness Steve still hasn’t seen my Valentine’s Day post to him. He’s been too preoccupied… he’s in love. Again.

We have a visitor this week and Steve is completely smitten. His name is Basil Worthington and he’s what Steve calls “mature” and “cosmopolitan.” [I imagine that’s what Basil’s mom and dad were going for when they named him that.] Mr. Worthington is six and lives in a place called Louisville.

basil-worthington Basil’s mom and dad hired a professional photographer to take pictures of him. [I think my moms’ pictures look just as nice.] Basil’s parents took a trip and so he’s staying with us. Steve follows him around like a puppy dog. [I probably shouldn’t insult my brother like that, but I think my Valentine to him more than makes up for it.]

Whatever Basil does, Steve does. If Basil gets a drink, Steve gets a drink. If Basil naps on the sofa, Steve naps…

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New York Central Railroad Police Uniforms (plus some railroad police history)



A friend recently purchased a brass button and was wondering if you could shed some light on it.  it appears to be a sleeve/cuff button and was made by the “Russell Uniform Co., NY.” It has a typical brass loop on the rear and is approximately ⅝” in diameter.   Regarding buttons, picture from 1960, describes them as “flat.” His is domed.
I am inclined to think that it is an early NYC Police (transit) button as opposed to a NYC RR Police as it uses “NYC” as the jurisdiction.
NYC Police RR Brass Button 6
NY City Transit police came about in 1953 when the 3 subway lines plus various bus companies were consolidated as “New York City Transit Authority”.

New York Central Railroad Police go back to early 1900’s. Actual date questionable. A 1921 “New York Central Lines” magazine described P.J. Shay, the heroic Grand Central police officer who had foiled a robbery of…

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Ever wonder why many people develop some routines that are so difficult to discontinue?

When I signed off the last time, I never imagined it would take this long (nearly two months) to abstain from surfing the Net. Oh, I did try several times but for reasons beyond my capabilities to resolve I had to stand down and kept my peace in the sidelines. .

That routine I was talking about made me ponder a lot of things. Frankly, some of my field work suffered because of my ‘addiction’ to surfing. I was consumed by the idea that everything would be fine in the long run.

I was mistaken.

As luck would have it (unfavorably favorable in some weird sense), there was something wrong in our side of the planet, or just in our particular spot, or whatever. The connection was so bad that most of the time even cellular…

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New York City’s SECOND AVENUE SUBWAY (Part 3)


The highly anticipated Second Avenue Subway has hit another key milestone.The cavern for the 86th Street station was completed on time, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced Thursday.

Work on the $332 million station began back in 2011 and required extensive excavation as well as the creation of a huge concrete shell to encompass the station.“We have now completed 76% of the work needed to build Phase 1 of the Second Avenue Subway. This project will benefit residents of the Upper East Side in so many ways,” said Michael Horodniceanu, President, MTA Capital Construction.There’s still work to be done on the stations air supply, elevator and escalators, among other things.Phase I of the Second Avenue subway project, which includes stations at 72nd, 86th and 96th Streets is expected to serve 200,000 riders a day, relieving congestion on the Lexington Avenue line. It is expected to be completed in December 2016. It…

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Interview with one of the most influential blogger in our time – The Hotjem Fashion & Style Blogger-


1. Can you tell us a little about yourself? 

First of all I would like to thank you very much for featuring me on your blog

My name is Mbole Ekaney and I am a Cameroonian Fashion blogger who currently lives in the United States. I am the Creator of ‘THE HOTJEM’, a Fashion & Lifestyle blog. ‘THE HOTJEM’provides a glimpse into my personal style/life and interests with respect to fashion and even entertainment.PhotoGrid_1420398077115

2. How you first got involved in with blogging?

Most people don’t know this but I wrote my very first blog entry almost 4 years ago. However, my first encounter with blogs in general goes back to I think early or mid-2007 and back then after reading a few blogs, I knew almost immediately this would be something I would like to pursue someday as I love to write things…

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