Saturday, January 5, 2019

I Went To Podunk

'Where in the world is Podunk?' A correspondent asked that question of the editors of the Buffalo, New York, Daily National Pilot in 1846, then answered himself: "It is in the world, sir; and more than that, is a little world of itself.
Yep I, Sweet William The Scot, went to Podunk.
Lee drove us over this bridge, that is not a rail across the end but a guardrail to keep you from going straight down a hill once you are over.
Do you think America needs work on it's infrastructure??
We saw a lot of these.
Yep I sure prayed there was cell phone connection out here because most places seemed to be abandoned. Is it a fixer upper or a tear downer?? 
Wonder if the landlord would look the other way on rent for the people who are not receiving a paycheck during our government shutdown??  Maybe President Trump's Make America Great Again could slap some paint here. 
I got to see cows and horses.  Why I even got to smell a fresh cowpie or a meadow muffin. Neither words are appropriate.  Why Pies and Muffins look good and taste great.  I would not taste one of those things if I was starving!  They say burning cow dung repeals mosquitos, yep I can understand that.  This city dog was repulsed that a cow could do such a thing.  Why I did not even want to leave pee mail on it for another dog to read.
Well we finally got to where we thought it was and Lee was right!
Lee had found the grave of her great great grandfather from France.
(I think my nose is still smelling the cowpies in this picture or maybe it's not I see dead people but I smell dead people)

He left France when King Louis Phillippe was overthrown and with Louis Napoleon Bonaparte election to the Second Republic.  Oh heck it was a Revolution.
But being here fifteen years later America is in a Civil War where two of his sons fought.
Lee says the line in the OUTLANDER Books "We can't be on the wrong side of history again" applies here.  Leaving a war to come to a war CRAPS!  
Yep we were on Lee's genealogy trail.
Lee are we done yet!  How far from civilization are we? 
Oh that U.S. Geological Survey says for information write the Director Washington D.C. well you had better wait awhile because the Government is in shutdown.

Thanks for being a friend
Traveling down the road and back again
Your heart is true and your a friend of mine.

Sweet William The Scot

PS ~` Lee is three times Daughters of the American Revolution, meaning her family was here when America was still a British Colony and the fourth side came before the Civil War being here over 183 years. 

19 comments :

  1. Hari OM
    What a wonderfurs trail it is to follow, SW - and hey! that geo bench mark has my birth year on it!!! Golly, the history, the atmosphere... the smell... &*> Happy 2019 dear pal. Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

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  2. Hey Sweet William, how great that you and Lee found a little bit more of your family history. Although I must say I think you are missing out in not appreciating the aroma of the 'meadow muffins'...
    Toodle pip!
    Bertie.

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  3. That is amazing to find the grave of such a distant relative. It does look like you were in the middle of nowhere.

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    1. Nowhere is right ~ why I could not smell a good restaurant or see one for over fifty miles. Notice I said good there was on Skyline Chili window that we passed two villages away. Not even a local bar the pony keg had closed years ago and it's sign had fallen down. Why Lee's family had left a country that had gas lights to come to a wilderness where they did not know the language.
      Wills

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  4. Wow, what a great adventure into the wilderness, SWTS...though We do know that our AngelMJF would have relished a roll in some of that cow dung...and pwetcretary's first pup might even have sampled some...Sheesh, he was yucky sometimes...as was MJF, given the chance, BOL!

    Petcretary says she is older than dirt cause she is older than that marker by a few...

    But sorry you had to experience the armpit of the countryside around there.sigh...

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  5. I've heard that the most upscale elite address in Podunk is on Tobacco Road. I don't suppose that they let you in there.

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  6. Glad u made it back to civilization from the deserted looking town and wierdly constructed bridge. Smelling fresh cow pies sounds pawsome!

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  7. Dad likes that genealogy stuff too. He would have to go back to Finland and Cornwall to find his ancestors. Oh, and about those cowflops, ghostwriter drives past a horse farm and two dairy farms on her way to work and is quite familiar with the odors. All in all, it sounds like you had a great trip to Podunk!

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  8. That was a great and informative outing! Love heading out into those long-forgotten areas. And love cemeteries....old cemeteries.

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    1. In these parts you just find family graves on the land where they lived hardly any formal cemeteries with names. We passed many along side the road broken and on their sides and stopped to look.
      Wills

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  9. Hey Sw. William...looks like you and your Lee are having some pretty weather for walkabouts.
    LOL on the cowpies!!
    We have daffies popping their heads up thru pine straw and golden rods in full bloom. Crazy weather
    Hugs Cecilia

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    1. Yep today it reached 52 degrees. Nicer weather than in November. The type of temperature that makes my Lee feel better.
      Wills

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  10. How great to find the burial place of a long ago relative! Mom doesn't know much about her lineage, would be interesting to find out
    hugs
    Hazel & Mabel

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  11. How wonderful that Lee was able to find her long lost grandfather's grave. I have always wanted to explore my genealogy. Though I don't think my family goes all the way back like yours. That's pretty neat!

    Wishing you both a happy, healthy 2019!

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  12. Wil, you are certainly a citified pup who doesn't appreciate the smell of "country." With cows and horses being vegetarians, the odor is nowhere as rank as that what comes out of dogs and cats. Perhaps Lee's next stop on her ancestral quest will be in France!

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    1. Lee would love that! Yep Lorraine, France and she could stop and visit Phenny and Nelly ~ that would be the dream come true.
      Your Friend
      Wills

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  13. Oh my! What an adventure!!!! How cool is that, that you can trace Lee's ancestry back so far right here in America! Ma's only goes back abouts 100 years on her Moms side, and it's a little sketchy on the timing on her Pops side, maybe 120 years. She would have to go to Texas to see any of her ancestor's graves.
    Anyhu, loved the tour SW! I hopes you and Lee are doin' well! Thinkin' of you guys!
    Kisses,
    Ruby ♥

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  14. Glad to see that you and Lee did not get lost on your trail looking for history. I can remember when our parents took me and my sister around looking for our history. Sometimes it's sad to see how much of our history is gone. Sweet William you need to get out in the country more to not understand the treat you found it that field. LOL

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    1. It was a fresh ooey gooey steamy one! I inhaled and snorted cow dung me bad.
      We were happy to find the gravestone but it is broken ~ the top half had been cemented to the front of the bottom half where his wife would have had her name and age at death. We have not found her death recorded anywhere. We thought perhaps she had remarried and the death recorded under a different name.
      Your Friend
      Wills

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