Tragic Rickman Air Crash Caused by Fire, Faulty Part

From The Hanneman Archive The September 1960 Chicago plane crash that killed all six members of the Richard Rickman familywas caused by a faulty engine valve and an intense oil fire, according to a federal investigation report obtained through the National Archives. Richard E. Rickman, 34,was flying his wife and four children from Wisconsin Rapids to … More Tragic Rickman Air Crash Caused by Fire, Faulty Part

Save Historic Gravestones with a Good Cleaning

Cemeteries should be timeless venues where descendants can visit the resting places of their ancestors. Lichens, black mold and airborne pollutants wage a silent assault on the grave monuments that pay tribute to the dead. But with a good, careful cleaning, these stone remembrances can be saved from eventual destruction. Today’s cemetery headstones are better … More Save Historic Gravestones with a Good Cleaning

Germs From Lipstick Sample Kill Young Woman

Othelia Winger was only doing what young women her age have done for generations: trying out different shades of lipstick. Through a combination of unfortunate circumstances, her cosmetic choice on one November day in 1930 would prove deadly. Tillie was planning to attend a party near her family’s farm in the Town of Bern, just … More Germs From Lipstick Sample Kill Young Woman

From the Liberation of Auschwitz Comes a Cry: Remember

Last week I watched a film called The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. It tells the story of the friendship that develops across the barbed wire of a German concentration camp between a captive Jewish boy and the son of the camp commandant. For me, the film’s stunning ending brought tears and a fresh reminder … More From the Liberation of Auschwitz Comes a Cry: Remember