Monday, March 26, 2012

Continuing with 'Songs of a Soldier' by George Steunenberg - An Army Invitation

Click on the above pages for reading.

Previous blog entries of verse from Songs of a Soldier by George Steunenberg:

Sunday, March 18, 2012
More from Songs of a Soldier: - Elimination

Saturday, March 10, 2012
More Songs of a Soldier: The Feline Curse at Leavenworth

Saturday, March 3, 2012
Songs of a Soldier - The Canine Curse at Snelling

Monday, March 19, 2012

*I don't care a continental!

The Chicago Daily Tribune, Monday, February 29th 1904
(Note: Steunenberg incorrectly spelled Stennenberg)

*Don't care a continental ~ Don't give a damn. From Western Slang & Phrases (I had to go look that one up—really. I avoid neckties just like Frank and from now on I am going to try and go continental too.

I don't give a continental!

The Auditorium Annex (now the Congress Plaza Hotel).

Michigan Avenue, North from Auditorium Annex, Chicago

On this day:
On February 29, 1904, President Theodore Roosevelt formally appointed a seven-man commission -- the Isthmian Canal Commission, which reported at first to Secretary of War William Howard Taft -- to get on with the task of building the Panama Canal, one of the signal achievements of his presidency. The move came immediately after the brand-new Panamanian government, which had been helped into existence by the U.S.S. Nashville in late 1903, ceded control of the Canal Zone to the United States on February 23.

"With the century drawing to a close, a new taste for luxury ushered in the grand hotel. In 1888, Chicago cheered Louis Sullivan's Auditorium Building, embracing a four-hundred room hotel, an auditorium seating four-thousand, even an opera house."
Big Trouble by J. Anthony Lukas

So now I have to figure out why Frank was in Chicago on 2/29/1904 (leap day)? Any guesses let me know. I can picture him sitting in this chair—with no necktie.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

More from Songs of a Soldier by George Steunenberg - Elimination


Click on the above photos for reading.

Previous blog entries of verse from Songs of a Soldier by George Steunenberg:

Saturday, March 3, 2012
Songs of a Soldier - The Canine Curse at Snelling

Saturday, March 10, 2012
More Songs of a Soldier: The Feline Curse at Leavenworth

Tuesday, March 13, 2012 (formerly

If you are viewing this as an email notification, you may not see any images. Come to the blog page for viewing.

Don't forget to check out my Fold3 pages now and then. I recommend clicking on "Spotlights" in the above box to view various items of interest. Most, but not all, are related to Steunenberg, other kinfolk, Haywood trial, militaria, etc. The viewer allows you to enlarge images as much as needed.

The "Annotations" link is for smaller bits of information I found in newspapers and documents.

"Comments" are images where I have mentioned something or provided a link. Tends to be repetitive so you might want to skip that one.

"Memorial Pages" are mostly pages that Fold3 posts for any person that shows up on the Social Security death records or a few I have created myself. Why it says over 200 I do not know. Perhaps they are counting every death record related to Steunenberg, Keppel, Crookham, etc. Only the few I have created are shown. I have added items to some but it is a work in progress. You should be able to add comments, photos, etc. to the "Memorial Pages" without being a Fold3 member as long as that feature is enabled. Any that I have started are open to additions.

"Uploads" are photos or articles that I have added to the Fold3 site. Much of it pertains to items you may have seen on this blog.

Don't forget March is Women's History Month

If you have someone or something you want me to search for, send an email and I will see what I can find. And if you haven't seen the Mathew Brady collection of Civil War photographs, come on over for that if for nothing else. It's free. I have mentioned previously some of our kinfolk that fought in the Civil War and will try to do more in that regard as time allows.

Brady Civil War Photos
Mathew B. Brady

As a young man, Mathew Brady moved to New York City and began working as a jewelry case maker. During this time he was introduced to the inventor Samuel Morse, who showed Brady the daguerrotype photo process. - From Fold3

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Idaho GenWeb Project

I was reminded this past week of the IdahoGenWeb project when Sharon McConnel contacted me regarding a post card image from my blog. It shows sheep grazing near Caldwell, ID. See Section 5078 of the Idaho Penal Code - Failing to dip. She had posted the image on the Canyon County web page where she serves as coordinator. Canyon County IDgenweb

Although you can mosey around and find these on your own, here are a few direct links to items of interest.

IDGenWeb Project

Surnames and Related Family Websites

College of Idaho 1897-James Boone and classmates

Saratoga Hotel

Penny Postcards from Idaho

The USGenWeb project

Albert K. Steunenberg biography - spelled incorrectly as Strunrnberg on the Idaho USGenWeb Archives page. That's a spelling I don't believe we have in the large collection of "The many ways to misspell Steunenberg." Photo of A.K. also comes from the above website. Get on over there and check it out.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

More Songs of a Soldier: The Feline Curse at Leavenworth

Here is a another bit of poetry from Songs of a Soldier by George E. Steunenberg.

I will probably continue posting from time to time until I get to the end of the book. If you are getting this entry as an email update, you may want to come over to the blog & click on the pages for better viewing.

Related Links:
Here is a better and less fragmented view of Effusions of Uncle Sam's Soldier-Poet. May take awhile to load.

History & Hauntings FortLeavenworth

"If, however, the Writers in
Contemporary War Poems...." (click link to read more)

History of Fort Leavenworth

Fort Leavenworth (Wikipedia)

Fort Leavenworth Historical Society

Brigadier General Funston (mentioned in this verse)


Are those ice skates your wearing George?

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Songs of a Soldier - The Canine Curse at Snelling

To the left is a cover scan of Captain George E. Steunenberg's Song's of a Soldier, published in 1914 and "written in irresponsible moments". George (a brother of Governor Frank Steunenberg) was a rather free spirit, enlisted in the Navy as a young man and later, when the Spanish American War broke out, he enlisted in the Army. You may have read that already in a couple of previous posts. He left us with some interesting verse and on occasion would get himself in hot water due to his politically incorrect writings (click here for Army Poet Heedless of Wilhelm's Anger). I can relate—and that outspoken nature is why I love great uncle George!

Effusions of Uncle Sam's Soldier-Poet

Saturday, December 20, 2008
1st Lt. George Steunenberg in the Spanish-American War
Saturday, December 29, 2007
Photo of Charles and Major George Steunenberg

1st Lt George Steunenberg of the 1st Idaho Volunteer Infantry Writes of the Trip from Hawaii to Manila.

I am going to work my way through this little book and post scans of the poems/verse from time to time. First up, The Canine Curse at Snelling. Click on the images to enlarge.

Be on the lookout for additional scans from this book in the future. In 1935, Memories of Hawaii and Other Verse by Major George E. Steunenberg, U.S. Army Retired, was also published. More interesting stuff from George. I will get to it somewhere down the road.

BTW, I continue to always be on the hunt for militaria and stories connected to the Idaho 1st in the Spanish American War. Any old trapdoor rifles out there that belonged to your Idaho kinfolk? Please email if you have items of interest to share.

Next up will be equal time for felines: The Feline Curse at Leavenworth (All cats are banished from Fort Leavenworth by order of General Funston).