Friday, November 23, 2012


If you haven't visited my Fold3 account in awhile, come take a look and browse the many articles and photographs. I need to get on there and spend more time myself as a lot of new material has been added.

The Fold3 business card above may not be visible on automatic email notifications.  Come to the blog for better viewing. I suggest clicking on "Spotlights" as a starting point.

After receiving permission from the farm owner, these men, attached to an airbase at Norfolk, England, invade a turkey pen to choose their annual turkey day repast. The turkeys were given to the men for their Thanksgiving dinners. 6 November 1943.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Revisiting the Turkeys at the Idaho Pen - Happy Thanksgiving!

A Happy Thanksgiving everybody, be it you are a carnivore, vegetarian or vegan.  We have some of all in our family so always a variety of food on the table.
Monday, October 26, 2009

Sunday, November 18, 2012

A Public Silence Broken

Missing personal items of
Orchard's. See link below
 "This monograph introduces a lost cast of characters from a factual drama that played out in Idaho early in the 20th century. This cast includes a mother and child abandoned in Canada a decade earlier by a man who would become a notorious murderer. The murders, many committed in mining camps across the American west, were politically motivated. The murderer’s best known victim was Frank Steunenberg, a former two-term governor of Idaho. The murderer, Albert E. Horsley, is remembered by his favorite alias, Harry Orchard." —Jan Boles, Archivist, College of Idaho 

It doesn't look like the news article cited in the previous post includes any direct link to the very reason for the story.  I posted the link elsewhere but here it is again:
A Public Silence Broken

Additional comments, information and contact from Orchard descendants are welcomed. Email to:

I will go ahead and include some links below to other Harry Orchard related blog posts that you can browse if interested:

Friday, July 2, 2010
Great Grandson of Albert Horsley (aka Harry Orchard) Speaks Out

Saturday, May 17, 2008
Have You Seen These Harry Orchard Items?

Sunday, May 29, 2011
Harry Orchard's Colt? Who are P.R.Edlington & Rev. Marshall F. Montgomery? Is there an Idaho Pen link? Email if you know these names or have any info.

Saturday, November 22, 2008
Knife Made by Harry Orchard, Mass Murderer

Monday, February 27, 2012
The Best of Tim Woodward: Warden’s daughter recalls life in the Old Pen

Saturday, March 21, 2009
Harry Orchard's Cottage at the Pen?

Saturday, October 10, 2009
A Harry Orchard Sighting?

Friday, July 18, 2008
Still on the Trail of Jack Simpkins............ Disappearing Dynamiter - What Happened to L. J. "Jack" Simpkins?

Saturday, January 5, 2008
"The Song of Harry Orchard”

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Idaho guv's killer left wife, daughter behind

Click above link for the article.
By Anna Webb
The Idaho Statesman Published: Monday, Nov. 12 2012 11:15 p.m. MST

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Veteran's-Other Wars (not WWII)

This is a continuation of the previous post regarding Veteran's Day/WWII but with a focus on those serving in other wars. More to be added. Corrections, additions, updates appreciated. 

Civil War 

John Keppel, U.S. Army, Iowa Volunteers 5/4/1961, Company A, 2nd Infantry. Wounded in the right knee, 4/6/1862, at the Battle of Shiloh in TN. He survived long enough for Cornelia Keppel Steunenberg and Nancy Keppel Megchelsen to reach him. John died 5/8/1862 and is buried at Oakland Cemetery, Keokuk, Iowa.

Dirk Keppel enlisted in the Union Army and was killed at the Battle of Wilmington Island or Tybee Island, GA in 1863

Teunis Keppel, born 1/12/1836. Enlisted in the Union Army during the Civil War. Died in a hospital in Kalamazoo, Michigan in 1862.


Saturday, August 16, 2008
Private Lewis Simpson, Company K of the Eighty-ninth New York Volunteers.

Saturday, August 16, 2008
Private Justus Simpson, Company G of 152nd NY Volunteers

Mexican American War 

Saturday, March 17, 2012
Bernardus Steunenberg | Samuel Colt Sells First Revolver to the US Military | Fold3 Spotlights
Bernardus. U.S. Army,11/15/1847, mustered into service 12/1847 as a private, Captain Wittenmyer's Company F of Colonel Troll's Regiment of Michigan volunteers. He contracted and almost died of smallpox. Returned home from Mexico in August 1848 at the closure of the war after rendering gallant and arduous service . Honorably discharged 7/28/1848.  

Spanish American War

Major George E. Steunenberg, U.S. Navy and Army. George served in the Navy at the time the U.S. annexed Hawaii and the Army during Idaho's participation in the Spanish American war. You can search the blog for various other posts about the rather colorful Major.

Benjamin Van Wyngarden: More info needed.

Ancil </p><p> </p><p>Keppel Stevnenberg (Steunenberg)Ancil Keppel Steunenberg: More info needed. After serving circa WWI, Ancil had to register in WWII for what is known as the "Old Mans Draft."

Korean War/1950's

Others who served but I don't have much information. Will post more when I find it or if someone provides a photo and service information.

Albert E. Steunenberg: I am estimating that Al served during the 1950's.

William L. Crookam: Same for Bill, 1950's.


Walter 'Gary' Osborne (my Brother), Machinist Mate, U.S. Navy. U.S.S. Isbell, Yorktown and others. I will never forget touring the U.S.S Yorktown—a wide eyed young kid with his big brother sailor. 

Ronald L. Longanecker - Alpha Company, 3rd Recon Battalion 
Ronald L. Longanecker - Alpha Company, 3rd Recon Battalion (wife Cindy's cousin)

Jim Carl Behlen Jr., U.S. Navy (my wife Cindy's brother), U.S.S Observation Island.
L to R: Cindy, Kevan, Jim Jr., Jim Sr., Mandy.

The 1970, 1971, 1972 Vietnam Draft Lotteries.


Operation Desert Storm

Private Timothy Underwood (my Nephew), U.S. Army.


Operation Iraqi Freedom
Afghanistan War

Lance Corporal Christopher Cable, U.S. Marine Corp., standing next to the fresh grave of his great-grandfather (my Uncle) Cal Steunenberg at the Springfield Veteran's Cemetery in Missouri. I am not sure where Christoper has been stationed.

Veteran's Day....send your photographs

If you are receiving this post as an automatic email, no doubt it will look rather scrambled. Come to the blog for better viewing.

I have been on a bit of a hiatus the past month and better get something posted. Call it writers cramp, brain freeze, old age or any number of other afflictions.  I suspect maybe PETS (Pre-Election Traumatic Syndrome), where one starts to avoid all forms of electronic media for fear of exposure to just one too many political ads or pundits. The pundits won't disappear but at least the ads are over for a few months until the mid-term elections roll around.

As you may know, my mom, Brenda Steunenberg Richards,  past away about two and a half years ago and my dad, John Richards Sr., about two months ago. As part of the process of cleaning out their home, I have been going through all their photo albums and sorting the many photographs for copying, scanning and distribution among my siblings. I had recently posted a couple of interesting discoveries that you may have already viewed.

This being Veteran's Day weekend, I am going to focus on military related photographs in honor of all those who have and/or continue to serve. I will be adding a few newly discovered photos, re-visit some others, and include links (see below) to previous blog posts. If you have a connection to the family and have other photos of those that have served, past and present, (any side of the family, not just Steunenberg), please send a scan and I will be happy to add to the online collection. Please include name, rank, military assignment and family town of residence. So check back from time to time as I will be adding additional photos to this post and/or as a new one in the future.

Above are my mothers three brothers, my Steunenberg Uncles, all of whom served circa WWII. From left to right above, Staff Sgt. Jule 'Juke, U.S Army Air Forces (became U.S. Air Force during his service), Corporal Frank 'Bud', U.S. Marine Corp.(finding some Uncle Bud military photographs was a new discovery), and Sgt. Carroll 'Cal', U.S. Army Signal Corp.
More of Cal, Bud and Juke above.

My dad, John Sr., attempted to join the U.S. Marines in 1943 when he was still 16.  Like a lot of boys at that time, he lied about his age and I believe used his older brothers birth certificate to enlist. Some got away with it and no doubt the military did not scrutinize too closely as long as you appeared able to hold a rifle. Guess I have to give him credit for trying and he did make it through basic at Parris Island. Dad never spoke about it much but the Corp. either finally realized the mistake or he did something stupid (most of us did at 16) to get himself tossed out...not sure which.
That's my Uncle Cal in the top photos. I was elated to find one with him holding what appears to be an M1 carbine and the one on the top right working in the radio truck. In addition to the Signal Corp., he was a life long ham radio operator. The lower left shows Cal and Bud together (looks to be another M1 carbine in Uncle Bud's hands) and on the right is Bud. I have an M1 Garand and would like to add the carbine to the collection one of these days. I don't believe that is either of them up on the truck but one or the other probably took the picture. Most of these are in Oahu.

 Here is a QSL card Cal sent to my mom in the 1940's.
Above is Cal August 1942 at Camp Stoneman in CA. Looks like he put the M1 carbine away in favor of the bit heavier fire power of a Browning M18 BAR (Browning Automatic Rifle) Light Machine Gun. Those of you more versed in weaponry feel free to set me straight or send your comments or stories.

Uncle Bob is second from your right.
My Uncle Bob Richards (my father's brother) was in the U.S. Navy, I believe as an Aviation Radio Man (A.R.M). I don't have much in the way of information or photos so more research is needed.  What I do have are a couple photos from the Naval Air technical Training Center (NATTC).

A.R.M.  R-8  SEC-D  NATTC Memphis, 48. Bob is right square in the middle of the 2nd row.

Looks like most everyone signed it and left mailing addresses. Anyone you know?
Fred J. Mandella, CPO, U.S. Navy, CEO, USNR U.S.S Castor.  Served during WWII and Korean Wars. My wife Cindy's grandfather.

Monday, August 11, 2008
Robert K. Steunenberg-WW II Veteran on LST 808 and Distinguished Scientist

LST 808 is sunk 5/19/1945

A few names of others who served but I don't have much information. Will post more when I find it or if someone provides a photo and service information:

Ensign Bruce Van Wyngarden

HA (Hospital Apprentice) 2/c Willard Van Wyngarden

A few related blog posts below:

Monday, September 3, 2012

Monday, May 28, 2012

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Saturday, June 6, 2009