Source: Technology and Life
it was suggested we write about Technology and the changes we have seen or been a part of. Also was suggested we talk about the different technology for our ancestors.
Here we go. Farming has taken a tremendous change in the way we do it today.
Originally you had a wooden plow and pulled it through the ground by one person and guided by another, then they used animals to pull the plow, or other items to make the ground stable for planting. Later it was a metal plow to pull.
We have developed from man, to horse, (animal), to engines, crude though they were to sophisticated machinery that actually some run with out a human. We no longer have oblong bales we have round ones. Tractors with out drivers, cars with out drivers are of today.
One can write about the change in our writing implements but I think our technology in the fields and factories have far exceeded anything many would even think of in 1750, or 1860. What about jumping off buildings with material so we could fly to jets that break sound. Rockets that go with out humans. Putting man on the moon, capsules around the various planes and astronomy and space knowledge.
What about the telegraph and the telephone. The Telegraph is now affiliated with a computer and emails and communication in that nature. Now our ancestors did not think of it being that advanced I am sure. Many places were very happy to just have a telegraph system to use to reach people in critical emergencies. Today it is so technical you can carry that device in your pocket or purse and reach 911 etc almost instantly.
Dad was happy to see tractors become non crank and start with keys, today they start with push of buttons as do many cars that are keyless. Dad was born 1913. Our first tractor we cranked pre 1950’s.
Look at the farm equipment smaller, lighter and easier to handle: Chain Saws, mower, power saws, sanders and the like. I have Grandad’s Sander device. It was all manual movement. Built muscles and strength but later when older shoulders were always sore from use there of I feel.
We had a radio during the war, we got a tv a Hoffman in 1956, small black and white, we watched Ed Sullivan show and evening news when work was done. During WW2 we went to the movies ever so often to see the war clips of how we were doing in both fronts. ( Ironic the war clips did not frighten me but I hated to watch the Three Stooges.)
I have mixed emotions about technologies changes, some I think are to much to fast and children will reap the medical consequences in the future.
Medical changes on how they treat patients has changed, they do not have to cut you up each time to sometimes treat a bad disease. Non invasive surgery is a very big positive in our society even if many have not been exposed to it. Lasers, and needles and so many new methods to cut back on body damage is so exciting to me. Of course, I truly like natural when it can be done, which many are doing. But some things require serious medical help and today compared to 200 years ago, 100 years ago, 10 years ago is amazing. Computers are even used to assist in surgeries and making a person well or better.
I like the computer but I love the phone to reach family quickly and I thank God for the medical changes for resolving serious modern day medical issues, less invasively.
Yes I could live with out a computer if I had a typewriter.
Lately it seems we are having to explain that in order to do genealogy with out some of the major hiccups that do happen, one needs to learn some history of the region of which you are researching.
As a avid historian, I was amazed to learn but should not have been that Connecticut and it’s neighbors fought over their boundaries. For all the research and reading I have done and a cousin that lived in Connecticut that shared lots with me I never really gave Connecticut borders a thought, for boundary changes. DUH ME. Right.
It seems every major border probably had some disagreements. After all Iowa and Missouri did, why not every state or even counties.
Struggled for years over the location of some of the JONES family in New England. It seems New York, Massachussetts and Vermont had some very major disputes. A cousin related to me that the border moved east then west, then north then back again more than once in one region.
My Great Grandfather’s home was on the Iowa -Missouri border. He died in Missouri and was taken out the door to Iowa for burial in Iowa. The door on other side of house was in Missouri.
After all, Virginia claimed a share of the lower part of Pennsylvania, as did Maryland and promised the new land owners that they were buying Virginia land. Why? because the rules by British Crown were different for Virginians than Pennsylvanians. Virginia was more settled and laws were (what I think were more fair). Mr. Penn’s agreement was not as gracious as what Lord Fairfax and his other compatriots had gotten some years earlier.
Maryland on the eastern side of PA claimed up several miles into PA for land. PA did the same down into Maryland. So watch the dates for when and where records may be.
This caused a major exodus of Southwest Pennsylvanians to go to Monroe, Belmont and Guernsey Co. etc, area of Ohio. But not limited to that area. When Pennsylvania claimed this land after the borders were re recorded Mason – Dixon Line.
My ancestor Henry Huffman/Hoffman went with carrying chains as a young man on the early mapping of the border, prior to the final one done.
It seems my family of ancestors seemed to like to live in areas of dispute often. When Dad bought his land, he had option to purchase some that was on other side of creek. Option came about because home and building were in Sonoma County and the creek was boundary to Marin County. Ultimately he only rented that land from the family and did not purchase it. The taxes were prohibitive on the Marin side and it was barren land with tulle plants covering a good share of it. We used it for summer pasture.
So take the time to read a bit about the region you are going to dig into to better understand the lay of the land and the politics of the region at that time.
Do You Live In California? If you do please understand why I am posting this here.
As a genealogy/historian researcher who loves to share and travel a bit I have been informed of a very dark deed done against us Californians.
We have suddenly been saddled with a law that will make our fees to function $500 a person higher in California if you are a driver. This money is supposed to go to fix our roads but it was not written for that to happen.
We wonder why people migrated from place to place, this type of thing could be the very reason many migrated at various times over the years.
Please if you value your freedom and keep track of your funds go to this site I am going to post and read what we are about to endure unless help comes along.
Alas our gas fees are higher than most states already. Signatures are needed to repeal this event from taking place. Please read this below link and be amazed at what some think we can endure. People now are balancing between medicines and food and now this.
Carl thanks for the additional information besides what was in our newspaper today.
$500 is awful increase to most peoples budgets. Thanks San Diego Tribune for the additional information. This will affect every driving person in the state of California and it will not guarantee fixed roads.
Fox News profiled our campaign and the amazing grassroots support we are getting (see article below) but we still need to raise $23,000 to print the Recall Petitions and get started.
The Sacramento politicians are counting on us to do nothing and just accept paying hundreds more each year under this tax. That’s why I implore you to help at this critical point in the campaign. If we work together, we WILL reverse this tax hike.
Please let me know if you can help TODAY because we hoping to go to print next week with the petitions!
PS: Here is the Fox News story on our campaign’s momentum. Fox News: California Gas Tax Prompts Fierce Backlash
As we do our genealogical / historical research for families of our past, we occasionally run across some not so often used words in our todays world.
Someone posted this and I grabbed it because it seems to hold a great many of those so unused names of the past.
One of my favorites is: discombobulate.
Also hullaballoo says so much.
May you have fun attempting to bring them back in their old glory of use.
Source: Henry G. Jones of Iowa
Source: Henry G. Jones of Iowa