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  •  Mornin' mornin' peepul. (4+ / 0-)

    It is snowing here, but may clear up later.

    Still in process of moving my office. The hardest part is making decisions. What to pitch and what to keep. Then there is the category of what memories to preserve for the kids and grandkids. You can't keep every old scrap of paper. This is not the Presidential library.

    I have a brick from my gggg-grandfather's chimney. The house was built about 1790, and I found the old home place with the family cemetery out back. He and my gggg-grandmother are buried there. I told my son that cedar trees often grew up through the middle of old fireplaces, so look for an old cedar tree. He instantly said, "Like that one/"

    I looked and there was a dead snag of a tree, surrounded by a ring of mostly buried bricks. He bent over and pried one of them out of the slightly damp loose soil. Brushing the dirt off, we could see clearly the initials "RB" scratched into the side of the brick in big block letters. His name was Robert Brashears. I got several of those hand made bricks, and have given some of them to the kids and a few select relatives. Talk about a family heirloom! He was a veteran...of the American Revolution.

    Rudeness is a weak imitation of strength. - Eric Hoffer

    by Otteray Scribe on Sun Jan 19, 2014 at 07:36:23 AM PST

    •  Speaking of Presidential Libraries, (3+ / 0-)

      I am only a few miles from the Andrew Johnson library. Our 17th President. It is located on the campus of Tusculum College, in Greene County, TN.  His original home and tailor shop has been preserved as well. He is buried in the National Cemetery in Greeneville, TN. It is the smallest of all the National Cemeteries maintained by the VA.  He was buried with his head resting on a copy of the Constitution.

      Rudeness is a weak imitation of strength. - Eric Hoffer

      by Otteray Scribe on Sun Jan 19, 2014 at 07:39:53 AM PST

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    •  Morning, OS. (3+ / 0-)

      Love the brick story.  

      Brilliant blue sky here, heading home to snow.

    •  One of the things I think on from time to time ... (3+ / 0-)

      ... is learning how to make hand made bricks.  I've done some reading, and viewed some videos.  I like this story you've shared with us; it has me thinking on this again.

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      Love one another

      by davehouck on Sun Jan 19, 2014 at 08:11:16 AM PST

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      •  Dave, have you heard of George Henry Black? (3+ / 0-)

        Mr. Black was a brickmaker who lived in Winston-Salem.  I first heard of him in 1971 when Charles Kuralt did a feature story about him for his "On The Road" series on CBS.

        I looked to see if I could find a video of that old TV program, but it is not on YouTube. It may exist on some other video format. I remember he had a wood frame with which he could mould about twelve or so bricks at a time. He slapped the clay into the frame, packed it down and used a screed to scrape the excess off the top before he set it aside to dry enough to remove the bricks from the frame. Then his fired them in his kiln.

        George Black made a substantial number of the bricks used in Winston-Salem, including the bricks in the buildings, walkways and walls of the RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company.  From what I read, the original Mr. Reynolds realized what a treasure the community had in Mr. Black, and gave him the rights to make their building bricks.  

        If you Google his full name, you should get a lot of hits. This story from the Winston-Salem Journal is just one of them:

        http://www.journalnow.com/...

        Rudeness is a weak imitation of strength. - Eric Hoffer

        by Otteray Scribe on Sun Jan 19, 2014 at 08:41:13 AM PST

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