History buffs


I think so ,still like your stories!


Chartreuse Mountains, France.


I thought this would be better here than genealogy one. I do kind of remember this from many years ago, thought it still interesting.

His real name was Frank “Rocky” Fiegel. He was born in 1868 in Poland and, as a child, immigrated to the United States with his parents, who settled down in a small town in Illinois. As a young man, Rocky went to sea. After a 20-year career as a sailor in the Merchant Marines, Fiegel retired. He was later hired by Wiebusch’s Tavern in the city of Chester, Illinois as a ‘Bouncer’ to maintain order in the rowdy bar.
Rocky quickly developed a reputation for always being involved in fighting ( and usually winning)… As a result, he had a deformed eye (“Pop-eye”). He also ‘always’ smoked his pipe, so he always spoke out of one side of his mouth. In his spare time as a Bouncer, Rocky would entertain the customers by regaling them with exciting stories of adventures he claimed to have had over his career as a sailor crossing the ‘Seven Seas.’
The creator of Popeye, Elzie Crisler Segar, grew up in Chester and, as a young man, met Rocky at the tavern and would sit for hours listening to the old sailor’s amazing ‘sea’ stories.’ Years later, Segar became a cartoonist and developed a comic strip called ‘Thimble Theater.’ He honored Fiegel by asking if he could model his new comic strip character, ‘Popeye the Sailor Man,’ after him. Naturally Fiegel was flattered and agreed.
Segar claimed that ‘Olive Oyl,’ along with other characters, was also loosely based on an actual person. She was Dora Paskel, owner of a small grocery store in Chester. She apparently actually looked much like the Olive Oyl character in his comics. He claimed she even dressed much the same way.
Through the years, Segar kept in touch with Rocky and always helped him with money; giving him a small percentage of what he earned from his ‘Popeye’ illustrations.


I hope I am not doing something wrong, I will leave it to the manager of this page.
this is supposed to be about history and nothing else


apanese nurses with a group of Polish orphans who were saved from Siberia.

They had ended up in Siberia because they had fled to Russia as World War 1 escalated in Europe. While there, many grew weak and sick.

Funded by Polish Americans and in partnership with the Japanese Red Cross, they were sent to Tokyo where they were nursed back to health. …
Funded by Polish Americans and in partnership with the Japanese Red Cross, they were sent to Tokyo where they were nursed back to health.
From there, they were sponsored to come to the United States, where Americans help place them in homes. 1920s.


Gather around the fire you history buffs, because we’re going to tell you a story about the first self-made female millionaire in American history. Her name is C. J. Walker. The ultimate rags-to-riches story, C. J. Walker’s life is one written synonymously with the hardship that laid the groundwork for her legacy. A woman who constructed the foundation of self hair-care and blew the doors of entrepreneurship wide open. From the daughter of slaves to political activist, C. J. Walker was not only a businesswoman with fiery ambition, but a mother, a widow, and an orphan. In conjunction with the announcement of Octavia Spencer playing the millionaire an upcoming Netflix film, here’s a story for anyone feeling like life is getting you nowhere.



did I put something offensive on here? If I did please let me know and I will change it


Why would you ask this? Has anyone said anything?


my overthinking again, I just don’t want to offend anyone, and “thought” those pictures may have been offensive


Irmar, just thought I would share, going to put this in front of me so I can see it daily



German Life

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The country has more than its fair share of hauted places, especially considering the dark patches in Germany’s history



6 feet apart


1890-1910 Coal Breaker Boys…