Mother Goose on the Loose

High school hi-jinks Part three – keeping us out of trouble

In all their efforts to keep us out of trouble, there were a few other questionable presentations, besides the marijuana movies.  There was even a movie dealing with pregnanc ...

High school hi-jinks Part two – “Breaking Bad,” starring my friend J.

Fate dealt an unkind blow to J.  She got in big trouble.  Such big trouble that she was called into the principal’s office.  As if that wasn’t bad eno ...

High school hi-jinks Part one - the picnic and other eyefuls

I don’t know why those two high school boyfriends of ours got so testy.  So irritated.   What was the big deal?  They wouldn’t even have known th ...

The long road to Lincoln, part six: horses! horses! horses!

In 1852, Samuel Fleming had reunited with his family and settled back into life on the Mississippi River. But not for long. In his three-year absence, he had crisscrossed the Gol ...

City saves almost $100,000 a year through Friends of the Lincoln Libraries donations

The nonprofit Friends of the Lincoln Libraries donates $95,000 a year to the Twelve Bridges Library to present programs and buy books, DVDs and other needed materials. Some of ...

The long road to Lincoln, part five: the homecoming

An interim note regarding The Long Road to Lincoln series. At this point, I realize that the title for this series should have been the Long Long Long Long Road to Lincoln.  ...

The long road to Lincoln, part four: just imagine!

I try to imagine the stories my great-great-grandfather told to his son, future Lincoln pioneer Albert Fleming.  This is the Albert Fleming, who brought his Irish bride to Li ...

The long road to Lincoln, Part two: Mormons and 49ers

Although the Flemings were not Mormon, Samuel’s wife, Ann, had a brother who was Mormon. Their Mormon niece worked as a waitress in the Fleming Tavern. The Mormon settlement ...

Part One: The long road to Lincoln

Editor’s note: To see all of Jane Tahti’s columns, check online at lincolnnewsmessenger.com. In the 1840s, Samuel Fleming was in the midst of a good life in Warsaw, Il ...

Guided thistles - I mean missiles

It may not be common knowledge today, but during the Cold War, the Russians knew all about Lincoln. Never mind the Strategic Air Command, based a few miles north of Lincoln at Bea ...