Rambling Together We feel like traveling on...

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A Rodman on the Panama Canal: 1907

Pedro Miguel Canal Zone Panama May 25, 1907 Dear Mabel,– There won’t be more than time to start this letter this noon, as I go to Paraiso in about twenty minutes.  Your letter was...

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Studying Copyright

I have a new vocabulary list to study.  It begins with copyright and goes on: Creative Commons distributive derivative open source licensor/licensee General Public License And that’s before I have to understand sentences and...

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Spiritual Ophthalmology

A commentator–I wish I remembered who it was and exactly what he said–suggested, along the lines of “let God alone be the judge,” and “first remove the log from your own eye,” that we...

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What is “a stick of blue Keel”?

Help! January 3, 1910, my grandfather, Will Hobby, wrote Cousin Mabel about a New Year’s Party with a “hard times” theme: “You should have been here to see our hard-times ball New Years Eve—I...

Home from Cuba: 1907

Easter 1907    [March 31] My dear Mother, A line from Brunswick may reach you ere we do—I’ll risk it to let you know of our departure—Left the wharf at 1:00 with the family to...

Will Hobby in Cuba: 1907

“Engineer with Cuba Eastern R. R., Guantanamo, Cuba, 1906-07.”  That’s the only documentation of Will’s time in Cuba. Nothing to indicate whether he came to work there because of wanderlust, or because his sister...

C.M. Hobby, ophthalmologist, Iowa City

“The Doctor,” a Difficult Dad

Cicero Mead Hobby, Will Hobby’s father, is always referred to as “The Doctor,” even by his wife in letters to her sister.  Of course Mary Hobby also referred to her sister’s husband as “Mr....

Mr. Potter Arrives in Cuba

Temperature now like summer at home.  Have on cotton stockings and no coat.  Many of the men in shirtsleeves. 3:30 P.M. Land in sight!  A dark streak just above the horizon which gradually grows...

The Cocoa Palm Poem

Uncle Charlie quotes, knowing his wife will recognize the poem:              The Palm!  The Palm! The cocoa Palm!               In the  [illegible]  Seas by...

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