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The Reitz Home is the only historic house museum in Evansville, Indiana. The 17-room French Second Empire-style building was built by lumber baron John Augustus Reitz in 1871.Following Reitz’s death, the house was completely redecorated in a variety of Victorian styles — as it exists today — by his eldest son, Francis Joseph, in the late 19th century.In the Reitz Home, visitors are taken through the lifestyle of one of the wealthiest families of the 1800s. A walk through the exquisitely furnished rooms provides a rare glimpse of mid-19th century Victorian architecture.Much of the original furniture used by the Reitz family is still preserved in its rooms. The delicately molded plaster friezes, tiled and marbled fireplaces, walnut wainscoting in Moorish design, and the glowing stained glass windows, stand out in its artistry and elegance.Also present are collections — acquired or donated items — that include a Chinese teakwood cabinet, Mathushek rosewood square piano, a beautiful white onyx and gold mantelpiece, the chair used by writer Harriet Beecher Stowe, and a handsome center table with massive carved legs that displays the Reitz family Bible.The Reitz Home Preservation Society, a non-profit organization, is entitled to restore and maintain the home museum. Since 1973, the Reitz Home has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Then and Now: Sprouse Reitz Variety Stores

Starting around 1940, Sprouse Reitz variety stores began popping up around Spokane. For housewives, there were household and craft supplies. For kids, there was candy and small toys.

By the mid-1950s, there were six stores spread from the Spokane Valley to the Northside. The suburban stores were modest compared with the Woolworths and Newberry variety stores downtown, but they carried many essential goods, clothing, sewing notions and fabric and other categories at bargain prices. Some stores had large fabric sections. A few Sprouse Reitz stores had lunch counters.

A 1940 advertisement offered dishes, ladies purses, school supplies, mixing bowls and bird cage stands.

Robert Allen Sprouse and Fred Reitz started their variety store in 1909 in Tacoma, Washington. The headquarters was moved to Portland, Oregon in 1919.

The surge of discount retail is the story of the 20th century. The design and fine tuning of sourcing, ordering, warehousing, shipping and stocking the inventory has created the discount stores that have become an American staple. A 1960s Spokane phone book listed a dozen independent variety stores, plus chains like Newberrry’s, Spouse Reitz, Woolworth’s, Kress and others.

At the height of its popularity, Sprouse Reitz had almost 400 stores in 11 western states. In the late 1980s, the old-fashioned dime stores were fading in the marketplace and feeling pressure from dollar stores and drugstores like Payless. In 1987, Sprouse Reitz sales were up 6.3 percent, but profits down 45 percent. The five-and-dimes started a campaign to remodel their stores. “What we’ve had to do is reposition our merchandise mix and work a little harder on our presentation,” Robert Sprouse II, grandson of the founder, told the Los Angeles Times in 1988. During the makeover, many stores were rebranded as “Sprouse!” By the early 1990s, the company began selling off stores to cut costs. Some stores went independent and became part of the Benjamin Franklin store chain. After several rounds of sell-offs, Sprouse Reitz liquidated the last of their stores in 1994.

One of the last Ben Franklin stores, once a Sprouse Reitz in Oldtown, Idaho, closed in August of this year. Cheney’s Ben Franklin store close in 2012.

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Discover where modern archaeology began in Indiana

Mississippian culture was innovative and the first to extensively exploit agriculture and build permanent communities. This economic and social system was made possible by the widespread cultivation of corn, which was nutritious and could be stored in large quantities. The town here lends its name to the Angel phase of Mississippian culture, found near the confluence of the Wabash and Ohio Rivers from the late 11th through the 15th centuries. By 1450, the site was empty and no one knows for sure why the inhabitants left. Maybe the wood and game would have been depleted. Or intense agriculture might have overworked the soil. The reasons they left are questions archaeologists continue to research.

Neighborhood Shocked To Learn Their Homes Are Built Over A Collapsing Gypsum Mine

Several homes in the Rapid City area were evacuated after a sinkhole opened into an abandoned gypsum mine located beneath residential homes.

Twelve families in Meade County's Blackhawk have been evacuated because of the April 27 sinkhole. The sinkhole caused water and sewer lines to break, the leaks from which served to expand one of the holes into a 40 foot by 50 foot deep cavern.

Albert Reitz experienced the sink as he was mowing his lawn, according to local news. “I felt suction behind me and a little bit of movement under my feet. I looked behind me and I was only a foot away from” a sinkhole, he told local news on Friday as movers were packing his home in Blackhawk.

“I didn’t even hear it go down, it just went down,” said the 56-year-old. He said he was “scared as hell.”

He then ran to a neighbor’s house. The neighbor in question, John Trudo, already knew something was amiss when his faucet stopped working, and his wife Erika called 9-1-1.

Six families were evacuated from the area due to the sinkhole and another one that was discovered across the street.

That’s when the cavers arrived to explore the sinkhole.

On Wednesday and Thursday, the cavers, people who explore caves, discovered that the giant sinkhole actually opened into an abandoned gypsum mine that’s at least 600 feet long and filled with holes from drilling and mining equipment.

“I really never imagined that when we went back down there it would be that big,” said Adam Weaver, a member of Paha Sapa Grotto, a local caving group.

Doug Huntrods, emergency manager for Meade County, said in a press conference that the gypsum mine was owned by the Dakota Plaster Company.

The Rapid City Journal cites that their paper covered the opening of the Dakota Plaster Plant in Blackhawk in 1910, archives show.

And mindat.org, a nonprofit mining information organization, triangulates the old mine on East Daisy Drive to the exact location of the sinkhole. Records do not immediately indicate when the mine closed.

Christopher Pelczarski, another member of the Paha Sapa Grotto caving group, describes a unique find in the abandoned mine: a car.

“There was one place where there is actually literally a car coming out of a hole from the surface, an old car. It’s like a 1951 Ford,” Pelczarski said. “Yeah, it’s half sticking out of the ceiling, basically.”

The cavers also found abandoned mining equipment.

“There are places you can see old rail-car tracks from the mining operation,” Pelczarski said. “There’s wood that’s just to the point where it looks like a piece of wood, but then you step on it and it just mushes like paper pulp.”

The discovery of the mine led to the evacuation of another six families, said Doug Huntrods, emergency manager for Meade County. That put the total displaced at 12 families.

“Between 30 and 35 people” have now been evacuated, Huntrods said Friday, speaking from the sidelines of a roped off sinkhole that straddles Trudo's and Retiz's properties.

Reitz and Trudo said their home insurance companies will not cover expenses because their policies didn’t include underground risks by sinkholes, according to the Associated Press.

Trudo, who lost his home to the sinkhole, told the Rapid City Journal that he wants to know if developers or a government agency knew the community was being built on top of an old mine. “Did they know they should not have built on this and somebody turned a blind eye so somebody could make a dollar?”

Venice Film Review: ‘Home From Home — Chronicle of a Vision’

Edgar Reitz continues his visionary sweep through history with this black-and-white prequel to his 'Heimat' juggernaut.

Jay Weissberg


With nowhere else to go but back, Edgar Reitz continues his &ldquoHeimat&rdquo juggernaut with a black-and-white, early-19th-century-set prequel examining home as a place you want to leave. &ldquoHome From Home &mdash Chronicle of a Vision&rdquo is still set in the fictional village of Schabbach, but the locale is hardly recognizable, a jumble of impoverished dwellings whose occupants are haunted by destitution and struggling with unfair land ownership. Reitz maintains his visionary sweep through history, favoring plot over development of characters, except as embodiments of large themes. Franchise fans will enjoy the ride, but &ldquoHome&rdquo is unlikely to excite newcomers.

No prior knowledge of the series is necessary, and at just under four hours, this is the shortest of the bunch (not including &ldquoHeimat Fragments: The Women&rdquo), making it (relatively) easy to digest in one sitting. Reitz&rsquos idea of focusing on the urge to emigrate reps a novel approach, maintaining the near-mythic ideal of home while proffering reasons why even those attached to the land would feel the need to leave. The German title captures the emotional aspect better, as &ldquosehnsucht&rdquo is often translated as &ldquoyearning&rdquo and here refers to both the desire to stay and the longing for a better life in a new land.

Reitz explores the antecedents of the Simon family he&rsquos made famous: hardened blacksmith Johann (Ruediger Kriese), representing the Old World at its most entrenched his kindly wife, Margarethe (Marita Breuer) and their two sons, Gustav (Maximilian Scheidt) and Jakob (Jan Dieter Schneider). Schabbach has barely recovered from the Napoleonic Wars, still a living memory, and Prussian feudalism weighs heavily on the dwindling population who see no escape from grinding poverty except immigration to the promised riches of Brazil.

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Gustav is the practical son, Jakob the intellectual dreamer who stays awake nights reading everything he can on Brazilian natives, even learning one of the tribal languages (audiences will either find this bit romantically evocative or manipulatively precious). Henriette, nicknamed Jettchen (Antonia Bill), daughter of a gem cutter (Martin Haberscheidt) rendered mute by an unspecified trauma, catches Jakob&rsquos eye and the two indulge in a hesitant flirtation.

Jettchen is the pic&rsquos most interesting character, a young woman of unexplored intelligence whose passion is tempered by a practicality toughened by disillusion and hardship. She admires Jakob&rsquos dreaminess yet secretly questions its efficacy in the real world, and when Gustav makes a pass, she succumbs to his sturdier embrace. Revolt against unfair baronial privilege grips the countryside and Jakob is arrested for sedition just when Jettchen discovers she&rsquos pregnant with Gustav&rsquos child while the man she loves is in prison, she chooses the pragmatic path and marries Gustav.

&ldquoHome From Home&rdquo is especially strong at presenting neighboring towns as separate worlds, a la Thomas Hardy, far enough apart by horse or foot to be as distant as foreign lands. Disease and infant mortality are constant companions, and one poor harvest can plunge families into abject poverty. For most, the lure of the New World stems from the desire for a better life, though in Jakob&rsquos case it represents a pristine Eden unsullied by the political and socials upheavals of the era.

In some ways Reitz&rsquos approach is the antithesis of that taken by Michael Haneke’s &ldquoThe White Ribbon,&rdquo unfurling history as an uncontrollable force rather than prying loose its more troubling aspects. Reitz passes too quickly over political and social upheavals &mdash a plot strand involving the local baron (Konstantin Buchholz) is left dangling &mdash and stops just short of the crucial revolutionary year of 1848. However, what he&rsquos always done best is capture a sense of place and that particularly German ideal of &ldquoheimat,&rdquo which makes it so difficult to separate the people of Schabbach from their feeling of belonging.

The large cast, mostly consisting of newcomers, handle their roles with aplomb when scenes become artificially sweet, it&rsquos usually the fault of the script rather than the perfs. Werner Herzog turns up in a surprise cameo as the great scientist Alexander von Humboldt, both men larger-than-life figures making a disproportionally memorable impact.

Gernot Roll&rsquos widescreen black-and-white lensing has a majesty especially appropriate in rural landscape shots, where big sky and large fields anchor the sense of yearning the locals would feel should they leave this pastoral gentleness for the lusher, rougher spaces of southern Brazil. Touches of color, applied digitally, call attention to objects yet have little discernible meaning and add nothing to the overall look. Superb production designers Toni Gerg and Hucky Hornberger disguised real locations with period-appropriate facades, thereby maintaining an organic sense of place while believably reproducing the look of a Rhineland town scarcely changed from its medieval aspect.

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Ken Reitz, 'Zamboni' at third for Cards, dies

Ken Reitz, an 11-year big leaguer and an All-Star who spent the majority of his career in St. Louis and was nicknamed “Zamboni” for his deftness at third base in scooping balls off the artificial turf at Busch Stadium, died on Wednesday at the age of 69.

“On behalf of my dad and my family I’d like to thank the Cardinals organization for allowing my father to live out his dream,” Brett Reitz, his son, said in a statement shared by the club. “Also Cardinals fans for the endless support over the years. The only thing my dad loved as much as his family was baseball. He ate, slept and breathed baseball, and truly loved the city of St. Louis and the Cardinals. The loss of ‘Grandpa Kenny,’ as his six grandkids called him, is heartbreaking. He will be truly missed.”

The Daly City, Calif., native was an eight-year mainstay in the Cardinals’ organization on the field and stayed connected with it past his playing career. Reitz made his big league debut in 1972 and became the full-time replacement at the hot corner for Joe Torre in ’73, when the future Hall of Fame manager shifted across the diamond to first base.

Reitz was lauded for his defense, becoming the first National League third baseman to start 150 games at third and commit fewer than 10 errors in a season, which he did twice -- first in 1977 (nine) and then again in ’80 (eight).

Both those campaigns were after Reitz had already locked up a Gold Glove in 1975, doing so in an infield that featured 21-year-old Keith Hernandez at first base (before any of his 11 Gold Gloves) and Hall of Famer Ted Simmons behind the plate.

Reitz led the NL in fielding percentage as a third baseman six times over the span of nine seasons from 1973-81, including his final time, as a Cub, in ’81. He probably would have earned more Gold Gloves had he not played in the same era as Phillies Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt.

Reitz was awarded with a starting nod in the 1980 All-Star Game, after he hit .282 through the first half of the season. He went 0-for-2 in the game and finished the year with a .679 OPS.

He was impassioned about his defense. After one off night, when Reitz made two errors, he proceeded to douse his glove in lighter fluid and light it aflame, a story he told local St. Louis high schoolers to kick off a tournament at Alton (Ill.) High School, according to local paper AdVantage News.

We are saddened over the recent passing of Cardinals infielder, Ken Reitz.

Our thoughts are with Ken’s family and his many friends during this difficult time. pic.twitter.com/giqplEajQ8

&mdash St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) April 1, 2021

Selected in the 31st round of the 1969 Draft out of Jefferson High School in Daly City, Reitz played the first four seasons of his career with St. Louis, was traded to his hometown Giants on Dec. 8, 1975, and then returned to the Cardinals almost exactly a year later, on Dec. 10, 1976.

Those nomadic days of early December continued, as on Dec. 9, 1980, Reitz was part of the package that the Cardinals sent to the Cubs in exchange for future Hall of Fame closer Bruce Sutter -- one of the most impactful trades in Cards history. Reitz would play a season with the Cubs and Pirates before signing once again with the Cardinals in July 1983, though he was limited to the Minor Leagues. Reitz would play three more Minor League seasons -- one with the Rangers’ Double-A affiliate in 1985 and two more for the unaffiliated San Jose Bees from ’86-87.

Reitz appeared in 1,344 Major League games, 1,100 of which were with the Cardinals, while batting .260 with 548 RBIs. All told, his professional playing career extended to 2,008 games. He played in more than 11,000 innings in the field as a big leaguer.

Elusive Images of Women, Home, and History: Deconstructing the Use of Film and Photography in Edgar Reitz's Heimat

Abstract: Edgar Reitz's film Heimat (1984), which chronicles three generations of a family in rural Schabbach, elicited a number of critical responses. Reminiscent of historical documentation, it was accused of recuperating an innocent past at the expense of truthful narration. This article analyzes Reitz's use of photo and film within Heimat to demonstrate how the film deconstructs the viewer's confidence in the ability of photographic and filmic documentation to deliver proof of historic events. Reitz genders his characters' interaction by casting men as photographers/narrators, and women as spectators, leaving it to the female characters to draw attention to the constructedness and unreliability of images.


Women in German Yearbook: Feminist Studies in German Literature & Culture &ndash University of Nebraska Press

Former Giants third baseman, Bay Area native Ken Reitz dies at 69

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Ken Reitz, who was born in San Francisco and played one season with the Giants but spent most of his career with the St. Louis Cardinals, has died at age 69.

The passing of Reitz was announced by his son Brett Reitz and reported by the Cardinals. No cause of death was announced.

We are saddened over the recent passing of Cardinals infielder, Ken Reitz.

Our thoughts are with Ken’s family and his many friends during this difficult time. pic.twitter.com/giqplEajQ8

A product of Jefferson High School in Daly City, Reitz was regarded as one of the best fielding third baseman in the Major Leagues and won a Gold Glove award in 1975. He was traded to the Giants in 1976 in exchange for pitcher Pete Falcone, then returned to the Cardinals in 1977 in a trade for pitcher Lynn McGlothen.

A career .260 hitter with limited speed, Reitz’s fielding prowess earned him the nickname “Zamboni” and he twice set National League records for least errors in a season with nine in 1977 and eight in 1980.

In his one season with the Giants, Reitz hit .267 with eight home runs and 66 RBIs in 155 games. Reitz played eight of his 11 seasons in his two stints with the Cardinals in addition to his one year in San Francisco, one with the Chicago Cubs and his final season with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1982.

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The DuBois Area Historical Society summer schedule is now in effect. The museum and genealogical library hours are Tuesday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and most Thursdays, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. For additional information, or to make an appointment for another day telephone (814) 371-9006 .

Major McCreight Book Published

The DuBois Area Historical Society announces the publication of a biography, "Major: The Life of Israel McCreight" written by long-time historical society member Tom Schott. For additional information see the full story in the news section below. The book is available for purchase from the DuBois Area Historical Society, Junk Dealer's Daughter, and Peaceable Kingdom for $22.50 a copy (including tax). It may also be ordered from the DuBois Area Historical Society by calling 814-371-9006 or E-mail [email protected] An additional $5 for shipping is required if ordering by mail. All proceeds from the sale of this book go to the DuBois Area Historical Society.

"From Bavaria to Brady" Book Price Reduced

The price of the "From Bavaria to Brady The George "Philip" Swope Family" by Sandra K. Leonard available from the DuBois Area Historical Society has been reduced. $30 plus $7 shipping and tax. An extensive history and genealogy of many of the related families of Clearfield and Jefferson counties of Pennsylvania, including Swope, Passmore, Wingert, Strawcutter, Leonard and other connected families. Also included are essays about life in the Luthersburg (Pennsylvania) area in the first half of the 20th century. The book is 746 pages with photos, numerous portraits, maps and index.

Calling All Junior Genealogists

Every family has a story that comes to life when it passes from one generation to another. The DuBois Area Historical Society encourages readers to pursue genealogy during this shelter-in-place time period. In particular, this is good opportunity for young people to learn and to preserve their family history. Become a JUNIOR GENEALOGIST by beginning with these recommended steps:

1. Read the rest of the information and fill out the form here.

2. Start with the interview questions here.

3. Compile information on one or both of these two forms: family, stepfamily.

2021 Historical Society Calendar Available for Purchase

The DuBois Area Historical Society’s 2021 calendar, “Things That Are Gone”, featuring photos and background on places and events that have disappeared from the DuBois Area is now available for purchase. The calendars are on sale for $5 at: Ace Hardware, Peaceable Kingdom, Rosie’s Bookstore, The Junk Dealer’s Daughter, Way Office Plus, and the DuBois Area Historical Society Museum all in DuBois. The calendar makes an ideal gift.

Barns, Murder Books Now Available

The DuBois Area Historical Society now has on sale, two new publi shed books of local history: The Pennsylvania Barn Scrapbook Volume I – The ABC’s of the Timber Framed Barn by Clair Kriner for $21.20 and Elk County Murders & Mysterious Deaths Volume I for $26.45 by James T. Baumg ratz. Further details can be found in the news section below.

The Best Of Reflections Available For Purchase

“The Best of Reflections” by Jason S. Gray Sr. is now available for purchase at the DuBois Area Historical Society. The cost per copy is $10 with the proceeds evenly split between the DuBois Area Historical Society and the DuBois YMCA.

"Sabula Timeless . . . " Available For Purchase

“Sabula Lake Timeless . . .” by Dr. Anju Jolly is now available for purchase at the DuBois Area Historical Society. The book sells for $20 plus $1.20 tax. All mail orders require a $5 postage fee. The book is a history of the Sabula Lake area and is packed with pictures from Sabula’s early days into the 21st Century. To purchase “Sabula Lake Timeless . . .” visit the DuBois Area Historical Society or call 814-371-9006.

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Membership Dues

2020 membership dues for The DuBois Area Historical Society are now due. Except for lifetime members, all those who have not paid 2019 dues will not receive a newsletter after the one sent in May. Membership levels include: Life Individual, $200 Business, $100 Individual under 55, $25 Individual over 55, $15 Family, $30 Student under 18, $15 Friend Silver, $500 Friend Gold, $1,000 and Friend Platinum, $1,500.

A printable membership form is available here.

"The Hills of Home" Available Again

The DuBois Area Historical Society recently received copies of “The Hills of Home” written by Jennie Dixon. The book was reprinted by popular demand. “The Hills of Home” is a history of the Sabula, Hickory, and Winterburn areas during the logging era.

This hard cover book is for sale at the DuBois Area Historical Society. The cost is $50 plus $8, which includes $3 tax and $5 for shipping and handling. You can place your order by sending your check to DuBois Area Historical Society, P.O. Box 401, DuBois, PA 15801 or stop in at the Historical Society located at 30 W. Long Ave. on Tuesday or Wednesday between the hours of 10 and 4. For more information, please call 814-371-9006.


Seventy-five years ago, DuBois and Clearfield County were part of history. May 14, 1939, DuBois and Clearfield were both stops on the newly conceived air mail pickup route, one where the planes did not land, but snagged the mail while in flight. A replication of the inaugural flight was held on May 17, 2014, between Clearfield and DuBois. Stamped first day covers from the May 17, 2014, flight are now available from the DuBois Area Historical Society at a cost of $2.50 per first day cover. Contact the Society for ordering information.


The DuBois Area Historical Society is selling Christmas ornaments featuring the museum on Long Avenue, the Society logo and founding date. For more information click here.

Print out a personal copy of the 2019 Walking Tour of DuBois brochure Here.

The original 2011 Walking Tour of DuBois brochure is still available HERE

Watch the video: Julia Kratz (May 2022).


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