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We’ve ordered state and federal tax forms. We don’t know when they’ll get here, but when they do, we’ll let you know here.
Be aware that deadlines and requirements may be different than in the past (like way back in 1799, when Judah Washburn was taxed $3 for his two-person, one-horse chaise with a top).
Our Spring 2021 Author Talks program runs from March to May. We’re excited to share this virtual series with you. Take a look at the complete list here, and sign up to join us.
Source: Joseph Cushman Finney Papers MC11
Naval Constructor Melvin Simmons, born in Kingston on April 19, 1806, served as Master Carpenter for the first steam (or screw) frigate the USS Merrimack. Launched in June 1855 from the Charlestown Navy Yard, she was christened by Simmons’ daughter Mary Elizabeth, then 23.
When Virginia seceded from the Union in 1861, the US Navy burned the Merrimack, then trapped in Norfolk, to prevent her capture. A month later, the Confederates raised the hull, re-built her as the iron-clad ram CSS Virginia, and in 1862, sent her into battle with the Union’s iron-clad, the USS Monitor in Hampton Roads.
Simmons also served at Philadelphia Naval Yard, and ultimately returned to Charlestown as Naval Constructor in the Construction Corps of the Bureau of Construction and Repair. Created in 1866, the Corps gave former civilian employees a formal rank in the US Navy.
Simmons’ son Frederick, then an unmarried clerk, was drafted into the Union Army in 1863. He served in the 35th Infantry, until his death on January 1, 1865 in Salisbury, North Carolina.
Melvin Simmons died in Charlestown on May 13, 1871, of apoplexy. He is buried in the Forest Hills Cemetery beside his wife Mary A. (Chase) Simmons, who lived in Kingston at the time of her death on May 10, 1890.
Source: Glass Plate Negatives IC3, photo ID: peo-09-0747-gpn
Home movie night gets big with our 120” portable screen and mini-projector. You can borrow them together or separately.
Add a dvd or two, and create a theater in your own home.
It’s bocce, or Italian lawn bowling, derived from games first played in ancient Rome.
Officially, it’s played on a court, but you can play up and down the beach or all over your lawn.