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1937 NFL Draft

The 1937 National Football League Draft was the second draft held by the National Football League. The draft took place December 1936, at the Hotel Lincoln in New York City; the draft consisted of 10 rounds, with 100 player selections, two of which would become members of the Professional Football Hall of Fame. Notable for this draft were the league's draft selections for a planned expansion team, the Cleveland Rams, who were admitted into the league prior to the 1937 season. Sammy Baugh, quarterback from Texas Christian University taken 1st Round 6th Overall by the Boston Redskins. Inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame class of 1963. Clarence "Ace" Parker, back from Duke University taken 2nd Round 13th Overall by the Brooklyn Dodgers. Inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame class of 1972. NFL Website – 1937 Draft databaseFootball Website – 1937 Draft Pro Football Hall of Fame

M. M. Ebrahim

Mudaliar Al-Haj Meerakuddy Mohamed Ebrahim was a former Muslim Member of Parliament representing Pottuvil. At the 1st parliamentary election held in 1947 Ebrahim, as an Independent, in the seat of Pottuvil, he received 7,407 votes defeating A. R. A. Razik, by 1,899 votes. Razik was a prominent Muslim leader and a founding member of the UNP, denied the party's nomination for Colombo Central and was forced to contest Pottuvil, an area which he did not have a personal political base. In 1947 Razik was granted a seat in the Senate of Ceylon and was subsequently elected to parliament in the next parliamentary election. Ebrahim was one of only six Muslims elected to the first parliament of Ceylon. In his first term of office he joined the UNP. In the 1952 New Years Honours Ebrahim was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire, for his public service to the Pottuvil electorate, he was re-elected at the 2nd parliamentary election held in May 1952 but was only just successful in defeating M. M. Mustapha, the Federal Party candidate, by 559 votes.

In 1954 Ebrahim was appointed parliamentary secretary to the Minister of External Affairs and Defence and in 1955 the parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Local Government. He did not, owing to ill health, seek re-election at the 1956 parliamentary elections

Percy Lennard

Percy Lennard was an Australian football player. In his career, he scored 210 goals for Cessnock. Lennard represented Australia twelve times, scoring twice, he made his Australian debut against New Zealand in 1923 where he scored Australia's first international goal on home soil. Lennard was inducted into the City of Cessnock Hall of Fame on 6 December 2006, he was inducted in the Hunter Region Sporting Hall of Fame. Lennard's son Jack Lennard represented Australia in international football. Lennard was born in Inverell in 1900; as a young child, he moved to Kurri Kurri. At the age of 18, despite having shown potential in rugby league, Lennard turned to football and captained the Kurri Kurri Under 18 side before moving on to senior football with Rothbury. After one year with Rothbury, Lennard joined Cessnock, he helped the club to honours that included the Stevenson and Ellis Cups, in 1928 and 1929 the State League Premiership Cup. Lennard represented New South Wales interstate and internationally, in 1923, was selected to play for Australia in three exhibition matches against New Zealand, scored two goals.

These matches were the first played in Australia by an international football team, the first full A Grade international football matches played in the country. Given that he scored the first goal in the first match of the series, Lennard scored the first Australian international football goal on home soil, he played for Australia in nine further internationals. Lennard died in Cessnock in 1975, aged 74. HALL OF FAME - SPORT

Marjory Stoneman Douglas

Marjory Stoneman Douglas was an American journalist, women's suffrage advocate, conservationist known for her staunch defense of the Everglades against efforts to drain it and reclaim land for development. Moving to Miami as a young woman to work for The Miami Herald, she became a freelance writer, producing over one hundred short stories that were published in popular magazines, her most influential work was the book The Everglades: River of Grass, which redefined the popular conception of the Everglades as a treasured river instead of a worthless swamp. Its impact has been compared to that of Rachel Carson's influential book Silent Spring, her books and journalism career brought her influence in Miami, enabling her to advance her causes. As a young woman, Douglas was outspoken and politically conscious of the women's suffrage and civil rights movements, she was called upon to take a central role in the protection of the Everglades when she was 79 years old. For the remaining 29 years of her life she was "a relentless reporter and fearless crusader" for the natural preservation and restoration of South Florida.

Her tireless efforts earned her several variations of the nickname "Grande Dame of the Everglades" as well as the hostility of agricultural and business interests looking to benefit from land development in Florida. She received numerous awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, was inducted into several halls of fame. Douglas lived to 108. Upon her death, an obituary in The Independent in London stated, "In the history of the American environmental movement, there have been few more remarkable figures than Marjory Stoneman Douglas." Marjory Stoneman was born on April 7, 1890, in Minneapolis, the only child of Frank Bryant Stoneman and Florence Lillian Trefethen, a concert violinist. One of her earliest memories was her father reading to her The Song of Hiawatha, at which she burst into sobs upon hearing that the tree had to give its life in order to provide Hiawatha the wood for a canoe, she was an voracious reader. Her first book was Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, which she kept well into adulthood until "some fiend in human form must have borrowed it and not brought it back".

She visited Florida when she was four, her most vivid memory of the trip was picking an orange from a tree at the Tampa Bay Hotel. From there she and her parents embarked on a cruise from Tampa to Havana; when she was six, Marjory's parents separated. Her father endured a series of failed entrepreneurial ventures and the instability caused her mother to move them abruptly to the Trefethen family house in Taunton, Massachusetts, she lived there with her mother and grandparents, who did not get along well and spoke ill of her father, to her dismay. Her mother, whom Marjory characterized as "high-strung", was committed to a mental sanitarium in Providence several times, her parents' separation and the contentiousness of her mother's family caused her to suffer from night terrors. She credited her tenuous upbringing with making her "a skeptic and a dissenter" for the rest of her life; as a youth, Marjory found solace in reading, she began to write. At sixteen she contributed to the most popular children's publication of the day, St. Nicholas Magazine—also the first publisher of 20th-century writers F. Scott Fitzgerald, Rachel Carson, William Faulkner—with a puzzle titled "Double Beheadings and Double Curtailings".

In 1907, she was awarded a prize by the Boston Herald for "An Early Morning Paddle", a story about a boy who watches a sunrise from a canoe. As her mother's mental health deteriorated, Marjory took on more responsibilities managing some of the family finances and gaining a maturity imposed upon her by circumstance. Marjory left for college despite grave misgivings about her mother's mental state, her aunt and grandmother shared her concerns, but recognized that she needed to leave in order to begin her own life. She was a straight-A student at Wellesley College, graduating with a BA in English in 1912, she found particular success in a class on elocution, joined the first suffrage club with six of her classmates. She was elected Class Orator, but was unable to fulfill the office since she was involved in other activities. During her senior year while visiting home, her mother showed her a lump on her breast. Marjory arranged the surgery to have it removed. After the graduation ceremony, her aunt informed her it had metastasized, within months her mother was dead.

The family left the funeral arrangements up to Marjory. After drifting with college friends through a few jobs to which she did not feel well-suited, Marjory Stoneman met Kenneth Douglas in 1914, she was so impressed with his manners and surprised at the attention he showed her that she married him within three months. He portrayed himself as a newspaper editor, was 30 years her senior, but the marriage failed when it became apparent he was a con artist; the true extent of his duplicity Marjory did not reveal, despite her honesty in all other matters. Douglas was married to Marjory while married to another woman. While he spent six months in jail for passing a bad check, she remained faithful to him, his scheme to scam her absent father out of money worked in Marjory's favor when it attracted Frank Stoneman's attention. Marjory's uncle persuaded her to end the marriage. In the fall of 1915, Marjory Stoneman Douglas left New England to be reunited with her father, whom she had not seen since her parents' separation.

Shortly before that, her father had married Lillius Eleanor Shine, a great-great-granddaughter of T

Coleman Station Historic District

The Coleman Station Historic District is located around the former New York Central Railroad Coleman's station in the Town of North East, New York, United States, a short distance south of the village of Millerton. It is a rural area including several large farms in the southeastern corner of the town. At three square miles, it is the largest historic district within Dutchess County and the second largest in the county. Nine farms were established in the current district by emigrants from New England in the late 18th century; those farms have since been subdivided and recombined under owners, but their original boundaries were used to establish the district, a small valley along Webutuck Creek. Over the course of the 19th century they evolved from farms that raised a diverse group of livestock for local and regional markets to dairy farms that used the station and the railroad line that ran through the middle of the district to sell raw milk to New York City. By the middle of the 20th century a corporate farm in the district had become one of the city's largest milk providers.

At the end of the 19th century residents of the city began to make country retreats in and around the district. A century some of them lobbied to create the district and list it on the National Register of Historic Places in 1993. One local farm's resistance to that effort went as far as federal appeals court after lower state and federal courts had negated the creation of the district. Since some newer farms in the district have used its historic buildings and farms for coffee roasting and low-impact sheep farming, among other. Many of the buildings in the district were erected in the 18th and 19th centuries, with little modification since then, they reflect, in different phases of agricultural development in the district. Five of these contributing properties are listed on the National Register of Historic Places; the district is an irregularly shaped area whose boundaries follow either lot lines or the roads in the area. It is bisected by the former railroad right-of-way, now a portion of the Harlem Valley Rail Trail.

The US 44/NY 22 highway is its westernmost extent, with a stretch of a half-mile in either direction from the Coleman Station Road intersection serving as the southwestern corner line, with the exception of a small newer farm on the east side of the road near the southern end. From there the boundary runs due east to the rail trail, turns south. After following the rail trail for a thousand feet, it turns east again and follows lot lines first between fields and through a large woodlot to Sheffield Hill Road, it turns south and east, taking in another farm, follows the Connecticut state line, following it north to a dirt road along Webutuck Creek. It follows the creek itself, excluding a large farm along the state line to the east. At Taylor Road it follows the road then a lot line straight east back to the state line. Just at the southwestern corner of Indian Lake, it follows another lot line east north, east again at the rear lines of modern houses along Red Cedar Lane, it curves north along Indian Lake Road to another property line which it follows west, at the district's northernmost corner.

The boundary turns to the south along this line after 1,200 feet returns to its due-west heading for another half-mile, crossing the rail trail and Mill Road at their junction. It turns south at a cleared field in the middle of the woods follows lot lines back to routes 22 and 44. Topographically, the 1,812 acres inside this boundary is a bowl through which the creek flows, formed by ridges and plateaus of as high as 900 feet in elevation, breached by valleys of the Webutuck's tributaries in the area, the Webutuck itself at the north end, near the lake; the station area that gave the district its name lies at around 580 feet. Most of the land is used for agricultural purposes, as fields or pasture, with some areas remaining as woodlots; because of the clearing, it offers scenic views in every direction of the Taconic Mountains to the north and east. The nearest settlement to the district is Sharon Valley, one mile to the southeast. Downtown Sharon is just east of Sharon Valley; the nearest New York neighbors are the village of Millerton, four miles north, the hamlet of Amenia three miles south, along routes 22 and 44.

There are a total of 85 buildings, 23 sites and 9 structures within the district, most of them used for farming. Of these 117 resources, all but 29 are contributing properties to its historic character. Four of the farms and one former estate have been individually listed on the National Register. What would become Coleman Station took a long time for Europeans to settle due to land disputes between the colonies of New York and Connecticut; the current boundary was resolved in 1732. After settlement began, the pace was slowed by war. In the early 19th century farming developed, moving from a diverse pre-industrial agriculture to a more specialized focus on milk production after the railroad and industrialization. Farming survived the decline of the railroads in the late 20th century. Newcomers to the region saw its historic value and fought a precedent-setting court battle in the last years of the century to publicly recognize and preserve it. Since agriculture in the district has once again begun to diversify.

Tradition has it that the area, like much of the Harlem Valley in eastern Dutchess County, was cleared and cultivated by Native Americans before European settlers arrived. That took than usual due to the land dispute between the colonies of New York and Connecticut. Few settlers built hom