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Nella Larsen

Nellallitea "Nella" Larsen, born Nellie Walker, was an American novelist of the Harlem Renaissance. Working as a nurse and a librarian, she published two novels and Passing, a few short stories. Though her literary output was scant, she earned recognition by her contemporaries. A revival of interest in her writing has occurred since the late 20th century, when issues of racial and sexual identity have been studied, her works have been the subjects of numerous academic studies, she is now lauded as "not only the premier novelist of the Harlem Renaissance, but an important figure in American modernism." Nella Larsen was born Nellie Walker in a poor district of south Chicago known as the Levee, on April 13, 1891, the daughter of Peter Walker, believed to be a mulatto Afro-Caribbean immigrant from the Danish West Indies, Marie Walker, née Hansen, a Danish immigrant. Her mother was a domestic worker, her father was a mixed-race descendant on his paternal side of Henry or George Walker, white men from Albany, New York, who were known to have settled in the Danish West Indies about 1840.

In that Danish colonial society, racial lines were more fluid than in the former slave states of the United States. Walker may never have identified as "Negro." He soon disappeared from the lives of her mother. At this time, Chicago was filled with immigrants, but the Great Migration of blacks from the South had not begun. Near the end of Walker's childhood, the black population of the city was 1.3% in 1890 and 2% in 1910. Marie married again, to a fellow Danish immigrant, they had a daughter Anna together. Nellie took her stepfather's surname, sometimes using versions spelled Nellye Larson and Nellie Larsen, before settling on Nella Larsen; the mixed family moved west to a white neighborhood of German and Scandinavian immigrants, but encountered discrimination because of Nella. When Nella was eight, they moved a few blocks back east; the American author and critic Darryl Pinckney wrote of her anomalous situation: as a member of a white immigrant family, she had no entrée into the world of the blues or of the black church.

If she could never be white like her mother and sister, neither could she be black in quite the same way that Langston Hughes and his characters were black. Hers was a netherworld and too painful to dredge up. Most American blacks were from the South, Larsen had no connection with them or their histories; as a child, Larsen lived for a few years with relatives in Denmark in Jutland. While she was unusual in that place because of being of mixed race, she had some good memories of that time. After returning to Chicago, she attended a large public school. At the same time that the migration of Southern blacks increased to the city, so had European immigration. Racial segregation and tensions had increased in the immigrant neighborhoods, where both groups competed for jobs and housing, her mother believed that education could give Larsen an opportunity and supported her in attending Fisk University, a black university in Nashville, Tennessee. A student there in 1907-08, for the first time Larsen was living within an African-American community, but she was still separated by her own background and life experiences from most of the students, who were from the South, with most descended from former slaves.

Biographer George B. Hutchinson found that Larsen was expelled for some violation of Fisk's strict dress or conduct codes for women. Larsen went to Denmark. After returning to the US, she continued to struggle to find a place. In 1914, Larsen enrolled in the nursing school at New York City's Lincoln Nursing Home; the institution was founded in the 19th century in Manhattan as a nursing home to serve black people, but the hospital elements had grown in importance. The total operation had been relocated to a newly constructed campus in the South Bronx. At the time, the hospital patients were white; as Pinckney writes: "No matter what situation Larsen found herself in, racial irony of one kind or another invariably wrapped itself around her."Upon graduating in 1915, Larsen went South to work at the Tuskegee Institute in Tuskegee, where she soon became head nurse at its hospital and training school. While at Tuskegee, she was introduced to Booker T. Washington's model of education and became disillusioned with it.

As it was combined with poor working conditions for nurses at Tuskegee, Larsen decided to leave after a year or so. She returned to New York in 1916. After earning the second-highest score on a civil service exam, Larsen was hired by the city Bureau of Public Health as a nurse, she worked for them in the Bronx through the 1918 flu pandemic, in "mostly white neighborhoods" and with white colleagues. Afterwards she continued with the city as a nurse. In 1919, Larsen married a prominent physicist. After her marriage, she sometimes used the name Nella Larsen Imes in her writing. A year after her marriage, she published her first short stories; the couple moved to Harlem in the 1920s, where their marriage and life together had contradictions of class. As Pinckney writes: By virtue of her marriage, she was a member of Harlem's black professional class, many of them people of color with European ancestry, she and her husband knew the NAACP leadership: W. E. B. Du Bois, Walter

Jody Weiner

Jody Weiner is an American novelist, non-fiction author, film producer and lawyer. Weiner wrote the literary suspense novel Prisoners of Truth; the novel draws in part from his experiences defending high-profile criminal cases in Chicago. Along with Jane Goodall, Mark Bekoff, Dave Soldier and other animal activists, he co-authored Kinship With Animals, an anthology of true interspecies encounters. In the book, he writes about serving as attorney to Koko the Gorilla. Weiner co-edited Resistance: A Radical Political and Social History of the Lower East Side by Clayton Patterson, co-managed publication of Vali Myers-a Memoir by Gianni Menichetti. Weiner was advisor and legal counsel for the documentary A Conversation with Koko, which received a Genesis Award for Best PBS Documentary in 2000. Weiner was a consulting producer and wrote additional dialogue for Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil. Weiner co-authored Peoplescapes, My Story From Purging To Painting an illustrated Memoir by Nancy Calef with Jody Weiner.

He was advisor to the feature film Loveless in Los Angeles and writer/director of the animated music video Lost My Mind Again, producer of Perfect Two, a music video by Ceej. Weiner was born and raised in Chicago where he spent eleven years defending criminal cases in state and federal courts. In 1985, he moved to San Francisco. There he began to practice civil law securing million-dollar verdicts. Weiner's clients have ranged from MRI machine inventor Raymond Damadian to an Ohio death row inmate, from NBA All-Star Norm Van Lier to SKYY vodka inventor Maurice Kanbar, he has advised the Artist's Guild of San Francisco and the Gorilla Foundation, he is a former Director of the Golda Foundation. Weiner is a director of the Litquake Foundation, producer of the annual San Francisco Litquake Festival. Weiner was a 2013 recipient of The Acker Award for achievement in the Avant Garde, he holds a B. A. in sociology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and a J. D. from DePaul University. Weiner is a member of the California and the Illinois State Bar, Federal District Courts for the Northern Districts of California and Illinois, the Court of Appeals for the Sixth and Ninth Federal Circuits.

Weiner is married to contemporary American figurative painter Nancy Calef. Prisoners of Truth and Kinship With Animals Resistance: A Radical Political and Social History of the Lower East Side by Clayton Patterson. “Hot Koko,” California Lawyer, July 2005. P. 80. Peoplescapes, My Story From Purging To Painting an illustrated Memoir by Nancy Calef with Jody Weiner. ISBN 978-0989817103 "Making the Divisadero World Better" by Leah Garchik in the San Francisco Chronicle, June 22, 2011 Litquake Lit Cast Episode 9: "The Dirty Side of Democracy" podcast at San Francisco's Tosca Cafe, October 7, 2012 hosted by author Jody Weiner, Litquake web site "Peoplescapes with Artist Nancy Calef and Jody Weiner" The Beat Museum web site "STYLE Counsel: Advice on How to Dress from writer and attorney Jody Weiner" by Sylvia Rubin in the San Francisco Chronicle, December 4, 1997 "Nancy Calef Writes of Recovering from a Mom’s Madness" by Edward Guthmann in the San Francisco Chronicle, May 20, 2014 "These Mean Streets: Reality and Fiction collide" event at San Francisco's Tosca Café on October 16, 2011 hosted by author-lawyer Jody Weiner mentioned in "Black Panther and Red Carpet are a Go" by Leah Garchik in the San Francisco Chronicle, October 14, 2011 "Writing and Fighting: Creative Couples Collaborating" Litquake event moderated by Jody Weiner and Nancy Calef mentioned in "Kansas City's contribution to this City by the Bay" by Leah Garchik in the San Francisco Chronicle, October 23, 2014 Jody Weiner, author of Prisoners of Truth and attorney, is summoned and excused from jury duty:Leah Garchik column in the San Francisco Chronicle, October 7, 2004 Book website Author website

Joanne M. Maguire

Joanne M. Maguire is an American former engineer and executive, she is the former executive Vice President of Lockheed Martin Space Systems between 2006 and 2013. Maguire was an officer of Lockheed Martin, the first woman to serve in such a role, was inducted into the Colorado Women's Hall of Fame in 2014. Maguire was born in January 1954 in the state of Connecticut, she has eleven siblings. Maguire is of Irish descent, her father, Michael F. Maguire, worked as an aerospace engineer for United Aircraft subsidiary of Pratt & Whitney. Maguire studied electrical engineering at Michigan State University and graduated with a bachelor's degree, she was a member of the university's Honor College. She graduated from University of California with a master's degree in engineering. Maguire went to UCLA Anderson School of Management where she was a graduate of their executive program in management, completed the Harvard Program for Senior Executives in National and International Security, she joined TRW in 1975 and became responsible in technical and management positions within the company.

Her main area was space system development ventures. Maguire became TRW's deputy and Vice President of Business Development in January 2000 where she was responsible for the company's business development function, she oversaw TRW's strategy formulation, program development and communications, technology development and discretionary investment. Maguire stood down from the role in March 2003, she joined Lockheed Martin Space Systems in the same month where she was their Vice President of Special Programs for four months. In her role, Maguire focused on United States national security space system developments considered sensitive, she became the company's first Executive Vice President in July 2003, was the first woman to become an officer of Lockheed Martin. Maguire became the Vice President of Lockheed Martin Space Systems in 2006, she oversaw several space exploration endeavors and the development and production for human space flight systems, weather satellites. She left the company in May 2013.

Maguire helped to increase the number of women into leadership and executive positions and in the company's overall employees for Space Systems Company. She became a role mentor for younger women. Maguire became the first female recipient of the International von Kármán Wings Award from the California Institute of Technology in 2010, she was ranked 31 in Fortune's 50 Most Powerful Women in Business in 2012. Maguire had been named as the magazine's 50 Most Powerful Women in Industry in 2006 and 2007, was listed as the Top 50 Women in Technology by Corporate Board Member magazine in 2008. Maguire was honored by Girls, Inc. for her accomplishment as a "leader and role model for young women" that same year, was awarded the Outstanding Leadership Award by Women in Aerospace in 1999. She is one of few women who have been named as a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Maguire was inducted into the Colorado Women's Hall of Fame in 2014

Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad

The Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad is a historic 3 ft narrow gauge railroad with two operating steam train locomotives located near Fish Camp, California, in the Sierra National Forest near the southern entrance to Yosemite National Park. Rudy Stauffer organized the YMSPRR in 1961, utilizing historic railroad track, rolling stock and locomotives to construct a tourist line along the historic route of the Madera Sugar Pine Lumber Company. Service began with the purchase of three-truck Shay locomotive No. 10 from the West Side Lumber Company railway of Tuolumne, California. Built in 1928, No. 10 was recognized as the largest narrow gauge Shay locomotive—and one of the last constructed. After his retirement in 1981, Rudy Stauffer was succeeded by his son, Max, as the railroad's owner and operator. In 1986, the YMSPRR purchased Shay No. 15—also a former West Side Lumber Company locomotive—from the West Side & Cherry Valley Railroad tourist line in Tuolumne. The two steam locomotives operate daily during the summer months, while the railroad's Model A "Jenny" railcars, capable of carrying about a dozen passengers handle operations during the off-season.

The current railroad follows a portion of grade carved into the mountain by the Madera Sugar Pine Lumber Company in the early 20th century. The company originated in 1874, when it was organized as the California Lumber Company to log the area surrounding Oakhurst, California; the Madera Sugar Pine Lumber Company once had a large sawmill at Sugar Pine, just south of the current YMSPRR. The railroad had seven locomotives, over 100 log cars, 140 miles of track in the surrounding mountains. In addition to the railroad, the Company transported lumber in a flume that stretched 54 miles from Sugar Pine to Madera, California; this was the most efficient way to transport rough cut lumber out of the mountains for finishing and transport at the bottom of the mountain. The Madera Sugar Pine Lumber Company practiced clearcutting, which removed every single tree within the stands of timber surrounding the YMSPRR track; the thick forest surrounding YMSPRR today belies this history, although large stumps from the original old growth timber dot the forest floor lining the tracks.

Due to the onset of the Great Depression and a lack of trees, the operation closed in 1931. But the graded right-of-way through the forest remained, enabling the Stauffer family to reconstruct a portion of the line in 1961; the current railroad utilizes locomotives, converted log disconnect cars, other railroad equipment purchased from the West Side Lumber Company after it ceased railroad operations in 1961. Max Stauffer died on March 10, 2017. In late August 2017, the Railroad Fire, which started near the railroad, destroyed West Side Lumber Company equipment stored on a side track. No. 10: a 3 ft narrow gauge three-truck Shay steam locomotive constructed for the Pickering Lumber Company. The locomotive was completed on March 2, 1928 by the Lima Locomotive Works of Lima and acquired by the West Side Lumber Company in 1934. No. 10 burns oil, with a capacity to hold 1,200 U. S. gallons of oil and 3,420 US gal of water. This locomotive is reputedly the largest narrow gauge Shay locomotive constructed.

No. 15: a 3 ft narrow gauge three-truck Shay steam locomotive. No. 15 was constructed as the No. 9 for Norman P. Livermore & Company, out of San Francisco and soon thereafter sold to the Sierra Nevada Wood & Lumber Co; the locomotive was completed on May 1913 by the Lima Locomotive Works of Lima, Ohio. No. 15 burns oil, with a capacity to hold 1,000 US gal of oil and 2,000 US gal of water. In 1917, the No. 15 was acquired by Hobart Estate Co. as their No. 9. In 1938, the No. 15 was given its current number when purchased by the Hyman-Michaels Co. operating out of San Francisco. The West Side Lumber Company purchased No. 15 only a year later. When the West Side shut down in the 1960s, a tourist operation, the West Side & Cherry Valley, acquired the No. 15. After hauling tourists for a number of years, the locomotive sat on static display in Tuolumne, until the YMSPRR acquired it in 1988. "Jenny" Railcars: Ford Model A automobiles converted for rail use by the West Side Lumber Company. These railcars each accommodate about 12 people, providing regular service in conjunction with the normal steam operation.

No. 402: a 3 ft narrow gauge center cab two-truck diesel locomotive. The YMSPRR does not use this locomotive for scheduled revenue service. No. 5: a 3 ft narrow gauge two axle diesel switch engine built in 1935, but not in operating condition. The Thornberry Museum, a historic log cabin built over 140-years ago, offering visitors a glance at what life was like on the slopes of the Sierras over a century ago The Sugar Pine Trading Company, providing a selection of literature and sources related to the YMSPRR, railroads and the history of Yosemite Valley Picnic and event grounds at the eastern terminus of the line Gold panning A rare narrow gauge snowplow, the West Side Lumber Company's plow No. 2 List of heritage railroads in the United States Yosemite National Park Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad Website Picture album of the railroad West Side Lumber Company history and restoration The Narrow Gauge Inn, adjacent to the railroad property

Jacobus Jansenius

Jacobus Jansenius, alternatively Jansonius or Janssoon was a Dutch theologian who served as rector of Leuven University. Jansenius was born in Amsterdam in early September 1547, he studied Philosophy and Theology at the University of Leuven, graduating Licentiate of Sacred Theology in May 1575. In 1580 he became a canon of St. Peter's Church, Leuven. In 1589 he was appointed president of rector of the university. On 29 November 1598 he succeeded Thomas Stapleton as Regius Professor of Sacred Scripture. On 17 October 1614 he became dean of St Peter's. Jansenius was buried in Pope's College chapel. Catholici Ecclesiastae instructio Reissued from the same press, 1594. In sacrum Missae Canonem Oratio funebris in obitum eximii D. Henrici Gravii In Canticum Canticorum Salomonis Commentarius In Psalterium, et Cantica, quibus per horas Canonicas Romana utitur Ecclesia expositio Vitta coccinea, sive enarratio Dominicae Passionis, ex verbis utriusque Testamenti, aliisque contexta Liturgica, sive de sacrificiis materiati altaris, libri quatuor t'Proces van Melchisedech, bij aenspraecke, replycke, ende duplycke, ghefurnieurt, ende in staet ghestelt Oratio funebris in obitum D. Matthiae Hovii In Propheticum librum Job enarratio Offencium decem Evangelicarum virtutum, seu beneplacitorum B.

Mariae, ad formam Romani Breviarii accommodatum In Evangelium S. Joannis expositio

George Washington Williams (naval officer)

George Washington Williams was born in Yorkville, South Carolina, on 30 July 1869. Williams graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1890, he served the required two years of sea duty in Pensacola, before he was commissioned an ensign on 1 July 1892. Williams served in a succession of sea and shore billets throughout the 19th century: the former in USS Essex, Yankee, Panther and Monongahela. In addition, he served on the staff of the Commander in Chief, Asiatic Fleet, in 1899 and commanded the torpedo boat Bainbridge in 1903 before commanding the 1st Torpedo Boat Flotilla. Reporting to Wisconsin on 5 April 1905, Williams subsequently joined the protected cruiser Chicago for a tour of duty which included participating in relief efforts at San Francisco, California, in the wake of the destructive San Francisco earthquake and fire which destroyed much of that city. In the years preceding World War I, Williams served as ordnance officer in Montana, he admired the Czechoslovak Legion's holding Kazan against the Bolshevik army, gave a report about it to T. G. Masaryk in America in August 1918.

Williams — by that time a captain — was awarded the Navy Cross for "distinguished service in the line of his profession" while commanding Pueblo during World War I, as the armored cruiser engaged in the "important and hazardous duty of transporting and escorting troops and supplies to European ports through waters infested with enemy submarines and mines." Detached from Pueblo on 6 September 1918, Williams participated in fitting out the new dreadnaught Idaho and served ashore in the Office of Naval Intelligence. He took the Naval War College course in 1919 and 1920 before commanding the new dreadnaught New Mexico from 31 May 1921 to 18 May 1922. After detachment from New Mexico, Williams became the senior member of the Pacific Coast section of the Board of Inspection and Survey. Reaching flag rank on 29 September 1922, Williams served as Chief of Staff to the Commander in Chief, Atlantic Fleet, as the Chief of Staff to the Commander in Chief, United States Fleet, when the former command was reorganized.

Detached from this duty in the spring of 1923, Williams subsequently served at Charleston, South Carolina, as the commandant of the 6th Naval District before breaking his two-star flag in Concord on 15 September 1924 as Commander, Destroyer Squadrons, Scouting Fleet. Rear Admiral Williams died on 18 July 1925 at the Naval Hospital, South Carolina. During World War II, the destroyer escort, her construction was cancelled in 1944. In 1944, the destroyer escort, she was in commission from 1944 to 1946. This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships; the entry can be found here