Colonial Beach, Virginia
Colonial Beach, Virginia is a river and beach town located in the northwestern part of Westmoreland County on Virginia's Northern Neck peninsula. It is bounded by the Potomac River, Monroe Bay and Monroe Creek and home to the second-largest beachfront in the state, it is located 65 mi from Washington, D. C.. Colonial Beach was named Best Virginia Beach for 2018 by USA Today; the population was 3,542 at the 2010 census. Colonial Beach was a popular resort town in the early to mid-20th century, before the Chesapeake Bay Bridge made ocean beaches on the Eastern Shore of Maryland more accessible to visitors from Washington, D. C; the family of Alexander Graham Bell maintained a summer home in Colonial Beach, the Bell House, which still stands today. Sloan Wilson, author of The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit and died in Colonial Beach. George Washington, the first President of the United States, was born near here at what is now the George Washington Birthplace National Monument; as of 2011, the James Monroe Family Home Site, birthplace of President James Monroe, now has a small monument to him.
Virginia Indians came to this area to harvest oysters during the 1st century. The town was first settled in 1650 by the great-great grandfather of President James Monroe, as Monrovia. Colonial Beach emerged as a bathing and fishing resort in the late 19th century known as the "Playground on the Potomac." Prior to automobile travel, most visitors arrived by boat from Washington, D. C; the town was incorporated on February 25, 1892 and there was extensive construction of houses, summer cottages, hotels. Arguably the most famous of these structures is the Alexander Graham Bell house which still stands on Irving Avenue as the Bell House Bed and Breakfast; the area was at the center of the Potomac River Oyster Wars between Virginia watermen and the Maryland State Oyster Police that lasted from the late 19th century to the 1960s. The town began to decline as the automobile made travel to more distant ocean beaches more feasible. However, because gambling was legal in Maryland and the Maryland state line ends at the low-water mark of Virginia's Potomac River shore, from 1949 to 1958, Colonial Beach offered slot machines in pier casinos extending into Maryland waters.
This temporarily revitalized the town, although it was sometimes called "the poor man's Las Vegas." However, the piers burned in the 1960s in a devastating fire and the town continued to decline. The town is ranked fifth-safest place to live in Virginia by Safewise. Colonial Beach is located at 38°15′14″N 76°58′8″W, in the northwestern part of Westmoreland County in Virginia's Northern Neck, 65 mi from Washington, D. C. and 70 mi from the state capital Richmond. The Potomac River forms the northeast boundary of Colonial Beach; the southern part of the town forms a peninsula which ends just above Monroe Bay and divides Monroe Creek from the Potomac River. A short distance north of Colonial Beach is the community of Potomac Beach and the mouth of Rosier Creek. Inland from Colonial Beach lie the settlements of Monroe Hall, near the birthplace of President James Monroe, Maple Grove. According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.8 square miles, of which, 2.6 square miles of it is land and 0.2 square miles of it is water.
The town's 2.5 miles of beaches are second in length only to those of Virginia Beach in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Colonial Beach has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps; as of the census of 2000, there were 3,228 people, 1,437 households, 863 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,246.7/sq mi. There were 2,030 housing units at an average density of 784.0/sq mi. The racial makeup of the town was 79.21% White, 16.95% African American, 0.09% Native American, 0.62% Asian, 1.64% from other races, 1.49% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.38% of the population. There were 1,437 households out of which 24.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.9% were married couples living together, 15.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 39.9% were non-families. 34.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.2% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older.
The average household size was 2.20 and the average family size was 2.77. In the town, the population was spread out with 22.0% under the age of 18, 6.3% from 18 to 24, 23.2% from 25 to 44, 26.0% from 45 to 64, 22.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females, there were 82.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 77.6 males. The median income for a household in the town was $31,711, the median income for a family was $38,080. Males had a median income of $30,000 versus $19,535 for females; the per capita income for the town was $19,991.20 About 23.0% of families and 25.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 45.7% of those under age 18 and 16.6% of those age 65 or over. Colonial Beach is served by Virginia State Route 205, a spur of which bisects the town as State Route 205Y; the town is accessible by boat and is the last deepwater port for pleasure boats going north on the Potomac River. Ed Mirvish – Canadian businessman and philanthropist.
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A Summer Place
A Summer Place is a 1958 novel by Sloan Wilson, follows his 1955 bestseller The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit. The novel is about an adult couple who rekindle a long-ago summer romance that ended because of class differences, their two teenage children from other marriages who fall in love with each other, it was adapted into a 1959 film of the same name. Two onetime teenage lovers, Ken Jorgenson and Sylvia Hunter, marry other people, but rediscover each other in life. By Sylvia has a son and Ken a daughter, who begin a romance. While in college, the self-supporting Ken takes a summer job as a lifeguard on Pine Island, an exclusive Maine island resort, where Sylvia and her nouveau riche family are staying as guests of the old money owners; the rich young people at the resort mock Ken and exclude him from their social activities, considering him a lowly employee. Although Sylvia is attracted to Ken, she feels pressure from her family and from her wealthy peers to reject the impoverished Ken and make a more suitable match with Bart Hunter, the son of a wealthy, established island family.
Bart and Ken come to blows over Sylvia, leading to Ken and Sylvia secretly consummating their love. Ken leaves the island for good at the end of the summer, Sylvia marries Bart as her family wishes. Ken becomes a millionaire through his work as a research chemist, marries his partner's daughter, who turns out to be prudish and frigid. Meanwhile, Sylvia's husband Bart turns to alcohol as his family fortune dwindles, he turns their island home into an inn. After twenty years away, Ken decides writing Bart to ask for lodging. At first Bart wants to refuse, since he feels Ken is visiting to gloat over the relative change in their financial circumstances, but Sylvia insists that they need the money too badly to turn Ken down. Ken brings Molly and Helen to the island, everyone tries to be cordial; the young Johnny and Molly soon become enamored of each other, while Ken and Sylvia fall in love all over again. When Bart finds out about Ken and Sylvia, he asks for a custody of their son John. A friend of Helen's alerts her to Ken's affair with Sylvia, Ken and Helen divorce.
John and Molly are sent to separate boarding schools. Ken and Sylvia marry. While at their respective schools and Molly begin an avid correspondence. Helen and her mother Margaret are not pleased, as they find it inappropriate for a girl Molly's age to be so attached to a boy, but the correspondence continues, with rendezvous during school breaks. John and Molly's romance culminates when they see each other again at Sylvia's beach house; the teenagers acknowledge that they are in love with one another, they consummate it shortly thereafter. Back at school, Molly learns from a doctor that she is pregnant, John hitchhikes across the country to be with and support her. Ken and Sylvia give their guarded approval to John and Molly's marriage, feeling it would be hypocritical for them to deny the teenagers their love. Bart can not attend the wedding. Helen attends the wedding under sedation. John and Molly spend their honeymoon on Pine Island, John's "one good inheritance", as Bart terms it in a letter.
According to Time magazine, the financial terms accompanying the publication of A Summer Place were unusual: royalties were "above the 15% top writers receive", with income spread out for tax purposes at $25,000 a year or more.
John W. Danenhower
John Wilson Danenhower was a United States Navy officer and explorer. Born in Chicago, Danenhower attended local public schools accepted appointment to the United States Naval Academy in 1866. After his 1870 graduation he served in the European Squadron aboard both the USS Plymouth and the USS Juniata. Following this he was assigned to the Portsmouth surveying party in the North Pacific. In 1875, he was assigned to the U. S. Naval Observatory where he attained the rank of master and lieutenant in 1879. A year prior to this he was committed to an asylum for two months for signs of an unbalanced mind, but sufficiently recovered to return to active duty aboard the USS Vandalia in the Mediterranean Sea, attached to general Ulysses S. Grant's cruise. From Smyrna, his petitioned services in the Arctic Jeannette Expedition were accepted and he soon joined Captain George W. De Long at Le Havre, prior to sailing on to the Mare Island Navy Yard, near San Francisco. Here, the USS Jeannette was prepared and provisioned for the Arctic by Danenhower and lieutenant Charles W. Chipp.
The ship set sail for the Bering Strait on July 8, 1879. En route, Captain De Long, in a letter to his wife, praised Danenhower's work ethic. Danenhower began a school of navigation for the crew, he was ineffective to the expedition and rendered unfit for duty on December 22, 1879 due to a months-long and increasingly treatment-resistant eye inflammation caused by syphilis. On June 12, 1881, the ship was crushed by ice; the team was forced to drag their provisions over the ice towards the Siberian coastline. Danenhower, with one eye bandaged and one covered by a dark goggle, complained about not being allowed to take command of a group of men or lead a task oblivious to his incapacitation. De Long was forced to order him to ride in a sledge due to his failing eyesight and frequent stumbles into crevasses, they found open water and set a course for the Siberian Lena River delta in three separate boats which became separated by gale winds on September 12, 1881. Danenhower's boat, under command of chief engineer George W. Melville, reached the eastern Lena River Delta five days later.
The crew was rescued by friendly natives. Danenhower set sail for the United States and arrived on May 28, 1882, his published book, Lieutenant Danenhower's Narrative of the Jeannette, graphically describes his experiences. For a few years, in ill health, he served as the assistant commander for midshipman training at Annapolis, his health problems centered around his failing eyesight. He assumed command of the USS Constellation on April 11, 1887 at Norfolk, but upon the ship's grounding while leaving Hampton Roads harbor, he returned to the academy, disturbed. There, on April 1887, brooding over this incident, he committed suicide, he was survived by his wife, Helen Sloan Danenhower and two children, lieutenant commander Sloan Wilson, commander of the Arctic exploration submarine Nautilus, Ruth Danenhower Wilson, an author. Danenhower's grandson was writer Sloan Wilson, who wrote The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit and was captain of a U. S. Coast Guard ship in World War II. John Wilson Danenhower was buried in Riverside Cemetery in Oswego County, New York
Find a Grave
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In March 2017, a beta website for a redesigned Find A Grave was launched at gravestage.com. Public feedback was mixed. Sometime between May 29 and July 10 of that year, the beta website was migrated to new.findagrave.com, a new front end for it was deployed at beta.findagrave.com. In November 2017, the new site became the old site was deprecated. On August 20, 2018, the original Find; the website contains listings of graves from around the world. American cemeteries are organized by state and county, many cemetery records contain Google Maps and photographs of the cemeteries and gravesites. Individual grave records may contain dates and places of birth and death, biographical information and plot information and contributor information. Interment listings are added by individuals, genealogical societies, other institutions such as the International Wargraves Photography Project. Contributors must register as members to submit listings, called memorials, on the site; the submitter may transfer management.
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Système universitaire de documentation
The système universitaire de documentation or SUDOC is a system used by the libraries of French universities and higher education establishments to identify and manage the documents in their possession. The catalog, which contains more than 10 million references, allows students and researcher to search for bibliographical and location information in over 3,400 documentation centers, it is maintained by the Bibliographic Agency for Higher Education. Official website