The California Barrel Company

The California Barrel Company

a Novel


Jon Presco

Copyright 2019

After Berkeley Bill Bolagard defeats his arch enemy, Thomas Gideon, and finds the benevolent Woman of the Star at the core of this once malevolent computer, he and Monica get married and move into their old cottage in Berkeley where they both enjoy reading her father’s books in peace and quiet.

Then, one morning, while reading the newspaper, Bill’s peace of mind is disturbed when he reads an article  about a developer who is on a mission to scrub the bay area waterfront of all things that are old. The bay that Jack London came to adore, will be no more. Furthermore, this developer has formed a company, AA, Adam’s Abbreviation, that is condensing all literature, as well as movies, into a three minute read-view on a new smart phone called RIB. Rapid Intelligence Benefits.

This developer claims young people can receive all the benefits readers have enjoyed for a thousand years while riding BART, or, while flying to Europe to take in the sights of a foreign land without leaving the airport. The Happy Tourists are hooked up to Tour Simulators. One can take in all the sights in a few hours.

“Where are you?”

“I’m at the airport. I just got back from Europe! I had a ball!”

“Lucky you. I spent the weekend reading the complete works of Shakespeare for my college thesis.”

“You were always the smart one in the family.”

Bill heard Monica emerge from her bath.

“Monica, listen to this! I think I discovered a artificial lifeform that is fed artificial intelligence via a cellphone. Folks are becoming as smart as can be, but, there is no test! Everyone is agreeing not to be tested! What will they think of next?”

“How much do they charge per agreement?” Monica asked.

Bill cringed. Monica was always the smarter one. Pluss, she had been married to Thomas for twenty-two years, the greatest scam-artist of all time. She knew all his tricks.

“Let’s see. The Adam’s Apple App charges $5 dollars a Trip-Read.”

“That beats paying for a college tuition!”

Bill’s mathematical mind did some rapid calculations.

“If 20,000,000 million suckers bought ten degrees of quick&smart permission a month, that’s…………..?”

“Bill! Leave it alone! Haven’t your done enough for humanity?”

to be continued

Summoning The Muse of Sir Sterling London Joaquin Lord de Rosemond





Reading from ‘The Gideon Computer’

Gideon One 001Here is John Gregory Presco reading from his novel ‘The Gideon Computer’. This is a time capsule for my grandson, Tyler Hunt, the son of Heather Hanson.

Copyright 2014


Chapter One

Part Two

Humboldt Cooperage Company
Humboldt County, CA Biographies

HUMBOLDT COOPERAGE CO. – Established in 1903 on a small scale with a capacity of from twelve to fifteen thousand feet every ten hours; by subsequent steady growth the Humboldt Cooperage Company has increased to a capacity of fifty thousand feet and furnishes employment to one hundred and fifteen persons in the factory besides twenty five men in the woods. Seven miles east of the main plant in Arcata is located the stave bolt plant. After the logs have been brought to the landing, the drag saw cuts them into proper bolt lengths, and they are then loaded on cars and brought over the company’s tracks to Essex, thence by the Northwestern Pacific Railroad to the Arcata plant, where they are sawed into staves and heading. From the spruce and fir are manufactured staves that are shipped to San Francisco and there put together into barrels intended for all purposes, containers for liquid and dry products such as oils, asphaltum, sugar, butter, fish and fruit, and into pails for candy and other articles. The field of operation is being enlarged through effective salesmanship, the firm having an able representative in Henry Koster, through whom arrangements are being made to ship the products to the Orient.

From the beginning there has been a steady improvement in the plant at Arcata. It has been the aim of the management to keep in touch with every modern facility for the increasing of the output and the reducing of the expense of manufacture. An electric power system has been installed and modern machinery of original design introduced to render efficient and effective the output of the factory. There are not wanting many who insist that, without a single exception, this is the best equipped plant of its kind in the United States. Much of the credit for the individually efficient and mechanically modern cooperage with electric drive throughout and the best facilities of the century in every department, may be given to the vice president and general manager, Julius J. Krohn, a native son born in what is now Madera county, Cal. Before coming to Arcata he was associated with the California Barrel Company of San Francisco and thus gained a wide and valuable experience in the line of cooperage. In addition to the business, which he manages with keen intelligence and sagacious judgment, he is aiding in the material upbuilding of Humboldt county through personal efforts neither few nor small and as a member of the Humboldt Promotion and Development Committee and Chamber of Commerce of Arcata, as well as Humboldt Chamber of Commerce of Eureka, occupying a place of recognized importance among the public spirited men seeking the development of local resources. Associated with him in the financial guidance of the growing business are the following gentlemen: C. L. Koster, president; W. B. Sweet, secretary; H. A. Koster, Gen. John A. Koster, F. J. Koster and J. H. Day, constituting with the officers the directorate of the concern. Throughout this section of the state the corporation has gained a reputation for reliability in business transactions, breadth of commercial vision and tact in dealing with customers, employes and other business concerns of the state, and the solid reputation already established may be regarded as prophetic of future growth and continued development.

History of Humboldt County, California
With a Biographical Sketches
History by Leigh H. Irving
Historic Record Company
Los Angeles, California 1915

The Terrible Demise Of Young George Blank – September 3, 2011

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

California Barrel Company employees on the platform of the original building. Top row, left to right: John Piasco, Mr. Kimball, George Porter, Harvey Tighe, Mr. Larson, Bert McCreery, Ernest Schorling, Frank McNeil, Byron Smith, Asa Ensign, Arthur Durdan, Charley Molander, Joe Kossuth, John Dawson, George Blank, Mr. Munford, Carl Wolquist and Martin Bennick. Middle row, left to right: A. Laine, Mr. Berg, Milton Samis, Frank Marohnick, Emmett Porter, Mr. Stone and Je Marohnich, Sr. Front row, left to right: Manuel Mendes, Jow Maronich, Jr. and Mr. Grater. Far front row, left to right: Stacey Fisher, Chas, Schmidt, Harold Welch, Chas Frederickson and Ed McClaskey. Photo courtesy HSU Library Humboldt County Collection

From the Arcata Union:

Aug. 19, 1911

Fatal Accident

Tuesday morning at six minutes past 10 o’clock, George Blank, a young man who had been employed at the Cooperage plant in Arcata in different capacities for nearly five years, met with a shocking accident by being caught in a belt running on the main shaft, and was literally torn to pieces in a very few seconds, parts of his body being thrown in all directions about the mill…

George Blank

While there was no one who actually witnessed the accident, the theory seems to prevail among the employees of the plant that Blank had slipped the belt on to the wire machine and then stepped along the platform to the drive shaft, which was connected directly with the engine and making 270 revolutions per minute, said shaft being almost on the same level as the top of the wire machine.

He then took his left hand and attempted to slip the collar beneath the belt, and instantly had his hand drawn between the belt and the drive shaft, with the result that his body was beaten and battered to pieces against the second-story floor. The unusual noise overheard attracted the attention of several of the men, and the engine was stopped in short order, and the sight that met the gaze of those men about the mill caused many strong men to quietly leave the scene. The left arm was still wrapped around the shaft, which was all that was found at that point…

George Blank was born in Trinidad on Oct. 18th, 1890, and had nearly attained his majority when death ended his career.

Turner Took French Leave

Clarence Turner, the Eureka young man who was found guilty on Aug. 11th for exceeding the speed limit on his motor bike, or motor cycle, as the law insists they shall be called, failed to put in an appearance Saturday morning to receive his sentence. After waiting a reasonable time for the convicted man to come before him, Judge Beers declared the $40 bail bond forfeited, and the case is closed, at least for the present… Turner would undoubtedly have been fined $50 or $60 if he had stayed to receive the sentence, and he evidently thought it would be rather a bright thing to do to give up his position at the Reed & Reed Garage and leave the county on his motor bike in the night, than to stay and take his medicine.

As there has been considerable criticism of the action of the town board in keeping the speed limit for autos and motor cycles at 10 miles per hour, and yet tacitly allowing a limit of 15 miles, according to their instructions to the Marshal, mention might be called to the fact that there were three auto owners on the jury who found Turner guilty by a unanimous vote…

It is a pretty well established fact that [Turner’s attorney Henry L.] Ford know that Turner had left the county the night before, and that he was probably speeding through Mendocino County when the time for the pronouncing sentence arrived.

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The California Barrel Company – Lives!


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I just found this in the parallel business world. William Broderick, the husband of Alice Stuttmeister, was the Vice President (a Director) of the California Barrel Company that was located in the Dogpatch, south of San Francisco, and Arcate in Humbolt County where the photograph of Melba and her grandfather is taken. The photo says it is her father, but, it is her grandfather, William Oltman Stuttmeister. I know this because according the Daryl Bulkley, William was very tall, and William Broderick, was short. That is how I remember him.

The President of Cal-Barrel, was Frederick Jacob Koster, who was a member of the Bohemian Club, as was Joaquin Miller, and George Stirling, seen in a traditional tent at the Grove Gathering. When Rosemary would show us the family photos, she would say this about our kin gathered in the redwoods of the Oakland Hills.

“Those are you Bohunk kin.”

Why Rosemary would say this, knowing the Prescos came from Bohemia in 1882, is puzzling. Was she once told they were Bohemian Bohos?

My father and I own the same facial features Will Stuttmeister does, who has a long face.

Jon Presco

Plans Revealed for Enormous Waterfront Development in Potrero

Credit: Bob Ecker

Cleanup is currently underway at the industrial area surrounding the old Potrero Power Plant site and adjacent shoreline. Draft plans were recently created and unveiled for a 29-acre Central Waterfront site at 1201 Illinois Street (bounded by Illinois, the Bay, 22nd and 23rd Streets). This area is being prepared for over 5 million square feet of development rising up to 300 feet in height.

The project is currently funded and led by California Barrel Company, with support from Associate Capital and Meg Whitman, the CEO of HP Enterprise. The overall development would introduce up to 2,700 new housing units, 220 hotel rooms, 600,000 square feet of office space and more than 100,000 square feet of retail (including a new grocery store).

To ensure capacity for these new businesses, new parking will be added for nearly 2,600 cars and 1,700 bikes. There are also plans to add a dedicated bike land down 23rd Street. Interestingly, the plans call to keep the power plant’s old smokestack and its nearby Power Block structure intact.

Credit: SocketSite

The proposed plan also calls for adding six acres of open space and parks. This includes a central Power Station Park, a waterfront park, and promenade connected to San Francisco’s Blue Greenway. Lastly, the project team is debating the construction of a new dock that could provide water access for recreational, commercial, and municipal watercrafts.

Except for one 30-story building on the western side of the site, which is roughly the same height as the existing boiler stack along the bay, the other 18 proposed buildings range from 65 to 180 feet in height. Current zoning for this area limit buildings to 65 feet in high, so expect some amendments at some point.

The Potrero development site is near many other very large mixed-use projects such as the 28-acre Pier 70, 14-acre India Basin, the proposed Golden State Warriors arena, and the Hunters Point Shipyard and Candlestick Point.

The original power plant was previously owned by PG&E and stopped operating in 2011. It was considered one of the dirtiest energy producers in the state of California and its predecessors operated on the site going all the way back to the 1870s.

The ultimate hope is that the power plant property will become an extension of Pier 70, where a dozen historic industrial buildings will be preserved. We’ll keep you posted as we find out more.

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Berkeley Bill and Springfield Jonny

I just awoke from my Old Man nap and realized I was a Chevy Man, and not a Ford Man. In my unfinished science fiction novel, Berkley Bill Bolagard takes a job as a Ford Truck salesman after he visits his old friend, Dexter Lewis, in Los Angeles. Bill appears dressed like Wild Bill Hickock in Ford commercials.

“Ride em cowboy!”

The Ford Super MX3 has a trailer with a canvas top, that looks somewhat like a covered wagon. Bill designs a super-fast Ford Thunderbird that drives by the three mile long wall of the Gideon Institute, a private prison system. Getting on the computer, I read this.  I have caught up! The future I saw in 1986, and the ‘Last Hippie Standing’ is – here! I am reborn again on this day!

I finally get it. What George Miller designed. It is a time machine, that his brother, Joaquin Miller used in his attempts to keep the world, and the Timosphere, free. We are like twins. There is a parallel universe that can be used to transport us Futurians.

Above is a photo of Joaquin Miller with his mother who lived seven miles away in Coburg. Next to Joaquin is his daughter that he sired while living with Indians. These Oregon folks are about 200 yards up the hill from where my grandfathers had a orchard and farm. Miller was the Woodminster. I am the new Woodminster, who is being pursued by the Shame Master, and he She-Shamers from hell.

The Mayor and City Council are talking about spending 44 million dollars on a new library, across the street from the old library. Whos so much? What kind of library will this be. I suggest they name it the ‘Washington Irving Library, because there are amazing changes coming this way. The Bohemians are on the march! The battle for the Willamette Valley, is brewing. Miller was a member of the Bohemian Club and has been to the grove.

Springfield Jonny ‘Master and Duke of the Woods’

UPDATE: WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House confirms that President Donald Trump will sign a bill averting a potential partial government shutdown at the end of the week. Press Secretary Sarah Sanders says Trump will also take “other executive action — including a national emergency” as he seeks to keep his border wall pledge. The bipartisan congressional legislation expected to pass Thursday includes only a fraction of the billions of dollars Trump is seeking to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Sanders says, “The President is once again delivering on his promise to build the wall, protect the border, and secure our great country.”

An emergency declaration to shift funding from other federal priorities to the border is expected to face swift legal challenge.

Van Rensburg and Winkle Prophecy

I am the embodiment of Rip Van Winkle and Siener Van Rensburg. I have been creating a Cyber Dutch Diaspora. I suggested there is a lineage of prophets that Henry Brevoort was  aware of. I am a Prophet from this lineage. Who are The Knickerbockers?

I am free of the little and limited world view of The Pretenders with tiny minds. I have commented many times how easy my life would be if I was a White Racist like my brother. I would have friends and followers. Donald would probably want to shoot a round of golf at Key Largo. I would have been seated at the Trump Thanksgiving table – as His Seer. I spent Thanksgiving, alone. I am a hard read. True prophets dress in camel fur and eat locusts in the wilderness…………alone. They dine and commune with God. This is why Donald would want me hanging around, giving prophecies about The Last Stand of The Great White Nationalist Man.

Am I hijacking the Suidlander Prophecy? I am trying my best. To this end I employ the prophetic post of Belle Burch. Try and stop me!

Seer Jon

Copyright 2018

  • Afriforum is an interest group representing Afrikaners — the 5% of the population descended mainly from Dutch, German, and French settlers.
  • Afriforum is part of a wider movement called Solidarity, which is an increasingly influential movement with an agenda that divides South Africa.
  • Critics accuse them of stirring racial fears at a time when South Africa’s president is trying to defuse threats of unrest from a far-left party.
  • Meanwhile, fringe white groups, including the survivalist Suidlanders, have been warning for decades that Afrikaners are under threat of an impending racial civil war.

PRETORIA (Reuters) — When US President Donald Trump pledged to investigate large scale killings of white farmers in South Africa and violent takeovers of land, Pretoria said he was misinformed. Elsewhere, there was quiet satisfaction.

For a little-known South African activist group, Trump’s intervention, following a Fox News show criticizing the land reform plans of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s ruling African National Congress, signaled a job well done.

My Beautiful – Nazi Muse?


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Bohemian Nation of Washington Woodstock


Henry Brevoort, and Sir Walter Scott, corresponded. They discussed the writing of Washington Irving. Scott wrote about Woodstock and Fair Rosamond who is the subject of the castle Singer built on an island. Churchill grew up in Blenheim Palace were Rosamond’s Labyrinth was located. A lake was named after her. Here is The Fair Lady of the Rose and Lake.

The artist, Marcel Duchamp, climbed atop the arch in Washington Square, and declared Washington Square a sovereign nation. On this day I found the New Bohemian Nation of Washington Woodstock, named after Washington Irving, and a generation known as The Woodstock Nation of Flower Children who will be forever known as….


Washington Woodstock will be a Sanctuary for all children who have demonstrated Literary and Artistic Gifts, and find themselves being bullied and harassed. I suggest a Art and Poetry event take place in Washington Woodstock Square for The Dreamers’.

Consuelo Vanderbuilt, and Jennie Jerome, were the daughters of American Millionairs who married into the royal family that lived at Blenheim, and had to be familiar with the Legends of Rosamond. These are the Beautiful American Daughters of Wall Street. Let there be a sanctuary and new understanding of how sane business people conduct business, and themselves in The Bohemian Renaissance.

The Four Hollow Souls Raised by Kane

I own the Four Literary Spirits of the New World. My story is about the literary battle I have fought over, The Bible, The Hobbits, James Bond, and American Art, History and Letters. Then there are the Bohemians. At any given time these sprits will haunt Skipton Castle, Sleepy Hollow, or, the King’s Chapel in Boston. Here is my treatment for a movie – and book!

The Spirit of Saint Paul is awoken from a deep sleep. Yes, I dare mess with Paul! About time someone did! He is the greatest sacred down in history! His old conscience was bothering him again. He had been a savage mass-murderer of the first Church, a real Charlie Manson doing Helter-Skelter! He says he was saved by blinding light on the road to Damascus. Paul lied when he said it was Jesus who blinded him, and, later had conversations with him. He tried to tell the Church the truth before he died, but, Timothy intercepted his last letter to the Church in Paris.

It is from Paris that he feels the darkest energy he ever felt. He understands there was a child born of Cain, the murderer of his brother. From this lineage ‘The Beast’ of Revelations is now in the earth, and bringing all that is light into the Eternal Darkness. Employing darkness to fight darkness, Paul raises from the dead, John Wilson, who is Solomon Kane. The Headless Hussian who I will name von Stuttmeister.  The unmerciful John Clifford, and, Rip van Winkle. The Terrible Neglecter of Wives.

Thinking the Son of the Beast will soon be dispatched to hell, and about to fall back into a Eternal Rest, Paul’s eyes are suddenly wide open!

“Uh-oh! I fucked up again. I just launched the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse. Oh well. Not my problem! It’s in God’s hands now!”

John Presco 007

Copyright 2018

“For this very reason, I (Paul) truly thought in myself that I ought to do many things contrary to the name of Jesus the Nazarean, Which I also did in Jerusalem; and many of the saints I shut up in prisons, having received authority from the chief priests; and when they were put to death, I gave my full consent against them” (Acts 26:9 – 10, HBFV)

“Rip Van Winkle” is set in the years before and after the American Revolutionary War in a village at the foot of New York’s Catskill Mountains where Rip Van Winkle lives, a Dutch-American villager. One autumn day, Van Winkle wanders into the mountains with his dog Wolf to escape his wife’s nagging. He hears his name called out and sees a man wearing antiquated Dutch clothing; he is carrying a keg up the mountain and requires help. Together, the men and Wolf proceed to a hollow in which Rip discovers the source of thunderous noises: a group of ornately dressed, silent, bearded men who are playing nine-pins.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” is a horror story by American author Washington Irving, contained in his collection of 34 essays and short stories entitled The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.. Written while Irving was living abroad in Birmingham, England, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” was first published in 1820. Along with Irving’s companion piece “Rip Van Winkle“, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” is among the earliest examples of American fiction with enduring popularity, especially during Halloween because of a character known as the Headless Horseman believed to be a Hessian soldier who lost his head to a cannonball in battle.[1]

Winkle Van Bogart

On the road to find Humphry Bogart’s kin, Metje Van Winkle, I found this man:

He bought land from the Indians. His kin married Hendrick Brevoort and lived in the house above. We are talking about one of the greatest real estate deals in New York State.

Sydney Morris sold our creative family history to an outsider and bid ‘The Caretaker’ to author a book, and make a movie. I am kin to Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor, and perhaps, Humphry Bogart. In December of 2015 I began my historic fictional novel ‘Anatomy of a Rogue Wave’ in which Lauren and Humphry appear. It now occurs to me my beloved sister is amongst the Angelic Muses that are dictating to me. I would discover Henry Brevoort two year later. This is beyond uncanny

Jon Presco

Copyright 2017

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Jessie Benton Trade Center

Ed Ray did Oregon a great disservice by depicting Thomas Hart Benton as a important man with glaring, even psychotic, character flaws. It is now becoming apparent Benton was Jefferson’s hammer, that he used to crash throught the barrier to the West – and on to India! Benton was chosen because of family connections. Both men were fully aware of the growing British Empire, who thru Colonial Rule, had amassed great wealth, and built impressive Manors. In 1856, the army of Queen Victoria ‘The Queen of Trade’ made India the jewel in her crown-colonies. Was she responding to the fear Benton and John Astor would establish a Pacific Trade with the Far East, that would bypass, and surpass the blockade of British Men of War? Benton worked for a Transcontinental railroad.

President Trump has successfully built his Eastern Wall when he declared a Trade War with China. This wall has to come down! I believe women are the future of International Trade. One need only look at Eugene’s very successful Saturday Market for a blueprint of larger things to come. I see a new focus for Phil Knight and the University of Oregon, who will graduate women who already have hands-on experience in Foreign Trade.

I see a Peace Treaty between the women mayors of Springfield and Eugene, a Hands Across Water. I see Congresswoman dressed in white breaking ground with Michelle Obama. I see World Peace via Enlightened Trade! There is the European Union, and, and, here come the Pacific Union. Build it, and they will come!

John Presco

President: Royal Rosamond Press


Passage to India: Thomas Hart Benton and Asa Whitney

Ever since Columbus, explorers had hoped to find a “passage to India,” one which would open the way to the storied riches of the Orient. When Lewis and Clark reached the western shore of the continent in 1804, they revived this vision in America. Jefferson seems to have grasped the importance of the Pacific Northwest to trade with Asia but was primarily interested in the establishment of a static, uncomplex agricultural society. But Thomas Hart Benton, otherwise a fervent follower of Jefferson, passionately advocated westward expansion and lobbied throughout his Congressional life for the construction of a western Pacific railway. For Benton, the Atlantic coast was too derivative of and dependent on England; access to Asia, on the other hand, offered America true national greatness. The difficulty in transporting Asiatic goods eastward across the entire American continent hampered serious consideration of this process until the advent of the trans-continental railroad in the 1840s.

Benton thought that the nation with the most direct route to Asia would increase in wealth and power; and as Lewis and Clark had discovered a westward route, all that was needed was a trailbreaker to lead the way through the wilderness. Men of all classes of the community could participate in this effort and begin to emancipate America from its dependence on Europe. Asia, grateful for gifts of liberal government, scientific advances, and true religion, would unite with America against exploitative Europe. Benton’s Jacksonian expansionism was tempered by Jefferson’s conservative warnings that a republican government could not survive too great an expansion of its boundaries. Benton at one point proposed that the Rocky Mountains should separate the United States from the Pacific Republic, though the two would stand together against the Old World.

Ocean-borne commerce formed the economic basis for the theme of the “passage to India.” Connecting the wharves of the world with the storehouses of interior merchants would develop and populate the West. This “highway to the Pacific” would make possible the distribution of goods to previously unreached areas and eventually make possible production in those areas. Asa Whitney, a New York merchant who had made a fortune in the Orient, realized that the transcontinental railroad was the key to both Asiatic trade and settlement of the trans-Mississippi region. He submitted an audacious proposal for a sixty-mile wide tract of land stretching from Lake Michigan to the Pacific which was subsequently denied. Though he came later to grant Whitney’s point, Benton did not initially fathom the importance of the railroad because he drew only on his experience of networked waterway transportation in his native Mississippi Valley.

Both Whitney and Benton were in love with the West and agreed about the importance of Asiatic trade to the future development and grandeur of the United States. In 1845, Whitney debated Steven Douglas about the forces governing westward expansion. Douglas argued that individual farmers were the source of westward development, while Whitney maintained that from a commercial point of view, the isolated western farmers did not really exist, insofar as they were not incorporated into the larger economic exchange of goods and services. Whitney concluded that if the western railroad was built, it would create markets and the farmers would follow.

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Jefferson’s Oregon Empire

Jefferson and John Astor wanted to found a Pacific Empire. Thomas Hart Benton and Jessie Benton were close to the Astor family.


WASHINGTON — In the 19th Century, the giants of the U.S. Senate had a special affinity for constituent service: They drew salaries from powerful businessmen while serving on Capitol Hill.

Thomas Hart Benton of Missouri was paid by John Jacob Astor’s American Fur Co.; Henry Clay of Kentucky worked for James De Wolfe, a slave trader, and the great orator Daniel Webster of Massachusetts was on the payroll of the Bank of the United States. Webster even complained to the bank managers that “my retainer has not been renewed, or refreshed as usual.”

By today’s definition of morality, those payments would be considered bribery, and the senators who accepted them would be disgraced, if not indicted and convicted. Political ethics have changed remarkably since the days of Benton, Clay and Webster.

Astoria, or Fort Astoria, was the United States’ first settlement west of the Rocky Mountains. Located in present-day Oregon, along the Columbia River, the area was first visited in 1805 by President Jefferson’s Corps of Discovery when they wintered in nearby Fort Clatsop. The idea to found a permanent settlement near the mouth of the Columbia was devised by the wealthy New Yorker John Jacob Astor (1763-1848). Born on July 17, 1763 in Waldorf, Germany, Astor emigrated to the United States in 1783, and within a decade was America’s leading fur trader. He hoped to expand his lucrative business into the Pacific Northwest, an area dominated by British Canadian fur traders at the time.  Astor pursued the idea with President Jefferson in a series of letters and a meeting in 1808.1  Plans were laid for the Astoria expedition after Jefferson guaranteed Astor “every reasonable patronage and facility in the power of the executive.”2 The Astorians set out for Oregon in 1809 in two groups: one travelling by land, following Lewis and Clark’s route, and one by sea. In 1811, the seafaring party landed along the Columbia and began to build their settlement; in doing so they had realized Jefferson’s dream of transcontinental American settlement.

Over the next few years the Astorians went about, in Jefferson’s words, “planting the germ of an American population on the shores of the pacific.”3 However, with American-British relations strained, and war on the horizon, Astor began to fear for the survival of his settlement. He wrote to Jefferson, now retired and living at Monticello, in hopes of persuading him to write or meet with leaders in Washington in support of military protection. Jefferson again complimented the aims of Astor, going so far as to compare him with “Columbus and Raleigh;”4 however, he declined to take any action in support of Astoria, stating “from medaling however with these subjects it is my duty as well as my inclination to abstain.”5 After President Madison declared war on Britain, Astor again wrote Jefferson on the matter but received a similar answer.6 However, by this point the Astorians, unbeknownst to those back east, had under the threat of Royal Navy attack sold out to the British-Canadian-owned North West Fur Company at a price which Astor considered to be far below market value.7 Although Astor would make several moves to reclaim the area for his company, this effectively ended his exploits in the Pacific Northwest.8 In the following years, Astor focused the attention of the American Fur Company on the Great Lakes region, and met with great success. By the time of his death in March of 1848, he was America’s wealthiest man.

– Kevin Hivick, Monticello Research Report, February 2011

Further Sources


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Moral Majority – Full of Devil Poop

Pro-life leaders are racists.

Rosamond Press


I just watched Lying Jerry Farwell Jr. defend Donald Trump from new accusations by two women. He said we are all sinners, and, he would have voted for John Kennedy ‘The Womanizer’ because he cut taxes. Jerry ‘The Fairy Hater’ said Trump has changed and his lack of morals is not important, and, he will vote for him. This is the president of Liberty University where Trump just spoke, and was given five standing ovations by Christians. The Falwells HATE homosexuals, and work hard to criminalize them, because, Jesus would never redeem them, never forgive them. This is America’s ISIS. They are shit-disturbers – around the clock! They hiss like a den of vipers after The Humpster’ exposed them, walked in on them while they were naked, dancing around Devil Fire.

Jon Presco

Three women accused Donald Trump of groping or kissing them without their consent in news reports published…

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President Wants Christians to be Republicans?

How honest is this? My kin, John Fremont, co-founded the Abolitionist Republican Party and was its first Presidential Candidate. Trump carries those red southern states who honor their Confederate ancestors. Capturing the moral high ground began before the Civil War. Ministers on both sides made a claim. The issue of abortion was invented to take the moral high ground from the Civil Rights movement that was taking power away from white people who are becoming the minority, and thus want to appear to be victims. That only they care about Right to Life, is the invention.


“If you look at public opinion data, white evangelicals’ connection to [Trump] isn’t because he’s carrying water for their pet causes,” said Robert Jones, founding CEO of PRRI. “It’s really about their broader fear about the changing demographics of the country.

The night before last week’s National Prayer Breakfast, President Donald Trump was hosting religious leaders and lawmakers for dinner at the White House when he spotted Democratic Senator Chris Coons — and pounced.

Trump confronted the Delaware lawmaker — who attended the event as the Prayer Breakfast’s official Democratic co-chair — over the issue of abortion, creating a tense scene in the White House’s Blue Room, according to three sources familiar with the exchange.

Trump leaned in close to Coons, who calls himself “a practicing Christian and a devout Presbyterian,” and laced into the Democratic senator over controversial moves to change statewide policies on abortion that have roiled New York and Virginia politics in recent weeks. “He was in his face about it,” said one person familiar with the exchange. The person described Trump as extremely “worked up.”

“He saw a Democrat in the room, a Democrat who’s known to be a person of faith, and he was like, ‘Why aren’t you speaking out about this?’” the source added.

Another source who was in the room confirmed the account, describing the moment as both “awkward” and attention-grabbing. Rarely has Trump been so vocal about abortion when the masses aren’t watching, this person said. (A Coons spokesman declined to comment.)

The private episode underscored Trump’s recent public focus on abortion, which has delighted his evangelical Christian supporters. During his State of the Union address last Tuesday, Trump used vivid imagery to claim that New York’s new abortion law would “allow a baby to be ripped from the mother’s womb moments before birth.” And he accused Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, who’s backed similar legislation in his state, of wanting to allow medical providers to “execute” babies after birth.

Abortion is a somewhat unlikely new cause for a president who years ago called himself “very pro-choice” and did not make the issue a central theme of his 2016 campaign. But people close to Trump say that he has developed an increasingly sincere passion for the cause.

That passion also conveniently dovetails with what they call a concerted recent effort to energize white evangelicals who might otherwise be turned off by the concessions Trump appears poised to make to Democrats who have refused to meet his demand for $5.7 billion in wall funding. In need of a boost with his base, Trump is turning increasingly to social and religious issues.

Four officials inside and close to the White House said Trump has sought to connect in new ways with his evangelical supporters during the prolonged immigration battle and has been previewing issues that could play a key role in his 2020 re-election bid.

That wider effort includes Trump’s unexpected endorsement last month of a campaign to add Bible literacy classes to public school curriculums. He has also been in regular touch with evangelical leaders, including Liberty University president Jerry Falwell Jr., who sometimes speaks to the president several times a month.

And on Thursday, the White House’s political affairs office will host a conference call with surrogates and the president himself to “discuss the importance of Life at every stage,” according to an email invitation obtained by POLITICO.

“We’re very pleased that the president is using the bully pulpit to make it clear that he values every child, born and unborn. It’s a powerful statement duly noted by evangelicals and it’s consistent with the president’s beliefs and with his policies,” said Faith & Freedom Coalition head Ralph Reed, who spoke with Trump shortly before his State of the Union address.

“It’s also politically savvy,” suggested Reed.

The outreach comes at a moment of political vulnerability for Trump. For the 81 percent of white evangelicals who backed him in 2016, immigration remains an issue of utmost importance. Sixty seven percent of white evangelicals support Trump’s border wall, and 72 percent backed his travel ban on Muslim-majority countries, according to data compiled by the Public Religion Research Institute.

“If you look at public opinion data, white evangelicals’ connection to [Trump] isn’t because he’s carrying water for their pet causes,” said Robert Jones, founding CEO of PRRI. “It’s really about their broader fear about the changing demographics of the country.”

But those numbers are why two outside advisers to his 2020 campaign said they’re concerned about the potential impact of a perceived “loss” or “cave” to Democrats should Trump, as is expected, sign onto a preliminary deal struck by congressional negotiators this week.

That agreement, announced on Monday, includes $1.375 billion for 55 miles of border fencing — not even half of the $5.7 billion Trump demanded in wall funding. Democrats managed to add a provision encouraging U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials to detain fewer undocumented immigrants.

The good news for the White House is that a third of pro-Trump white evangelicals say there’s virtually nothing he could do to lose their favor. But some evangelical leaders worry about Christians who have become disenchanted by the chaos of Trump’s administration or feel that he has otherwise betrayed their values.

“I spoke with a pastor here in town who’s Pentecostal and an immigrant. He was very supportive of Donald Trump and even encouraged his congregation to vote for him. Then, in 2017, with the travel ban and the ramped-up ICE enforcement, he told me, ‘Wait, I thought this president was for a Christian agenda,’” said Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, a Baptist minister in Durham, N.C.

“Many people have had that kind of realization — that it wasn’t just rhetoric,” he claimed.

Trump has sought to compensate for such complaints by playing up other evangelical priorities in recent days — and by soliciting advice from prominent conservative Christians.

In addition to abortion, religious leaders point to Trump’s support for a bipartisan criminal justice reform measure, which he signed into law in December, that had been a longtime cause of Christian activists who preach forgiveness.

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