Well, I’ve just gotten back from Pottsville. The Red Cross trip was quite a bust–closest item they had was some material from 1917-1918 about the Shenandoah chapter, nothing from that time about Shamokin. I did find some names in their scrapbook of more recent officers who may know something, but other than that, not much. Fortunately, however, I had a Plan B for the expedition. And, this Plan B was an excellent bet, so I thought. Besides, after I’d come all this way and found little at the Red Cross, when it came to the library, I certainly “didn’t want no trouble.” But…
Something came up, could not make the Trevorton trip today. It is a small cemetery I think, but I have left a phone message for the superintendent asking about plot plans, this will save time next I head to Trevorton.
This afternoon, I uploaded the family tree database to OneGreatFamily, a complex family tree site which supposedly has excellent auto-merging faculties, but I found the thing to be very difficult to use. Will have to get back to it later and see if I can do anything with it.
Also, I visited a website which contained databases of historical newspapers, books, and documents. I found there an article from the time of M.H. Kulp’s service in the U.S. Congress, which appeared in an Illinois paper, the Sunday Inter Ocean, February 8, 1896, and was entitled: “Oddities in Congress. Lawmakers Who Are Distinguished by Queer Manners and Careers.”
Monroe H. Kulp is a new man from Pennsylvania. He is known as Farmer Kulp, though exactly why is not apparent. He is a good deal of a swell in respect to dress. With reasonable certainty he may be said to be the cheekiest member in the House. During the last session of the Fify-Third [sic] Congress he had the privilege of the floor of the House, being a member-elect. It happened that a vote was pending on an important question, and, the decision being rather close, tellers were appointed. Under such circumstances the members all pass in line between the tellers in order that their votes may be recorded. Kulp coolly took his place in the line and voted, the cheat not being discovered.