In America, the Ulster Scots became known as the Scotch-Irish. Harkins believes the most credible theory of the term's origin is that it derives from the linkage of two older Scottish expressions, "hill-folk" and "billie" which was a synonym for "fellow", similar to "guy" or "bloke".
Pioneer life in Oklahoma wasn't easy, but for those brave souls who ventured out into the wild lands of untamed Oklahoma it was their dream. They saw this new state as a ray of light, a chance to own a piece of the American Dream; a home and land of...
President Abraham Lincoln signed the Homestead Act on May 20, 1862. On January 1, 1863, Daniel Freeman made the first claim under the Act, which gave citizens or future citizens up to 160 acres of public land provided they live on it, improve it, and pay a small registration fee. The Government granted more than 270 million acres of land while the law was in effect. Accordion
If you ever find yourself in Southern Ontario, Canada, take a day trip to the Oil Museum of Canada, located in Oil Springs. It is a marvelous quaint museum and celebrates the home of the very first commercial oil well in North America. Time well spent, as my father would say! The wonderful scratch texture is by Caro's Lines / Caroline - sorry for the late attribute