The Borealis Rex navigated the Louisiana waters of Calcasieu River between Lake Charles and Cameron from 1905 to 1930. During the week, the paddlewheel steamer was used to transport mail, supplies and people conducting business along the river. Nights and weekends were for leisure - when the Rex was used for parties, moonlight dances, Sunday afternoon cruises and joy rides.
My dad always talked about playing baseball in Florida, Arkansas and Texas, but it wasn't until he was well into his 80s that he told me he had also played other places, including New York. The team was the 1948 Colonial League Champion Port Chester Clippers.
Last year, I traveled to Virginia to do some family research in Goochland County, near Richmond. I spent a rainy morning at Hollywood Cemetery, a 150-acre cemetery that is the final resting place of many famous people in US history.