Introducing Heinz-Dietrich Suppan, author of The Ottawa Rescue Case

“Since I’m not very good with technology, I had a hard time with many of the things I needed to do to publish the book, but the Outskirts Press people were always there to help me through it. Thanks so much!”

Heinz-Dietrich Suppan, a native of Springfield, Illinois received his Associate of Arts degree at Springfield Junior College, a Bachelor of Arts in History and German at Illinois College in Jacksonville and a Master’s Degree at the University of Illinois in Springfield. He has authored three books that dealt with Illinois History. Remember Indian Creek! In the Shadow of the Black hawk War, Marking Time: The Radium Girls of Ottawa, and Pana: The Crossroads of Crisis. Suppan continues to teach German and several history classes at Marquette Academy in Ottawa and also serves as an adjunct instructor at Illinois Valley Community College. He had given several presentations at the annual Conference on Illinois History in Springfield. Suppan lives with his wife Leslie in Ottawa.

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What was the Ottawa Rescue Case? The Underground Railroad that was organized to help runaway slaves seek freedom was nothing new to many residents who lived in Ottawa, Illinois in the 1850s. Several residents had established shelters for runaway slaves although they faced possible confrontations with slave catchers, law enforcement officers and trials that could lead to imprisonment and forfeiture of private property. The Northern District of the Illinois State Supreme Court became the scene of a hearing of a runaway slave Jim Gray who had been arrested in Union County in southern Illinois. The state court ruled that Gray was free of any state charges but he would have to be remanded to the U.S. Commissioner in Springfield who would have to hold a trial for Gray because of the federal fugitive slave law and would probably have to return Gray to his master in Missouri. Several citizens in Ottawa orchestrated a daring plan to free Gray while he was in the LaSalle County Court house and connect him with a nearby Underground Railroad network that would get him to Chicago and on north by ship to Canada. Several prominent citizens who participated in the escape plan were arrested and charged with violation of the federal fugitive slave law and were taken to Chicago to stand trial in federal court. The outcome of this trial surprised the defendants and shocked those who opposed the abolitionists and supported states’ rights that guaranteed slavery.

Introducing Michael Rand, author of WW VIETNAM

“It appeared to me that Colleen was working 24 hours a day to help me!”

Michael Rand, is an Author, Architect, Artist, Aviator, Photographer and Music Composer who lives in Frederick, Maryland

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This book is written so that my children, grandchildren and great grandchildren hopefully will better understand my experience in the Viet Nam WAR. War is evil and life altering. Everyone who has experienced war is mentally and physically affected by war for the rest of their lives. This book will give a written description of the History of war, however the emotional, heartbreaking, actual experience of war is the only way to truly understand how traumatic war is to its soldiers. “There are no unwounded soldiers in WAR.” The greatest General of all times is SUN TZU, a Military General and Strategist who live in the 5th Century AD, he died in 470 BC. Many or the successful battles in the history of WAR were won by using SUN TZUs guidelines and teachings. In the history of earth, many of the Nations or Countries have been the most feared and powerful on earth at one time. It is constantly changing and evolving and will continue to do so. First it was the Chinese, then the Persians, the Greeks, the Mangolds, Romans, Germans and the Americans. Warfare is taught and sometimes it is not taught well. This is when many soldiers die without reason! On November the 23th 1963 President John F. Kennedy was assassinated the world as we new it changed forever, the safety and security changed. “Older men declare war but it is the youth and the poor that must fight and die.” -Herbert Hoover. In the American Civil War rather than be drafted the rich could pay 300 Dollars and they did not have to go to war. In the Viet Nam war if your family was rich they could have their sons serve in the National Guard and they did not have to serve in combat. Many things that are taught to a soldier are complete wrong and will get you killed, if you stand up and charge and ambush, you will die. If You charge up a hill to take a hill, you will die. If Stand up in a fire fight, you will die. If You pick up anything in a war zone, you will die. If you charge a machine gun, you will die. If you step on a boobie trap or trip wire, you will die. If you fall to get down when you here the word incoming, you will die. You will need to learn these and many more examples of how not to die! The Vietnamese Army soldiers was brave, fearless and had been fighting war his or her entire life. They were seasoned, hardcore veterans and 100% believed in what they were fighting for unlike the American Soldier who had trained for 180 days and did not know or believe in why they were in Viet Nam they just wanted to finish their tour and rotate out of Viet Nam back to the United States. Landing in Vietnam, our plane landed at Tan Son Nhat air base in February 1968. I lined up to get off the plane a little scared and nervous not knowing what to expect. I walked out the door of the aircraft and I was immediately hit by the heat and humidity. I struggled to breath. The first think I saw was 150 soldiers waiting to get on the plane. All of the soldiers were very thin, they had a look in their eyes that I later learned was called the thousand-mile stare. The next thing I saw was luggage carts being pulled by trams, the carts were caring caskets of dead soldiers. The same planes that flew soldiers home also fly dead soldiers home in the luggage compartment in the bottom of the plane. A few days later I was told I was assigned to The First Air Cavalry Airmobile Division, 2nd of the 5th, Bravo Company Second platoon second squad. In a few more days I was flown out to meet with my Platoon. I was introduced to my squad leader Sargent Rust Strab. Sargent Strab was cooking rice and fish it smelled uneatable; it was Vietnamese army food. He ate the same food that the Viet Cong ate. His clothes and skin were the color of the dirt brown earth he looked as if he had never bathed in his life. He smelled like the jungle. He spoke pure war slang. He spoke quickly to me in Vietnamese De De Mow, and pointed to a fox hole about twenty yards away from his. He never told me anything that would help me survive the war. I later learned that no soldier wonted to meet a new soldier in country as they could be dead in hours or days and they did not need to think about a new guy. All new soldiers were called FNGs. Fucking New Guys. At dawn, I was told to pack up. We were to fly out at 0700 hours. Strab stopped by my foxhole and looked thru my back pack. He threw away my soap, tooth paste, cigarettes and deodorant. These actions keep me alive and taught me not to smell like an American. Strab again spoke to me DE DE MOW FNG. I humped over to the LZ and stood next to Second Squad. No one spoke to me. The Hueys started to landing and six soldiers climbed on each bird. Interesting no seats, no seat belts. Some soldiers just sat in the opening of the helicopter with their feet dangling out the side……

Introducing Gary H. Foster, author of Notes From The Trenches: A Musician’s Journey Through World War I

“I had a very professional and great experience working with Elaine on my book. She is terrific! Overall exceptional experience, but the people you have working for you make all the difference. Thank you!”

Gary Foster, Leo Foster ‘s grandson, was inspired by his grandfather ‘s legacy and served for 27 years in the US Navy as a naval flight officer.

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The Terror and Triumph of WWI in a Soldier ‘s Own Words. The Foster family of Wisconsin were vibrant and happy in the early years of the 20th century. Like many families in the area, they were descended from German immigrants and had a healthy appetite for hard work and beer. Barbara Foster, widowed early in life, created a loving home for her children Leo, Ottilia, Mary, and Kunigunda. They were all musicians, forming their own orchestra and playing in regional and local venues. But despite Woodrow Wilson’s promises, America found itself drawn into the Great War overseas, and Leo Foster, bugler for the Wisconsin National Guard, was sent to the front lines. Nearly a century later, this book reconstructs Leo’s World War I experience from letters, newspaper clippings, and photographs from Leo’s footlocker. Nothing compares to the immediacy of the war experience in a soldier ‘s own words. Notes from the Trenches follows Leo from stateside training to the horror of the Meuse-Argonne offensive and his battle-weary return home in May of 1919. Full of wit, good humor, and honesty, these letters provide a fascinating window into the War to End All Wars, with insightful organization and context from Leo’s grandson, Gary Foster.

Introducing Herbert G. Dorsey III, author of The Secret History of the Twentieth Century

“Bridget was very helpful in resolving problems.”

Herbert G. Dorsey III has been researching secret societies, particularly the New World Order since President George H. W. Bush referred to it in several speeches in the early 1990s. The result of his research is published in his book The Secret History of the New World Order. Herbert Dorsey also has an electrical engineering and physics background and has published several books on secret science and secret space programs.

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Discover the History Which Has Been Hidden by Powerful Secret Societies. Accepted History tells us that Nazi Germany was defeated at the end of World War II. In fact, most of the Nazi leadership, including Adolf Hitler and Martin Bormann lived on long after the war. Through secret assistance from powerful industrial lovers of fascism in the United States, superior technology, and secret underground bases, the Nazis gradually gained control over the levers of power and won a quiet victory over the United States by 1960. This was the reason behind both President Eisenhower’s warning about the undue influence of the Military Industrial Complex in his farewell address and the later assassination of President John F. Kennedy. It also explains all the unnecessary wars the U.S. has been involved with and the growing police state in a once-free nation. Other great secrets kept from the public include the government’s secret involvement with extraterrestrial civilizations and secret space programs which are already secretly colonizing the planets and moons of our solar system.

Introducing Tiberiu Weisz, author of A History of the Kaifeng Israelites

“My overall experience with Outskirts Press was positive, though they were days of frustration and delays. But the nature of publishing is that the process is tedious and prone to details, and authors need support for their effort. Indeed I got that support through good communication and vigilance. The author representative was very helpful, responded timely to inquiries and issues, she also solved most of the immediate problems. She did not hesitate to get me in touch with the product manager when more complex issues needed to be addressed. I really appreciated that. One word of advice to other authors: From the time of submission and throughout the process, the author must be engaged at every step.”

Tiberiu Weisz has published two books and numerous articles about cross cultural links between Judaism and China. His research and translation of the Kaifeng Stone Inscriptions led him to the discovery of an Israelite community in ancient Chinese Literature. “His fluency in Chinese and Hebrew… provides him a unique approach…” (www.myjewishbooks.com)

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Israelites in Chinese Literature. The book traces a small group of Israelite in Chinese literature who migrated and settled in China after the Babylonian exile. It identified the Chinese characters that denoted Israelites in Chinese literature, and based on that documented their presence and activities. Early Chinese sages quoted and made reference to Israelites while later literature treated them as natives. Though they were physically undistinguished from the Chinese, they were respected in their communities, and remained faithful to their Israelite roots.

Introducing Sheila Phelps Inderbitzen, author of Patrick Henry’s Secret In The Cellar

“Everyone on the publishing team offered very professional and excellent service. My thanks to the entire team!”

Sheila Phelps Inderbitzen is a descendent of the Norfolk England Sheltons. I discovered some notes that my mother’s cousin Judge Houston Dale Shelton had written in 1943. These notes started my journey to find out more about a woman that history only referred to as “the wife of.”

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Sarah Shelton Henry’s Life: Living in the Cellar, Struggling with Postpartum Psychosis. Preservation Virginia says Sarah Shelton Henry lived the last few years of her life in the cellar of her home. Sarah Henry showed strong signs of severe postpartum depression and psychosis. Patrick Henry’s private doctor not only found Sarah Henry living in the cellar but also found her wearing what we know today as a medical straitjacket. Mr. Henry’s doctor wanted to send Sarah Henry to the new hospital in Williamsburg but Patrick Henry did not think that was the best place for his loving wife. Sarah Henry died in the cellar in 1775.

Introducing Dan Bisher, author of Faded Memories

“Lisa did a fine job of assisting me with the process. The entire publishing process began in February and ended with my book being published in August. It might have taken a little less time, but then again, the time involved was necessary to produce a decent final product that took 25 years to complete. So, Lisa’s patience and knowledge proved to be invaluable in leading me through all the hoops to UPS delivering my author’s copies. I’ve already had about 1,000 orders and requests continue to pour in. I’m exceedingly pleased. Thanks Outskirts for everything. I’d publish with you again.”

Dan Bisher is a published author, writer, journalist and public relations expert. A native of Hillsdale County, MI, he is U.S. Marine Corps Vietnam Veteran having served as a Combat Correspondent. Dan attended California State University, Fullerton and was employed by Hillsdale College in Media Relations as a writer. For many years he narrated a historical program titled Tales of the Old Sauk Trail on Hillsdale’s WCSR radio station, and served as a color commentator for high school and college football and basketball. He resides on his family’s Michigan Centennial Farm (1872) with his wife Noel.

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Following the War of 1812, pioneer settlement of the Northwest Territories began. The U.S. government encouraged the westward movement by offering newcomers cheap land at $1.25 per acre. The government purchased vast tracts of unencumbered land through numerous negotiated treaties with several Indian tribes, or it was taken by cheating or force. Tens of thousands of inhabitants from mostly New England states, and Europe, migrated to these new lands for an opportunity to begin new lives on the frontier. One of the more popular routes traveled by pioneers began in upstate New York along the Erie Canal to Buffalo and then across Lake Erie by steamship to Detroit. A family could buy wagons, beasts of burden, tools and whatever they needed in the future motor city to clear land, build a log cabin and start farming. A steady stream of covered wagons left Detroit along the old Sauk Trail called the Chicago Pike. Faded Memories: Examination & Profiles of Hillsdale County’s Pioneer Period offers readers a glimpse of the lives and events experienced by original settlers and Native Americans. Although not the complete history of Hillsdale County and the tri-state area, 36 chapters plus the introduction and selected poems illuminate the beginnings of civilization upon these hills and dales. It’s important to remember your own culture and heritage, and who you are and where you came from. Faded Memories will hopefully add to your knowledge about your own family history.