Monday, April 6, 2020

Milliron Monday: Abbott Pliny Smith 1853-1943

Abbott "Pete" Smith, D.V.M.
June 16, 1938 - February 22, 2010

Welcome to Milliron Monday where every Monday we celebrate the legacy of Pete Smith, D.V.M., and  Milliron: Abbott “Pete” Smith, D.V.M. The Biography (Monday Creek Publishing 2017). A graduate of Colorado State University and a well-known veterinarian in southeast Ohio, Dr. Smith continues to motivate and inspire. 

March 18, 1943, Pete's great-grandfather, Abbott Pliny Smith, passed away. Abbott's life was full of adventure, hard work, family, travel, and philanthropy. Dying from complications of a broken hip, his life was recapped in the New Bedford, Massachusetts newspaper...

Abbott Smith, 89, Succumbs
Was Business, Civic Leader

     Abbott P. Smith, 89, of 95 Hawthorn Street, long prominent in New Bedford business and civic affairs, died about 9:30 this morning at St. Luke’s Hospital.
     Unusually hale [robust] for his age, Mr. Smith was downtown on business March 8 when he fell on a short flight of stairs in the rear of the First National Bank, suffering a broken hip. He apparently had been making good progress at the hospital. His death, Dr. William Rosen, medical examiner said, was due to complications. By unfortunate coincidences, Mrs. Smith had suffered a fractured hip, a fall at home the day before Mr. Smith’s accident. For years the junior of her husband, she reported to be getting along well.
     Mr. Smith was an outstanding figure for many years in the industrial development of New Bedford and the promotion of other business enterprises. He gradually had relinquished active business responsibilities in recent years, though he continued to maintain an office in the First National Bank Building and to spend some hours there daily.
     He still was president of New Bedford Storage Warehouse Company, which was the first important warehouse for cotton storages built in New Bedford. He had been a direction of various mills, was a former member of the Common Council, the Water Board and the Free Public Library trustees, and served many years as a trustee of New Bedford Textile School, and for eight years was president of the Textile School Board.
     Mr. Smith was born on a Westport farm, October 7, 1853, son of Henry and Ruth (Wilcox) Smith, and attended school in Westport. He left Westport High School in 1869 to take employment as a cash boy at $50 a year in the New Bedford dry goods store of Benjamin H. Waite. His pay was to be doubled at the end of the year if he made good.
     At the end of three months he found he could combine schooling and earning to good purpose by attending Friends School in Providence, now Moses Brown Academy. He studied there for 3 ½ years until June 1873 when his family moved to New Bedford.

     His formal schooling ended, Mr. Smith continued his education by extensive travel in this county and abroad. Navigation was one of the arts he acquired, self-taught, in an experience voyage on a New Bedford sailing ship. Place names include recent war news dealing with Central Europe and the Near East recalled to him regions he visited as a young man.
     His lifelong interest in ships and marine affairs was stimulated by his background as well as his travels. His father was agent for several whaleships. The barks Greyhound and Mattapoisett were built by his grandfather in 1852. On his father’s death in 1873, Mr. Smith, a youth of 20, took over his father’s agencies. He spent 12 years in this phase of the whaling business.
     Most young men who lived in this vicinity in the whaling era looked forward to making at least one voyage, and MR. Smith was no exception. HE sailed Sept. 15, 1876, from Boston in the bark Azor, a packed ship carrying supplies to whaleships in the Azores and bringing back oil they wanted to send to New Bedford.
     Realizing he might never have another such opportunity, he extended his itinerary from one point to another – to Madeira, Lisbon, Gibraltar, Malta, Egypt, Palestine, Constantinople, Russia, Slovakia, Holland, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, and other parts of Europe. He conducted a party during his Near East tour, manifesting thus early the spirit of enterprise which later was expressed in his many business undertakings.

Many Business Fields
     Beginning in 1880 with construction of houses and stores, MR. Smith progressed to larger enterprises. These comprised promotion of street railways, banks, and the Dartmouth, Soule, Butler, Kilburn, Taber, Quansett and Quissett Mills. His latest promotion was the Old Colony Silk Mills Corporation.
     Mr. Smith was a lifelong Republican. He was appointed chairman of a New England Commission on Foreign and Domestic Commerce by Calvin Coolidge, then Governor of Massachusetts.
     New Bedford Port Society presented MR. Smith a handlettered vote of appreciation of his service as president from 1927 to 1934, in which period more important celebrations were held by the society than in any other corresponding period of its history. He was active in promoting the production of the New Bedford Whaling film, Down to the Sea in Ships, and was president of the Whaling Film Corporation which produced it.
     Mr. Smith at the time of his death was a member of the Port Society, Boston Marine Society, Sons of the American Revolution, New Bedford Y.M.C.A., the National Geographic Society, the Wamsutta Club, Country Club of New Bedford, Brooks Club, Republican Club of Massachusetts, and a life member of Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants and the Old Dartmouth Historical Society. He attended Grace Episcopal Church.
     Besides the widow who was Sarah Metcalf of Boston before their marriage Jan. 15, 1879, survivors are a son, Abbott M. Smith of West Chester, Pa.; two daughters Mrs. Arthur D. Delano of New Bedford and Mrs. Ruth Smith [Pete’s grandmother] of Boston; eight grandsons of whom three now are in the armed services; one granddaughter, seven great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. 

Have a great week ahead.

Through captivating, powerful, and emotional anecdotes, we celebrate the life of Dr. Abbott P. Smith. His biography takes the reader from smiles to laughter to empathy and tears. Dr. Smith gave us compelling lessons learned from animals; the role animals play in the human condition, the joy of loving an animal, and the awe of their spirituality. A tender and profound look into the life of a skilled veterinarian.

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Fallen Snow - Whispering Willows: Book 1 by Diana Dawn

by Diana Dawn

Snow found herself falling into another she ran from the evil stepmother trying to kill her. A new world full of romance and mystery and magic awaited her. But, she is still hunted...still in constant fear for her life from that witch. Searching for her "prince and protector" among the handsome strangers in this mystical remote village, she finds new friends among its residents, both historical and present-day folks. A mysterious woods where once you fall into it, you can’t leave. This was her new home, a world of magic and new family and friends and...romance. Fallen Snow is the first book in the Whispering Willows series.

About the Author

Diana Dawn is a writer and author of the new book series, Whispering Willows. As a lover of fairy tales and romance, Diana has focused her writing on romantic fiction, with a hint of classic fables. She has been a lifelong writer and first began creating stories in grade school.

Saturday, April 4, 2020

The Revelations of the End of Times: Prophecies and Messages from Heaven by J. Montalat

According to the author, we are in the period known as the End of Times. The book makes a chronological compilation of the apparitions of the Virgin Mary announcing this event from 1700 (18th century) to the present day.

Currently, various people spread across the 5 continents receive prophetic messages every few days. At the end of the book there is a detailed list of these messengers and you can follow them in real time to know what to do and what will happen in the near future.

 Available in English and Spanish

About the Author

Josep Montalat Coll. He was born in 1959 in Figueres (Spain), a well-known city in the north of Catalonia where the famous painter Salvador DalĂ­ was born and is home to the museum that bears his name. Diploma in Economic and Business Sciences from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) and Master in Management and Organization of Companies from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) has developed his professional life in business administration. He is the author of several books, highlighting the one he published under the pseudonym of T. Lotmann: Be Happy and You Will Give Happiness. In 2001, he began to study the apparitions of the Virgin Mary in various parts of the world that were recorded in the book that was published at the end of 2017 with the title The Revelations of the End of Time. In the year 2018 the book was translated and published in English: The Revelations of the End of Times (Prophecies and Messages from Heaven).

Friday, April 3, 2020

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Daisy & Ditty: The Adventure Begins by Roberta Gregerson

by Roberta Gregerson  

My name is Ditty, I am a cat. This is my story. I might as well admit it. I am a lovely but wimpy tomcat. I ran into some bad luck here on the farm. To get out of my mess, I made a new friend. I thought it would be easy being a pet to a sweet little girl. I found out I was in for a surprise!

About the Author

Hi, my name is Roberta Gregerson. As a parent and a para that worked in an elementary school, I know how important it is to children to be able to read a chapter book. That is one of the reasons I wrote Daisy and Ditty. I wanted to provide a chapter book for children who are just starting to read independently. This book is easy to read. It has beautiful pictures on every page to help readers along the way and to keep their interest. It has a lot of humor, but also some valuable life lessons. I am sure this book will put a smile on your face and warm your heart. Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

The Greatest Bull Rider of All Time: An Interview with Don Gay

Don Gay at the Ft. Worth stock show 2020, Make A Wish child

The Greatest Bull Rider of All Time: An Interview with Don Gay
by Gina McKnight
As seen in the March 2020 Issue of Florida Equine Athlete
No duplication without permission.

“You’re looking at big eyes and a lot of slobber coming
out of a bull’s nose, and you’re on your back like a turtle.” Don Gay

Don Gay is an American icon. He is an eight-time Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association World Champion Bull Rider. In 1979, Don was inducted into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame. Loving the arena, horses, bulls, and crowds, Don began his career at an early age. Currently the General Manager for Frontier Rodeo Co., Don continues to spend time doing what he loves.

Welcome, Don!

GM: Thank you, Don, for a wonderful conversation about your rodeo career. Your new projects sound amazing, including an autobiography in the works, but let’s go back to the beginning. When did you become acquainted with horses, bulls, and riding?
DG: I was riding horses before I even knew about it as a baby. My dad [rodeo legend Neal Gay] was a rodeo cowboy. My dad started the Mesquite Championship Rodeo in 1958. I was five years old. His partner was sixteen-time World Champion cowboy Jim Shoulders. Jim was like a second father to me. I grew up in the world’s largest dirt playground. I grew up around pro rodeo cowboys, world champions, and the whole rodeo environment. That was my life. It was a good opportunity. I wanted to be a rodeo cowboy. It’s not for everybody. If I wanted to be a guitar player, I might have had a little more trouble.

GM: A wonderful life, Don. Many people would enjoy growing up in the same environment. You have an autobiography in the works. How’s that going?
DG: I’m in the process. I have been extremely lazy with. After I finish this interview, I have to send a tape to the fellow who is going to help me author the book. He’s a professor at Ohio State. I’m going to do this book. I see these people who write these books every year on TV and making money, and I’m thinking how do they do that? How do they put everything in there that needs to be in there? Then I realize, they don’t put everything in there. I think it will be a good read for anybody who has a hat, a pair of Wranglers, or a pair of boots in their closet. It is a good story with my dad starting the rodeo. Basically, we put rodeo on television. If it wasn’t for the Mesquite Rodeo telecast, we probably wouldn’t have the PBR. I feel like we’ve enhanced the industry, from my perspective. We’re all getting along in years, so I’d like to depart a little bit of information for the younger kids who are thinking about rodeo.

GM: What’s it like to be a rodeo cowboy?
DG: Rodeo is different from any other sport. It’s not if you get hurt, it’s when and how bad. It’s akin to joining the military. If you’re going to be a soldier for America, you might die. There is that possibility. It’s part of how to choose to live your life. Not a death-wish by any stretch of the imagination, but you got to be a little bit different. I would just like to say that everybody thinks they want to be a cowboy until you’re laid up in an operating room. You’re looking at big eyes and a lot of slobber coming out of a bull’s nose, and you’re on your back like a turtle. I’ve had enough surgeries that I’m on a first name basis with a lot of doctors.

GM: As a spectator, I enjoy the thrill of the rodeo and the work that goes into it. Behind the scenes, there must be an un-spoken, intentional process that all rodeo cowboys adhere to. You have rodeo genetics. What is the best advice your father has given you?
DG: Probably two things: one is you don’t halfway rob a bank. You either did or you didn’t. There’s no grey area. It’s either black or white. It’s not politics. The other saying is that’s a really good excuse, but it’s still an excuse. If you set out to do something, don’t stop until you do it. It doesn’t mean you win first place at every rodeo on every ride. If you put out your best effort but didn’t get your own way and end up a little short, put that in the rearview mirror and go to the next one. It’s just like life. It doesn’t mean to be a good Christian you’re sinless, that’s just not going to happen. But you can’t give up.

GM: Being a rodeo cowboy takes a lot of guts and grit. American movies and literature have romanticized the rodeo and the cowboy way, but listening to your story, it’s actually hard work and perseverance. Do you remember your very first rodeo competition?
DG: Me and my brother Pete went to Junior Rodeo when we were going up. There weren’t a lot of them like there are today. I remember we went and most times I won second place to my older brother. I had a big ladder to climb. My brother was pretty good at everything he tried to do.

GM: A competitor in many arenas around the world, of all the arenas, where is your favorite?
DG: I like Ellensburg, Washington, just because of the mountainous skyline above the tree-line view you have from the arena floor. I’ve always done well at Ellensburg, that’s a big help. Past that, I like Salinas, California, because it was one of the few rodeos on the west coast. It’s one of the top five rodeos in the world. The neatest arena and one that I’ve had a lot of success in and was drawn to is in Arcadia, Florida. It’s a little outdoor arena and now that I’m in the production end of rodeo, the new arena in Arcadia just boggles the mind of how well it’s designed for the spectators to come. Now they can enjoy the rodeo in the shade.

GM: Every cowboy needs a good horse. How many horses do you keep in your stables?
DG: I love horses. They’ve been in life for as long as I can remember. I have no horses on my place now. I’m looking about 30 head of cows off my back pasture right now and one stinkin’ coyote that’s out of rifle range of my pasture. My ropin’ horse is crippled and I haven’t ridden her in almost a year and a half. She’s over at my dad’s ranch. My dad’s ranch is next door to mine. He has lots of horses – mares and colts. It’s a good place for my old ropin’ horse to spend the rest of her days.

GM: If you could go back and do things over, would you change anything?
DG: I don’t think so. You’d like to smooth out all the bumps, but then you never know which bump it took to get you back up in the saddle.

GM: What does horsemanship mean to you?
DG: Being a good horseman is a vocation. It is good for the soul. A good horse spends time with a horse and not so much closed in an arena. A horse needs pasture and space. Every animal needs a job, that’s people included. You just have to be working towards something or you’re going backwards no matter what it is.

Connect with Don…

Don's office wall.

1984 National Finals Rodeo, winning his 8th World Championship

Tucson AZ 1984 First Place

Monday, March 30, 2020

Passion to Profit: Turn Your Side Hustle Into A Side Business by Khalilah Salley

by Khalilah R. Salley  

Do you wish during times like this COVID-19 pandemic you had an additional stream of income? Do you have a hobby that you would like to profit from? If so, then this book is for you to get started turning your side hustle into a side business!! In today's time having multiple streams of income is a NECESSITY to survive.

Why aren’t you maximizing the exposure of your hobby and making a profit from it? This book will help you turn what you love to do into a legitimate business!! No matter how small your passion or ideas are, turning it into an authentic business can maximize your profits for yourself and your family!!

Why wait until you are on hard times or another crisis hits the nation. Grab this book & learn how to turn your side hustle into a legitimate side business!!

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About the Author

Khalilah R. Salley is a wife, mother to three wonderful daughters, and a serial entrepreneur. Her drive for wanting others to be financially stable in today’s society is what pushed her to start businesses in credit repair, life insurance, tax preparation and the travel industry. Step in with her as she shares information on how to monetize the use of your hobbies. 

Milliron Monday: Abbott Pliny Smith 1853-1943

Abbott "Pete" Smith, D.V.M. June 16, 1938 - February 22, 2010 Welcome to   Milliron Monday  where every Monday we...