Good 28º morning.
Yesterday we started frozen again, and topped at 72º.
Picture of the Day... Falcon nesting in a tree! LOL!(shared by my friend George Bachmeier .. LASD ret.)
Interesting about the U.S. Census....
March 1 is the anniversary of Congress passing the Census Act of 1790. President George Washington signed the law, which authorized the collection of population data by U.S. Marshals. Here are five things interesting facts about the U.S. Census.
The Census Has Been Taken Every 10 Years for a Long TimeThe government took the first census of the United States took place 1790, and was conducted by then Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson. At the time, no one had any idea what the population of the country was. The population count of the first 1790 census was 3,929,214, which is right around the current population of Oklahoma and about 1% of the US’s current population!
We Had a Census Before We Had a Census Office?Despite conducting a census every ten years starting in 1790, the US didn’t actually establish a Census Office until 1840. That’s right, it took 50 years to realize — maybe someone should actually be in charge of this massive undertaking. Congress passed the Census Act in 1840 which created the Census Office. . It wasn’t until 1902 that it became a permanent organization in the Department of the Interior. That didn’t last long though. Just one year later, in 1903, it was moved to the Department of Commerce and Labor.
Taking the Census Is Mandated in the U.S. ConstitutionYou can find the mandate to count the United States population every ten years in Article 1, Section 2 of the Constitution. Counting a country’s population is nothing new because the Chinese, Babylonians, Romans, and Egyptians conducted censuses, as did William the Conqueror in 1086. Censuses are even mentioned in the Bible. The United States was also the first country to constitutionally mandate a regular census and the first to use the census for apportioning political power. To this day, the number of seats each state holds in the House of Representatives depends entirely on census results
Federal Marshals Initially Performed The CensusIn addition to hunting down fugitives and placing people in witness protection, U.S. marshals were responsible for counting the number of inhabitants in their district. As result, they hired roughly 650 assistants for the first census in 1790 and sent them door-to-door. In 1879, enumerators replaced the U.S. Marshals trained for the job. Congress further professionalized the count in 1902 by creating a permanent government agency, the U.S. Census Bureau.
Many Records Were Lost Over The YearsNot all of the census records over the years are in existence, much to the frustration of genealogists and family historians. Scholars believe many of the early records from New Jersey, Virginia, Georgia, Delaware, Tennessee, and Kentucky were lost during the War of 1812 when the British burned Washington, D.C. More than 99 percent of the 1890 census records are also gone, the result of a 1921 fire at the Commerce Department.
These Cheddar Herb Potatoes are the perfect compliment to any main dish. They're a cinch to make and are just as good the next day!
- 3 large Idaho potatoes (or 5 medium), washed and peeled
- 3 fresh basil leaves, finely chopped
- 2 fresh chive blades, finely chopped
- 1 sprig rosemary, finely chopped
- 1 (10-3/4-ounce) can cream of mushroom soup
- 1/2 cup 1% milk
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1/2 small white onion
- 1 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese, divided
- salt to taste
***If you don't have time to chop herbs, you can always use already prepared ones. It saves time and the flavor will still be excellent!
Historically this date.....
1776 – American Revolutionary War: The first amphibious landing of the United States Marine Corps begins the Battle of Nassau.
2005 – Steve Fossett becomes the first person to fly an airplane non-stop around the world solo without refueling.
And births this date include....
... ah ha! the ponzi scheme!
1971 – Tyler Florence, American chef and author
All I know. Nuff said. Have a good Wednesday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo