Eunice Boeve


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Title: Autograph Books........Ron (my hus) then called Ronnie 8th grade 1945-46 - posted Nov 7, 2011

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Title: The Orphan Trains Photo courtesy of the National Orphan Train Complex, Concordia, KS - posted Feb. 21, 2010

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Title: The Lowly Pencil - Some pencil pushers: Bro Larry (circled) & class 1946-47, Libby, Mt : posted Dec 7, 2009

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Blog Archives are located below row of pictures on the left. Date of each blog is listed below the picture that corresponds with the story.

The Lowly Pencil

December 7, 2009

Tags: Ticonderoga pencils, Civil War, Joseph Dixon

During the Civil War it became evident that quill pens and pokeberry juice ink, the writing instruments of the day, were impractical for field use. The Army’s need for maps, written orders, and other messages with desk and chair setting miles away in barracks, tents, or officers quarters, created a demand for the pencil, invented by Joseph Dixon in the 1820s, and until then languishing in obscurity. This clean, dry, portable writing stick so useful for the military, soon caught on with the public and by 1872, Joseph Dixon’s factory was churning out 86,000 pencils a day, each one selling for 5 cents. Dixon born in 1799 at Marblehead, Mass, died in 1869, but his company flourished for a century afterwards with plants not only in the US but also in Canada and Mexico. The yellow Ticonderoga pencil we are all familiar with was made in New Jersey at a crucible and graphite (pencil) factory build by Dixon in 1847. The plant’s doors closed in the 1980s and that particular building is now an apartment complex. Dixon worked on inventions his whole life, but the lowly pencil to which an eraser was added in 1876, is the one he’d most noted for.

I read Sarah’s Key by Tatiana De Rosnay a week or so ago. It’s a wonderful book, a sad, but wonderful book. I cried nearly all the way through it, my heart aching for ten-year-old Sarah, a fictional character, but for me as real as any flesh and blood child. The setting is France in 1942 and 2005. On July 16, 1942, the French police aided Hitler in his mad desire to destroy every Jew, by rounding up 10,000 men, women, and children, then separating them into those same three categories and exporting them to Nazi concentration camps where they were sent immediately to the gas chambers. Only a very few escaped, among them Sarah. Julia, an American journalist, living in France in 2005, in researching this sad aspect of France’s past, discovers Sarah and cannot rest until she knows the outcome of Sarah’s life.

The love of books is a love that requires neither justification, apology, nor defense. Langford
Happy reading ! Eunice Boeve


  1. December 7, 2009 3:25 PM EST
    No trouble finding the blog, Eunie! Great photo, too.
    - Kathleen Ernst
  2. December 7, 2009 6:23 PM EST
    Hi, Eunie!
    I just love your blog topics! This one about the pencil was really interesting. Reminded me of the time, during my childhood, when my family drove to Pennsylvania and we passed a pencil factory -- the smoke from the factory's stacks permeated the air, leaving an awful odor!
    - Alice Trego
  3. December 7, 2009 10:46 PM EST
    What a wonderful bit of information about the pencil. Also thanks for the bit about Sarah. It will be worth finding the story.
    - Doris
  4. December 8, 2009 10:13 AM EST
    What an interesting slant on a pencil, something we use every day without giving it a thought. Thank you, Eunice.
    - Mary E. Trimble
  5. December 18, 2009 11:48 PM EST
    Interesting info about the pencil. I tend to use a pencil when I write, before I move things to the computer. The pencil makes the words come out smoothly and quickly. I, too, have read Sarah's Key and found the story so moving.
    - Julie Weston
  6. March 11, 2010 11:23 AM EST
    Wonderful post, Eunie. Historians will tell you that pencil writing doesn't fade as much as most inks do -- another good reason to use them! I have three boxes full of my grandparents' letters to each other, and each of those letters is written in pencil. The story of Sarah sounds like a fascinating one, too!
    - Lori Orser