Author Archives: Rory Tettemer

Unacknowledged Heroes of the Lusitania

I examined the role that Connecticut played in the Sinking of the Lusitania on May 7th, 1915, the tragedy that is widely perceived to have persuaded the USA into entering WWI. While there is llusitania-hero-ABittle information connected to Suffield during this event, the state of Connecticut does have a rich history with this famous sinking. Aboard the Lusitania there were 1,960 passengers, and out of that group, twenty of the residents were from Connecticut. Among those twenty Connecticut residents involved in the Lusitania sinking, two of them are nationally perceived as heroes for saving ten percent of around seven hundred survivors. Elizabeth Duckwork, a weaver from Taftville, assisted in the rescue of forty passengers, and James Ham Brooks, a salesman in a Bridgeport manufacturing company, helped save 33 people. Another Connecticut survivor aboard the Lusitania was Theodate Pope, a Farmington citizen, who went abroad the Lusitania in hopes of reaching Liverpool to continue her research of “spiritualism”. Pope traveled with her colleague, Edward Friend, a philosopher who graduated from Harvard University. Pope survived the tragedy by clinging to the oar of a lifeboat for three long hours in the freezing waters in the Irish Sea [a true Titanic story!]. Edward Friend jumped off the side of the Lusitania before Pope did and was never seen again after the sinking. Pope is known for being the first female architect in Connecticut and for her architectural structures spread out around New York and Connecticut. Impressively enough, Pope created and founded Avon Old Farms, a single-sex boarding school in Avon, CT. Pope died at the age of forty-six in her home in Farmington, CT, which is now a museum dedicated to Theodate Pope herself. It would be very interesting to visit the museum in Farmington in order to learn a little more about a local survivor.




This source comes directly from the Hartford Courant and it is an article in remembrance of “The Sinking of The Lusitania” on its 100 year anniversary.


You’ve Got Mail

How I Built This: AOL [Steve Case] PODCAST


The creator of the American Online Inc. [AOL], Steve Case, sits down with Guy Raz to discuss how he created the first American Online social media network. AOL was created to connect users to one another over the Internet by means of email and instant messaging. This invention in the mid-80s shocked the US and became an instant sensation with users across the nation.


(5:00) A large part of PBL is learning from failure; many great innovators succeed after going through consistent failures. How did Steve Case fail during his first stint with a marketing company?


(6:20) As a millennial, It is hard to imagine life without connection to the Internet. Before AOL started, how many people were actually connected to the Internet and what was the average amount of time spent per week on the Internet?


(9:00) As this new addition to the Internet is being discussed, music begins to play in the background. Why do you think this music is being played and how does it make you feel?


(18:00) Why did Steve Case use the term “You’ve Got Mail” to symbolize the notification of when a user received a message from a different user?

Espionage in WWI

First Hot Log December Unknown2017: If there is one thing that can be said bout every war, it is that espionage will always be used in a strategic manner in order to gain an advantage on the opponent. Espionage is the practice of spying or of using spies, mostly by governments in an effort to obtain political and military information. I am very interested in learning more about what role espionage took in WWI, and what impact Suffield may have had on espionage during this time. Espionage tactics in WWI took place in the form of eavesdropping, cryptography, and sabotage of enemy infantry. The Secret Service was the main intelligence agency for the United States during WWI, so it would be very fascinating to find out if any citizens from Suffield who were in the Secret Service during this time.

Espionage has always been a fascinating topic to me and that originates from the very first time that I researched my family history. My father and I found out that my seventh great grandfather, John Honeyman, was a spy for George Washington during the American Revolution. Honeyman first met Washington at a Continental Congress meeting, then again in the Continental Army. At these moments in time Honeyman and Washington’s friendship sparked into a bond of loyalty and trust, and this led Washington to be certain that Honeyman was the absolute best choice to help him cross the Delaware River. The way Honeyman spied was quite unique as he spied while being held as a prisoner to the British and studied camps in the town of Trenton. On December 22nd, 1776 Honeyman was captured by Americans to “talk” to Washington. When Honeyman returned, he told the British of his prisoner adventures and assured them no attack was imminent. This, obviously not being true, led Washington to attack the Hessians by complete surprise. From this, the Battle of Trenton was won by the American colonies and introduced a spark of hope in our darkest hour.