Beef Taco skillet 1 lb. ground chuck1 can reduced sodium tomato soup1/2 cup chunky salsa1/2 cup water6 flour tortillas(6inch) cut into 1 inch pieces1/2 cup shredded cheddar on top.cook beef in skillet over medium heat until browned, stirring often and pour off fat.stir soup, salsa, water, and tortillas into skillet and heat to a boil, reduce heat and cook 5 more minutes. Top with cheddar. Only takes a few minutes and is good stuff.
Captain John Metcalf of Fauquier County Va. funded his own group,of militia in the Revolution for eight years. He came down the Ohio from Va. through what is now Pa. in 1783 with the famed Simon Kenton on a flat boat with 41 others. He helped to set off his treasury warrants in Fayette Co. Va. which became Bourbon Co., then Nicholas Co., then Robertson Co. I searched for several years for the gravesite but unable to find it on his grant on the Licking River placed the stone on his sons farm cemetery at Forest Retreat on Rt/ 68 south of Maysville and near Carlisle Ky. The farm is still well known as a bed and breakfast and belonged to Gov. Thomas Metcalfe who was the sixth Gov. of Kentucky and son of John Metcalf and Rhoda Dent Chinn Metcalf. Rhoda was his third wife. His first wife was Sybil Farrow and second wife was Mary Obryant. John had a total of fifteen children and most of them came to Kentucky and several were stone masons and FreeMasons. They built a lot of the stone structures in the area and the Old Capitol Building in Frankfort as well as some of the origianal County Court Houses. My line goes back to his daughter Mary who married John Rodgers of Fauquier County Va. and came to Mercer, then on to Franklin County Ky. A letter was found from a freind of John Metcalf's of Fauquier behind the fireplace in George Washington's home at Monticello some years after the Rev. concerning the shooting of a horse from under his wife by the English troops while she was carrying a message to Washington. He is listed as a Patriot of the Revolution as well as an officer. Love to all and Gooday Harold and Jeanne I have another sled bought in Lakeside Mich. and will pick it up next week sometime. Restoring them.
Harold William Rarden lived in Gypsum, Ohio but was born in Port Clinton, Ohio on September 9th, 1932. My twin brother, Gerald Wilson Rarden was also born the same day. We were the youngest children of Enos Price Rarden and Ellen Thompson Rarden. At this time we lived in a home overlooking Sandusky Bay a few houses west of The U.S. Gypsum Co. paper mill entrance. We lived here until 1938 when the family moved to a company home on US Rt. 2 east of the Gypsum grade school about a mile. We lived in this home until 1943 when we moved to a company home south of the NYC R.R. Tracks in Gypsum. They purchased this home from the company a few years later. I went to the Gypsum grade school the first eight grades and finished my education at The Port Clinton High School where I graduated in May of 1950. I worked for The U.S. GypsumCo. where I had worked the summer after my Jr. year and then The Philco Corp. in Sandusky until I enlisted in The U.S. Navy and left for The Great Lakes Naval Training Center in February, 1951. After training at Gr. Lakes I was assigned to Fleet Air Electronics Training Unit Atlantic, at Norfolk Naval Air Station, Norfolk, Virginia where I was a Structural Mech. After a few months I was made the night check leader of the shop where I stayed until I left this squadron in December of 1953. I also served a couple of months at Jacksonville NAS where I attended jet structural mechanic and hydraulic school in Oct.-Nov. 1953. I put in for carrier duty in the Pacific before leaving Norfolk but was transferred to VR 24 ( Military Air Transport Command) at Port Lyautey French Morrocco, North Africa where I also worked in night check structures. This squadron had detachments in Naples, Paris, and London and delivered cargo to many other military units in the Mediteranian and European area. I flew quite a lot as a plane captain while at Norfolk and Pt. Lyautey both. While home on leave in December, 1953 I was married to Margaret Mae Kelsey of Fremont, Ohio. I mustered out of the Navy at Anacostia NAS near Washington,D.C. In January, 1955. I went back to work at The Philco Corp. and my brother Elton and I tried the factory thing at the Brook Park Ford Engine Plant for three days. Being tied down in a factory was not my MO. Shortly after we came back to Fremont, Ohio my brother in law, Don Sorg offered me the job as company bookeeper at The Peoples Elevator Co. in Fremont,Ohio. After doing this for two and half years I was offered the job as general manager of The Collins Farmers Elevator Co. in Collins, Ohio which is east of Norwalk, Ohio. I managed this until July,1967 when I bought the assets of The New London Equity Co. in New London, Ohio along with my good friend, Morris Chapin of Collins. He had been on the Board Of Directors at The Collins Elevator and owned a farm on Rt. 20 between Collins and Wakeman, Ohio. In 1976, I bought his part of the company along with the stock of my brother James, who had invested money in 1970. In 1979, I sold the elevator and part of the ground to Melvin Deppen Farms of New London, the corner lot to Huron County Bank and kept the old NYC freight house for a while where I ran a lawn and garden store. The old freight house is now owned by Sewline Co. I moved the lawn and garden store out to my farm on Crescent Rd. west of Fitchville in 1982. As stated before I married Margaret Mae Kelsey at my brother's home on Catawba Island December 13th 1953 while I was home on leave before going to North Africa. Our oldest son Timothy Wayne Rarden was born in Fremont, Ohio on December 16, 1955. Our twin daughters, Barbara Jean and Beverly Jane were born in Sandusky, Ohio while we lived at Collins, Ohio on April 2, 1957, Deborah Ellen was born in Norwalk, Ohio on April 14, 1961 and Randall Allen was born in Norwalk on August 23, 1964 both while we lived in Collins. While in Fremont, Ohio, we lived across from Margaret's father and mother on Western Ave. After moving to Collins we lived on South Railroad St., then up to Chapin Rd. near Berlin Heights, Ohio and in 1962 we built a new home on DeRussey Rd. south of Rt 20 about a mile. In 1967, after purchasing the Elevator business in New London, we bought a place on the north side of Fayette Rd. a short distance east of Rt 60. In 1978 we bought the farm on the north side of Crescent Rd. a mile west of Rt. 13 bordering Fitchville. Margaret and I were divorced in 1980 and I moved to the west side of the farm and built a new house where I also moved my lawn and garden store. Shortly thereafter I went to work as a district salesman for The Allis Chalmers Co. and then Krystowski Tractor Sales in Willard, Ohio. In 1986 I went with Mc Elvaine John Deere dealership in Ashland, Ohio and sold farm machinery. About the same time I sublet myself as a corporation to several gas and oil exploration companies, built a new gas purification plant and took care of all of the wells for them in Huron County and also had some in Ashland and Wayne Co. While in the Grain and Feed business and owning the lawn and garden store I had a car wash business in New London and rented a couple of other farms besides running my own. In 1990, I sold the farm on Crescent Rd. and bought an older farm house northwest of Greenwich on Townline Rd. 12. After remodeling this home I kept part of the property on the east side, built a new house and when done sold the older home. In 1994, while working on one of our old family cemeteries in Mason County, Kentucky I looked around and bought an acre lot in the country on Rt 32 and Farris Branch Rd. southeast of Flemingsburg, Kentucky towards Morehead. I started a new house and had it nearly completed when I married Jeanne Anne Wiley Von Kamp on July 9, 1995. Jeanne had sold her farm south of New London and moved to East St. in New London. Jeanne retired from The National City Bank in New London in July 1998. I had sold my place on Townline Rd. northwest of Greenwich and she sold her house in town shortly before we moved to Kentucky in July of 1998. We bought another acre and also in 1999 bought 35 acres a mile and a half off Rt 32 on what was old Parkersburg Rd. This is behind Mount Vernon Rd. and now renamed Hardwood Rd. I started a house right away and had it ready when we sold the home on Rt 32 and Farris Branch Rd. in 2000. I fenced the farm and we fed cattle while we owned it. We sold this farm July, 2006 and had earlier purchased about five acres in the middle of Flemingsburg, Ky. This included all of the land left from a developement on Amanda Brooke Drive and also includes two right of ways off of East Water Street. We built a new home on this property and finished and moved into it in November of 2006. Flemingsburg is only four hours away from New London and the Norwalk, Ohio area. Tim and his family live near Franklin, Ohio, Beverly and Deborah and their families live in Norwalk, Ohio. Barbara and her family all live in the Topeka, Kansas area and Randy and his family live in Brunswick, Georgia. My wife, Jeanne, has a daughter, Anne Parsons family(husband Mick) and one son Erik Von Kamp family(wife, Shirley) in New London, Ohio and one son Kyle VonKamp in Ashland, Ohio. Jeanne stays busy with homemakers and extension work and I stay busy with work here on the place and we both do a lot of genealogy. We travel a lot and most of the time we have a camper and a boat. We try to get to one of the Southern states for a while each winter and also try to have a family get together with my sister and brothers at least once a year and go north on labor day weekends and to good old Gypsum days at the airport in Port Clinton and a class reunion on the third weekend of September each year. We go to northern Ohio several weekends during the year and also have been to New York and Virginia to do genealogy several times. I have placed a dozen Veterans headstones and other gravestones for my ancestors in several cemeteries across Kentucky and one in Illinois. I have one ordered now and placed three in Shelbyville, Ky. In 2009.