Rev. Charles Pletcher Jr., Nappanee, Indiana

My Grandfather Charles Pletcher Jr., was a local farmer all of his life.  The family farm in Nappanee continues to prosper under the fourth generation of family leadership.


Rev. Charles Pletcher Jr., 94, Nappanee, passed on to his heavenly home at 9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016, at his residence. He lived his lifetime in this area. He was born March 7, 1922, to Charles D. and Emma (Herr) Pletcher in Nappanee. Rev. Charles graduated from Nappanee High School and attended Goshen Mennonite College. On April 17, 1943, he married Virginia J. Goss in Nappanee. She preceded Rev.-Charles-Pletcherin death Aug. 31, 2000.

He was a member of the Northwood Chapel. He was one of the first charismatic leaders in this area. Rev. Charles was a Minister and farmer. He was the founder of Northwood Chapel, where he was a minister for many years, and was affiliated with Gospel Crusade in Bradenton, Fla.

Surviving are his children: Larry (Deloris) Pletcher, Nappanee; Ron (Sharon) Pletcher, Waterford; Ruth Willman, Nappanee; John (Micki) Pletcher, Nappanee; Stephen Pletcher, Nappanee; 15 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; and a sister: Elizabeth Hunt, Goshen. He was preceded in death by his parents; son-in-law: Marvin Willman; daughter-in-law: Carol Pletcher; and half sister: Marjorie Hamilton; Marian Weldy; and Mary Brubaker.

Family and friends may call from 4-8 p.m., Friday, Aug. 26, at Thompson-Lengacher and Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee, and one hour prior to the funeral services at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at Northwood Chapel.  Rev.  Joseph Chadburn will officiate and burial will be in South Union Cemetery.

I was blessed with over thirty years of relationship with my Grandfather and during that time he blessed me with many life lessons.


Headless Guitar String Adapter Review

Over the years I have owned a multitude of various headless instruments, most notably of the Steinberger variety. Utilizing double ball end strings for my instruments was in some way an exhibition of excellence, knowing that theoretically the double ball end string is the way to go.  However, there were times when procuring double ball end strings proved to be bottleneck and in those times I dreamed of a simple solution.  When I uncovered I figured that their adapters had to be worth a try and for a mere $60 plus a few dollars of shipping I had my very own adapter to experiment with.

The pleasure of purchasing and immediately using any set of strings my heart desired far outweighed the feeling of exclusivity achieved from the double ball end lifestyle.  Albeit I still do use double ball end strings there is not a date in time that you can pick up by guitar case and not find an adapter readily available.

There are several reasons I chose and those are the same reasons I do not regret buying through them.  First, they are made in the USA by a small shop that is easy to work with.  The quality of every single adapter I have purchased has been superb (no problems so far anyway).  I have bought several and have used them now for many (6 I think?) years.

For more info on this nifty product visit their website:

The Amazing Hoover Dam

Lets start with this information resource on the potential life span of the Hoover Dam.  Pretty cool stuff. Lets continue with a little Google tour of the dam.  This photo, looking down the dam is probably my favorite.  Now, here are some great images of the inside of the Hoover Dam.

Probably one of the most popular man made attractions in the USA, the Hoover Dam never ceases to amaze.  One of those incredible feats that inspires awe and respect for those who labored to create it.

Read the Hoover Dam story, or what the government says about it.  Also, just for kicks, here is yet another situation where an employer is struggling to find good employee’s to hire

Hoover Dam

Hoover Dam


Articles from the Past

Many articles have been written about Hoover Dam. Here we will try to assemble a few of the better ones to give you not only technical data about the dam, but an appreciation of how people have been impressed with it throughout its history.

Chronology – A list of important events and dates in the history of Hoover Dam and the surrounding area.

The Grand Dam – Reproduction of an article written in 1995 by Julian Rhinehart, dealing with the art and beauty of Hoover Dam.

Dog on a Catwalk – This is an article that was written by an unknown Hoover Dam Guide many years ago.

Fortune Magazine – A September 1933 article on the progress of construction on the dam.

What’s In A Name? – The story of how Hoover Dam got its name.

Herbert Hoover and the Colorado River – Information about Herbert Hoover, 31st President of the United States.

Sound Bytes – Short history articles produced by the local Public Radio Station.

Cool Lighthouses

Hey, today we feel like looking at lighthouses.  Enjoy.

Apple Logo Designer Rob Janoff

Hey, this guy is pretty neat. Rob Janoff created the original Apple logo, and several subsequent revisions.

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rob janoff

At the time of his initial meeting with Steve Jobs in early 1977, Apple Computer was still very much in its infancy, having been incorporated for less than a year. Apple’s offices were in a local strip mall, and consisted of just the three partners – Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Mark Markkula.










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The initial identity development was to coincide with the introduction of the brand’s first personal computer, the Apple II. The entire design process with the upstart client only took about two weeks. After the agency’s initial meeting, Janoff went to work developing the Apple icon based on his examination of physical cross-sections of real apples. A single design illustration was then created of a “rainbow-striped” apple.

The design with its multi-colored stripes was promptly approved for production by Steve Jobs. Production artwork was then developed for print ads, signage hardware emblems and software labels on cassette tapes, all in preparation for the launch of the Apple II in April of 1977 at the West Coast Computer Fair. For the next 20 years, the now famous “rainbow version” logo adorned all Apple products from its computer products to the Newton PDA. The only concept ever presented to Apple was an immediate success!

Whether you need the best brand artist or an amazing logo design, contact Rob Janoff today by clicking here.

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R. G. LeTourneau A Real Life Hero

Few people have been as successful as R. G. LeTourneau, a christian businessman that was  extremely successful as a heavy equipment manufacturer.  LeTourneau was an inventor who’s machines were often far ahead of the curve and his ideas and inventions are used still to this day.

But seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you. Mathew 6:33

R.G. LeTournea   Mover of Men & Mountains