Preparedness Notes for Monday — July 13, 2020

It has been reported (but not yet confirmed) that Ol’ Remus, the Editor of the weekly Yer Ol’ Woodpile Report passed away just a few months after the death of his wife. A terse comment at American Digest stated: “Remus passed away on July 8th. He was diagnosed with cancer 3 weeks prior.” Again, this has not been confirmed, but if it is true then we’ve suffered the loss of a great man. His wit and wisdom were legendary. Our condolences to his family.

On this day in 1787, Congress enacted the Northwest Ordinance structuring settlement of the Northwest Territory and creating a policy for the addition of new states to the nation. The members of Congress knew that if their new confederation were to survive intact, it had to resolve the states’ competing claims to western territory.

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  1. Commander Zero on the Notes From The Bunker also posted this a couple of days ago. He will be missed by many. I wish he and his wife sweet peace and rest.

  2. In the environment of 2020, it is important to note that slavery was not legal in the five states that came to be. Lincoln noted that fact in his Cooper Union speech, the speech that made him president.

  3. I’m really REALLY going to miss Remus’ commentary and posts. I was wondering what happened as the last post was from about 4 weeks ago. It is my understanding there is no archive; if so it is a tragedy. He will be missed. Rest in peace, Remus.

      1. Glad to see that. I’m going to bookmark it.
        Condolences to his family.
        They say it was cancer, but I think it was a broken heart, being so soon after the passing of his wife.

  4. What a loss! Ol’ Remus’ life was a secret. His location, his state, his background, his real picture…but what a writer!

    Ol’ Remus put into words what many of us feel but have trouble expressing. And yet he started every article with an art lesson, from beautiful works of artists we had never heard of.

    He was Ready. And he inspired us to more. More pleasure in the beauty that surrounds us, more ethical and moral living, more reality, more science, more prepping, more understanding of what is happening. His message that I now live by went something like this: “What if all you have is all you are ever going to have?”

    Matt Bracken said it best: “He did his very best to get us ready for the struggle ahead.
    He’s already being missed.”

    The man was truly inspirational. I hope his family knows the depth of love and respect Ol’ Remus engendered from so many. RIP

  5. Tuesday mornings on the porch with a cup of coffee and Woodpile Report was always the highlight of my weekly readings.
    His last post was June 9
    He is missed

  6. I’ve been a regular attendee at American Digest and someone wrote in as “no name” claiming to be an immediate family member to Remus. Said there will be a forthcoming addition to the Wood Pile Report soon stating that the great Remus is truly over and out. American Digest has acquired now well over 100 comments from folks in deep mourning and folks who do not believe it’s so. Add me to the 2nd list. Remus’ only link in his sideline column was to Survival Blog which he described as the “gold standard of survival sites.” You people are terrific, I’ve been visiting for years, and you are more terrific just because Remus says so. I wrote you about a week ago wondering if you’d heard anything from Remus but I guess we’ve all been sitting in silent anticipation of any news. I will believe it if and when someone sits at Remus’ computer and types a believable adios to the man at the Wood Pile Report itself.

  7. I looked forward to Tuesday mornings with great anticipation, for many years now, but that voice is forever stilled. I am, we are all, diminished by its passing.
    I had the opportunity to exchange emails with remus on several occasions, for what reason I do not now recall, but in every respect his replies were thoughtful, sincere, and quietly firm.
    I wish I could have spent some time in his company, like so many others, but that will now have to wait until I join him in God’s glory. For the moment, I shall always avoid crowds, keep my nose clean, and stay true to the principles and tenets of faith.
    In the meantime, there is much to do, to be thankful for, and to look forward to… even as the darkness encroaches, the light can be glimpsed.
    God Bless America.

  8. I am truly saddened by the loss of this Great American. I always looked forward to Tuesdays. Reading about all of his interests and news articles. I really enjoyed the change of the season because he would discuss all he’s chores around the house. He will be truly missed. I live in a crowded city in Michigan I hope one day to have my own farm/homestead. Ole Remus was an American icon.

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