Volume Two was released in March of 2012 and featured a handful of our favorite people including:
Joshua Almendinger
Nick Almendinger
Jeremy Bauer
DJ Berndt
Courtney Brent
David Cook
Jacob Drum
Dylan England
Chris Fritton
Bobby Griffiths
Theron Jacobs
Pat Kewley
Steve Roggenbuck
Ben Sears
Matthew Baker Thompson
Shannon Vislocky
Damian Weber
Ryan Williamson
Jesse Witt
Russ Woods
We will be periodically posting work from that issue on this blog. 

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The Driver Suit Blog-Paint Scheme Grades-February 13, 2016

The Driver Suit Blog-Paint Scheme Grades-February 13, 2016

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Image: 1940 Census for Lake View Road in Hamburg, New York

Adrian Almendinger: age = 41, highest grade level = 8th
 - wife, Alice: age = 33, highest grade level = 4yrs of highschool, born in Pennsylvania.
 - daughter, Marjorie Ann (13). Later married in 1948 to Dr. William Thomas Crocoll.
 - sons, Jack (12), Wilford (7), and Robert (10/12)

Laura Almendinger (45). Divorced. Sister to Adrian.

Notes: ‘Wilford’ is assumed to be a misspelling of 'Wilfred’ and may be another name for 'Richard.’ In the left column R = rented home and O = owned home; the numerical figures indicate either monthly rent or home value.


The Alemanni (also Alamanni, Alamani) were a confederation of Suebian Germanic tribes located on the upper Rhine river. First mentioned by the Romans in 213, the Alemanni captured the Agri Decumates in 260, and later expanded into present-day Alsace, and northern Switzerland, establishing the German language in those regions. In 496, the Alemanni were conquered by Frankish leader Clovis and incorporated into his dominions. The legacy of the Alemanni survives in the names of Germany in several languages.

According to Asinius Quadratus (quoted in the mid-6th century by Byzantine historian Agathias) their name means “all men”. It indicates that they were a conglomeration drawn from various Germanic tribes. This was the derivation of Alemanni used by Edward Gibbon, in his Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire and by the anonymous contributor of notes assembled from the papers of Nicolas Fréret, published in 1753, who noted that it was the name used by outsiders for those who called themselves the Suevi. This etymology has remained the standard derivation of the term.

Walafrid Strabo, a monk of the Abbey of St. Gall writing in the 9th century, remarked, in discussing the people of Switzerland and the surrounding regions, that only foreigners called them the Alemanni, but that they gave themselves the name of Suevi.

The name of Germany and the German language, in French, Allemagne, allemand, in Portuguese Alemanha, alemão, in Spanish Alemania, alemán, and in Welsh (Yr) Almaen, almaeneg are derived from the name of this early Germanic tribal alliance.

Arabic also designates Germany Almanya, and the German language as ʾAlmaniyya. In Turkish, Germany is Almanya and German is Alman, and in Persian Germany is Almaan, and German is Almaani.

Image: 1940 Census for Lake View Road in Hamburg, New York

Joseph Almendinger: age = 75, highest grade level = 3rd
 - wife, Carrie: age = 65, highest grade level = 6th
 - son, Lester: age = 38, highest grade level = 1yr of highschool 

Left Column: O = owned home, 1500 = value of home in dollars.

Image: 1905 Census for Lake View Road in Hamburg, NY

Joseph Almendinger (41): occupation = Brick Burner
 - wife, Carrie (30): occupation = Housework
 - daughter, Laura (10), at school
 - son, Adrian A. (6), at school
 - son, Lester (3)

A brick burner, by definition, was the person in charge of the kiln in a brickyard. This person was responsible for ensuring correct temperature during firing. Or, in the words of a Mr. Simeon Woolley:

Well, a brick burner was the man - nowadays they do it all by electronics – but in those days a brick burner, he had a little hut on the top of his, on the kiln, the huge kiln, which have now been demolished of course, and every so many hours he used to have to go round the kiln, take the lid off the top of the firing hole where they had a heap of very fine coal slag, look down the hole into the kiln where the bricks had already been stacked, and by his sighting of this he could tell almost to a degree what the temperature was. And it had to be kept up to a certain temperature for a certain period of time so that at the end of that period the bricks were absolutely burnt as they should be.