Arlene retains the rights for all of her work including all of her published work. Each article is the product of her original primary and secondary sources research and generous assistance from scholarly and archival professionals.

The Stolen Gelding of Dillman Canyon

A lesser known local history, Arlene recounts the true story of a stolen gelding and the long pursuit to get it back, a tale so interesting it became a national news item across the U.S., one the nation followed as it happened.

Sodomy, Justice, and Folk Heroes: Richard Cornish ‘…was put to death wrongfully’

17th century British mariner Master, Richard Cornish alias Richard Williams’ was aboard his ship, the Ambrose, and days later was accused of the crime of sodomy, tried in the colony, and months later executed in James Cittie, Jamestown in 1625. His trial is the earliest known record of anyone being accused of and tried for the crime of “buggery” or sodomy, in North America.

John Sam Dillman of Grand Coulee Part I of II

One of the first settlers in the Grand Coulee in Central Washington, Sam Dillman and his wife May began their married life homesteading where a mining camp trail crossed an old Native American path.

John Sam Dillman of Grand Coulee Part II of II

With newly discovered information, this real account of a shocking shooting takes us back to what happened and the men involved.

Both fully cited complete articles, John Sam Dillman of Grand Coulee Part I and Part II, may be downloaded from the links above or may be downloaded from John Sam Dillman’s page on this site.

Based Arlene’s research and planned book about Central Washington 19th century settler, Catherine Northrup, in December 2019, Arlene was invited by J. Kemble, author, Historian, writer, and publisher of the historical journal, Them Dam Writers, of Grand Coulee, Washington, to submit a piece for consideration. In March 2020 her submission, ‘John Sam Dillman of Grand Coulee Part I of II’ was accepted and published. She was asked afterward to become a regular contributor. Arlene continues to write regularly for Them Dam Writers today.

Jamestown: the First Permanent English Port in America Needs Archaeological Investigation

From Arlene’s study and professional historical preservation experience a question kept prompting itself as she researched Williams alias Cornish.

What archaeological evidence has so far been discovered in the James River? What more, based on the material record, do we know today about the first permanent English port in America, the commercial wharf of early Jamestown?

In ‘Jamestown: the First Permanent English Port…’ Arlene writes about what she learned as she sought answers to these questions. Published February 2020.

New Evidence: Was Thomas Weston, Seventeenth Century London Merchant, among the First to Sail Fish to Virginia’s Starving Colonists?

Arlene’s article is the first published account of both Thomas Weston’s arrival in the Virginia colony and his first successful legitimate business venture. Arlene discusses Weston’s likelihood of being among the first English merchants, who was not a Virginia Company of London investor, to bring desperately needed sustenance to the then starving Virginia colonists, further illuminating Weston’s critical role in the founding of America.

After an invitation from editor, Dr. Sam McLean, to submit an article to Global Maritime History, this article was published February 2019.

She first learned about Thomas Weston, the early seventeenth century London merchant who arranged for the Pilgrims to sail the Mayflower, during her research for her historical non-fiction book about mariner Master Richard Cornish (also Richard Williams).

She researched and then finished writing New Evidence: Was Thomas Weston… in two months. Based on the resulting article, she was invited by Dr. McLean to join Global Maritime History as a Staff Writer.