Daily Almanac for Sunday, July 24, 2022

On this date in history 1987, Mountaineer Hulda Crooks amazingly climbed Mt Fuji at age 91. (courtesy Pinterest)


Hulda Hoehn Crooks (May 19, 1896 – November 23, 1997) was an American mountaineer. Affectionately known as “Grandma Whitney” she successfully scaled 14,505-foot (4,421 m) Mount Whitney 23 times between the ages of 65 and 91. She had climbed 97 other peaks during this period. In 1990, an Act of Congress renamed Day Needle, one of the peaks in the Whitney area, to Crooks Peak in her honor.

Hulda Hoehn was born in Saskatchewan, Canada, one of 18 children of a farming couple. She left the farm just before she turned eighteen and enrolled at Pacific Union College north of San Francisco and later at Loma Linda University. There she met and married Dr Crooks. She took up climbing in 1950, after the death of her husband as he had encouraged her to start after she suffered a bout of pneumonia.

On July 24, 1987, at the age of 91, she became the oldest woman to complete the ascent of Mount Fuji in Japan. She hiked the entire 212 mile John Muir Trail in the high Sierras, completing the hike in segments over five years.

Hulda Crooks was a long-time resident of Loma LindaCalifornia and a Seventh-day Adventist. She often spent time with children in the community, encouraging them to appreciate nature and stay active. In 1991 Loma Linda dedicated a park at the base of the south hills as Hulda Crooks Park.

Early to bed and early to rise. Out jogging about 5:30am. Jog a mile and walk it back briskly. It takes me 12 minutes to jog the mile and 15 minutes to walk it. Do some upper trunk exercises, work in the yard, and walk to the market, and work

— Hulda Crooks describing life at 80

According to Congressman Jerry Lewis (R California), one of her hiking companions,

No mountain was ever too high for this gentle giant. With a twinkle in her eye, and purpose in her step, ‘Grandma Whitney’ showed the world that mental, physical and spiritual health is attainable at any age.

Crooks died in 1997, aged 101.


Pioneer Day (Utah)

Pioneer Day commemorates the day in 1847 when Brigham Young led his “pioneer band” of Mormons into the Salt Lake valley to establish a settlement—their new Zion. The Mormons had been driven from New York, Ohio, Missouri, and Illinois and had spent four difficult months traveling 1,073 miles overland to reach the Great Basin, chosen by Young because of its remoteness. It was the most organized and disciplined westward migration in American history, and unlike most emigrants intent on their destination, the Mormon pioneers were equally concerned with improving the trail for those who would follow. Pioneer Day is celebrated as the second most important date in the Mormon calendar, behind April 6, the day Joseph Smith established the church.

Question of the Day

My tomato leaves are covered with a sticky yellow substance. What is this?

Most likely you’re being visited by aphids, tiny insects whose main job is to suck the juice out of your tomato leaves. They give off this sticky substance, called honeydew, which attracts ants and causes mold to develop. Controlling these interlopers usually requires the use of an insecticidal soap spray. Consult your local nursery for the best option in your area.

Advice of the Day

Mice dislike the smell of peppermint. Spread it liberally where you suspect the critters.

Home Hint of the Day

To kill the awful smell in a refrigerator that was left closed when the power was turned off (as in a summer cabin), leave a dish of charcoal in the fridge for a few days. For a particularly bad case, renew the briquettes periodically until the smell disappears.

Word of the Day


To deceive by trickery; to cajole by confusing the senses; to hoax; to mystify; to humbug.

Puzzle of the Day

(Blank) always (Blank) rain.(What’s the saying? Fill in the blanks!)

1) Sunshine 2) follows


  • Simón Bolívar (South American liberator) – 1783
  • Alexandre Dumas (author) – 1802
  • Ruth Buzzi (actress) – 1936
  • Chris Sarandon (actor) – 1942
  • Lynda Carter (actress) – 1951
  • Karl Malone (basketball player) – 1963
  • Barry Bonds (baseball player) – 1964
  • Kristin Chenoweth (actress) – 1968
  • Jennifer Lopez (singer & actress) – 1970
  • Eric Szmanda (actor) – 1975
  • Anna Paquin (actress) – 1982
  • Bindi Irwin (animal activist; daughter of Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin) – 1998


  • Martin Van Buren (8th U.S. president) – 1862
  • Peter Sellers (actor) – 1980
  • Isaac Bashevis Singer (writer) – 1991
  • Sherman Hemsley (actor) – 2012


  • Mary Queen of Scots was deposed– 1567
  • Brigham Young and followers arrived at Salt Lake, Utah– 1847
  • Tennessee readmitted to Union after Civil War– 1866
  • O. Henry released from Ohio State Penitentiary– 1901
  • James MacGillivray published first account of Paul Bunyan in the Detroit News– 1910
  • Archaeologist Hiram Bingham discovered” the Machu Picchu Incan ruins in Peru”– 1911
  • Steamer Eastland overturned in the Chicago River, killing 844 people– 1915
  • Debut of Marvin the Martian in Bugs Bunny’s Haredevil Hare– 1948
  • 67-pound 8-ounce muskellunge caught in Lac Courte Oreilles, Hayward, Wisconsin– 1949
  • The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that President Richard Nixon did not have the authority to withhold subpoenaed White House tapes and ordered him to surrender the tapes– 1974
  • Hulda Crooks climbed Mt Fuji at age 91– 1987
  • 9-yr.-old Emma Houlston became youngest person to pilot plane across Canada (Victoria, B.C., to St. John’s, N.L.)– 1988


  • Wahluke, Washington, tied a record high temperature of 118 degrees F– 1928
  • 345,000 amperes of electricity were measured in a lightning stroke in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania– 1947
  • The record for 24-hour rainfall in the United States was set in Alvin, Texas with 43 inches of rain from hurricane Claudette; the rain ended on July 25– 1979
  • Hail the size of oranges fell on Calgary, Alberta.– 1996
  • EF2 tornado struck Epsom, New Hampshire, destroying homes and causing at least one death– 2008

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