Sunday, October 27, 2019

Newspaper Clippings - Canton, Illinois, 1868

My good deed for the day is posting these old newspaper clippings I copied from microfilm issues of the Canton, Illinois Weekly Register which to my knowledge has not been digitized. Checking Ancestry public trees for some of these young ones, I don't find them included. No one knows about them today, but they were certainly missed by their families in 1868. 

Canton Weekly Register, March 27, 1868

On the 22d inst., at the residence of J Powell, by Rev G W Miller, Mr DAVID AULD, to Mrs ELIZABETH BANKS, all of Buckheart township.

In this city, on the 7th inst., JOSEY T, youngest son of Jos T and S Tourville, aged 2 years and 3 months.
At the residence of Mr Jas Stockdale, on the 16th inst., WILLIE, infant son of W E and M R Stockdale.
"The Great Jehovah, full of love,
An Angel bright did send,
Who took our little harmless dove
To joys that never end."

In this city on Saturday, March 11th, Mrs MARGARET A MOORE, mother of Mrs David Homill, of this city, aged 81 years.
Mrs Moore was a native of Merrersburg, Pa. She came to this city to live with her daughter about two years since. Her nephew, J C Austin, of Chambersburg, Pa., a prominent citizen of that place, has furnished her liberally with every means necessary to comfort in her declining years. She passed peacefully away, apparently with no other complaint than old age. She was buried on Sunday afternoon, 15th inst., a large and respectable audience attending the funeral obsequies. 

Canton Weekly Register, April 3, 1868

FATAL ACCIDENT AT THE POOR FARM - A young man named William Rowan, an inmate of the county poor house, who was subject to fits, on Saturday last was directed by the keeper, J K Weller, to feed the cattle from a corn crib upon the premises. While Rowan was upon the crib attending to his duties, he was taken with a fit and fell between the curb and a fence. Mr Weller discovered his position in a moment or two after, and went to his relief, but he was discovered to be dead. The fall had broken his neck. Rowan was sent to the poor house from Farmington. He was 28 years of age.

Canton Weekly Register, April 10, 1868

In this City, on the 2d inst., ANNIE ANGELINA S., Daughter of Robt and Sarah Stenson, aged 5 year 11 months and 28 days.
At La Harpe, Hancock Co., Ill., the 26th ult., Mr JACOB CIVER, in the 73d year of his age.

Canton Weekly Register, April 17, 1868
In this city, on the 5th inst., ALBERT, son of David and Elizabeth Reffner, aged 4 year 2 months and 29 days.

So fades the lovely, blooming flow'r,
Frail, smiling solace of an hour;
So soon our transient comforts fly,
And pleasure only blooms to die, 

The dearest treasure of our heart,
How we're called with thee to part;
The bliss of heaven to be thy rest,
And we on earth will grief opprest. 

But the bles'd time will shortly come
When we shall meet in heaven, our home,
And there with thee, O bles'd relief,
Be free from sorrow, pain and grief.

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Dad and Mother


How many times do you see something like this:  "Dad and Mother" is all that is written on the photo above. I don't know who's handwriting it is, so I'm not sure who's Dad and Mother they are. The dark trim around the window here looks the same as in the photo of the house in my last post, "A View from the Windmill"This photo also came from a box that was among my Grandma's things after her death. 

My guess is that the stuff in that box originally belonged to her mother-in-law, Lottie Menke. I think the photo above is of young Lena and Will Roscoe, parents of Lottie Menke. But I have some doubt because in this photo he looks shorter than her. You can see in the photo below it's obviously several years later, but he is quite a bit taller. I would guess the photo below was taken in the late 1930's, so above might be early 1920's or earlier? Will and Lena were both born in the late 1850's and died in the late 1940's, so how old does the couple above look? The 2" x 3" picture is printed paper. Could this have been taken in the 1920's? 

Sitting on the porch above is definitely Lena and William Roscoe. In the photo below he is wearing the same suit. Maybe these were taken the same day? A descendant of Laura Kyle, oldest daughter of Will and Lena, sent me the photo below with Laura's daughter Jean, herself, (husband Willis behind Laura?) son Glen, Lena, son Orval and William.

In this picture are Charlotte Menke, my Great Grandmother, Willis Kyle (Laura's husband), Lena, Lena's son David Harlow Roscoe, Reggie Kyle and Laura Kyle. This is the only photo I have of David. 

It's great to have these and I feel pretty confident about who they all are.

How many of your own photos have you marked "Dad and Mother"? 

Sunday, October 13, 2019

A View from the Windmill

This photo might have been taken from the top of a windmill. Or possibly from a hay loft in a barn. The photo is printed on paper, about 3 x 4 inches, and has no information to help identify the owners of this place.  

After my Grandma's death, I went through a plastic tub that was filled with different boxes with a variety of things in each one. One was an old greeting cards box. In that box I found baby photos of my brother and I, my birth announcement, a graduation picture of my Aunt. There were also old photos of people, some I knew, others I did not. The people I recognized were members of the Roscoe family, my Grandpa's mother's family. Her birth name was Charlotte Roscoe, her parents were William and Lena. Just as we were going through Grandma's things and giving them back to each family, I think this little box might have been given to my Grandparents after Grandpa's mother died.

This photo was in that box. William Roscoe, my Second Great Grandfather sold windmills. Another reason I believe this was taken from the top of a windmill. Census records show he lived in the village of DeWitt, Nebraska, maybe on the edge of town? Maybe it's not their place at all.

Zooming in close shows a man and a woman or young girl standing at the arched gate in the fence, but they are too small to indentify. The woman's dress goes to her knees. It looks like a big garden between the house and what looks like a wheat field. There isn't any vehicle or farm equipment in the picture to help date the photo. 

I'll post more photos from that box soon.

Friday, October 4, 2019

Friday's Faces from the Past - Elarton Studio

This little man had his portrait taken at Elarton Studio in Aurora, Nebraska sometime before John Wesley Elarton's death in 1919. There is no name on this anywhere, I'd guess he is about six years old give or take a year. He has such a sweet, sad expression on his face as if he's not thrilled to be standing there in that suit. Those large ruffled collars for boys were popular around 1910. Frame measures 5-1/2 x 8-1/2, photo is 3 x 5-1/2 and is glued onto the heavy cardstock back with an embossed decorative trim. 

Boy - Aurora - 1910. Doesn't narrow down the possiblities much. The fact that this photo was in the collection that came from my Great Grandma Sadie McGrath might help me a little bit. Someone she knew must have given her this photo. I'm hoping to find someone who knows this boy.