Nettie Patchen Duncan 1945 – Home Movies

I feel so fortunate to have home movies that include my great-grandmother, Nettie Patchen Duncan.  She was born in 1858.  This movie is from 1944 or 1945 so she is about 86 years old.  She died in 1949.
Once again, the quality is poor, but I’m still thrilled to have this record.  Nettie is the tall, white haired woman.  She’s sitting in the yard in Rockford, Illinois, with her daughter-in-law, Florence Duncan (my grandfather’s second wife).  The children are my older brother and sister, Tom and Jeanie.  The woman in uniform is my Aunt Helen – Nettie’s granddaughter.  Late in the clip is my grandfather, Thomas Leroy Duncan, Nettie’s son.

Sanderson Home, Lee, Illinois

Having given this post that title, I’m not positive this is the home of the Sandersons or that it’s in Lee, Illinois.  What I do know from Mom’s photo book, the woman on the far right is Isabelle Sanderson (married Richoloson) and the woman next to her is Mom’s grandmother, Mary Ann Sanderson (married Oakland).  Mary Ann was born in 1868 in Lee, Illinois.  The family lived in that area for a long time.  How old are the two women on the right?  My guess is in their early 20s.  That would date the photo to the early 1880s.  What do you see, especially in the clothes?
oakland house

Here are some enlarged images from the top photo.
oakland house det 2
oakland house det 1I’d love to hear from anyone who can identify more of the people in the picture.

432 Somonauk Avenue, Sycamore, Illinois

This was the home of MaryAnn Sanderson Oakland and Thomas Lewis Oakland in 1918 at the time of his death.  I don’t know how long they had lived there.
It’s going to be part of the Historic Tour of Homes next week in Sycamore organized by the Sycamore History Museum.
The photos come from Mom’s scrapbook.  I think the handwriting on the first page is my grandfather’s (Thomas L. Duncan).  Thomas Oakland was his father-in-law.
432 Somonauk 1432 Somonauk 2Wish I could be there for this tour!

 

 

Gem School in Victor, Nuckolls County Nebraska 1901

gem schoolFound this at a yard sale this morning – a list of scholars at Gem School, District No. 57, May 3, 1901.  My research leads to Victor, Nuckolls county, Nebraska.

The teacher was Mary Boyd.  The director was Eugene McCarthy; treasurer was I. S. Moffett; and moderator was Thomas Karmazin.

gem school intThe students were Fred Gerhart, Nellie Gerhart, Orval Daniel, Celia Yunker, Dora Thompson, Alta Thompson, Gilbert Moffett, Mike Gerhart, Jay Crannel, Earl Daniel, Julia Blaha, Dee Thompson, Robert Theer, Eugene Gerhart, Mary Karmazin, Lawrence Yunker, Grace Daniel, Thomas Karmazin, Ella Thompson, Iva Moffett, Fay Crannel, Charlie Gerhart, Claude Thompson, Annie Schwynorh, Vira Shipp, Alma Shipp, Estel Moffett, and Harry Daniel.
gem school revAnyone here from your family?  Let me know.

US School of Military Aeronautics 1918 Champaign Illinois

These are photos of the United States School of Military Aeronautics, Champaign, Illinois, May 1918.
Our family representative is one of our Oaklands (third row, far right) – Milo Oakland, I think.  I hope someone can find their family member here – they are all named!
This is the squadron photo.
squadron A2 usasma 1918These are the officers and instructors.

usasma u of i 1918

Kindergarten 1951

Relics from my kindergarten year (1950-1) at Lindo Park School, Lakeside, California.  Kindergarten was a time to learn to be away from home, to get along with other people and listen to the teacher, and my favorite parts: graham crackers and milk, and naps.  Seems ridiculous to have to mention but there was no homework as there is today.  It was a year of fun.  There were two classes – I was in Mrs. Lyon’s class and next door was Mrs. Westrick’s class.
kindergarten reportMom took the movies and they have those qualities of movies then – no sound, too light or too dark, moving too fast, heads cut off, and yet, brings back memories of those times.
The first video shows the playground activities.  I can recognize a few kids:  Louise Hayward, Susan Diamond, Celeste Harrison, and maybe Esther Thomas.  And Mrs. Westrick.   I’m in the red overalls, and that surprises me – I would have expected to have to wear a dress.  But you can see, pants are much more practical when you play on the bars!

mrs lyons kindergarten class 2

Dorothy Lyons and kindergarten class.

mrs lyons kindergarten class 1

Dorothy Lyons and kindergarten class.

One day Mom put one of our lambs into the family car and brought it to our kindergarten class for the kids to see.  Of course at the time I didn’t appreciate the effort this must have taken.
mrs lyons playground

The second video is our graduation day.  I do remember making the construction paper hats.  Both teachers are in this.  I can also see Dennis Busgen, Susan Diamond, Erin Macgillivray, Ken Walling, Ron Carlson, Esther Thomas, and I think, Pat Fazio.  I’m in the blue and white polka-dotted dress.

If you are in these videos, I’d love to hear from you.  And if you recognize anyone, we could add that to the post.

Geranium Leaf Hats

Grandma Claycomb (Ruth Bressler Claycomb) visited us in California in the early 1950s.  One of the things she did was sew geranium leaf hats for the girls.  This is a clip from a home movie showing her with my sister, Jeanie, and a neighbor, Linda Renner.

This is the first time I’ve embedded a video.  Found out how to convert the DVD files to an mp4 file and then make the selection into an mp4 film.  Set up a channel on YouTube and uploaded it there.  And wrote this post embedding the YouTube link.  It seems to work.  But wow, all this is not easy the first time.  A bit stressful.