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.

Memories of My School Days

school daysThese would be Mom’s (Harriet Duncan’s) school days.  From the book she kept:  “Memories of My School Days.”

It covers 1927, 1928, and 1929 – the early years from her time at the Normal School and then from DeKalb High School.

There are autographs from friends and from teachers.  The teachers at the Normal School were trainees and quite young.

Here are some autographs from teachers and from her younger sister, Barbara.

school days barbAnd then there are the fun verses of the time and mysterious references.
school days autographschool days operettaschool days operetta intAnd then the photos.  Mom is ‘me’ bottom center and her sister Helen next to her.school days snapshots

 

 

Grandpa’s Diary 1958 – Part 2

Part one is here.
201258George picked Tom up at Martin in Sioux City A.M.
241258
Opened our gifts – Tom George & I.
251258251258bWent into hospital 10:30 A.M. and opened Amos’ gifts.  Difficult for him to talk but when the phone call came about 11:20 A.M. he did very well & enjoyed it.  Helen sent some dinner to him and he ate all the liver & oysters.  With him in P.M. & eve.
 The phone call was a conference call with all his children – quite an event for 1958.
261258Amos about the same.  Breathing difficult & speech some times.
271258
Amos about the same but failing slowly.
281258
Spent P.M with Amos and George came after me in eve when he asked for me.  Hard for him to talk.
291258b291258Nurse called about 11:20 A.M.  Amos had taken turn for worse but he was gone when George Tom & I got in.  They turned him on side after giving hypo and he was gone – quickly & [____].  Called all the children in P.M.  John came 7 P.M Monday eve.
301258Barbara & Roy arrived Omaha 7:30 P.M.  Richard 7:30 P.M.  John met them in Omaha.
  Barbara & her husband, Roy Davis, live in Los Angeles, California.  
311258b311258Frank arrived Omaha 7 A.M.  Harry Ellis Fisher brought him up.  Edward could not come on account of snow in K.C.  Had dinner over at John’s home and left from here for service at church at 2 P.M.  Flowers were beautiful and a nice service.  Margaret Olson played hymns & “Going Home.”  
Edward is Amos’ brother who lived in Kansas City, Missouri.
040159Jan. 4, 1959  Frank & George took Tom to Cushing Iowa – John Barbara Roy Richard & I went to Soo City with John – to meet Frank & George at Martin Hotel – John & Helen Bressler went too – dinner at the Normandie & John C. left for home 3 P.M.
060159Jan. 6, 1959  Frank Richard Barbara Roy & I take Frank & Richard to Omaha – leaving for home – Richard missed his plane but left at 1:30 P.M.  Frank at 12:15 P.M.  Roy drove home.  George’s man gone.   
I think George could not drive them to Omaha if his hired hand was gone.
080159Jan. 8, 1959 George Roy Barbara & I to Omaha – Barbara & Roy left at 11:30 A.M. for home.  George & I came back to an empty house.

Grandpa’s Diary 1958 – Part 1

atc tucson trip

My grandfather, Amos Claycomb, kept diaries for most of his life.  The earliest I have is his 1900 diary when he was 14 years old.

He switched from small bound diaries to desk calendars.  He wrote less than he had earlier – of course, the temperature and some weather notes, and his main task on the farm.

In September 1958, he was 72 years old, and made the trip from Wayne, Nebraska to Tucson, Arizona for his fraternity reunion.  It’s briefly noted on the calendar.

His next entries were on the 8th and 15th of October 1958 – both medical in nature.
atc last entryThose were his last entries.  From now on Grandma (Ruth Bressler Claycomb) wrote on the desk calendar.  It’s very touching – and a little difficult to read.  She didn’t leave much in writing, a few letters and this calendar.   Warning for the family:  Get the tissues handy.
241058John Helen & boys came this eve.   John is the oldest son; his family lives in Wisconsin.
261058John Helen & boys left this P.M.
271058Took Amos to Hospital before 7 A.M.  Paralysis set in.
281058Took Amos to Meth[odist] Hosp. in Omaha.  John Bressler took me down.  Dr. Benthack showed x-ray picture of vertebrae disintegrated.  John Bressler is Ruth’s brother.
291058Amos no better and nothing to do.  John B[ressler] went home and Helen [his wife] came down to Omaha about 6 P.M.
301058Amos the same – Helen & I came home in the P.M.  Called Barbara – John Frank & Richard called.    Barbara, John, Frank, and Richard are their children who live outside of Nebraska.  Their son George lives on the farm with them.
311058John pick Richard up in Sioux City.
011158John Richard to Omaha and Amos came home to hospital here.
021158John met Frank in Sioux Falls, S.D.
031158John left at 4:17 A.M. for Minden.  
Not sure of the place name.  There is a Minden Nebraska, but not sure why John would be going that direction.  Any ideas of what place it could be?  Windam?
051158Frank left for Ames.  Richard left & met in Sioux City.  Frank is going to Ames because his son, Tom, is at Iowa State College for his freshman year.
061158Frank returned from Ames P.M.
071158John Helen & boys arrived about 6 P.M.
091158George took Frank to Omaha to catch is plane.  Met Barbara on her arrival.
161158George and I took Barbara to Omaha to take plane for L.A.  Storm warnings.  Barbara’s plane late.
221158George picked Tom up on No. 20 in eve.
  Tom is Frank’s son.  
271158George Tom & I for Thanksgiving – sent oysters to Amos but he didn’t eat them.
  The family will recognize this is a very serious event.  Grandpa loved oysters that were a special dish for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Part 2 is here.