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Monthly Archives: January 2015
William McKinley Autograph
At the June,1896 Republican convention that nominated William McKinley as their presidential candidate, my great grandfather, John Tannehill Bressler, was part of the group chosen to inform the nominee of that decision. This was back in the day when the nominee did not attend the convention, but waited in a nearby hotel for the results.
Later Grandpa Bressler received this cabinet card with photos of Mr. and Mrs. McKinley with the nominee’s autograph on the back. It would appear that some accident happened to the card and it was repaired with Bressler’s address labels.
Sycamore Illinois High School Class 1905
Northern Illinois Teachers College DeKalb 1933 Commencement
District #14 School Wayne Nebraska
In 1882 John and Almeda Lake sold land for $25 to the School District #14 of Wayne, Nebraska. Here is the deed that was entered by Enoch Hunter, a Wayne pioneer.
The school house was very close to the family farm. It was demolished many years ago.
And in case you would be interested in teaching at this school, here is an 1896 teacher’s contract – $28 a month to teach, keep the school house in good repair and provide fuel.
For me the most important part – this is where my father, Frank Claycomb, started first grade in 1920. His teacher was Mrs. Barlow.
University Admission Certificate
Civil War Calling Cards
I’m calling these Civil War calling cards. They belonged to men who served in the war with Thomas Cation Duncan in the Wisconsin 1st Cavalry. I’m not positive that’s the proper name for these, so if you know a better name, let me know.
One is for W. H. Tripp of Milan, Missouri and the other for S. W. Harrington of Hull, Iowa.
Business Cards Dr. T. C. Duncan
Edith Moses Chubb (1882-1972)
This is another set of photos that have survived away from its family. The Chubbs were friends of the Bresslers. The first two photos are labeled “Edith Moses Chubb.”
This one is labeled “Mr. Chubb, 1356 4th Ave., Davenport, Iowa.” Chubb is not a frequently heard name, so I’m guessing there’s a connection.
I found her birth (Nebraska) and death (Texas) dates online; her father was F. E. Moses; her son Niles was married to Dr. Dorothy Brewer. I haven’t documented this properly, just offer it as a possibility. I would love to return these photos to Edith’s family.
Idaho Homestead 1911
Photos taken in Hollister, Idaho, June 1911. The John Bresslers and the Charles Cravens of Wayne, Nebraska are homesteading in Idaho. Charles Craven was the local photographer in Wayne and I think he took these photos (he’s not in any of the photos).
I have posted photos of the Bressler house in Wayne here. You can see they are used to more luxurious surroundings. Within a year of this picture, Ruth Bressler had married Amos Claycomb and moved to Illinois. I believe the Bresslers did not complete the requirement for homesteading. I don’t know much about the Craven family.
John Bressler was a banker and politician (unpopular combination) – This is him standing at an irrigation gate. Dressed very nicely for working in the fields.
These are the families in front of the Bressler homestead with their wagon. Ruth Bressler’s ‘shack’ (her words) marked with a blue check behind the wagon; a barn is at the far left. The barrel on the wagon is to transport water.
Here two of the women are leaving for Idaho Falls. Some are actually staying. That looks like a bleak existence. And how many trunks of clothes did they bring so that they could dress like this? The houses must have been full of trunks.