Saturday, May 24, 2014

Memorial Day

What does Memorial Day mean in a Genealogical way? We all have relatives that mean something to us, for us genealogist we probally have a lot of them. But not all of us have ones that served in the miltarty that we know of. Like I have many dinstant relatives that served, but I do not have any close ones that served. I have my sister that I give a lot of credit for her tour of duty in Iraq and 2 visits to Afghanastan. I love her and am so proud of her for her contribution. But, I can't write a blog on her history since she is my age and still alive. 

Past her though my ancestors are baren of War. weather this in positiev or not, I guess it's good for me since I'm here on this beutiful earth and will be able to enjoy a majestic Minnesota sunset tonight. Memorial Day isn't just about the town celebrations and parades though. We want to remember our troops, our past and those who gave to shape our country. 

A number of years ago, I took one of my dad's uncles to the local Memorial Day Parade. He was in his upper Eighties, and was still full of love and life. He never served in the military, but well we watched the parade, he went back to his younger days when he lived in the area. He stared telling stories of his friends that were in the different wars, some were distant family members, some were locals I knew, and some were complete strangers.  But he was proud of them and their contributions. I wish I could have recorded everything he has told me in the past, but alsa he is gone now and I can only write down his stories that he told me. 

Also remember our hereos did not have to wear a uniform. My Grandparents did not fight, but my Grandma and her sister worked in the factory making the parts in WWII. Without thier collective contributions and support the wars could have had a different outcome. 

So this Memorial Day when your at your great town festivals, watching a parade or sitting around the backyard to remmeber those who served and helped in all capacities and tell the stories of those before us and my dad's Uncle did. Also stop and say thank you to a service member and ask them thier story. Most would be elated to tell you thier story. 

Uncle Erwin, RIP I hope you knew hope much those stories and those days driving around in the country ment to me. 

Ashley, thank you very much for your service, and I love you.

To all the others that served, Thank you very much. I hope everyone has a blessed and peacefull Memorial Day.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Photographer Studios of Eastern Will County and When they were around.

I am interested in finding out dates that all the studios were taking pictures in the area so this will be a kinda spreadsheet of my dates that the studios were around to help everyone date pictures. This will be updated as I get new dates for my reference and hopefully helps everyone else. If anyone has confirmed dates of photographs from any studios in Eastern Will, Kankakee or southern Cook Counties, I would be glad to add them. This will help me and hopefully many others date their photos.

Chicago Heights
Heising - 1897
F. Heising - 1898, 1899, 1915

FW Michaelis 1899

W.D. Fay - 1895

Lane - 1895

F.W. Sanders - 190, 1904, 1912

Perry - 1891, 1892
Harken & Perry - 1899, 1901, 1901
A.E. Harken - 1907, 1911, 1912
Star Studio - 1897

Fordtran Bros Studio - 1905
Fordtran Studios - 1911, 1916, 1927
The Fordtran Studios

Siegal Coopers - 1989
Scholl - 547 S Halsted - 1886-1888

Saturday, April 26, 2014

3 Photos from Scholl Studios in Chicago

Well going through my Grandma Arnold's photo collection, I came across these 3 photos. All are from J.B. Scholl studios in Chicago at 547 S Halsted St. In Chicago, IL. The building is gone now, and would be under a exit ramp from the East Bound Eisenhower to the South Bound Dan Ryan Expressways. Mr. Scholl had many different addresses for his studios over his short career. According to the Chicago photographers, 1847 through 1900 : as listed in Chicago city directories, Mr. Scholl was at this address between 1886-1888. Sadly these dates are too late for who I hoped they would be. But they give me many possibilities of who they could be, a whole world of them.
Photo 1 - Wedding Photo
Of course this photo doesn't take much explanation, It is a wedding photo for this couple. The gentleman looks proud and stately. He looks healthy and well fed. He is well groomed and appears quite comfortable in this clothing. The lady on the other had does not look as comfortable in this environment.
Picture 2 - Older Man

This photo is of a older Gentleman. Same address as the wedding photo. Just looking at the face it looks like the gentleman in the wedding photo is probably his son. The back of this photo has W. Arnold on it, but crossed out. If W. Arnold is correct than the photo below would probably be Mary Heiland. But the only child of this to wed in this time period was their daughter Catherine and Heinrich Sehring. I don't know what they look like to confirm the pictured. Of course it is just as possible it is not them.
Photo 3 - Older Lady

This photo is of a older lady, well dressed and confident.
If the 1886-1888 dates are correct this would have been before Scholl was the big prestigious studio it became well it was on State St.
If anyone has any has seen these photos or knows whom is in these pictures, I would be grateful to have that information.
Photos Courtesy of the collection of Estella Arnold
1. Chicago photographers, 1847 through 1900 : as listed in Chicago city directories: