My Great Great Grandfather

This commemorative plate now hangs in my grandson Michael’s room, in Columbus, Ohio.

James Armstrong Cannon, born August 6, 1839. served in Co. C 26th Kentucky Infantry Regiment in the “War Between the States”. He was “war wounded and pensioned” and married Louverna Jackson of Shaw’s Point, Illinois. She was born March 25, 1857.

Justice of the Peace, Samuel Cummings officiated their wedding on March 24, 1872 with J.R.Fields and Cordelia Fields as witnesses in Carlinville,Illinois.

James A. Cannon died November 21,1928. his wife Louverna died July 26,1914. They are buried in Bethel Ridge Cemetery near Girard, Illinois.

In a note found by niece Florence Opal Jacobs we read the following: “James A. Cannon and Louverna Jackson Cannon came to Illinois from Kentucky in a covered wagon in about 1884. He was given a land grant in Macoupin County, Illinois for service in the “War Between the States” in which he was wounded and pensioned. They lived just north of Old Rural Church and School, east of Carlinville, Illinois.

My father’s mother, Mary Alta Kerr Hendricks (who taught me to knit) was the first child born to Charles Kerr and Sarah Anna Cannon Kerr (daughter of James A and Louverna) in Womac, Illinois. In the papers I have given to me by my sister, his wife’s name is sometimes spelled differently- Louverna and Laverna but Louverna seems correct as she is listed as daughter of David Jackson 1838-1891 and Rutha Duff Jackson 1830-1893.

James Armstrong Cannon
and
Louverna Jackson Cannon

Who was Maurice Stalker of Pond Creek, Oklahoma?

My sister sent me an article Titled The Strange Lure of Other People’s Photos (click title to read) written by Bill Shapiro, “Bill Shapiro is a former editor in chief of Life magazine and a co-author of “What We Keep.” Mr. Shapiro has an enormous collection of “found photos”- from other people’s discarded photographs. He has no idea who is in these images but in the Above article you can read how his viewing and thinking of the subjects affect him.

For Throwback Thursday today I’m posting a “found photo” from a box in my own house. I don’t know who the man is in the photograph. Well I know he is Maurice Stalker. But there’s a story there. I just don’t know what his story is and why his photo is in my family’s things.

At least there is information and a name written on the back of the photograph. And his Track and Field stats.  So many of us have unidentified photographs from the past. Will they end up in a flea market or funky shop after being discarded, or a landfill?

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I found “Pond Creek is a city in Grant County, Oklahoma, along the Salt Fork Arkansas River. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 856, a 4.5 percent decline from 896 at the 2000 by Google and saw Mr. Stalker was President of Pond Creek School board in 1948-1949.
since he was born in 1906 and he’s 19 in the photo, this was taken in 1925. He passed in 1978.

He’s not the Maurice Stalker (with the same name) I found In an old 1945 newspaper in Warren PA who committed a murder of his girlfriend‘s mother and wounded the girlfriend and then killed himself.  Oh my.

 

 

Four Generations of Ancestors

On my mother’s side. 

Four Generations

 My Great Grandmother Mary S. Smith Rowley

My  Great Great Grandmother Charlotte Ann Clark Smith

My Great Aunt May Baker Rowley Potter  b.1883-d.1972

her son Melburn Clark Potter

b.1906-d. 1940

 

My Great Great Grandmother  Charlotte Ann Clark Smith   

Born in Ohio 31 May 1834 Died Durand Illinois 22 January 1916 Aged 81

Buried in Durand Winnebago County Illinois Laona Cemetery

My Great Grandmother
Mary S Smith Married Eugene Baker Rowley in 1880
Born  in Durand, Winnebago, Illinois, Died 1917
Daughter of Clark Smith & Charlotte Ann Clark
Mother of Clair S Rowley, May Baker Potter 1883-1972   Charlotte Rowley Van Sickle 1888-1980, Edna Rowley Morey 1892-1990,, Cecile Rowley Caven 1897-1957

Middle Row, Second from the Left. Throwback Thursday

A faded school photo found in a desk drawer while cleaning.

In the middle row. Second from the left. Charlotte Rowley in the dark dress and her younger sister Edna Rowley next to her. The handwriting of the list of students is unknown to me but I thought it was a good find, to see all the names. No date I could see but Charlotte was born in 1888.

So many old photos are unidentified.

Now the printing on the cardboard is my mother’s hand Historical Pictorial

Farmingdale School. Winnebago County Illinois
Grandmother Charlotte in the dark dress and the girl right next to get, a head shorter, is my Great Aunt Edna

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My Grandmother’s Sisters

A Throwback Thursday Post.

My paternal grandmother’s older sisters.

Martha and Sara. Sara was called “Sister”

My grandmother was born in 1892.

I found this postcard in a box. There is no one left to ask for more information about them.

Throwback Thursday September 1916

Marian Van Sickle Robert E. Van Sickle John R. Van Sickle. My mother with the parasol and her brothers. Unfortunately, I don’t know who the twins are.

Durand, Illinois September 1, 1916

Weekly Photo Challenge: Object

No, not-  “I  object.

But an item.    A thing.  You know I have so many objects in my files.  I thought I’d focus on one, like the challenge said to do.

Weekly Challenge Creator Cheri Lucas Rowlands said-  “Or you can get creative and find other ways to feature your object — the only requirement is it must be somewhere in your frame.”

Here’s a dusty antique stereoscope from my childhood and the dates on the photos?    1903!  Wish I knew where it came from originally.

A bit before my time. I remember viewing the images with my brother David.  HAve to find the piece that slides on the bar. It’s around here somewhere.

Stereoscope

One of the cards had Meadville, PA printed on the edge.  The scene on top is Goats in Norway.  The cowboy on the horse is in Kansas.

Here is the principle behind the stereoscopic images according to Wikipedia

“Two separate images are printed side-by-side. When viewed without a stereoscopic viewer the user is required to force his eyes either to cross, or to diverge, so that the two images appear to be three. Then as each eye sees a different image, the effect of depth is achieved in the central image of the three.”