Throwback Thursday @COSI

COSI center of Science and Industry

These photos in the gallery are from the Progress Exhibit of the museum. Charlie and Laura and I had a fun visit.

The Classic blue and white car which is in the CUBA Exhibit

“Travel through time and interact with the technology from 1898. Then turn a corner and find yourself generations later – in 1962 – in that same town.”

In the CUBA exhibit
Picnic lunch in the shade

Silhouette of my Mom 1939

My mother photographed at Starved Rock Park, Illinois in 1939.

see link for information on St.Peter sandstone

Marian VanSickle Hendricks the year my parents were married (1939)

Sounds like a horrific history as I read the explanation of the naming of this huge park in Illinois. “

Here’s the story “Starved Rock State Park derives its names from a Native American legend of injustice and retribution. In the 1760s, Pontiac (Chief of the Ottawa tribe) was slain by an Illiniwek while attending a tribal council in southern Illinois. According to the legend, during one of the battles that subsequently occurred to avenge his killing, a band of Illiniwek, under attack by a band of Potawatomi (allies of the Ottawa) sought refuge atop a 125-foot sandstone butte. The Ottawa and Potawatomi surrounded the bluff and held their ground until the hapless Illiniwek died of starvation—giving rise to its name Starved Rock.”

Thirteen miles of hiking trails.

Starved Rock State Park is a wilderness area on the Illinois River containing steep sandstone canyons formed by glacial meltwater. A few canyons: St. Louis, French and Wildcat canyons have waterfalls. Wooded trails lead to Lover’s Leap Overlook, with views of the river and the dam. Park wildlife includes white-tailed deer, bald eagles and migratory birds, and reptiles. You can spend all day hiking and have lunch or dinner at the lodge.” Trip Advisor

Cecile Rowley Caven 1897-1957

One of my maternal grandmother’s sisters. My great Aunt. I found a portrait of her while I was cleaning out a box of papers. Married Morey Caven. I’m still trying to find more information.

Sisters Edna, Cecile (2nd from left), May, Charlotte (my maternal grandmother)
Cecile Rowley Caven
Screen shot from Find a Grave
Erickson Photography Menomonie Wisconsin

Popular Building

There are always people stopping at the corner of Grove and Bedford Streets to photograph this building which appears in the opening credits of the tv show F•r•i•e•n•d•s.

I posted it five years ago with Anna and Erika in front when they visited NYC

Swine Show Handlers and My Grandfather at the Fair

Lincoln Illinois Fair

My paternal grandfather Floyd M. Hendricks is the man in the middle with the microphone in hand. Perhaps he is congratulating the man with the prize winning pig. The men on either side have been showing their swine based upon the canes they hold.

If you want to brush up on how to Swine Showmanship click here

Steer your hog out of corners and away from crowds. A cane makes an excellent steering device.


Make all your moves slowly, smoothly and naturally.


Don’t turn the pig sharply; let it walk naturally. Be on the lookout for trouble from unruly hogs in the ring and try to avoid the area they are in.


A nervous, jumpy show person makes a nervous and jumpy hog.


Never put your hands on the animals back when in the ring. However, you may use your hand to help turn an uncooperative pig.


A soft push from your hand is more desirable and easier than another tap of the show cane.

My grandfather in the hat holding the microphone

Uncle Harold Played the Tuba

Uncle Harold “Butch” Hendricks, born in 1928, is shown here with a tuba. My father’s youngest brother, seventeen years apart.

No date on the photo – my guess is about 11 years old so approximately 1939? Illinois just heard from a music reacher friend and Pat says “I think Uncle Harold might have been 14 or 15. He is managing to hold that tuba up and they are heavy.”

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Class of 1906

My maternal grandmother Charlotte Rowley- Rockford High School, Rockford, Illinois. She married in 1908. Had children in 1910, 1912, 1914.

Rockford High School Rockford Illinois
The Football Team w coach