Monday, May 25, 2015

Death of PFC Leland Cloud 1944

Remember our Veterans

1944: Funeral services Sunday for PFC Leland Cloud

Funeral services for PFC Leland Cloud were held Sunday afternoon at three o'clock at the Free Methodist Church. PFC Cloud, 32, died Thursday evening at 7:30 (1944)  as a result of burns received Monday in a gasoline explosion at Courtland Air Base Alabama, where he was stationed.

The body was brought back to Sumner, accompanied by soldiers from Courtland who worked with him.

PFC Cloud enlisted in the AAF November, 1942 at Scott Field. He returned to George Field in December, that year, was transferred to Seymour Johnson field, North Carolina in January ’43,

returning to George Field in November 1943. Recently he had been transferred to the  Alabama base.

Army friends of Cloud who had been stationed at George Field and transferred to Courtland served as pallbearers for the  final rites. A huge crowd attended the services which were conducted by Rev. WT Phillips of Harvey, assisted by Rev. I L Hawf and Rev. Carl Sewell. Burial was in the Sumner City cemetery.

Survivors include the widow, the former Miss Bernadine Allen of Lawrenceville, a baby daughter, his parents Mr. and Mrs. Everett  Cloud, and a sister by adoption, Molly.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Lt Byard Atkins

Remember our Veterans

World War II News 
Lieut. Byard Atkins Killed While On Duty in Africa

First Lieut. Byard Eugene Atkins, 24, was killed February 23rd,1945, in an accident while on duty as aerial photographer, according to a War Department message received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. O. D. Atkins of Sumner.

Lieut. Atkins had been serving with a special mapping crew of 60 men. In his last letter home, he said he had just returned from the Red Sea area.

A graduate of the Sumner High School in 1937, Lieut. Atkins studied geology at the University of Illinois where he was graduated before joining the Air Force at Lowry Field, Colorado in December 1942. After special training with an AAF photography group at New Haven, Connecticut, he was sent to South America where he served for several months. He returned to the United States last March and left again on his African assignment last June. Lieut. Atkins leaves his parents; his grandmother, 
Mrs. Fanny Stout of Sumner, and a brother, PFC Robert Atkins, a medical student at the University of Illinois, who is now doing his medical clerkship at the Research Hospital in Chicago.

(He is buried in Sumner Cemetery 4th Addition East section)

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Thrift Stamps

The individuals who are cataloging the museum items to enter on our new inventory program are finding many interesting things.  Among them, a small card was found on which the following was found.  We believe it to be issued about 1917 during WWI. 

A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned

To the Pupils of Lawrence county:  
We are fighting the greatest war that the world has even known.  We are fighting this war that you may continue to enjoy the blessings of liberty and freedom as you have in the past. Every boy and girl has now or will have, a father, brother, uncle, cousin or friend who has offered his life for services, that we can win the war.  You are not old enough to fight in the army but you can assist those who are fighting by being industrious and saving your pennies, nickels and dimes and buy Thrift Stamps, thus lending the government the money that is necessary to buy food, clothing and ammunition for the young men who are fighting the battles for us. The following suggestions should be helpful to you in earning money with which to purchase the Thrift Stamps.

1. Raising garden truck
2. Raising Chickens
3. Raising a calf or pig
4. Doing chores
5. Boys raise an acre of Corn
6. Collecting and selling old rags, papers, iron, bones, etc.

Ask your teacher and parents to explain the plan by which you can purchase the Thrift Stamps and War Savings certificates with the pennies, nickels and dimes which you have earned and saved.  

Trusting that every boy and girl will assist the government by purchasing Thrift Stamps, I am
                      Very truly yours
                       Edwin Ashbaugh, Co. Supt. of Schools.

Don't forget to buy your cemetery tickets for Centerville tour Saturday May 30, 2015 10:00 am at Finishing Touch in Lawrenceville if the Museum is closed when you are in town.  Also check out the rules for the photo contest in June by going to the webpage and clicking on the photo contest flyer at bottom right of page. 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Wanted by Sheriff: Naked Man 1886

Vincennes Daily Commercial Aug 13, 1886

Jumped Off The Bridge Into The Middle Of The Wabash River.

The Daring Leap Made By A Fugitive To Escape The Officers.

Last night about 8:30 o’clock, during this prevalence of the severe storm, John Sharp, a young man of North Vincennes, who had been captured by Officer Hall and Marshal Calloway was turned over the Deputy Sheriff of Lawrence county, Ill and his deputy at the drawbridge.

The young man aforesaid is wanted at Lawrenceville on a charge of assault and battery with intent to kill.  He strongly objected to crossing the bridge but the officers, for the nonce, only, were too many for him and succeeded in taking him as far as the draw span.  It was pitch dark; the wind was blowing fiercely and forked streaks of lightning flashed through the dark, ominous clouds, that hung low and from which the rain poured down in torrents.  With a sudden  jerk, the prisoner released himself from the clutches of the officer having him in charge and quicker than it takes to write it, plunged headlong over the railing into the water below, disappearing entirely.

But he did not long remain out of sight.  Emerging from his novel and thrilling bath, he swam to one of the middle piers, disrobed himself, and before the officers could get to him, was swimming with the current rapidly down the stream.

No doubt the reader will conclude that this was a sharp trick.  But it appears not, as Marshal Calloway subsequently secured the clothes the fugitive left behind on the pier and has them still in his possession, while Mr. Sharp has only the garb Dame Nature gave him.

The name of the man Sharp assaulted is Sanders, and lives on the Illinois side a short distance from the bridge.  Both men recently came here from Mt Carmel.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Two Early Accidents

Date: December 1, 1860

SHOCKING DEATH.—Mrs. Martha Hyde, living in Lawrence county, Illinois, about three miles above Vincennes , came to her death on Saturday evening by falling into the well by the family residence. She was drawing a bucket, of water, when the sweep at the well broke and she was precipitated into the well, killing her instantly. She leaves a family of three small children to mourn her loss.

Date: December 4, 1858

SINGULAR DEATH.—Truman Brotherton, of Lawrence county, Ill., while walking across the trestle work of the O. and M. R. R., on Sunday week, accidentally slipped and fell, his side hitting the rail, and injuring him so severely internally that he died in a few minutes.

Monday, May 18, 2015

News 1880's and Bad Grammar

Misc news from the Robinson Constitution

July 3, 1879
The editor of the Lawrenceville Herald say that if "there are no good looking young men in Robinson, and the girls are anxious to be pleased,"We should import some from Lawrenceville! Oh dear! Well now  Mister editor, you don't say so.

Dec 24, 1879
A.H. Barrett has established a new saw-mill on the bank of the Embarrass, in Lawrence county.

Apr 14, 1880
The Rev. May, of Lawrence county, gave a public reading Friday night last, at the M.E. church, in this place, for the benefit of the People's Library. The gentleman acquitted himself very well. There was quite a good attendance of our citizens.

AUG. 4, 1880
Dr. Stephens will "pull teeth" at Lawrenceville this week

Jan 5, 1881
The personal property of the late Thomas G. Cecil, of Lawrence county, will be sold on the 19th inst. This will be the largest sale of personal property that has taken place in this part of the country in years.

Jan 12, 1881
Frank Meserve well known in this place, has purchased an interest in the Lawrenceville Herald. Frank is a smart, shrewd young man and we expect to see him make a success of the paper.

Jan 26, 1881
The ladies of Lawrenceville will give a festival next Wednesday for the benefit of the cemetery at that place.

FEB 2, 1881
Jack Rabbit, the Lawrence county pacing horse, sold for $450.

APR 27, 1881
No saloons in Lawrence county this year

July 20, 1881
Sheriff Ryan, of Lawrenceville, united with the Christian church, at the above place a few nights ago and was baptized in the river by W. F. Black.

Sep 28, 1881
Dr. Burn Stephens has been pulling teeth at Lawrenceville this week.

Jan 18, 1882
It is reported that there is a genuine case of smallpox in the vicinity of Bird's Station, 12 or 15 mile south of here. The person affected is the son of Daniel Cochran.

Sep 13, 1882

William Robinson, a prominent attorney of Lawrenceville, had a gold watch and some thirty odd dollars in money stolen from him at the fairgrounds during the re-union last week. (Wilder Brigade Re-union at Robinson Sep 6-7-8th.)

And in the Bad grammar department:

Dec 21, 1881
Two hundred and fifty head of cattle were driven through town on Wednesday by Lawrence county farmers. They were being taken to Champaign county. The majority of them were very scrubby stock.  (Ed: Hopefully the writer was referring to the cattle and not the Lawrence County farmers....)

July 20, 1881
A farmer in Lawrence county, on the Palestine and Lawrenceville road has this notice posted up in his field, "If any man's or woman's cow or oxen gits in these here oats, his and her tail will be cut off, as the case may be." (Ed: I am not even going to touch this one....)

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Swedish TV Show

Do you ever watch the genealogy show “Who Do You Think You are?”

 Well, a few weeks ago the society received the following email:
“Hi, My name is Fredrik Mejster and I am working as a genealogist for a Swedish TV show named "Allt för Sverige". It is about ten Swedish Americans that get a chance to come back to Sweden and learn more about their Swedish heritage. One of our participants has connections to Lawrenceville and I am trying to find her ancestor’s place of birth and place of death.”

After verifying that this wasn’t a scam the researchers got busy and found the information requested and forwarded it to Sweden.  Now we were not told the actual participant’s name, but we were quite thrilled to know that this website had reached across the ocean.  Someone might just get a vacation to
Sweden because of the information we provided. . ..  and who says genealogy isn’t important

Have a good week, and remember get those photos ready for the photo contest in June and buy your tickets for the cemetery tour May 30th

PS you can watch past seasons of the Genealogy show on YouTube.