Monday, August 31, 2015

Birds and Brookside Basketball Players and Cheerleaders 1971

Birds
Birds School Basketball  Team March 1971
Cheerleaders: Carol Racop, Kathy Fisher, Brenda Rinsch, Cora Littlejohn  and Willa Devin
Second Row: Brian Neer, Timmy Sapp and Steve Seitzinger
Third Row: Ray Sunderman, coach; Alan Weger, Doug Neer, Doyle Steffey, Kent Sapp, Danny Lamb and Joe Weger, assistant coach
Brookside
Brookside School Basketball  Team March 1971
Front Row: Jim Akers, Mark Joiner, Joe Cooper, Mike Zehner and Danny Childress
Back Row: Steve Anderson, Jack Anderson, Mike Argo, Mike Berry, Chuck Argo and Coach Bob Waller

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Friday, August 28, 2015

Letter from Jack Cunningham WWII


Below is a transcribed letter (just as it was printed) dated November 27,1942 from Jack Cunningham published in a newspaper, then clipped and pasted in a scrapbook that the Museum has in its collection.  (Jack Cunningham was the stepfather of  LCHS member Butch Cunningham of Bridgeport, He had never seen this letter before we asked about the Cunningham connection.) 

November 27, 1942


Dearest Mother and Dad:
            Well Thanksgiving dinner is over and what a swell dinner we had.  Enclosed find a menu of what we had (full turkey dinner.)  Now wasn’t that a fine meal for the desert?
            Mother, I hope you get this letter, but the censor may cut out a lot of it.
            On July 15 we left Ft. Dix, New Jersey.  We walked three miles to a train.  We had on full pack, with rifles and leggings, and O.D. uniform and it was plenty hot.  We got into New York soon after five o’clock.  Then we got on a small ferry boat, which we left at six o’clock then at nine o’clock we boarded the “S.S. Louis Pasteur.”  At the next pier from where we got on we saw the “Normandy” laying on her side in dock where she burned.  We stayed in port all night, and at eight o’clock the next morning we pulled out.  There were 5478 soldiers and a crew of 500 on board.  We were not allowed on deck until we were out several hours, but I peeped through a porthole and saw the “Statue of Liberty.”
            We were issued life savers, which we wore at all times during the trip.  We followed close to the American shore past Suba (Cuba?) nearly to South America.  Then we cut across to Freetown, Africa.  A destroyer stayed within eyesight for the first four days around South America, and a navy plane was overhead us most of the time.  We were the only ship, which at that time was the third fastest and 5th largest.  It was a luxury liner, converted into a troop ship.  It was built by the French and was taken over by the British.  Two days out from New York the destroyer sank one submarine and the navy plane destroyed two.  We stopped in Freetown, Africa to take on oil and water, but we weren’t allowed to get off ship.
            We then, 14 days later, arrived in Durbou, S. Africa.  Here we got 2 day passes, but had to be on ship at night.  Durbau is a large and beautiful city.  I really rode the “rickasher” pulled by the natives.  It was not unusual there to see the women natives walking around with practically no clothes on.
            We left Durbou and sailed due east for 1400 miles and then north, entered the Red Sea, got off at Suez, Egypt Sunday August 16, at seven o’clock at night This trip took 11 days. We stayed at Lima camp for six days, then got on a troop train and went to Royah, Syria.  Took 3 nights and 3 days on the train, 800 miles.  I nearly starved to death on the boat and train.  On the boat they fed us goat and sheep meat. Dad, get rid of those damn sheep at home. 
            Rajah is around 61 miles from Damascus and 70 miles from Beyirut.
I went both places.  Also saw a ruined city at Baalbek. Also the cedars of Lebanon, Friday October 3, we left Rajah, Syria for places we didn’t know where.  Travelled four days.  Came close to Jerusalem (edge of town) and several others places of interest. Came by truck convoy.  Crossed the Suez Canal again near Port, Said, we went through Cairo and I am now between Cairo and Alexandria, Egypt 120 miles of Cairo and 20 miles from Alexandria, but may be moved soon and by the time you get this may be in Tobruuk.
            I bought a camera in Damascus, gave 14 Syrian pounds or near $7 of our money.
            Must close.  You send this letter to Daily if you get it, and please make mention in your next letter of my letter of November 27.  Hope you get this
                                                                        Love from (y)our son Jack
From Editor of Newspaper 1942:  Thanks, Jack, it’s a grand letter, one of the best we received, please accept our best wishes and “hello” from your Sumner friends.
            Jack’s brother, Lt. Daily Cunningham, U.S. Naval Reserve, and wife, Zula Fyffe Cunningham, left Saturday for San Diego California.  He will be assigned to duty on an aircraft carrier and at present, chances are slight that the boys will run across each other in their travels. 
            Jack is with the Army Air Force.  

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Bridgeport 1908

South Main Street Bridgeport 1908

West Olive Street Bridgeport 1908

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Roger Parrott's Letter Sweater


Sumner High School Athletic Team
Roger Parrott's Sumner High School Wool letter sweater is shown above and was recently donated by J Parrott.

Roger was captain of the Arab's basketball team and also participated in track and field events. Sumner High School did not have a track or hurdles, so the Sumner boys never practiced, but did participate in the meets.  At a district meet held at Lawrenceville High School, Roger, in spite of this lack of experience, won the hurdles race.

Roger is shown in the photo,  the third young man from the left on the bottom row.  Hugh Dollihan, the Principal, is the man shown in the top row to the far right.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Some Genealogy for Early Black families in Lawrence County

Sept 17, 1822 Edward Inlow of Lawrence Co and his wife Jane (x) sold to John Portee for $200 the W ½ of the SE ¼ of Sec 35 in T5R11 in the district of Vincennes,   80 acres. (Ed Note: located now  In the neighborhood of the Emmons cemetery)

July 7 1823 A patent was issued in the name of Patience Morris and Nancy Atwood for the Southeast quarter of section 8 T4R11 and since the signing of the patent, Patience Morris has died and left as her only heirs Nancy Atwood, Elizabeth Anderson, Edoth Cole and Sion Morris, her sisters and brother.  Elizabeth Anderson, Edoth Cole and Sion Morris, three of the heirs sold to Nancy Atwood for the natural affection the sisters and brother have for Nancy their other sister, and for the sisterly treatment that Nancy rendered to Patience and one dollar to the Southeast  quarter of Sec 8, T4R11. Neither Elizabeth, Edoth or Sion could sign their names, making their mark on the deed.  No spouses needed to sign as it wasn’t homestead property.
                A patent was issued at Vincennes for this land to the heirs of John Morris who had died before it was fully paid. (The heirs are not listed on the original patent but they held the 160 acres as tenants in common and not as joint tenants.

Sion Morris also was the original owner of two lots on the south west part of the square, 38 and 48.  He paid $48 for both of them together on March 2, 1824.  (Ed. note: They were located on 13th St. behind the law offices of Gosnell Borden Enloe & Sloss.)

Willie Anderson vs Mary Anderson         Divorce filed Aug 9,1902
Gee & Barnes , attorney for complainant.
William Anderson stated under oath that his wife’s name had been Mary Portee, and they had been married about 7 years.  The couple had no children.  William had lived in Illinois all his life, now residing in Bond town and for five years of the marriage, the Anderson’s had lived in Illinois.  His wife left him 2 years ago on Oct 23, 1900. When asked by his attorney what were his wife’s relations with other men, William  answered  “she ain’t been acting like she ought to with other men.  Mary Anderson did not appear.
Judge Enoch Newlin granted the divorce in October 23,  1902. 

Monday, August 24, 2015

Fillmore and Hutton Basketball Players and Cheerleaders March 1971

Fillmore
Fillmore School Basketball  Team March 1971
First Row: David Hutchings, Richard Vandermark, Larry Leighty and Charles Baum
Second Row: David Carie, David Young, Bob Dining, Bryan Gillespie, Gregory Buchanan and Tony Barker.
Third Row: Dennis Dixon, Coach; Terry McAdow, Ricky Lawrence, Steven Dickirson, Mark McAdow and Kieth Gillespie.  (Jim McAdow wasn’t present at picture-taking time due to illness.)

Hutton
Hutton School Basket Ball Team  March 1971
 Cheerleaders:  Becky Benson, Jane Poe, Patty Painter, Rita Benson, Jeanie Funk, Susan Thompson, Lora Thompson, Brenda Lockhart and Amy Laakman. 
Team: Steve Lockhart, Dave Ravellette, Lawrence Painter, Mike Gosnell, Richard Poe, David Bowlby, David Neighbors, Oren Ravellette, Dennis Carey, Daniel Bowlby and John Young. 

Coach Phil Alsman.

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Friday, August 21, 2015

More WWII Heroes

Pvt Frank Wells

James Stull U S Navy
and Robert Stull U S Army ,
 twin sons of E R Stull

Jesse Leonard Pepple

Pvt Leonard Albert

Maurice Burget

Pvt Mervin Lathrop
Pvt Mervin Malone

Pvt R D Cochran
If you have any information about these soldiers and sailors please share with us.