Monday, August 31, 2009

Edgar Ashmore's grandfather Zarley:

October 1860 School Roster-Sarah Ashmore, teacher:

this report was turned in for payment
she was allowed $2.80 for teaching

Township election- January 1855:

signed by Hiram Rutherford-

Saturday, August 29, 2009

December 28, 1843- School Trustees letter to state:

Signed by Wm Patton, JJ Pemberton and Hiram Rutherford, school trustees.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Fourth Assistant Postmaster General Letter- 7 Jan 1905:

Another find from Jeannie Rankins-

More from L-M 24 Sept 1970:

More from Sept 24, 1970

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

L-M September 24, 1970:

Monday, August 24, 2009

Strange but true...

In Illinois, the law is that a car must be driven with the steering wheel.

California law prohibits a woman from driving a car while dressed in a housecoat.

In Memphis, Tennessee, a woman is not to drive a car unless a man warns approaching motorists or pedestrians by walking in front of the car that is being driven.

In Tennessee, it is against the law to drive a car while sleeping.

In New York, it is against the law for a blind person to drive an automobile.

Methodist Episcopal Church:

this was in an early Ledger Messenger newspaper

Pocket Watch Details:

Nina Lee Brasington won the pocket watch posted on eBay last night. Kathy Pardi had checked the blog and then massed emailed it out. Nina Lee called Kathy to see if she could bid on it for her, so Kathy bid on it.
Nina Lee is not a descendant of either the Pembertons or the Moffetts, but her father, John Rutherford, who ran the bank, worked with Thomas Moffett. Nina Lee bought it in case it had something to do with Thomas and she wanted something to pass on to her great grandson, Levi Rutherford Houk that had something to do with her dad's business.
It will stay in the Oakland area.
I'm going to be checking on my research and local family trees to see what I can find out for her to go along with this really great piece.
Posted with Nina Lee's permission.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

The bidding war is over for the watch...

and it's coming home...

1893 Oakland Pocket Watch on eBay:

the center says "Ashmore & Moffett- Oakland, Il"

Ashmore & Moffett- Oakland, Ills

The watch is at $61 now and out of my price range. I hope someone brings the watch home.


Sullivan depot
high school
Little Theatre on the Square
Masonic Home
township high school
Masonic Home
roller rink sign
area farm on top and public school on the bottom
these people traveled through Sullivan many years ago
theatre play
theatre programs
first presbyterian church
vintage map
Illinois Masonic Home diary farm
This is the last of the SUNDAY DRIVES. I'm out of towns.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Taking a couple of days off...

...I'll be back next week...

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

The Rest of the Story:

The quilt on the left belonged to Mary Jane Coartney and was passed down to her granddaughter Kathy Pardi. The quilt was made by Kathy's great great grandmother Sarah Davis Blake and her 3 daughters- Elnora "Nona" Blake Ferguson, Cleta Blake Coartney and Nellie Blake Lang. When Cleta passed away in 1974 the quilt went to the Wayne and Mary Jane Coartney home. Upon Mary Jane's death in Feb. of this year, the quilt went to her granddaughter, Kathy. The quilt was made before 1904 and has never been used.

The quilt on the right belonged to Fern Hawkins and was passed down to granddaughter Shiela Miller. Shiela is not sure which side of Fern's family it came from. Her dad was a Hunt and her mom was a Foltz. It was made in 1875.
"Shiela and I have always been close. As close as sisters. We've always kind of just said we were.
Anyway she lives about 5 hours away so we get to see each other a few times a year and talk on the phone frequently. She was back in August and she brought up a quilt she had gotten from her Grandma Hawkins'. Said it had been published in a magazine. I told her I had a quilt from my Grandma Coartney that had been in a magazine also.

Well guess what. Since my Grandma saved everything I have the magazine and to our suprise both our quilts were in this magazine and both our Grandma's names were mentioned in the article." from Kathy's blog.

Fern Hawkins died in July 2008 at 95 years old and Mary Jane Coartney died in Febuary of this year at 95 years old. Anyone who knew these older gals knows they probably had a hand in their granddaughters new discovery.
Thank you to Kathy and Shiela for sharing this really wonderful story.

Lady's Circle Magazine 1982- Landmarks Quilt Show:

This copy of the magazine was kept by Mary Jane Coartney and was passed down to Kathy Pardi when she passed away. Stay tuned for more fun on this magazine.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Burns Home:

Saturday, August 15, 2009


early railroad workers
River Park Motel
Union Depot
a home and family in Newton
Newton Line Co after the fire
high school
Court House
Court House
ME Church
Masonic Temple
Free Methodist Church
First Prebyterian Church
Have a good weekend.