Saturday, December 3, 2016

Looking Back to 1916: "Dekalb's Youthful Banditry" Borrow Stuff

From the February 24, 2016, MidWeek (DeKalb County, Illinois) "Looking Back."

"DeKalb's youthful banditry pulled another one today.  The case today is not as serious as some of the others and has a funny side as well as a serious one.  Mr. Ulrich today reported to the police that a hand cart belonging to him was missing and asked the help of officers to find it.

"Inside half an hour an officer found it propelled by a couple of youngsters and filled with copper wire belonging to the telephone company.  The lads were apparently innocent of wrongdoing and said that they had just 'borrowed' the cart.  When asked by police they also said that they had 'borrowed' the wire as well."

Sure Kids. Can You Spell Juvenile Delinquent?  --Cooter

Deaths: America's 1970s Mom, Florence Henderson

"Brady Bunch" Mom, Florence Henderson Dies at 82.

Played Carol Brady, died November 24, 2016.  Born in Dale, Indiana, the youngest of ten children.  The Brady Bunch" ran for five seasons.  Reflected more the role of a 70s mom than did the Beaver's mom.

One of my favorite TV sitcoms back then.  Sort of had a crush on Marsha with that long straight hair.

Marsha, Marsha, Marsha

Friday, December 2, 2016

Looking Back to 1966: The Beginning of Kishwaukee Community College

From the September 21, 2016, MidWeek (DeKalb County, Illinois) "Looking Back."

1966, 50 Years Ago.

  "The State Junior College Board in Springfield announce that approval has been granted on the petition and territory set out for the proposed Kishwaukee Community College.

"The road is open for the state board to call a public hearing which probably will be held in DeKalb County sometime in late October or November."


"Gone With the Wind" Actors Still Alive As of April 2016

From the IMDB.

As of April 2016, a total of 15 actors and actresses who were in the movie "Gone With the Wind" are still alive.  Only two were credited.

The best-known is Olivia de Havilland who played Melanie Hamilton.

Also credited was Mickey Kuhn who played Beau Wilkes.

Two others are Skip Houghton who also played an Ozmite and Winkie guard in "The Wizard of Oz," and Greg Giese who played the newborn Bonnie and newborn Beau.


Deaths: Gone With the Wind Actress Mary Anderson in 2014

Mary Anderson, 96.  Born April 3, 1918 Died April 3, 1918.

American actress appeared in 31 films from 1939-1965.  Best-known for her small uncredited role in "Gone With the Wind."

She auditioned for the role of Scarlett O'Hare, but got the role of Maybelle Merriweather.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Looking Back to 1966: First DeKalb Medicare Card

From the Feb. 10, 2016, MidWeek "Looking Back."

1966, 50 Years Ago.

"William B. Hoyt, DeKalb Township assessor, is the first person in the DeKalb area to receive a health Insurance Card showing he is entitled to the benefits under Medicare.

Now That I Am Under Medicare.  --Cooter

Titanic Victim Margaret Rice-- Part 6: Charles Hays

A third Spokane, Washington, Titanic victim was Charles Hays.  He was director of the Grand Trunk Railway which had employed Margaret's husband William Rice in Canada.

He and his family also lived in Spokane and he was in England tending to railroad business.  His wife, Clara, daughter and her husband were with him.

They booked first class passage on the Titanic.  Charles Hays died, but the rest of his family survived.  His body was recovered, identified and buried in Montreal.


Looking Back to 1941: The Wet and Dry Issue

From the February 10, 2016, MidWeek (DeKalb County, Illinois) "Looking Back."

1941, 75 Years Ago.

"The wet and dry issue will again be voted upon in the coming township election, it was learned today.  A petition has been filed with Town Clerk Vere Goodyear requesting that the voters make known their choice.

"When Prohibition came to a close in DeKalb Township, like all other townships, permitted the sale of alcoholic liquors.  Four years ago the dry followers petitioned that the matter be voted upon, both in DeKalb and in the territory outside the city both within the confines of the township.

"DeKalb voted to permit the sale of liquor but the township outside the city voted to prohibit the sale."

To drink or Not to Drink.  --CootBeer

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Titanic Victim Margaret Rice-- Part 5: Three Others With Spokane, Washington Connections Also Died

The other three Spokane people who died when the Titanic sank all had connections to Margaret's husband, William Rice.

John Chapman worked at the Spokane Cemetery and when William died in 1910, he dug the grave.  He was engaged to Sara Elizabeth Lawry in England at the time and went back to England and married her.  They were on the Titanic returning to the United States with second class tickets.  Both died.

Only John's body was recovered and is buried in the same cemetery in Halifax as Margaret Rice.  His new wife was not found, but a pocket watch on John's body had stopped at 1:45 a.m..

The Titanic sank at 2:20 a.m. and it is believed that perhaps the young couple jumped into the water in an attempt to swim out to a partially full lifeboat.


Monday, November 28, 2016

Titanic Victim Margaret Rice-- Part 4: She Perished Along With Her Five Sons

From Hub Pages:  The Titanic Irish Mother Margaret Rice and Children Died When the Ship Sank.

Two boats, the PS "America" and PS "Ireland" took boarding passengers from Queenstown Pier out to the Titanic.

Boarded April 11, 1912:

Albert 10, George 8, Eric 7, Arthur 4 and Eugene 2 1/2.

In 1998, a memorial stone in Cobh (Queenstown in 1912) for the Titanic passengers who boarded there depicts Margaret Rice and her five sons.

On April 15, 2009, a monument was dedicated in Spokane Cemetery at Fairmount Memorial Gardens for Margaret and her sons as well as three other Spokane residents who died on the Titanic.


Friday, November 25, 2016

Titanic Victim Margaret Rice-- Part 3: Was Her Son Eugene the "Unknown Child" Buried in Halifax?

There was a second note written about Mrs. Rice's body.  It noted her hair was black and turning gray and had false upper teeth.

Shoes marked "Parsons Sons, Athlone."; medallion round neck marked B.V.M.; wore a wedding ring; locket and photo; one jet and one bead necklace.

She was id'd as Catholic by her rosary and Margaret Rice by a box of pills prescribed April 9, 1912.

She was buried at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

There is speculation that her son Eugene may be the "Unknown Child" buried in Halifax.


Thursday, November 24, 2016

Titanic Victim Margaret Rice-- Part 2: She and Family All Perished

After the col,lision with the iceberg, 3rd class passenger Bertha Mulvihill saw Margaret Rice in the 3rd Class Holding area with Eugene in her arm and the rest of her boys holding her skirt.  The entire family perished.

Margaret's body, #12, was recovered by the rescue ship Mackay-Bennett.

The words written:

"No. 12 --  Female --  est. Age 40 --  Hair dark.
Clothing:  Black velvet coat; jacket and skirt; blue cardigan; black apron; black boots and stockings.
Effects--  wedding ring; keeper, and another gold; locket and photo; one jet one bead Necklace; gold brooch in bag, 3 pounds in gold; 4 pounds in Irish notes' gold brooch; plain gold wag earrings; charm around neck; B.V.M.; false teeth in upper jaw; box pills.



Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Titanic Victim Margaret Rice (nee Norton)-- Part 1: To Canada to U.S. and Back to Ireland

From the Encyclopedia Titanica.

Mrs. William Rice (Margartet Norton) was born in Westmeath, Ireland on 6 October 1872.

At age 19 she married William Rice in Ireland who became shipping clerk with the Grand Trunk Railway and they moved to Montreal after the birth of their first son, George Hugh, born 1902.    After their arrival in Canada, George died after choking on a dummy (pacifier).

In 1909, the couple moved from Montreal to Spokane, Washington where William worked for the Great Northern Railroad as a machinist.  Their youngest son Eugene was born in 1909.

In 1910, William was killed in a train accident and Margaret collected a substantial insurance settlement and returned to Ireland with her boys.

In 1912, she decided to return to Spokane.  She and her five sons, Albert, Eric and Arthur, booked passage on the Titanic and boarded at Queenstown with ticket number 382652, price 29 pounds, 2 shillings and 6 d.


Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Major Watson's American Revolution Service

This man was a veteran of both the American Revolution and the War of 1812 and was captured in both wars.  he is buried in the Hebron-Linn Cemetery in Hebron, Illinois, the only known American Revolution veteran buried in McHenry County, Illinois.

Despite his first name, major, he is listed as a private.  (Too bad he wasn't a major then he would have been Major Major Watson.)

He is listed as enlisting on March 11, 1777, and deserted September 7, 1777.  He joined again in March 5, 1778 and was taken prisoner at Fort Stanwix in July 1779 and never exchanged until the end of the war.

I doubt that his desertion is of the type we usually consider desertion.


Monday, November 21, 2016

Looking Back to 1915: Mrs Daw Gored By Cow in 1915

From the September 27, 2015, MidWeek "Looking Back."

1915.  "Mrs. William Daw was gored by a cow at home 7 miles southwest of Malta in Milan Township, Friday.  It may result in her death.

Things Weren't Always So Pleasant Out On the Farm.  --DaCoot

Looking Back at NIU Football, 1965: Glidden Field Reactivated

From the September 27, 2015, MidWeek (DeKalb County, Illinois) "Looking Back."

1965.  "Ancient Glidden Field (where the NIU Art Building is now located), the scene of Northern Illinois University football since 1899 will be reactivated tomorrow when the Huskies open their schedule.  Placed in mothballs last fall, the 8,500-seat field will begin its 66th year of use, then before the campaign ends it will again be retired in favor of a new 22,500 seat stadium on West Campus."

The reason was because the new stadium was not yet completed.

Go Huskies!!  --CooterDog

Friday, November 18, 2016

Looking Back: DeKalb, Illinois in 1965

From the September 27, 2015, MidWeek (DeKalb County, Illinois) "Looking Back."


**  The McAuley Residence for Girls at NIU officially opens Sunday.  It accommodates 53 girls and is named for Catherine McAuley, founder of the Sisters of Mercy in Ireland.

From NIU Housing site.

McAuley Residence Hall was located at 145 Fish Avenue and was originally St. Mary's Hospital in DeKalb.  It opened in 1967 (according to the site, here it was 1965) and closed in 1971.

It is currently for sale with asking price of $345,000.  According to realtors it was built in 1900 and has 24,000 square feet on approx. 2 acres and 20 parking spaces.  It was St. Mary's Hospital in the early 1900s and office space after that.

Property tax in 2012 was $3,813.

I Was Kind of Wondering Where It Was.  --Cooter