Monday, November 12, 2012

Veteran's Day

Sharing some Free Postcards with you on Veteran's Day.  

Please use these to Honor the Veteran's you love.

I believe this postcard is from World War I.

The Sailor's Prayer.

Honoring my Great Grandfathers on Veteran's Day.  Fred Baxter and James Dallas Boren.

I want to honor all the Veteran's in my family.  My grandfathers William E. Foster and John L. Boren both served our country during WWII.  But since I've already posted some information on them, I thought today I'd talk about my Great Grandfathers.  Fred Baxter and James Dallas Boren.

Williamson County Illinois In The World War 1917-1918, Hal W. Trovillion,
Published by The Williamson County War Historical Society, Marion, Ill., 1919.

     You can read online or download this book, Williamson County Illinois in the World War, at
                    Internet Archives.  Direct link to this book -

Fred Baxter picture from "Williamson County Illinois In The World War
1917-1918".  Fred Baxter is my Great Grandpa.

Fred Baxter Bio from "Williamson County Illinois In The World War
1917-1918."  Yes he was wounded, but Fred survived WWI.

I believe these are Spanish American War Veterans.  My Great Grandpa James Dallas Boren
is on the far right.  This could be Williamson County Illinois, Jackson County Illinois,
or just Southern Illinois Veterans.

Newspaper article found at Newspaper Archives Online with Great Grandpa James Dallas Boren.
"Spanish War Vets Celebrate", Jack Brundage, The Daily Independent, Murphysboro, Illinois,
22 May 1948, page 5.

Picture that goes with the newspaper article above.
James Dallas Boren in front row of bottom picture.
He's the one with the black vest.

Newspaper article from Newspaper Archives Online featuring my Great Grandpa James Dallas Boren.
He's the picture on the left.
"Area Veterans Recall Spanish-American War", The Southern Illinoisan, Carbondale, Ill.,
09 Oct 1960, page 5.

I love newspaper archives online.  Yes it is a site you have to pay for, but they have a lot of newspapers from Southern Illinois.  So it has served me well.  I've found many newspaper articles on my family through newspaper archives.

However there are some locations that newspaper archives lacks papers.  So you just have to check it out and see if it would be useful to you.  At one time they had FREE front pages.  This is very handy if your ancestors are from small towns.  Many times small town newspapers posted obituaries on the front pages.
I believe when I joined they had a free two week trial.  Not sure if that was a special or if they still do that.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Little Toot Railroad, Carterville, Illinois

Little Toot Railroad

Carterville, Illinois
And some Scott Family Memories
As a young child my Grandparents, Frank and Peggy SCOTT, often took me to ride "Little Toot".  What wonderful memories!  I have no idea when Little Toot opened or when Little Toot closed.  But I know many people in Southern Illinois miss Little Toot!
Little Toot was off of new Route 13 right at Carterville, Illinois.  You would turn left if going towards Carbondale or turn right if going towards Marion. 
Just down the road from Little Toot was my Uncle Don SCOTT.  (actually Great Uncle)  Don was very handsome and he had a beautiful wife and two beautiful girls.  I loved visiting them.
I also remember visiting another of  Grandpa Frank's brothers, Earl SCOTT and his wife,  Aldine.  Earl was a character!  Very funny.  I also remeber visiting a sister of Grandpa Frank, Kay SCOTT.  She might have been Kay HOUSTON.  I remember a nephew of Grandpa Frank, Scotty HOUSTON.  He may have belonged to Kay.  He was cute and had a very pretty wife with long long beautiful hair. 
All these SCOTT's lived in Carterville, Illinois.  They were the children of Walter SCOTT (1886-1984)  and Mary TREGONNING SCOTT (1891-1975). 
All this was a long time ago and I believe all of Grandpa Frank's brothers have passed on. 
Little Toot Railroad Postcard
Back of Postcard Reads:

Little Toot Railroad
Miniature railroading at its best.  The real steam locomotive travels over 1/2 mile of 15 inch gage track,
by route 13 between Carbondale and Marion, Ill.  Another attraction in Scenic Southern Illinois.

Grandpa Frank Scott with Great Grandson, Dakota.





Free Word Postcards


Word Postcards

Free for you to use in your craft projects.
To My Dear Brother

To My Dear Pop

To Dear Mother

To The Loved Ones At Home

To My Pet

Always Welcome

More Free Postcards - Birds




Thursday, September 27, 2012

Free Vintage Postcards For You

A Happy New Year, 31 Dec 1915
Printed in Germany
Trademark 2088

Best Birthday Wishes, 28 Mar 1909
Made in Germany
mark in bottom left corner looks like MAB

Birthday Greetings, 01 Jun 1910
mark on bottom left corner looks like AP 610

Birthday Greetings, no date, Raphael Tuck & Sons "BIRHTDAY" Series of Post Cards No. 201
Art Publishers to Their Majesties the King and Queen
Printed in Saxony by Appointment

Good Luck, 11 Jan 1918
Printed in Germany
J.W.S. 1160

Friday, April 13, 2012


I've been thinking about purchasing a World War II War Ration Book on some of my antiquing trips.  But I just hadn't got around to it.  Probably because I always find pictures I want to spend my money on instead.  Well....Good Thing!!  Recently I've been going through old pictures with my mom and she had one of my Grandma's War Ration Books!!  I was ecstatic, overcome with excitement.  Could not believe my luck.  I would have just been happy to scan it and have a copy of it.  But NO!  My mom GAVE it to me!!  Awesome!  I guess she figures I'm the only child of hers that gives a hoot about history. 

Margie Flora and Beverly Flora, possibly in Highland Park, Michigan

I've been going through old photographs with my Mom.   And we were not sure who the little girl at the bottom was.  But after looking at the photo below of Grandma Margie Flora, we realized the two pictures were taken in the same studio.   Grandma Margie lived in Michigan with her brother Herman Flora, sister-in-law Alice Flora, and niece Beverly Flora.  So we figured out the little girl was Beverly Flora.   And the pictures were probably taken in Michigan.   Possibly Highland Park, Michigan.

I hate that this picture of Grandma Margie is messed up...but at least it's only messed up in the background. 

Margie Flora
Beautiful Studio
Beautiful Grandma

 Isn't Beverly (below) just TOO cute!!  So glad I have a family picture that's just as cute as some of my found unknown photos.  And I LOVE this studio background too!  As far as I know Miss Beverly Flora could still be alive.  I'll have to ask some of my family.  I don't think I've ever met her. 

Beverly Flora
Daughter of Herman and Alice Flora
Probably taken in Michigan

Great Grandma Maude Ann CHOATE FLORA Funeral, Tunnell Hill, Johnson County, Illinois

Grandma Margie Flora Foster

These are all pictures of my Grandma Margie FLORA FOSTER.  She passed away two months after I was born so I never knew her.   I'm not sure where these are taken but here are the most likely locations:  Tunnell Hill, Johnson County, Illinois
                  Crainville, Williamson County, Illinois
                  Carterville, Williamson County, Illinois
                  Highland Park, Michigan
                  Unknown location, Michigan
                  St. Louis, Missouri

Margie grew up in Tunnel Hill and Crainville.  Those locations are home.
Margie's mother, my Great Grandma Maude Ann CHOATE FLORA, passed away when Margie was about 2 or 3 years old.  After that she was raised by older sisters and older brothers who lived at various locations like St. Louis and Michigan. 

Great Grandpa Fred FLORA was still alive, but I guess he couldn't take care of such a young child.
This is not a good subject with my mother.  She says Fred shipped her out because he didn't want the responsibility.