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.


  1. What a great idea to subscribe to newspaper archives. I didn't know they had such a thing-- thanks for sharing :-)
    big hugs,

  2. Thank you Cheryl. (Sorry for the late thank you)

    I really need to use Newspaper Archives more often, especially since I'm paying for it. Another great source for newspaper research is Chronicling America.