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From the James Wallace glass plate collection (LaSalle, Illinois). James Wallace was born March 26, 1857 in Plainfield, Illinois son of John and Agnes (Taylor) Wallace who emigrated from Ayr, Scotland in about 1856, His sisters, Agnes and Annie, were born in Scotland and his younger sisters, Isabel and Jessica, in Illinois. He was a farmer, photographer, inventor and watch repairer and a member of the Waltham Presbyterian Church and director of the LaSalle National Bank in LaSalle, Illinois, He lived in Waltham Township in LaSalle County not too far from Starved Rock. He never married so has no children. He died on May 7, 1936 and is buried at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Waltham Township, LaSalle County, Illinois. (Courtesy of the family of James Wallace & Kate Morris Dickerson) View full size.
Photograph print from a big box of misc. photographs found hidden and tucked away from normal merchandise at a vintage store in Leland, Illinois, LaSalle County. The family photos seem centered around the Aurora Area (dates ranging from 1870 to 1945), with one or more extended family matriarch and patriarchs from LaSalle-Peru, Illinois. View full size.
Glass plate negative from the family album of Arline Webb, wife of Peoria, Illinois Police Officer Alvin "Jerry" Webb. Daughter of Garnet (Schbotka) Kneer and Fire Chief Rudolph “Rudy” Kneer. Uncle to Alderman Wendolyn “Wink” Kneer. (Photos taken in Tazewell and Peoria County). View full size.
From the wartime photos of William C. "Bill" Schultz, PFC, Peoria, IL (Feb. 25, 1924 -- Aug. 9, 2002), 421st Bombardment Squadron (Very Heavy), 504th Bombardment Group (Very Heavy), B-17 Flying Fortress (Training), B-29 Superfortress. Bomb Ordinance, Fuel and Supplies Truck Driver, Air Offensive Japan Campaign. Western Pacific Air Offensive Japan Eastern Mandates Campaigns. Northern Mariana Islands; North Field, Tinian and Saipan.
Awarded 3 Bronze Stars, 1945 Good Conduct Medal. Asiatic Pacific Theatre Campaign Ribbon, American Theatre Campaign Ribbon. 421st Distinguished Unit Citations for the bombardment of the industrial center at Yokohama, May 1945 and the mining of the shipping lanes in the Shimonoseki Strait. The 421st also flew a firebombing mission over northeast Tokyo. The 504th participated in bombardments targets at Maug and Iwo Jima, the Truk Islands and the industrial area of Kobe. And the bombardment of the Japanese kamikaze planes airfields during the assault on Okinawa.
I recently found this photo in an antiques shop in Connecticut. Identified on the back as "1893, Clarence Mickelson, telegraph operator for Penn. S. Camden and Atlantic R.R." Some very preliminary research has uncovered some newspaper references that seem to align with this chronology and description, although I am still working on pinning down a more complete bio for this fellow. View full size.