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Wolf Covered Bridge (front view), Spoon River, Illinois, 1979

Wolf Covered Bridge (front view), Spoon River, Illinois, 1979

The Wolf Covered Bridge over the Spoon River in Knox County, Illinois, 1979. The bridge was built by cattle rancher Jacob Wolf in 1848. Wolf designed it to resemble an open barn door so that cattle would cross it more willingly and without incident.

James Burkhalter, a former Civil War Captain, built a swinging end-door enclosure a year after a flood in 1873. The enclosure helped to preserve the wood from rot and reinforced the bridge.

The bridge burned on August 1, 1994. Three boys were arrested for arson. After a lengthy trial, the juveniles were found guilty on lesser charges and placed on probation. All were under-age at the time of the fire. A replica was built in 1999 and made wider and taller for modern vehicles.

Pediatrics: 1944

Pediatrics: 1944

Kathleen, May 6, 1944. My mother-in-law graduated from nursing school at St. Joseph's Hospital in Kokomo, Indiana in the early 1940s. Her initial specialty was pediatrics. I found this image in an envelope that had many photos of her classmates dressed in their caps and capes.

The child's last name is crossed out on the back of the print. These children are not newborns so I'm unsure as to why they were in the hospital. The available lighting from a window and Kathleen's swaddling make for an intriguing image that gives more questions than answers.

Camp: 1942

Camp: 1942

My dad, far left, at scout camp in Salem, Massachusetts in the summer of 1942.

Sales Pitch: 1963

Sales Pitch: 1963

Dick Buckley, of Burroughs, explains the virtues of punched paper tape accounting machines to two Grey Nuns who are administrators of St. Joseph's Hospital in Lowell, Mass., circa 1963.

45 vs. 44: 1952

45 vs. 44: 1952

Car 45 vs. Car 44 in the 1952 Soap Box Derby 1952 in Elmwood, Illinois. Car 45 won, ending the tournament in a 4 way tie with Cars 13-16-81.
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Massey Wins "Rocket Derby" as 78 Entrants Vie for Prizes
Robert Massey of Muscatine, Iowa, driving car number 71, won first Place in the A division of the 1952 "Rocket Derby," held Saturday, September 6 in Elmwood.

Massey's time for the course averaged 25.8 seconds. Second place went to Ronald Brisker of Bushnell in car number 19 while the 3rd place trophy was won by Dean Vance, son of Mr, and Mrs. Cornelius Vance of Elmwood, driving car 98. Dean was one of the most consistent drivers of the day, going down the hill four times in 26.3 seconds and twice in 26.5. There were 52 cars which ran in the A division and 26 cars in the B division. Three cars entered earlier in the A division did not run.

Cars in the A group finished in this order: 71, 19, 98. 52, 3 and 15 tie. 83, 1-17-29-55-60-88 tie, 22, 61, 13-16-45-81, tie, 11-14-41-43-91 tie, 56, 74-87 tie, 10-30 tie, 39, 12, 5, 21-25 tie. 44-78 tie, 92, 20-82-100 tie. 53, 35, 48, 64, 24, 46-57 tie, 7, 8. 33, 62, 49. Average times ranged from 25.8 seconds to 30 seconds.

Courtesy of McCartney Garage: 1952

Courtesy of McCartney Garage: 1952

The Derby Grand Marshal riding in the McCartney Garage convertible at the 1952 Soap Box Derby 1952 in Elmwood, Illinois.
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Massey Wins "Rocket Derby" as 78 Entrants Vie for Prizes
Robert Massey of Muscatine, Iowa, driving car number 71, won first Place in the A division of the 1952 "Rocket Derby," held Saturday, September 6 in Elmwood.

Massey's time for the course averaged 25.8 seconds. Second place went to Ronald Brisker of Bushnell in car number 19 while the 3rd place trophy was won by Dean Vance, son of Mr, and Mrs. Cornelius Vance of Elmwood, driving car 98. Dean was one of the most consistent drivers of the day, going down the hill four times in 26.3 seconds and twice in 26.5. There were 52 cars which ran in the A division and 26 cars in the B division. Three cars entered earlier in the A division did not run.

Cars in the A group finished in this order: 71, 19, 98. 52, 3 and 15 tie. 83, 1-17-29-55-60-88 tie, 22, 61, 13-16-45-81, tie, 11-14-41-43-91 tie, 56, 74-87 tie, 10-30 tie, 39, 12, 5, 21-25 tie. 44-78 tie, 92, 20-82-100 tie. 53, 35, 48, 64, 24, 46-57 tie, 7, 8. 33, 62, 49. Average times ranged from 25.8 seconds to 30 seconds.

Car 82: 1952

Car 82: 1952

Soap Box Derby in Elmwood, Illinois, 1952. Car 82, tied with the 20 and 100 cars. The average times ranged from 25.8 seconds to 30 seconds.
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Massey Wins "Rocket Derby" as 78 Entrants Vie for Prizes
Robert Massey of Muscatine, Iowa, driving car number 71, won first Place in the A division of the 1952 "Rocket Derby," held Saturday, September 6 in Elmwood.

Massey's time for the course averaged 25.8 seconds. Second place went to Ronald Brisker of Bushnell in car number 19 while the 3rd place trophy was won by Dean Vance, son of Mr, and Mrs. Cornelius Vance of Elmwood, driving car 98. Dean was one of the most consistent drivers of the day, going down the hill four times in 26.3 seconds and twice in 26.5. There were 52 cars which ran in the A division and 26 cars in the B division. Three cars entered earlier in the A division did not run.

Cars in the A group finished in this order: 71, 19, 98. 52, 3 and 15 tie. 83, 1-17-29-55-60-88 tie, 22, 61, 13-16-45-81, tie, 11-14-41-43-91 tie, 56, 74-87 tie, 10-30 tie, 39, 12, 5, 21-25 tie. 44-78 tie, 92, 20-82-100 tie. 53, 35, 48, 64, 24, 46-57 tie, 7, 8. 33, 62, 49. Average times ranged from 25.8 seconds to 30 seconds.

Soap Box Derby: 1952

Soap Box Derby: 1952

Dean Vance at Soap Box Derby om Elmwood, Illinois, 1952.
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Massey Wins "Rocket Derby" as 78 Entrants Vie for Prizes
Robert Massey of Muscatine, Iowa, driving car number 71, won first Place in the A division of the 1952 "Rocket Derby," held Saturday, September 6 in Elmwood.

Massey's time for the course averaged 25.8 seconds. Second place went to Ronald Brisker of Bushnell in car number 19 while the 3rd place trophy was won by Dean Vance, son of Mr, and Mrs. Cornelius Vance of Elmwood, driving car 98. Dean was one of the most consistent drivers of the day, going down the hill four times in 26.3 seconds and twice in 26.5. There were 52 cars which ran in the A division and 26 cars in the B division. Three cars entered earlier in the A division did not run.

Cars in the A group finished in this order: 71, 19, 98. 52, 3 and 15 tie. 83, 1-17-29-55-60-88 tie, 22, 61, 13-16-45-81, tie, 11-14-41-43-91 tie, 56, 74-87 tie, 10-30 tie, 39, 12, 5, 21-25 tie. 44-78 tie, 92, 20-82-100 tie. 53, 35, 48, 64, 24, 46-57 tie, 7, 8. 33, 62, 49. Average times ranged from 25.8 seconds to 30 seconds.

 
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