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From Stanley glass plates (circa 1900 - 1915), found in condemned house attic in Pontiac, Illinois. View full size.
From the wartime photos of William C. "Bill" Schultz, PFC, Peoria, Ilinois (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.
33rd Division of the American Expeditionary Force, 1st Cavalry Troop G from Peoria, World War I.
Glass plates taken by Dallas R. Sweney, who lived at 807 Spring Street, Peoria, Illinois. In the early 1920s Dallas was briefly a commercial photographer; the studio was located at 229 N. Adams, present day site of the Mark Twain Hotel. Dallas was also was a long-term employee at the Peoria Public Library. He was a World War I veteran, serving with the 33rd Division of the American Expeditionary Forces in France.
Turnhalle (German Hall), Gymnasium, Dance Hall, Theater, Community Hall, with the connected Turn Hall Saloon, Peru, Illinois, mid-1890s. 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 and had 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.
1940s photo taken by my grandfather, Detroit News photographer Howard McGraw of a young man who's really just too cool for words. Don't worry, the cigarette is not lit! Scanned from a 4x5 negative. View full size.
Emma Hewitt, a great-great aunt. Minot North Dakota. View full size.